Welcome to the October newsletter from Monaghan Volunteer Centre. The evenings are drawing in now and community and voluntary groups around Co. Monaghan are in full swing after summer breaks. It’s a great time to find a new volunteer role. We only have space for a few here, but you can find lots more at Search Volunteer Roles

Camphill Community have a great opportunity for anyone who has an interested in horses or horse riding, spending time outdoors and helping other people.  Horse Riding Support

For anyone free in Castleblayney on Thursday evenings, Failte Isteach need volunteers to help with English conversation classes for migrants. No experience needed and this role really does help new arrivals integrate into Monaghan life. Failte Isteach

Monaghan Volunteer Centre would like some new members for our steering group. We would like to hear from anyone with an interest in volunteering. We would particularly welcome those with a disability or migrants. Steering Group Information

After the success of last year, the Haunting of Rossmore Park is back and promising to be spookier than ever. More information on volunteer roles here: Rossmore Haunting

Helping Hands, the odd jobs service for older people is seeking new volunteers around the County and especially in Clones and Newbliss Helping Hands Volunteers 

A Monaghan based community project for children is seeking volunteers to help at their breakfast club. More here: Breakfast Club

In Clones and Carrickmacross volunteer befrienders are needed to help Syrian refugee families settle in. Training & support provided for volunteers. Syrian Befriending Project

Free on Saturday mornings? How about being a steward with Monaghan Town Park Run? Get out and about in beautiful Rossmore Park and help others get fit, while getting a little bit of exercise yourself too. Park Run

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. The community health rep can also help you find ways to improve your wellness & lifestyle if you want.  Find out more at Health Plan

Volunteer Management Tip of the Month

If your organsiation works with children it is legally required to have Child Protection measures in place. Find out more and get basic online training on the Tusla website at Children First

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If your group has a volunteer role or event you would like us to include in our newsletter just get in touch. 

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

 

It's time to bid farewell to summer and welcome Autumn and it's also time for our September newsletter! With the change in season often there is a change in life's tempo. If you find yourself at this time of year looking for a new challenge why not think about volunteering.

 

The National Council for the Blind have a new charity shop in Carrickmacross. It's a great shop which is well worth a visit. The shop is seeking volunteers. More here: https://bit.ly/2PygVrE

 

A Monaghan based community project for children is seeking volunteers to help at their breakfast club. More here: https://bit.ly/2wDFEmu

 

Failte Isteach English conversation classes are in 5 locations around the County. Training for all new & existing volunteers will take place in the YWCA Monaghan, Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th September   

 

Helping Hands, the odd jobs service for older people is seeking new volunteers around the County and especially in Clones and Newbliss

 

The HSE has a number of courses happening locally over the next few weeks - Understanding Self Harm / safeTALK Suicide Alertness Training / ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) 

 

Big Brother Big Sister, which is a youth mentoring programme are having an information evening in Monaghan on the 20th September. More information here: https://bit.ly/28VIqFX 

 

After the success of last year the Haunting of Rossmore Park is back and promising to be spookier than ever. More information on volunteer roles here: https://bit.ly/2LXrvq8

 

Leading Volunteers - Tip of the month 

 

Keep it social!

 

Some volunteers will get involved to meet new people and expand their social circle. Why not think about arranging a social event outside the regular volunteering - a night out, a lunch or coffee meet up, going walking together, a cinema / theater  night.

 

To find out more on any of the information listed here please get in touch.  / 047 72191. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

Best wishes,

 

Grace and Sinead

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