January 2019 Newsletter

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: https://sforce.co/2k4Gr8d


 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: https://sforce.co/21cVAEz


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: https://sforce.co/22fWO2f


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: https://sforce.co/1N8zoGH


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:  https://sforce.co/2e75ipv


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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