Kerry couple shortlisted for Volunteer Ireland Awards

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From over 500 nominations, 30 exceptional volunteers and 3 outstanding groups of volunteers have been shortlisted for this year’s Volunteer Ireland Awards including George and Mary Sugrue from Kerry.  2017 marks an extremely special year for tGeorge and Mary Sugrue 3he Volunteer Ireland Awards. Not only are they celebrating their tenth year, they will also form part of the prestigious closing ceremony of Sligo’s designation as European Volunteering Capital.

The awards aim to celebrate the extraordinary dedication that nominees have shown to help others, often taking time away from family and friends to give back. From those new to Ireland, husband and wife duos and local community stalwarts, we are lucky enough to have so many exceptional volunteers in Ireland. George and Mary, from Tralee, are one such example:

Let's put Volunteering in the 2021 Census

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The Central Statistics Office are currently carrying out a public consultation on the types of questions that will be asked in Census 2021. There was a question on volunteering in 2006, but it was not included in the 2016 Census, much to our disappointment.  As such, Kerry Volunteer Centre is asking for your support in getting Volunteering back into the Census-the deadline for submissions is November 3rd, so there is not much time left. census

We would love it if you were able to make a submission to the CSO supporting putting Volunteering related questions back into the Census. To make it as easy as possible, you can just cut and paste the text from our submission below and submit it at - it shouldn’t take more than a minute. Kerry Volunteer Centres' submission is written to adhere to the framework of the consultation and makes what Kerry Volunteer Centre believe is a strong statistical argument.

Volunteering Matters with Kerry Parents and Friends Association

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 Over the last number oKPFA Bannerf months the Kerry Volunteer Centre has been delighted to work with the Kerry Parents & Friends Association (KPFA) and the partnership has already borne fruit. June O’Mahony of the KPFA first contacted the Volunteer Centre this summer to discuss their need for a volunteer ‘Befriender”, a role that was successfully filled just a few weeks later.

“I was looking for a volunteer befriender in Tralee and someone mentioned the Volunteer Centre. I spoke to Linda in the office, I gave her the details and we took it from there,” June recalled. “A befriender is normally a person with a couple of hours to spare. It gives our people an opportunity to get out into the community and experience things with a new friend. It’s a different experience for them. It might just be to go for a walk or have a cup of coffee,” she added.

Tomás Volunteering Story: Do Good, Feel Good

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imagesTomás O Caoimh has always been used to having a busy schedule but when he found himself with some time on his hands he decided to embrace the opportunity. His first port of call was the Kerry Volunteer Centre. “I had always known the Kerry Volunteer Centre was there, just from passing the door or seeing it in the paper but this was the first time I contacted them,” Tomás who is currently out on disability leave explained. “In the past, I would have been involved in the Simon Community and St Vincent De Paul when I was in college I was always interested in volunteering and I had some time on my hands,” he added.

The 2017 Good Governance Awards

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Good Governance AwardsKerry Volunteer Centre is delighted to share with you news of its involvemnt with the Carmichael Centre 2017 Good Governance Awards in association with its partners: Charities Institute Ireland, Dóchas, ENCLUDE, Volunteer Ireland, The Wheel, Davy Charities, Governance On-Line, Mason Hayes & Curran and Mazars.

This successful initiative now in its second year is accepting applications to be considered for one of four award categories. The Awards have been established to recognise and encourage compliance and adherence with good governance best practice by non-profit organisations in Ireland.

Sylvia's Volunteering Story

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Sylvia Thompson is an extremely active and enthusiastic volunteer’ admitting that “I can volunteer up to six days a week depending on what is ongoing. There is always a lot going on. I am retired officially but I like meeting people I enjoy it all, I only volunteer in what I enjoy to do,” Sylvia remarked.

New Volunteer Management Training Program for Kerry

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Why Volunteers quit
It is important that volunteers have positive volunteering experiences and that volunteer involving organisations are supported to provide such positive local volunteering experiences. As such we are delighted to let you know that as part the schedule of events for National Volunteering Week 2017, Kerry Volunteer Centre has today launched an innovative Volunteer Management Training Program for Kerry to provide a local and free training platform for charities, community groups, volunteer involving organisations and volunteers to become skilled in Volunteer Management.