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Department of Justice and Equality has advised us that the deadline date for submission of vetting applications in accordance with Section 21 of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 (Retrospective Vetting ) has been changed from the 31st December 2017 to the 30th April 2018.
To clarify, a new deadline of the 30th April 2018 has been given by the Department of Justice and Equality for the submission of Retrospective Vetting Applications for all relevant organisations.
The ISPCA has been established in Ireland since 1949 and the National Animal Centre, Keenagh, Co. Longford has been established since 2002. This centre is the Head Office of the ISPCA and is set on 89 acres of land. The ISPCA mission statement is to Prevent Cruelty to animals, to promote animal welfare and to relieve animal suffering in Ireland. The ISPCA follows the 3 R's which is Rescue, Rehabilitate and Rehome.
The National Animal Centre depends heavily on our volunteers to help with the rehabilitation of the animals in our care which can amount to over 170 animals. With very limited staff we simply could not give the animals their individual attention they need without our dedicated volunteer team. The ISPCA looks after Equines, Canines, Felines, Small mammals and Wildlife, with can be only 3 to 4 members of staff on we simply can't look after it all plus the rehabilitation work. Volunteers are given the choice on when they wish to volunteer and which area depending on their experience level.
The ISPCA train up all our volunteers that wish to get more involved, during each year we do training in horses, donkeys - through The Donkey Sanctuary, dog training, working with cats and wildlife training. The majority of our current 70 volunteers we can depend on them when we are short staffed and we need a volunteer to do an area on their own or with other volunteers. Our rehoming, especially in kennels, has increased due to the animals getting more individual attention. Every single one of them are amazing!
In 2016 volunteers gave the ISPCA National Animal Centre 7,266 hours to us which amounted to 64388.4 euro.
Convent House Day Centre
Background to the service provided
There are over 750 people aged over 60 years old living in Ballymahon and the surrounding areas. Many of these citizens would not experience having any contact with other people on a daily basis if our service did not exist. Throughout 2016 the centre catered for an average of more than 120 clients per week and we believe this number will increase in 2017.
The centre provides a warm comfortable and inviting base for our clients to meet each other and to engage in various social activities as well as availing of a hot meal.
Elderly persons in the Ballymahon and catchment area are no longer isolated and benefit from meeting people on a daily basis. As well as receiving a hot daily meal, those attending will have access to various services and will have the opportunity to meet regularly with the Public Health nurse. A core benefit is the social interaction, which helps people to ensure that those attending will live independently for as long as possible and gain self-confidence.
Why volunteers are involved:
The centre is partly funded by the HSE which funds 2 staff members and utility bills. The centre cannot operate with just the above so it is vital that volunteers assist with the running of the centre. Each volunteer bring their individual qualities and skills tailored to suit the clients’ needs. This in turn improves the daily running of the centre and gives the volunteers an opportunity to develop their confidence and be able to put their expertise into practice. The volunteers assist with the preparation of meals, help organise daily activities with the staff and engage with the clients by talking and helping them when required.
All of this could not happen without the help of the Volunteers and the life and the vitality they bring to the centre and its clients is invaluable. They help create a friendly atmosphere in the centre.
The feedback from the clients regarding the volunteers is always very positive and they play a very important role within the organisation. The centre would not run as efficiently if that option to have volunteers was not made available to our organisation.