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.

National Spring Clean ....let's get involved!

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imageIt will come as little surprise that the National Spring Clean is Ireland’s most popular, well recognized and successful anti-litter initiative. Taking place during the whole month of April and now in its 17th year. The effort and enthusiasm of the National Spring Clean volunteers has ensured the campaign’s real triumph and success down through the years. it's a fun family friendly volunteer opportunity to participate in with your local communities and to take responsibility for litter.

Low cost equality, what’s it worth?

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WOMEN working in the community and voluntary sector may be soaring through the glass ceiling accounting for half of the top CEO roles in the country, but exactly how much are they valued.

Volunteers! It's your vote!

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General election manifesto page 001ELECTION Day is looming, and while most of us freely admit to hiding behind the curtains when the canvassers call, the time has come for Kerry volunteers to engage with the candidates. We in Kerry Volunteer Centre are and so can you!

We are urging Volunteers to bring their voice to the doorstep and to the world wide web and the aim of this pre-election campaign is to keep Volunteering on the agenda of the new Government. At the core of the local #VOTECOMMUNITY2016 campaign is the ‘Volunteer Ireland and Volunteer Centres’ manifesto which is seeking support from candidates on issues including strategy and funding. Volunteers can bring these issues directly to candidates when they call over the coming days.

Kerry General Hospital seeks feedback from older people

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Kerry General Hospital TraleeAre you over 65? Have you attend Kerry General Hospital recently?If you answered yes to both these questions then you may like to avail of a unique opportunity to feedback on your experiences of KGH at their inaugural listening session with older people scheduled for Tuesday, February 23rd 2016.

This is an independently facilitated forum whereby you can freely chose to actively participate and openly share your experiences, as such Kerry Volunteer Centre is happy to create awareness of its happening.The Sessions will be between 2 and 4pm on Tuesday 23rd and will provide an opportunity for older people to engage with the HSE Quality Improvement Division and Kerry General Hospital.