“The prompt and efficient support from Monaghan Volunteer Centre has been of enormous benefit to Truagh Development Association’s Community Services Programme (CSP) since the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
The CSP is based at the Blackwater Valley Centre, Knockconan, Emyvale and has been in operation since 2008.
Since 13th March 2020 the focus of our social enterprise had to change radically and subsequently volunteer support had to be ramped up dramatically to ensure we could meet the emerging needs of the community in Truagh and the wider north Monaghan area.
As our building is closed to the public the new way of operating is to bring the services to the people. Monaghan Volunteer Centre was able to source suitable volunteer drivers at short notice to help us deliver hot meals and care packages to older and vulnerable people cocooning in Truagh and the wider north Monaghan area.
We envisage that the CSP will continue to rely on Monaghan Volunteer Centre to source volunteer drivers for the foreseeable future particularly this autumn and into Spring 2021 due to the pandemic. For example, we are already going to lose three volunteers who, happily for them, return to work next week but we are confident that the MVC will help us find new volunteers to replace them.”
Fiona McCaffrey Jones,
Joint Manager of Truagh Development Association CSP
Failte Isteach students and volunteer tutors
“We use the Volunteer Centre to connect with volunteer tutors for our conversational English classes. We are a relatively new group and the Volunteer Centre has been very helpful in connecting us with people who have become tutors for our classes. For every extra volunteer we have in our group we can provide tuition for four more students. So the Volunteer Centre is a vital resource for us in recruiting new tutors and enabling us increase and improve the service we provide.”
Angela Cassidy, coordinator of Monaghan Failte Isteach
“The Monaghan Volunteer Centre offers a vital role within the community. It offers crucial services such as Garda Vetting and the advertising of roles for volunteers. Without such an easy and efficient service, my job would be much more complicated. Staff at the centre are friendly, approachable and easy to talk to. The role they provide in advertising for volunteers is of vital importance, as it exposes my service to hundreds of people who may not know we exist. The Monaghan Volunteer Centre is imperative in the smooth running of my service.”
Anne Breen, manager of Cairde Activation Centre
“We use Monaghan Volunteer Centre to advertise different roles within Cú Chulainn Blood Bikes, the roles include Support Drivers, Volunteers and Blood Bikers. This services helps promote awareness of our charity and the work we do, it helps connect with potential volunteers…. The process for advertising roles is very efficient and quick to complete. The Volunteer Centre team are very supportive to Cú Chulainn Blood Bikes, always available, quick to respond and have great knowledge and experience.”
Robert Babington, Director Cú Chulainn Blood Bikes
“We have found the Monaghan Volunteer Centre to be very helpful in offering volunteers for our programme. Several volunteers took part in our survey and new volunteers are continuing to approach us. The centre is helpful to both organisations and volunteers and the staff, Sinead and Grace, are easy to work with. I would highly recommend them. “
“Our first and most important hurdle was Garda Vetting, the team at Monaghan Volunteer Centre supported and guided us through this essential legal requirement…The support, help,understanding and patience given to us along with the training ensured that our Garda Vetting was fully compliant with in a short space of time…
The group has 100 youth members, all love scouting and come week in, week out. They would all have lost out on the fabulous opportunities scouting has to offer, without the services and support provided to us by the Garda Vetting team at Monaghan Volunteer Centre. “
Stuart Short, 2nd Cavan Scouts
“We have received great support always from the Volunteer Centre. We have a good working relationship with them and they have always helped us source volunteers. Our shop could not operate or be such a success without their help. Their work … unites people with suitable placements. This in turns works for the recipient organisation and the volunteer as the volunteer will gain confidence from learning a new skill.”
Mary Beagan, Manager Age Action Charity Shop, Monaghan.
“Monaghan Sports Partnership have linked with the Volunteer Centre for the recruitment of local volunteers. We run a summer camp for children with a disability, which requires additional support for children who may require one to one mentoring. The service was a huge help in identifying suitable candidates and made the process very easy to complete. From working with Monaghan Volunteer centre we have had a number of volunteers work at out inclusive camps, which enabled children to take part in a camp with the one to one support provided,which isn’t available at other camps.”
Dean McElroy, Monaghan Sports Partnership