Autumn is the busiest time of year for the Volunteer Centre, here is all our latest news:   

 

The County Monaghan Volunteer Awards were presented in front of a full house last Thursday night in Carrickmacross. The winners were:  

 

Derek Duffy - Volunteer of the Year

Monaghan Arch Club - Volunteer Group of the Year 

Mindszenty Finnegan - Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to our winners and well done to all our nominees. You can find more details and photos from the awards at AWARDS

 

Next outreach takes place at Carrickmacross Library on Monday 14th October from 11.00 am - 1.00 pm. Feel free to drop in for a chat. 

 

Foroige's Big Brother Big Sister Programme is seeking volunteer 'Bigs' to sign up as mentors in Co. Monaghan. This is a chance to make a difference in the life of young person in need of support. More here: BIG

 

Do your volunteers need training to deliver your service? Monaghan Volunteer Centre may be able to help. Contact us for more.

 

Cú Chulainn Blood Bikes would like an enthusiastic volunteer to help with their social media and overall public relations and promotions. 

More here: CCBB

 

Monaghan Supported Employment are seeking a Volunteer Buddy to support a volunteer at Monaghan United. This role was filled very successfully until recently and the volunteer is looking forward to having a new buddy. More here: BUDDY

 

Friday Night Teens Role is a fun and interesting role where the volunteer will support young people with additional needs at their Friday night youth club. More here: FRIDAY

 

The Down Syndrome Centre North East would like a new volunteer to help keep the Centre clean and welcoming. More here:   DSCNE

 

Drumkill Daycare Centre in Threemilehouse are hoping a volunteer will join their team as a volunteer driver on Mondays. The driver will collect meals in Monaghan and deliver them to Threemilehouse.   DRIVER

 

The Haunting of Rossmore Park event needs volunteers on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th October. "Scarers" to dress up and frighten visitors, make up artists, marshals, set up and tidy up helpers. Open to under 18's if accompanied by an adult. HAUNT

 

 

Tip of the month 

 

Plan volunteer recruitment well in advance. Ideally list the role with MVC at least a month before a one off event like a festival or fundraiser. That will give us time to include the volunteer role in our monthly newsletter and promote it on social media and with volunteers we meet face-to-face.  Talk to us when you are at the planning stage, we can even come along to one of your meetings if you like. 

 

If you would like more information please get in touch.  

 

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Twitter @VolunteerMonagh

 

 

 

 

Have you had a fantastic summer? We hope so because Autumn has arrived & here is our September newsletter. 

 

Awards Closing: You still have time but the Co. Monaghan Volunteer Awards are closing to entries on Monday 9th September at 5pm. Application form available here: https://bit.ly/2EwsZWB 

 

Carrickmacross Allotments: This group do amazing work at their base beside the Phoenix Centre in Carrickmacross. They welcome new members & volunteers. More HERE

 

Carrickmacross Library: Our next outreach takes place at Carrickmacross Library Monday 9th September from 11am - 1 pm. Feel free to drop in to meet with us.   

 

Secondary School Visits: We visit many secondary schools in Co. Monaghan to talk about volunteering. If you have links to a school that would like a visit get in touch. 

 

Date for your diary: "Raising resilient children, celebrating strong communities" is an event in Carrickmacross on 3rd October. Co. Monaghan Volunteer Awards will be present on the night followed by a presentation from renowned psychologist David Coleman. Tickets €5 here: https://bit.ly/34babbs

 

Steadfast House Cleaner: This organisation supports people with intellectual disabilities and their families. The volunteer will help look after the centre. More HERE

 

Tydavnet Faith and Light: This group meets one Sunday per month and are seeking a volunteer to help with their activities. Might suit a student. More HERE 

 

 

     Tip of the month

This months tip is a answer to a question we often get asked. 

Q. What ever happened to the Governance Code? 
A. The Governance Code ceased to operate this summer. It has been replaced by two codes: 

1. The Charities Regulator Governance Code 

More here: https://bit.ly/2jXnV7p  

2. The Governance Code for sporting organisations

More here: https://bit.ly/2jZ0Dhs (new website dealing with Governance coming in November)  

 

For groups who are neither sporting nor charities the advice is to adopt the Charities Regulator Governance Code. 

 

If you would like more information please get in touch. 

 

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Grace & Sinead 

 

Hello everyone, we hope you are enjoying the summer.  It may be holiday time, but we still have some new volunteer roles for you. And remember, if your organisation would like new volunteers, contact us and find out how we can help find them. 

 

 

 

The County Monaghan Volunteer Awards will be launched during the week beginning 12th August. Look out for details in our special email that week or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  The awards are your chance to celebrate a volunteer who really makes a difference.

 

Steadfast House provides services to people with disabilities in Carrickmacross. They would like a volunteer cleaner to join their team. Find out more at https://sforce.co/2Mqs4fT

 

Charity Bag Pack in aid of Cliona's Foundation in Dunnes Stores, Monaghan on Saturday 31st August.. This charity provides financial assistance to parents of seriously ill children to help with the expense of caring for their child. Find out more at https://sforce.co/32sNGOr

 

Castleblayney Coderdojo teaches kids computer programming, but this role doesn't need computer skills - you will help with registration, supervision and snack time, while programming mentors look after the techie stuff. Find out more at: https://sforce.co/2Ugt32K

 

Blayney Academy FC would like some new volunteers to get help with kids’ soccer. You can volunteer as little as one hour per week and they provide the training you need, free of charge. They aim to build the children's confidence, while providing a fun and safe environment where children can learn and play soccer. https://sforce.co/2S9chRO

 

Cú Chulainn Blood Bikes would like someone to volunteer 10 hours on call each week, evenings and weekends. The volunteer will take charge of the CCBB phone and deal with calls coordinating deliveries of medical items between hospitals. The role can be done from home. Find all the details at https://sforce.co/308aO2C  

 

The Solas Drop In Centre is an amazing service for people recovering from mental health difficulties. They are holding their annual fundraiser on Friday 30th August. You can help by volunteering just 2 hours for the bucket collection. Details at https://sforce.co/2KdtqIj

 

Short term computer tutor role available at Carrickmacross library. This might suit a student. https://sforce.co/2NVN8xi

 

Failte Isteach English conversation classes will re-start in Monaghan, Carrickmacross, Castleblayney and Clones in September. All welcome new volunteer tutors and students. At the moment, volunteers and new students are particularly needed for the Clones class, which takes place in the library between 10 and 12 on Tuesday mornings. Please spread the word to anyone who might be interested

http://bit.ly/2rzMuqN

 

Remember, the roles above are just a sample of what is available. Plenty more at  http://bit.ly/2GemruQ 

 

 

Volunteer management tip of the month - 

Prepare for emergencies.

 

Collect details of an emergency contact person for every volunteer and ask if they have any medical issues you need to be aware of in an emergency, so that you can tell an ambulance crew.

 

Ensure your volunteers know your emergency procedures and make sure they are included in fire drills etc. Think about the risks of their role and what equipment and training they need to do it safely. This could be something as simple as providing gloves for litter collecting.

 

 

Follow us on Facebook (@MonaghanVolunteerCentre ) Twitter (@VolunteerMonagh ) or Instragram (monaghanvolunteercentre) for regular volunteer role updates and other news that might interest voluntary groups and volunteers. 

 

Best wishes,

 

Sinéad Keenan & Grace Sherry

 

Monaghan Volunteer Centre.

Phone 047 72191

Email

 

Hello everyone. To show you the diversity of volunteering our July newsletter features a few different types of roles.  

 

Was it your childhood dream to be a Rose of Tralee? You can still be a part of this international event by volunteering at it!  DETAILS HERE

 

UCD Sea Food Study Volunteer. This is an online research role. You will get an insight into your own diet while taking part.  DETAILS HERE

 

Super Knitters are required by Team Hope to make small gifts which will be included in the Christmas Shoe Boxes.  DETAILS HERE

 

Do you like being outside, helping people & working with horses? We have a horse riding support role in Monaghan.  DETAILS HERE

 

kannst du Deutsch sprechen? We have a role in a community group for a German translator. This is home based. DETAILS HERE

 

If you have an interest in topics like climate change, gender and Trump & like working with young people here is a role for you.  DETAILS HERE

 

You don't have to be a biker to volunteer with Cu Chulainn Blood Bikes. Here is more information on a telephone controller role: DETAILS HERE

 

 

Carrickmacross Library: We will be in Carrickamcross Library on Monday the 12th August. Feel free to drop in to meet with us

 

 

             Tip of the month - Organising a bucket collection               

  • Get your permit
  • Buckets should be strong & sealed & easy to hold
  • Make sure people know where to return the buckets 
  • If possible provide volunteers with tea or coffee or water 
  • Collect in pairs, it's safer & makes the time more enjoyable
  • Volunteers should have information on the collection cause  

 

Get in touch for more information on anything featured. 

 

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Grace & Sinead 

Hello everyone and welcome to our June newsletter. Summer is a great time to try out a new volunteer role and we have plenty to choose from. Here are just a few, you can find lots more on our website at  MONAGHAN VOLUNTEER CENTRE

Sosad would like volunteers to help with their Annual Bucket Collection in Carrickmacross on Saturday 22nd June. SOSAD

Each Leisure Buddy Volunteer supports an adult with an intellectual disability to get more involved in activities in their community. They meet up at least once a month and attend social outings, everything from coffee to concerts. LEISURE BUDDY

There’s still time to apply to volunteer at the Teach na Daoine children’s summer camp in Monaghan Town TEACH NA DAOINE or the Peace Link camp in Clones for children with disabilities  PEACE LINK 

Do you enjoy cleaning? The Down Syndrome Centre North East in Carrickmacross has the role for you. DSCNE CLEANER

Age Action in Monaghan has a role for a female volunteer on Saturdays, helping out in the fitting rooms and with other retail tasks. AGE ACTION

Special Olympics Monaghan would like to hear from a level 1 basketball coach, to work with a team every second Tuesday evening in Monaghan Town. BASKETBALL COACH

Garda vetting training will take place next Thursday evening in Castleblayney for organisation who need to use our vetting service.  Contact Sinead for details and booking.

Have you enjoyed volunteering? Learned from from it or met new people? We would love to share your experience with potential volunteers on our website and in our reports. You can see how we use volunteer stories at VOLUNTEER PROFILES To share your story please either email us or give us a call. We can include your name and photo or keep you anonymous, whichever you prefer.

Volunteer Manager's Tip of the Month

Holiday season is here and lots of your volunteers may be unavailable for a few weeks. Try to make a list of when everyone expects to be away and plan how you will manage without them. Could you involve some second or third level students in any of your organisations volunteer roles over the summer? 

 

To find out more about volunteering or for help recruiting new volunteers for your organisation please contact us. 

Phone 047 72191 Email 

  

Website www.volunteermonaghan.ie

Facebook @MonaghanVolunteerCentre

Twitter @VolunteerMonagh

Instagram monaghanvolunteercentre

 

Best wishes,

 

Sinéad Keenan & Grace Sherry. 

Monaghan Volunteer Centre

Monaghan Integrated Development

5 North Road

Monaghan

Open Monday to Friday 9.00 to 1.00 and 2.00 to 5.00