Volunteering is an intrinsic part of Irish life. National Volunteering Week provides an annual platform to thank Volunteers, invest in their wellbeing, share their stories and recognise the impact they have on organisations and communities across Kerry. As such, Kerry Volunteer Centre is hosting a fabulous series of free events on National Volunteering week from the 13th – 19th May at its Tralee offices. These include:
Self-Care for One Good Adult –Monday 13th May, 11,00am to 12.00pm
Investing in your Volunteers –Tuesday 14th May, 11.00am to 12.30pm
Unlocking your Potential and Celebrating Volunteering –Wednesday 15th May, 10.30am to 12.30pm
The Benefit’s and Diversity of Volunteering- Thursday 17th May, 11.00am to 12.00pm
If you would like to attend any of the forthcoming events then why not call Siobhan at Kerry Volunteer Centre on 066 7117966 or find out on the Volunteer Centre’s Facebook page and here on your Volunteer Centre's website by simply clickig this link.
Throughout National Volunteering Week Kerry Volunteer Centre will be sharing with you some of the faces and stories of local Volunteers on its digital media accounts. On Instagram, Facebook and Twitter you can see and read about Zimbabwean native, Dorcas Mudamvanji who volunteers for Tralee International Resource centre finds inspiration in volunteering in three ways ‘Love, patience and humility’. Additionally, 15 year old Jude Pierse who is currently studying for his Junior Cert and volunteering for Order of Malta, offers advice to young people who are thinking about volunteering. Social Care Student, Rebecca Donoghue, who currently volunteers for St. John of God’s shares her story along with well-known Volunteer, Sean Lyons who talks about his experience as a Trustee of Kerry Cancer Support Group.
By highlighting the many different faces and stories of local volunteers, Kerry Volunteer Centre aims to support and facilitate this national conversation on what volunteering means in modern Ireland. Why do people volunteer and what can we do to ensure anyone who wants to volunteer can volunteer well into the future?
The 2019 training program of events for National Volunteering Week have been developed in response to the needs to local Volunteers and Volunteer Involving Organisations in Kerry as identified during the community based consultation events conducted in January 2019. The events were organised so that the voices, experiences and needs of Kerry based Volunteers, Trustees and Organisations could inform the development of Ireland’s Volunteering Strategy being developed in the latter half of 2019.
The findings of the consultation events facilitated by Kerry Volunteer Centre throughout Kerry and by sister Volunteer Centres' across Munster identified the need for Volunteer wellbeing to be invested in, the urgency of Volunteers to be minded and valued. The need for investment in the capacity of organisation to manage Volunteers as well as the opportunity to showcase the rich diversity of Volunteering in Kerry also shone through amongst the findings of the community consultation sessions along with the regulatory burden on organisations to be resourced and reduced.