Volunteers Services

Monaghan Volunteer Centre

Services for Volunteers

The volunteer centre is here to help you find a suitable volunteer placement. We act as the link between people who want to volunteer and organisations that are looking to involve volunteers in the local area. If you are interested in volunteering, but not sure if it's right for you or how to get started, we are the people to talk to!

You can make an appointment to meet with us in person at our office in Monaghan Town. If it does not suit you to come to Monaghan we can arrange meetings at other locations or talk to you by phone or email. Our services are free of charge and open to everyone. If you are under the age of 18 we will need the permission of your parent or guardian before we work with you.

You can register with us online and we will contact you within one week, usually less. Register here You can also browse the volunteering opportunities available in Co. Monaghan and apply for any you are interested in at Browse Opportunities

Our Volunteering While Unemployed

Sometimes people in receipt of social welfare want to volunteer but are worried about how volunteering might affect their social welfare payments. The Department of Social Protection generally does not penalise anyone in receipt of jobseekers benefit or allowance for volunteering, in fact the department wants to encourage it.

However, there are some points to be aware of:

  • You must still be available for and seeking work, your volunteering should not be a barrier to this
  • Your volunteering must be unpaid and with a not-for-profit organisation
  • You must inform your local Social Welfare office that you are volunteering. You will be given a form for your chosen voluntary organisation to fill out and return to the Social Welfare office (VW1 form). This form is not to check up on the volunteers but to ensure that voluntary organisations involves volunteers for genuine reasons.
  • For some other Social Welfare payments such as disability allowance or invalidity pension there may be certain limitations to volunteering permitted and so it is important to check with your Social Welfare office before you being volunteering. Certain other payments do not require approval to volunteer. You can find more details on the Citizens Information website at CITIZENS' INFORMATION