March has arrived & with it brighter days, unpredictable weather & lots of new volunteer roles!


St Patrick's Day Parade Marshals: Volunteers are needed to help at the Monaghan parade. More here:


St Patrick's Day 5k Stewards: This Carrickmacross event is in aid of Sosad & requires volunteers. More here:


Meals Delivery Drivers: Volunteers will visit with & provide meals to older people in North Monaghan. More:  


Health Fair Volunteers: Volunteer stewards are needed for this event in Carrickmacross. More here:


Basketball Coach: A coach is require for the Monaghan Special Olympics Basketball Club. Training happens in Monaghan every second Tuesday. More here


Special Olympics Ulster Collection Day: Volunteers are required around the County for this event. More here:


Knitting Machine Operator: A community group are assisting a family who have access to a knitting machine & need some advice in how to use the machine. More here:


Share your talent: There are lots of community groups who would like a volunteer to help with workshops. Arts/crafts/music/dance /drama/yoga /quizzes/crosswords/DIY. If you have a talent share it! 


Debates AdjudicatorConcern debates are seeking adjudicators. An information night takes place in Monaghan Education Centre on March 27th.  


Garda Vetting Training: This is taking place on Thursday 14th March in Castleblayney Enterprise Centre 


Tip of the month

Fundraising is not always FUN!


However groups decide to do it, raising money is hard. If your group is fundraising make sure people know what the money is for. Selling tickets or shaking a bucket with no idea where the money will be spent is off-putting for the volunteers and the donors. 


If you would like more information on anything featured, get in touch. 

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Grace & Sinead 

Hello everyone and welcome to our February newsletter. Spring is coming and it’s a great time to think about a new volunteer role.  Below is just a small selection of what is available on our website at

Monaghan United Football Club need a media and publicity volunteer to help with social media and website updates.

A role is available in Clones for a volunteer who knows how to use a knitting machine. 

Lollipop Day is the Oesophageal Cancer Fund’s annual fundraiser. It takes place on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March and volunteers are needed to sell lollipops in locations around Co. Monaghan 

Castleblayney Community First Responders would welcome new members to train as volunteer first responders. Must live in Castleblayney area.

The Cahans Project shop in Ballybay has an opportunity for a volunteer to get involved, only 3 hours per week required and they open Monday to Saturday.

Foroige’s Big Brother, Big Sister volunteers act as mentors for teens. Each adult is paired with one teen and they spend about an hour a week together. Training provided. 

If you are a fully or partly qualified counsellor check out this volunteer role with Sosad in Carrickmacross: 

Scouting Ireland would like volunteers to help existing leaders with groups across Co. Monaghan. No experience needed, though if you were a scout or guide in your youth this could be a nice chance to brush up your skills!

Get your weekends off to a good start by volunteering with Monaghan Town parkrun on Saturday mornings. You don’t even have to run yourself unless you want to: 

Does your organisation deliver training that would suit voluntary groups? Let us know and we will help promote it to them. Post a message on our Facebook page or email us and we will post it. E.g. First Aid, Child Protection, Data Protection, Manual Handling, Health & Safety, Communications. 

The HSE will run ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and SafeTalk training at various locations.  Contact us for details. 

We are running Garda vetting training in Castleblayney on 14th March. Suitable for any voluntary groups that need to start vetting or groups already vetting who want an update or have a new Garda Vetting officer. Contact us to book your free place. 

For more information on these roles and other or to advertise your volunteer role with us, please get in touch.

Phone 047 72191, 


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Best Regards,

Sinéad Keenan & Grace Sherry

Monaghan Volunteer Centre. 


It’s January, a new start to a new year and time to think about something new for you. We know that volunteering has many benefits for volunteers. In this Newsletter we’ve listed some roles and benefits the role could have for you. 


Special Olympics Table Tennis: Groups meets in Monaghan town.

Why: This is a great way to get some exercise, learn a new sport and develop a new hobby while volunteering with the Monaghan Special Olympics. More here:


 Car parking stewards in Carrickmacross: A Social Farming open day is taking place Monday 21st Jan 11am - 1pm on the farm of Patrick Corrigan, Carrickmacross. Volunteers are being sought to help marshall at this event. Enquiries to Andrew Chiltron, Border / Midlands Social Farming, 0861448796   


Blayney Blades Board Member: Blayney Blades are a women’s group based in Castleblayney.

Why: By volunteering with Blayney Blades you will expand your social circle, meet new people and have the opportunity to make new friends while contributing to and shaping the work of the group.   

More here:


Drop Inn Ministries: The Drop Inn shops raise money to bring aid to people in need in 20 countries.  

Why: Volunteers will get valuable experience of working in retail while helping the Drop Inn Ministries with their work. More here:


Barretstown: This is a residential camp for children with serious illness in Co. Kildare.  

Why: At Barretstown there is the belief that every child with serious illness should enjoy their childhood. Volunteers will experience satisfaction and achievement while helping children achieve this aim. More here:


Failte Isteach: English conversation classes taking place in towns across Co. Monaghan.

Why: These classes are a fantastic way for volunteers to experience different cultures and get to know and spend time with people of various nationalities. More here:


Call for Input: The Department of Rural and Community Development are developing a National Strategy on Volunteering and have issued a Call for Input from stakeholders. Monaghan PPN in collaboration with Monaghan Volunteer Centre are hosting a consultation workshop in Ballybay Wetlands Centre on Tuesday 29th January at 7.30pm 



The Community & Environment Grant Scheme: from Monaghan County Council are accepting applications at present. Through the provision of small scale financial grants the Council will support the work of local community and voluntary groups, organisations and residents associations. 


Stresscontrol: The HSE are running a free six week course in locations across Monaghan town. This course looks at the stress that affects us all in our daily living and how to deal with stress. 


 Governance Code Training: with mentoring support is available to community and voluntary groups. 1st session takes place Tuesday 22nd January in Castleblayney, additional sessions are delivered to groups on a one-to-one basis   



Volunteer Management Tip of the Month

Keep the lines of communication open. Are your group members able to feedback their thoughts and comments on the running of the group? Do committee members feel their opinions and experiences will be listened to? However your group is structured it is important that there is clear and transparent lines of communication.


For more details on any of the roles or information listed above or any other queries get in touch with Grace or Sinéad


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Welcome to our December newsletter. Here are just of few of the volunteering roles you can find on our WEBSITE


Aware are seeking supporters for their Life Skills Online programme. Training is provided for this role. AWARE

Carrickmacross Community Allotments are seeking new volunteers to help out with the work of the allotments. ALLOTMENTS

Irish Girl Guides Northeast are seeking unit helpers at various locations. GUIDES

Friday Night Teens is a youth club for young people on the autism spectrum. They would like some extra volunteers to help out every second Friday evening in Monaghan Town. FRIDAY

The Age Action shop in Monaghan has volunteer roles available. AGE ACTION 

Drop Inn Ministries also has retail volunteer roles available. DROP INN 

The NCBI shop in Carrickmacross would love some new volunteers to help out for a few hours a week. NCBI 

The Monaghan Town Park Run has any opportunity for anyone aged 16 plus to help out for an hour on Saturday mornings at Rossmore Park, Monaghan. RUN

Irish Neonatal Health Alliance need skilled seamstresses/quilters to make  make clothing for babies born prematurely who sadly do not survive.  SEW

For more information on any of the roles listed above or any other queries get in touch with Grace or Sinéad.                        047-72191                             Facebook, Twitter, Instagram


Volunteer Management Tip of the Month 

Watch for burnout. Don’t over-use your volunteers by giving them too many shifts, hours or positions. Watch for signs that a volunteer has over-committed. Try to be flexible and find a schedule that works for each individual volunteer.


 Christmas Holidays 

Grace and Sinéad will be out of the office from Friday 21st December until Monday 7th January. You can still access our website and apply for roles online at  


Thank You!  

Finally, we would like to thank everyone we have worked with all year for their support and cooperation. We wish you all a happy Christmas and we look forward to working with you in 2019. 


'November is the month to remind us to be thankful for 
the many positive things happening in our lives'
Welcome to our November Newsletter 
Emyvale Tidy Towns are seeking volunteers to help with the work that is involved in keeping Emyvale a clean and picturesque village
Clones Meals on Wheels are seeking drivers and and assistants to deliver meals around the Clones and Smithborough area
The Syrian Befriending Programme is an initiative seeking volunteer befrienders in the Clones and Carrickmacross area
Blood Donors are required to fill Ireland's blood component needs. Donating blood is something everyone should try at least once!
Volunteer Adjudicators are required to help out at Concern debates. If you have an interested in current affairs this role is for you.
Depaul Ireland have a variety of volunteer roles in their Dublin hostels over the Christmas period. Roles include musicians & meal assistants
Sunshine House are looking for energetic volunteers to help out at a fun filled week in summer 2019  
Volunteer Management Tip of the Month
Undertake strategic planning. Sit down with your group & discuss the work the group is doing & the direction you are going. It mightn't be the most exciting meeting but it is so important & worthwhile doing 
Finally, we wish to invite you to our Christmas Coffee Morning Friday 7th of December 10am - 12pm. This is an opportunity for those who use our service, volunteers and groups, to meet up and catch up. 
For more information on any of the roles listed above or our Christmas Coffee Morning get in touch with Grace or Sinead. We look forward to hearing from you!

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