Seamus Friel retired in August 2016 but soon found his skills in demand at the Down Syndrome Kerry ‘321 Charity Shop’ and Coffee Dock in Tralee. Seamus who is a trained electrician and worked for 16 years in maintenance at the Kostal factory in Abbeyfeale started helping out in the store in October of last year.
WHEN most people think of the Kerry Cancer Support Group, set up in 2007, the Kerry Cork Health Link Bus springs to mind and it’s no surprise. The bus, which transports cancer patients to and from hospital appointments, has become a regular sight on the road to Cork. The bus remains the groups “signature service” and it operates to and from CUH every day, empowering patients to attend radiotherapy appointments. It also facilities appointments in the nearby Bons Secours, Cork Clinic and on occasion the Mercy Hospital depending on patients needs.
Yet, what many people may not be aware of are the many additional and new services the group now provides thanks to the support of it’s team of voluntary fundraisers, drivers and committee members. One of the less well know services offered through the Kerry Cancer Support Group is it’s education, information and awareness work: “We go to the secondary schools, to groups, anyone really who wants us to come and speak to them in Kerry- in and around awareness, know your body and prevention” explained Breda Dyland, Manager of the Kerry Cancer Support Group.
MODERN life has a knack of making us feel stressed out, everything moves so quickly it’s easy to get bogged down in deadlines and workloads. Feeling “time poor” is a phenomenon that is hitting more and more organisations. But is there a way to take on the clock and win? Check out Kerry Volunteer Centre’s top ten ways of optimising your time and being more productive.
Yasser Askar is an inspiration for the any person aspiring to volunteer. He has overcome transport impediments, time constraints, language barriers and cultural challenges to embrace the opportunity to volunteer in Kerry. He has quite literally got on his bike to make it happen!
Originally from Egypt Yasser arrived in Kerry six months ago and has embraced volunteering as an opportunity to get out and about in his new community to make friends and improve his English. ‘I don’t have a car and didn’t have money for the bus but I wanted to help so I went by bicycle. I didn’t mind- the weather was lovely and the nature was beautiful. It was like an adventure for me,” Yasser revealed.
When Yasser moved to Tralee with his wife and two young children, aged 11 and nine, he was eager to integrate into his new home as quickly as possible. “I found the Kerry Volunteer Centre on the internet, and got in touch to see what places might need volunteers. It is a great way of improving your language skills, and I have also made many friends here in Tralee and in Killorglin as well,” he explained.
As today is International Volunteer Day, 5th December 2016, we wished to share with you Mary's Volunteering Story so as to highlight the real and far reaching difference that local Volunteers and Volunteering have.
The 2017 Community Support Fund is open for applications and Kerry County Council is inviting applications from community and voluntary organisations to apply to the fund, worth €750,000, for local projects and initiatives.
Running a charity, sporting or voluntary group is challenging. At Kerry Volunteer Centre we understand that the tasks associated with managing risk, budgeting for the year head, strategically panning for future sustainability, coordinating volunteers, generating local awareness of your activities and resolving legal conundrums can be very stressful and difficult. Especially, when the group cannot afford the expert and skilled professional help that you need.
Kerry Volunteer Centre wishes to encourage groups grappling with such challenges and difficulties to contact us, we want to help, we are in a position to do so and what's more there's lots of skilled and able Volunteers registered with us looking for to help groups just like yours.