New Good Governance Awards Launched

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Kerry Volunteer Centre is delighted to share with you news of its involvement with the Carmichael Centre's Good Governance Awards. This new initiative recognises and encourages adherence to good governance practice by Community, Voluntary and Charitable organisations in Ireland.

Volunteer to put your skills to good use

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You can put your skiils and expertise to good use locally by chosing to Volunteer with a community and voluntray group in Kerry and get immediate on the job satisfaction, appreciation and respect in return.  The skills that you have to share are worth their weight in gold and are valued by volunteer involving organisations throughout Kerry.

Valuing the community spirit of Kerry's Volunteers

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In Kerry Volunteer Centre we know of many many Volunteers across Kerry that are making their neighbourhoods safer and healthier. It is important that we value the community spirit as epitomised by hundreds of volunteer involved with Community Alert, Civil Defence, Inshore Rescue, Mountain Rescue or First Responder schemes. There are a raft of new and long established volunteer led groups stretching from Barraduff to Ballybunion, Tralee to Kenmare that are deserving of a acknowledgment, recognition and appreciation

Volunteering at University Hospital Kerry #NVW2016

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All week we have been encouraging you to Consider Volunteering,  today the final day of National Volunteering Week 2016 we wished to share with you an insight into how Volunteers are making a real difference in the every day life and living in Kerry


IT’S a small team that’s working well and making a big difference, that’s the message this week from University Hospital Kerry Volunteer Co-ordinator Nollaig Barry.The volunteer programme at the hospital was initiated in 2012 to support the Care of the Elderly facility which was later transferred to the Tralee Community Nursing Home in Killerisk. Since then it has grown into an integral part of life in the hospital.

“At the initial stage we looked at taking on just two or three ‘Befrienders’ to support patients. Once we saw the success of that we looked at other ways volunteers could help and that is how our ‘Meet and Greet’ initiative came about ,” Nollaig explained.

It’s about making volunteering work for you and your schedule

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John Turtington shares his volunteering story as part of our National Volunteering Week 2016 #NVW2016 Consider Volunteering Campaign

THERE is sometimes a worry among prospective and new volunteer recruits that volunteering means you have to give up all your free time. But retired volunteer is John Turtington is proof that you have volunteer and also have a busy social life. John registered with the Kerry Volunteer Centre in 2009 and has been involved over the years in a range of projects from youth clubs and drama right through to his current involvement with University Hospital Kerry.

Retired? Maybe it’s your time to volunteer

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Bill Holland shares his volunteering story as part of our National Volunteering Week 2016 #NVW2016 Consider Volunteering Campaign

LEAVING your job is a major milestone in most people’s lives, but these days active retirees want to do more with their golden years than do the garden and take up bingo.

With huge life and professional skills to offer retirees are becoming the life blood of voluntary groups, sporting organisations and charities across Kerry.

Consider Volunteering Campaign Launched for #NVW2016

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KerryVolunteer In advance of the annual kick-off of National Volunteering Week, #NVW2016, in Kerry on Monday Kerry Volunteer Centre in conjunction with Moira Murell, Chief Executive Officer of Kerry County Council have launched the Consider Volunteering Campaign to support people in Kerry who are experiencing unemployment to think differently about volunteering on the pathway to employment.

Speaking at the launch of the Consider Volunteering Campaign Moira Murrell, Chief Executive of Kerry County Council said the Council was delighted to support National Volunteering week and that the Council acknowledges the immense contribution of volunteers to the social fabric of the county.

‘The Consider Volunteering Campaign speaks directly to unemployed people in Kerry, it highlights the significant personal benefits that they can gain from volunteering locally and tackles the real and perceived barriers to volunteering that exists’ explained the Volunteer Centre Manager, Geraldine Sheehan. In a time where local job opportunities are scarce Volunteering can be an ideal way for many to keep their skill sets sharp, retain and build self-confidence, keep active, sustain emotional wellbeing, whilst making a valuable contribution to the community.