If you would like to find out how to get involved in Volunteering locally in your retirement do drop by the Kerry Volunteer Centre information stand at the Active Over 50 Plus Expo in Killarney on Sunday 7th at the Malton Hotel and Conference Centre in Killarney. Voluntary groups, sporting organisations and charities across Kerry are keen to involve people with life experience, resourcefulness, qualifications, abilities and energy. In fact, over 50’s along with retirees make up the lifeblood of dozens of Kerry organisations and voluntary community.
Volunteering doesn’t come much more worthwhile than helping someone through a life changing cancer diagnosis, and that is just what volunteers at Recovery Haven do every day. The centre was set up five years ago by nurse Marian Barnes who saw a need for cancer support for her clients, and over the last five years the centre welcomed over 950 clients, the families and carers. Support at Recovery Haven ranges from simply listening and advising to specialised counselling, therapies and activities designed to help clients on their cancer journey. And the benefits are clear.
Every year Kerry Volunteer Centre works with community groups on “Governance” related matters to grow their understanding of and develop their capacity to implement best practices in how they run their organsiations.
In 2017 we are delighted to announce our Fear-less Governance Seminars to support the committee members awareness and implementation of good governance practices. The seminars have been deliberately scheduled at evening and morning time to accommodate attendance and are made possible by collaboration with Irelands’ Governance Code Working Group.
The evening seminar will take place at 7.30pm to 9.30pm Wednesday 19th April in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney and the morning seminar on Thursday 20th will be from 11am to 1pm at the Manor West Hotel Tralee.
With no full time employees and just two part time staff the Tralee International Resource Centre (TIRC) simply couldn’t exist without its volunteers, they are a core part of every service they provide. TIRC works, since 2009, to support integration in Tralee by providing a drop in facility and services to asylum seekers, refugees and the broader international community. Volunteers have been a key part of the TIRC from the very beginning and they value their Volunteers' involvement.
To support local community and voluntary groups to develop an understanding of how to measure their impact along with outputs and outcomes, Kerry Volunteer Centre has organised an expert led Free Seminar entitled "An Introduction to Outcome and Impact Measurement" on Thursday 30th March (11am to 1pm) at Manor West Hotel Tralee.
Seamus Friel retired in August 2016 but soon found his skills in demand at the Down Syndrome Kerry ‘321 Charity Shop’ and Coffee Dock in Tralee. Seamus who is a trained electrician and worked for 16 years in maintenance at the Kostal factory in Abbeyfeale started helping out in the store in October of last year.
WHEN most people think of the Kerry Cancer Support Group, set up in 2007, the Kerry Cork Health Link Bus springs to mind and it’s no surprise. The bus, which transports cancer patients to and from hospital appointments, has become a regular sight on the road to Cork. The bus remains the groups “signature service” and it operates to and from CUH every day, empowering patients to attend radiotherapy appointments. It also facilities appointments in the nearby Bons Secours, Cork Clinic and on occasion the Mercy Hospital depending on patients needs.
Yet, what many people may not be aware of are the many additional and new services the group now provides thanks to the support of it’s team of voluntary fundraisers, drivers and committee members. One of the less well know services offered through the Kerry Cancer Support Group is it’s education, information and awareness work: “We go to the secondary schools, to groups, anyone really who wants us to come and speak to them in Kerry- in and around awareness, know your body and prevention” explained Breda Dyland, Manager of the Kerry Cancer Support Group.