Retired? Maybe it’s your time to volunteer

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Bill Holland shares his volunteering story as part of our National Volunteering Week 2016 #NVW2016 Consider Volunteering Campaign

LEAVING your job is a major milestone in most people’s lives, but these days active retirees want to do more with their golden years than do the garden and take up bingo.

With huge life and professional skills to offer retirees are becoming the life blood of voluntary groups, sporting organisations and charities across Kerry.

Consider Volunteering Campaign Launched for #NVW2016

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KerryVolunteer In advance of the annual kick-off of National Volunteering Week, #NVW2016, in Kerry on Monday Kerry Volunteer Centre in conjunction with Moira Murell, Chief Executive Officer of Kerry County Council have launched the Consider Volunteering Campaign to support people in Kerry who are experiencing unemployment to think differently about volunteering on the pathway to employment.

Speaking at the launch of the Consider Volunteering Campaign Moira Murrell, Chief Executive of Kerry County Council said the Council was delighted to support National Volunteering week and that the Council acknowledges the immense contribution of volunteers to the social fabric of the county.

‘The Consider Volunteering Campaign speaks directly to unemployed people in Kerry, it highlights the significant personal benefits that they can gain from volunteering locally and tackles the real and perceived barriers to volunteering that exists’ explained the Volunteer Centre Manager, Geraldine Sheehan. In a time where local job opportunities are scarce Volunteering can be an ideal way for many to keep their skill sets sharp, retain and build self-confidence, keep active, sustain emotional wellbeing, whilst making a valuable contribution to the community.

Consider Volunteering, think of it as an opportunity to do what you love!

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Mary Murphy min min 2Mary Murphy shares her volunteering story as part of our National Volunteering Week 2016 #NVW2016 Consider Volunteering Campaign

WHEN most of us consider volunteering it’s normally to do something for others and give something back. Few of us consider the possibility of really gaining from it ourselves. The theme of National Volunteering Week 2016, May 16-22,  is ‘Think Differently About Volunteering” and that is just what Mary Murphy did when she considered volunteering and chose to get involved.

Having worked as a journalist for over a decade Mary, from Killarney, was made redundant back in 2011 and started the long process of changing careers away from a job that she loved to do to something with better job prospects.

“For me volunteering means that I didn’t have to completely give up on a job I loved, even though I’m not a journalist anymore I can still write and I can still make a difference. It really is the best of both worlds,” Mary recommended.

Consider Volunteering! Give it a lash, the craic is mighty

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Fionnan min 2Fionnán Fitzgerald shares his volunteering story as part of our National Volunteering Week 2016 #NVW2016 Consider Volunteering Campaign.

SIGNING up to sacrifice hours of your precious free time for the greater good is unlikely to get most people queuing up to volunteer, but what most potential volunteers don’t realise is just how much fun it can be. For Fionnán Fitzgerald it’s the craic and camaraderie that are key to a good volunteering experience.

A secondary school teacher , Fionnán first got involved in volunteering when a Community Alert scheme was set up in Ballymacelligott after an attack on the local Parish Priest. Overcome with a desire to do something about it, he signed up as Secretary and hasn’t looked back since- taking the lead in an innovative and hugely successful text alert system that is the envy of groups around Ireland.

“Being involved with something from the beginning gives a source or pride, and you learn as you go along and once you’ve got a supportive group behind you who understand you, you will stick at it.”

Consider Volunteering, when it’s a choice between volunteering or nothing at all!

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thandi1Thandi Dike tells ther volunteering story as part of our  National Volunteering Week 2016 #NVW2016 Consider Volunteering Campaign.

ARRIVING in a new country can be daunting for anyone, but what happens when you are not allowed to work or study in your new home? That was just the situation facing Tralee woman Thandi Dike when she came to Kerry from South Africa in 2009 as an Asylum Seeker with her two young children.

Under Asylum rules Thandi was not allowed to work or to take on study, and so was left with the prospect of doing nothing or volunteering- she chose volunteering and has never looked back. When she first registered with the Kerry Volunteer Centre in 2009 Thandi was living in direct provision in Johnston Marina, and while it has been a long difficult process she was delighted to be awarded residency in September last year.

Breaking news regarding Garda Vetting

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Kerry Volunteer Centre wishes to advise that offical confirmation has just been received from the Department of Justice and Equality that commencement orders for the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 have been signed and that The Act will commence tomorrow on the 29th April 2016.

Planting the seed of integration

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SPRING has officially sprung, and we’ve an hour more to play with in the evenings so what better time to step into the great outdoors and start volunteering.Here in Tralee we’re lucky to have one of the most progressive public community gardening projects in the country and it’s open for business- so to speak. Saturday March 26th marked the start of public participation in Tralee Community Garden for 2016.