Volunteering Matters with Kerry Parents and Friends Association

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 Over the last number oKPFA Bannerf months the Kerry Volunteer Centre has been delighted to work with the Kerry Parents & Friends Association (KPFA) and the partnership has already borne fruit. June O’Mahony of the KPFA first contacted the Volunteer Centre this summer to discuss their need for a volunteer ‘Befriender”, a role that was successfully filled just a few weeks later.

“I was looking for a volunteer befriender in Tralee and someone mentioned the Volunteer Centre. I spoke to Linda in the office, I gave her the details and we took it from there,” June recalled. “A befriender is normally a person with a couple of hours to spare. It gives our people an opportunity to get out into the community and experience things with a new friend. It’s a different experience for them. It might just be to go for a walk or have a cup of coffee,” she added.

Tomás Volunteering Story: Do Good, Feel Good

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imagesTomás O Caoimh has always been used to having a busy schedule but when he found himself with some time on his hands he decided to embrace the opportunity. His first port of call was the Kerry Volunteer Centre. “I had always known the Kerry Volunteer Centre was there, just from passing the door or seeing it in the paper but this was the first time I contacted them,” Tomás who is currently out on disability leave explained. “In the past, I would have been involved in the Simon Community and St Vincent De Paul when I was in college I was always interested in volunteering and I had some time on my hands,” he added.

The 2017 Good Governance Awards

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Good Governance AwardsKerry Volunteer Centre is delighted to share with you news of its involvemnt with the Carmichael Centre 2017 Good Governance Awards in association with its partners: Charities Institute Ireland, Dóchas, ENCLUDE, Volunteer Ireland, The Wheel, Davy Charities, Governance On-Line, Mason Hayes & Curran and Mazars.

This successful initiative now in its second year is accepting applications to be considered for one of four award categories. The Awards have been established to recognise and encourage compliance and adherence with good governance best practice by non-profit organisations in Ireland.

Sylvia's Volunteering Story

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Sylvia Thompson is an extremely active and enthusiastic volunteer’ admitting that “I can volunteer up to six days a week depending on what is ongoing. There is always a lot going on. I am retired officially but I like meeting people I enjoy it all, I only volunteer in what I enjoy to do,” Sylvia remarked.

New Volunteer Management Training Program for Kerry

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Why Volunteers quit
It is important that volunteers have positive volunteering experiences and that volunteer involving organisations are supported to provide such positive local volunteering experiences. As such we are delighted to let you know that as part the schedule of events for National Volunteering Week 2017, Kerry Volunteer Centre has today launched an innovative Volunteer Management Training Program for Kerry to provide a local and free training platform for charities, community groups, volunteer involving organisations and volunteers to become skilled in Volunteer Management.

Volunteering in Your Retirement

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If you would like to find out how to get involved in Volunteering locally in your retirement do drop by the Kerry Volunteer Centre information stand at the Active Over 50 Plus Expo in Killarney on Sunday 7th at the Malton Hotel and Conference Centre in Killarney. Voluntary groups, sporting organisations and charities across Kerry are keen to involve people with life experience, resourcefulness, qualifications, abilities and energy. In fact, over 50’s along with retirees make up the lifeblood of dozens of Kerry organisations and voluntary community.

Find your volunteering Haven in Tralee

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logoVolunteering doesn’t come much more worthwhile than helping someone through a life changing cancer diagnosis, and that is just what volunteers at Recovery Haven do every day. The centre was set up five years ago by nurse Marian Barnes who saw a need for cancer support for her clients, and over the last five years the centre welcomed over 950 clients, the families and carers. Support at Recovery Haven ranges from simply listening and advising to specialised counselling, therapies and activities designed to help clients on their cancer journey. And the benefits are clear.