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”.
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.
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 affiliated to Volunteer Ireland - the National Volunteer Development Agency and a support body for Volunteer Centres and Volunteer Information Services in Ireland.
Statement of Neutrality
Volunteer Ireland, Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services are independent of Government, political parties and interest groups. As such, we maintain ideological and political neutrality.
Our mission is to promote the value of volunteering and increase the range and quality of volunteering in Ireland. Any organisation wishing to recruit volunteers may do so through our online database, I-VOL, once they meet the terms and conditions of I-VOL. The advertising of a volunteer opportunity on behalf of an organisation does not imply any endorsement of the aims and objectives of the organisation.
We believe that volunteering should be accessible and inclusive. Our role is to ensure that anyone who wants to volunteer can volunteer.