Volunteer Awards

The County Monaghan Volunteer Awards 2018 are now open for nominations. We have group and individual categories and a €300 prize fund for each category. You can find information and nomination forms  HERE   Don’t miss the closing date on 27th August.

Short Term and Flexible Volunteer Roles

Our newest role will only take half an hour. The MID/CAWT Community Health Plan needs some volunteers to meet with a community health rep and answer a questionnaire about wellness and lifestyle. The meeting will take about 30 minutes and can take place in Monaghan, Clones, Ballybay, Castleblayney or Carrickmacross. The community health rep can also help you find ways to improve your wellness & lifestyle if you want. Find out more at SURVEY

If you need a flexible volunteer role and have an interest in supporting young people achieve their goals have a look at being a Gaisce PAL. PAL volunteers will support young people ages 18 to 25 working towards a Gaisce President’s Award. PAL

Barnardos will hold a national collection day on Friday 14th September. Even an hour of your time can make a difference. BARNARDOS

Concern run a debating competition in second level schools. Each debate requires three independent adjudicators to mark the debate. Training is provided. Volunteers can adjudicate as many or as few debates as they wish. Debates last one hour and take place within post primary schools from 8pm. ADJUDICATOR

Tidy Towns volunteers are often involved on a regular basis, but they also welcome occasional volunteers to help out, especially in summer.
Clones Tidy Towns
Ballybay Tidy Towns

Tutoring Roles

Failte Isteach volunteers provide free English language conversation classes for migrants in Monaghan, Carrickmaross, Castleblayney, Clones and Ballybay. No teaching experience is necessary, training will be available in September for new volunteers. Volunteers can choose between morning and evening classes. Contact us for details of your local Failte Isteach group.

Monaghan Immigrant Support group would like to find a volunteer or volunteers who can tutor second level students living at St. Patrick’s Accommodation Centre, just outside Monaghan Town. Subjects needed are maths, science and geography. (Tutoring just 1 subject is fine). TUTOR

Volunteer Management Tip of the Month

Show your appreciation.

The importance of a thank you cannot be overstated. Get in the habit of sending thank you cards, get-well cards, etc. Host volunteer appreciation events if you can, for example a Christmas night out. A nomination for a Volunteer Award is also a great way to show someone you have noticed their great work!

Contact Details

To find out more about volunteering or to enquiry about finding volunteers for your organisation, please contact us at or 047 72191. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Best wishes,

Sinéad Keenan and Grace Sherry

Welcome to Monaghan Volunteer Centre July newsletter. Here are a few of the volunteering roles coming up, some are short term, summer roles and some are longer term.

Summer Roles

The Peace Link in Clones is running a 3 day inclusive summer camp for children with disabilities and their siblings. Volunteers will help staff run various games and activities and supervise the children and young people. 20th to 22nd August. summer camp volunteers

Cootehill Arts Festival runs from 21st to 26th August and needs volunteers to help with stewarding, checking tickets, setting up venues, selling tickets, clean up after events etc. Arts Festival

There is a volunteer role available at Camphill Community in Ballybay from 21st July to 4th August. It involves helping staff and residents with gardening activities and accompanying residents in their free time activities. Camphill

Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann will take place in Drogheda this year and volunteer roles are available for anyone over 15. Information session this Wednesday 6.30pm at Dundalk Gaol. Fleadh


Longer Term Roles

Failte Isteach volunteer tutors and their students are taking a summer break but will be back in September. Training will be provided for new tutors in September, so sign up over the summer and be ready to go. Clones, Monaghan, Ballybay, Castleblayney and Carrickmacross. The Clones group in particular would really welcome some new volunteer tutors for their classes on Tuesday mornings in Clones Library. Clones Tutors

The Down Syndrome Centre North East is a new facility in Carrickmacross for children with Down Syndrome and their families. They have two interesting volunteer roles available:
Graphic Designer
Fundraising Meeting Facilitator

The Drop Inn Ministries shop in Monaghan Town would welcome new volunteers, particularly anyone who can volunteer long term. Find out more about volunteering at charity shop assistant or about the work of Drop Inn Ministries, which the shop helps fund at Drop Inn Ministries

Befriending Monaghan is a new project involving volunteers, who have been trained and Garda vetted, visiting older people. To find out about becoming a befriending volunteer see befrienders

In Carrickmacross, the Youth Café would like volunteers to help out on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday evenings. The café is for young people aged 13 to 18 and volunteers will talk to the young people, make sure young people sign in and out and keep the cafe tidy while it is opened. Youth Cafe

In Clones, the Ulster Canal Stores have a new gardening project that would benefit for some green-fingered volunteers gardener

If you have need a flexible volunteer role and have an interest in supporting young people achieve their goals have a look at being a Gaisce PAL. PAL volunteers will support young people ages 18 to 25 working towards a Gaisce President’s Award. PAL


New Service for Older People

Befriending Monaghan is a new project involving volunteers, who have been trained and Garda vetted, visiting older people. Now taking enquiries and applications from anyone in Monaghan Town and surrounding area interested in having a befriending volunteer to visit. Find out more at befriending service

Reminder to Organisations

If you are involved in any type of non-profit organisation which would like to find new volunteers please get in touch with Monaghan Volunteer Centre. We can include your volunteer role on our website, social media and newsletter. Our service is free of charge and we will help you write the role description for the website or send you a link to do it online, whichever suits you better.


Please take care if volunteering outside during this hot weather. Don’t forgot the sunscreen and plenty of water!

To find out more about volunteering or to enquiry about finding volunteer for your organisation, please contact us at or 047 72191. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Best wishes,

Sinéad Keenan and Grace Sherry.


Summer is coming, days are longer and it’s a great time to try a new volunteer role. Below is a selection of what’s available, but you can find lots more on our website www.volunteermonaghan.ie

Befriending Monaghan is a new project involving volunteers visiting older people for an hour a week. Volunteer training will take place on 5th June in Monaghan. Befriender Volunteer Information If you know an older person who would like a befriender see Befriending Client Information 

Happy Heart Day volunteers are needed around Co. Monaghan on Friday 11th May and in Ballybay on Saturday 12th May. Happy Hearts

The Irish Red Cross Monaghan Branch offer a great opportunity to volunteer and learn valuable first aid skills. Training every second Friday evening. Red Cross

Volunteer tutor(s) needed to help second level students with science, maths or geography at St. Patrick’s Accommodation Centre in Monaghan. Suitable for third level students or graduates, as well as teachers or retired teachers. Tutors

Teach na Daoine are now on the lookout for volunteers to help with their brilliant annual summer camp in July and August. Could be great experience for anyone over 18 considering a career in teaching, childcare, social work, youth work etc., or just wanting to help local children for a few weeks this summer. summer camp volunteers 

Camphill Community near Ballybay would welcome volunteers to help with gardening and activities for residents with disabilities from 21st July to 4th August. Camphill 

To celebrate National Volunteering Week, Monaghan Volunteer Centre will be running a stall at Monaghan Farmers’ Market on Friday 18th May. We will be selling some great second hand books for adults and children at bargain prices. All proceeds to Befriending Monaghan and Helping Hands. Come along to say hello and pick up some summer reading.  Find out more about National Volunteering Week here . 

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May. Find out how it affects your non-profit organisation at the free information sessions being run by Monaghan PPN

Lots more volunteer roles of all kinds on our website or contact Grace or Sinéad at 047 72191, on Facebook @MonaghanVolunteerCentre or Twitter @VolunteerMonagh

 Best regards, 

Sinéad and Grace.

Welcome to Monaghan Volunteer Centre April Newsletter. Here is some information on new roles, Child Protection and local events.

Volunteer Roles

Volunteers required for the Rossmore Park Spring Clean. If you are a frequent visitor to the Park why not think about getting involved. Spring Clean Up                    

Special Olympics Ulster are holding their National Collection day on Friday 20th April. Volunteers are needed to fill a number of roles. Special Olympics                  

Arthritis Ireland are seeking volunteers to act as peer to peer supporters for individuals living with arthritis or their family members. Arthritis Ireland 

Helping Hands - Helping Hands is an odd job service run by Monaghan Integrated Development. Jobs are completed by volunteers for people in need of help. Recently the service has expanded to include befriending. The befriending service hopes to address the social isolation that exists in our community. To become involved in Helping Hands get in touch.

Children First - 'Children First' originally referred to the national guidelines for the protection and welfare of children. The term was then used to name the legislation - the Children First Act 2015. Children First is now a general term for the guidelines, the legislation and the implementation of both.

Garda Vetting - Garda Vetting training will take place in The Enterprise Centre, Castleblayney on the 12th of April at 7pm.

Crosswords and Croissants - a social morning for all crossword fans. Held in Monaghan Library on Mondays from 11am - 12 noon

Factsheets and Guides for volunteers and organisations covering a number of topics are available on the Volunteer Ireland website.

For more details on any of the information above get in touch.

047 72191

Facebook @MonaghanVolunteerCentre
Twitter @VolunteerMonagh

Best wishes, Grace and Sinead

Welcome to Monaghan Volunteer Centre’s March Newsletter. Below are just some of the volunteering opportunities available around Co. Monaghan. This month we are mainly focusing on roles with older people. Click on the each role for more details about it. 

Opportunities to Volunteer with Older People
Castleblayney Senior Social Service Committee would like some new members to join the group. 

Helping Hands are recruiting befriending volunteers for a pilot project in Monaghan Town. Befrienders will visit isolated older people. 

Meals on Wheels in Monaghan Town need some new volunteer drivers and assistants

Clones Meals on Wheels also needs volunteer drivers and assistants

The Iontas Centre is Casteblayney need an Activities Volunteer  to help with social activities for older people at the day ward.

There are a range of roles available with the Alzheimer’s Society at Drumkill Daycare Centre in Threemilehouse.
Music/Art/Crafts                Catering/Cleaning                     Assistant

Other New Volunteering Opportunities
Voluntary Service International need a volunteer project coordinator to work with a group of Irish and international volunteers at Ballybay Camphill Community. Coordinator

Failte Isteach groups across Co. Monaghan would welcome new volunteer tutors.               Monaghan        Ballybay

Training Available 

Monaghan Volunteer Centre are running training for Community and Voluntary Organisations that need to Garda Vet volunteers/staff in Castleblayney at 7pm on Thursday 12th April. Free of charge but contact us to book. More Details

If your organisation works with children or young people under 18 you need to have a Child Protection Statement and risk assessment. Find out more and get free online training on the Tusla website Children First

Contact us for more:
047 72191

Facebook @MonaghanVolunteerCentre
Twitter @VolunteerMonagh

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Sinéad and Grace.


Welcome to Monaghan Volunteer Centre’s February Newsletter. Below are a selection of new and existing roles available around Co. Monaghan. Click on the name of the role for a link to more information. To get involved with any of these roles contact Monaghan Volunteer Centre.

New Roles:

English Conversation Tutor with Failte Isteach in Ballybay

Knit Easter Chicks for Cairde Activation Centre, Clones 

Committee Member, Carrickmacross Swimming Pool Committee 

Volunteer Driver Meals on Wheels, Monaghan town 

Meals on Wheels Assistant, Monaghan town 

Opportunities Focus - Volunteer with Young People:

Big Brother Big Sister Youth Mentors, Co. Monaghan 

Youth Leaders in Monaghan, Comhairle na nOg 

Youth Leader in Carrickmacross with Youth Work Ireland 

Scouting Leaders, Countywide 

Website / IT Administrator for Youth Group 

Volunteer for indoor soccer, Killanny 

Friday night teens is for young people on the Autistic Spectrum 

Contact us for more:
047 72191

Facebook @MonaghanVolunteerCentre
Twitter @VolunteerMonagh

Best wishes, Grace and Sinead

Happy New Year and welcome to Monaghan Volunteer Centre’s first 2018 newsletter. If the New Year diet and exercise resolutions are already slipping why not try out a new volunteer role in 2018 instead? We have lots to choose from at FIND VOLUNTEER ROLES

For a short term role with no commitment why not give a couple of hours to Make a Wish, a charity that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses? Wish Day takes place on Friday 9th March. Locations include Monaghan Shopping Centre and Dunnes. DETAILS HERE

For something more regular, Failte Isteach have roles for English conversation tutors in Monaghan, Carrickmacross, Clones and Castleblayney, a mix of morning and evening roles. Check them out here:

Monaghan              Carrickmacross               Clones                  Castleblayney


The Alzheimer’s Society run a day-care service at the Drumkill Day-care Centre in Threemilehouse each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. They have three roles available.

Crafts/Music/Art Volunteer

Cleaning/Catering Volunteer

Day-care Centre Assistant


Grace and Sinéad from Monaghan Volunteer Centre will be in Carrickmacross for the day next Tuesday (16th January). We would be delighted to meet with anyone thinking about volunteering, groups interested in recruiting new volunteers or anyone who wants to know more about our services. Contact us to arrange an appointment please. 


Our first Garda Vetting Training of 2018 will be on Tuesday 6th February at our Monaghan office, 7pm to 9pm. Free of charge but booking essential. Find out more at VETTING TRAINING


The Monaghan Integrated Development Helping Hands project has a new co-coordinator. Marina works Mondays & Tuesdays 9 to 5 and Wednesdays 9 to 1. If you know an older person who needs some help with small DIY jobs contact Marina at 087 0656793. If you have DIY skills and would like to help out as a Helping Hands volunteer see HERE


Lots more volunteer roles of all kinds HERE


 Contact Grace or Sinéad at 047 72191, on Facebook @MonaghanVolunteerCentre or Twitter @VolunteerMonagh 

Best wishes for 2018, 

Sinéad and Grace.


*Quote of the Month*

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss.