About Us

Kerry Volunteer Centre's mission is to promote the value of volunteering and increase the range and quality of volunteering in Kerry.

We believe that in order for volunteering to thrive in Kerry and Ireland:

  • Everyone who wants to volunteer should have the opportunity to do so locally
  • Volunteers need to be appropriately managed, valued and celebrated
  • The support needs of Volunteer Involving Organisations need to recognised and met locally
  • The social, cultural and economic contribution of Volunteering needs to be measured
  • The many impacts of volunteering in Ireland must to be recorded in order to be valued
Driven by these core beliefs, since establishment in 2003, Kerry Volunteer Centre has been locally and nationally at the forefront of developments to advance, strengthen and support Volunteering. We do not let the smallness of our team, the littleness of our funding resources nor the enormity of any challenge deter us from doing what is needed and is best for local Volunteering in Kerry.

We were amongst Irelands first Volunteer Centre's and were innovatively involved in the development of Ireland's National Volunteer Development Agency. Kerry Volunteer Centre's key role is in enabling local Volunteering and delivering support services to Community and Voluntary Groups in Kerry. We had a leading role in the development of National Volunteer Management Training and have a decade long list of local achievements.

Kerry Volunteer Centre Ltd strives to make the services we offer, the physical environment in which we operate and equipment we use as attractive and user-friendly as possible for everyone. Alternative and special provisions, such as wheelchair access and extended opening hours, are made available for people with extra support needs, wherever viable. You can access a copy of our Equal Opportunities Policy for Service Users from any staff member on 066 7117966.

In 2013 and 2016 Kerry Volunteer Centre underwent a stringent external Quality Standard Review and was awarded the Volunteer Centre Quality Award.

Our Services and Supports

For individuals who wish to volunteer

  • One to one advice on how to become a Volunteer
  • Information on available volunteer opportunities
  • Brokerage to enable commencement of volunteer placement
  • Follow up support once Volunteering has commenced

For non-profit organisations

  • Recruitment of Volunteers for Volunteer Involving Organisations
  • Marketing of Volunteering, local community events and voluntary groups
  • Consultancy service on Charities Act and Governance Code
  • Membership of Kerry Volunteer Managers Network
  • Garda Vetting for Community and Voluntary Groups
  • Volunteer Management Training
  • Bespoke training and mentoring sessions
  • Presentations to community groups on Volunteering

As a development and support organisation for Volunteering we understand the needs of our services users, we recognise that our services must be useful, relevant and locally accessible. We take pride in meeting the needs of services users. Everyone at Kerry Volunteer Centre considers it a privilege to work with and for Kerry's Volunteers, Community and Voluntary Groups.

If you would like to find out more about the suite of volunteering services available to you as a volunteer click here or as a volunteer involving organisation click here. You can also drop into our Tralee office on 7 Maine Street between 9.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. If you would like you can make an appointment by calling 066 7117966. Please do note that we reserve the right not to provide services.
 
Kerry Volunteer Centre is committed to exercising the highest standards of Governance. We are fully compliant with the Governance Code for Community and Voluntary Organisationss and are the first of Ireland's Volunteer Centres to be listed as such on www.governancecode.ie/organisations.php. We publish an Annual Report of activities, and audited accounts are prepared then lodged annually with the Companies Registration Office, www.cro.ie. We are funded by the Department of  Rural and Community Development