VOLUNTEERING AT THE HEART OF LONGFORD
Here at Longford Volunteer Centre, we are passionate about volunteering and believe that Longford is a wonderful place to volunteer. Volunteering enriches communities, gives volunteers an opportunity to develop personally, and puts giving at the heart of how we all live.
“Every time you give, you help a human being . . . . When that person is stronger their family is stronger, when their family is stronger their street is stronger, when the street is stronger the community is stronger, when the community is stronger our country is stronger.”
Mary McAleese Sept 13th 2002
Definition of Volunteering
Volunteering is the commitment of time and energy, for the benefit of society, local communities, individuals outside the immediate family, the environment or other causes. Voluntary activities are undertaken of a person’s own free will, without payment”. The White Paper Supporting Voluntary Activity (2000). Put simply, volunteering is about giving your time, energy and skills freely to benefit others.
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention”.
National Volunteering Week will take place from 15th to 21st May 2017. The focus of this year's campaign is to showcase the benefits that volunteering can have on a person's health and wellbeing. Volunteers often say that while people think that volunteers are helping them, it's often them who help the volunteers. We'll be bringing you stats, facts and most importantly some amazing stories. During National Volunteering Week, Volunteer Centres across Ireland will host Open Days where anyone can drop in and learn more about volunteering with no obligation. If you've thought about volunteering but never taken the plunge, this is the perfect time to learn how you can get involved. Our Open Day is on Thursday 18th May at 6 Earl Street, Longford. Drop into us from 11-12 and have a chat about volunteering. We will also be in Longford Shopping Centre the same day from 12.30 pm to 2 pm if you can’t make the earlier time.
Benefits of Volunteering
Gain confidence. Volunteering can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement
Make a difference. Volunteering can have a real and valuable positive affect on people, communities and society in general.
Meet people.Volunteering can help you meet different kinds of people and make new friends
Be part of a community. Volunteering can help you feel part of something outside your friends and family
Learn new skills. Volunteering can help you learn new skills, gain experience and sometimes even qualifications.
Take on a challenge. Through volunteering you can challenge yourself to try something different, achieve personal goals, practice using your skills and discover hidden talents
Have fun! Most volunteers have a great time, regardless of why they do it.
At the Volunteer Centre you can...
- Find out about volunteering opportunities without having to make a commitment
- Get information on hundreds of different volunteering opportunities
- Talk to someone on the how, why and where of volunteering
- Get ongoing support and advice if you want it.
Volunteer Spotlight - Rose Egan.
Rose started volunteering at a very young age when she her mother instilled the importance of visiting people in hospital so they did not feel isolated and alone. This fuelled Rose’s passion and commitment to caring for others and she went on became a children’s nurse. Currently Rose volunteers with Longford Mental Health Association and the Irish Wheelchair Association (Kenagh branch), where she volunteers three times a week. Outside of these commitments Rose can always be called upon to help other groups when and where she can – giving her time and energy freely.
It is no wonder that Rose was nominated for and won the Local Hero award (Wonan’s Way in conjunction with Supervalu). Rose says that “Volunteering enhances my life in so many ways………The tiniest act can have a huge impact on the life of another……..To know that someone cares for you is one of life’s greatest gifts”
If your organisation wishes to engage volunteers, or are seeking advice on any aspect of volunteering within your organisation, please see our ‘Organisations’ drop down menu to the top of this page to learn more about our services. Here you can find information on Training, Garda Vetting and other support services we provide to volunteer involving organisatons in Longford. We offer a free placement service to non-profit organisations within the county and our website offers an interactive way for you to advertise your current volunteering opportunities.
Are you looking to volunteer with your work colleagues for a team-building day to give something back to the local community? Longford Volunteer Centre can help you to find the right project. For more information on how to plan your day and things to consider before you commit your group to a project, please see the ‘Corporate Volunteers’ drop down menu to the top of this page. There you’ll find handy downloadable information guides on how to make your employer-support volunteer project a success and an application form you can to complete so we can match you to the right project.
Volunteer Centre Opening Hours
Monday-Friday 9a.m.-5p.m. Closed each day for lunch 1p.m.-2p.m.
Our centre is open to the public during these hours but we cannot guarantee that a staff member will be available to speak with you. In order to prevent unnecessary disappointment call Terri on 087 2915367 Mon-Wed to make an appointment.
Longford Volunteer Centre is a member of Volunteer Ireland and part of a network of 21 Volunteer Centres