Consider Volunteering, think of it as an opportunity to do what you love!

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Mary Murphy min min 2Mary Murphy shares her volunteering story as part of our National Volunteering Week 2016 #NVW2016 Consider Volunteering Campaign

WHEN most of us consider volunteering it’s normally to do something for others and give something back. Few of us consider the possibility of really gaining from it ourselves. The theme of National Volunteering Week 2016, May 16-22,  is ‘Think Differently About Volunteering” and that is just what Mary Murphy did when she considered volunteering and chose to get involved.

Having worked as a journalist for over a decade Mary, from Killarney, was made redundant back in 2011 and started the long process of changing careers away from a job that she loved to do to something with better job prospects.

“For me volunteering means that I didn’t have to completely give up on a job I loved, even though I’m not a journalist anymore I can still write and I can still make a difference. It really is the best of both worlds,” Mary recommended.

Consider Volunteering! Give it a lash, the craic is mighty

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Fionnan min 2Fionnán Fitzgerald shares his volunteering story as part of our National Volunteering Week 2016 #NVW2016 Consider Volunteering Campaign.

SIGNING up to sacrifice hours of your precious free time for the greater good is unlikely to get most people queuing up to volunteer, but what most potential volunteers don’t realise is just how much fun it can be. For Fionnán Fitzgerald it’s the craic and camaraderie that are key to a good volunteering experience.

A secondary school teacher , Fionnán first got involved in volunteering when a Community Alert scheme was set up in Ballymacelligott after an attack on the local Parish Priest. Overcome with a desire to do something about it, he signed up as Secretary and hasn’t looked back since- taking the lead in an innovative and hugely successful text alert system that is the envy of groups around Ireland.

“Being involved with something from the beginning gives a source or pride, and you learn as you go along and once you’ve got a supportive group behind you who understand you, you will stick at it.”

Consider Volunteering, when it’s a choice between volunteering or nothing at all!

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thandi1Thandi Dike tells ther volunteering story as part of our  National Volunteering Week 2016 #NVW2016 Consider Volunteering Campaign.

ARRIVING in a new country can be daunting for anyone, but what happens when you are not allowed to work or study in your new home? That was just the situation facing Tralee woman Thandi Dike when she came to Kerry from South Africa in 2009 as an Asylum Seeker with her two young children.

Under Asylum rules Thandi was not allowed to work or to take on study, and so was left with the prospect of doing nothing or volunteering- she chose volunteering and has never looked back. When she first registered with the Kerry Volunteer Centre in 2009 Thandi was living in direct provision in Johnston Marina, and while it has been a long difficult process she was delighted to be awarded residency in September last year.

Breaking news regarding Garda Vetting

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Kerry Volunteer Centre wishes to advise that offical confirmation has just been received from the Department of Justice and Equality that commencement orders for the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 have been signed and that The Act will commence tomorrow on the 29th April 2016.

Planting the seed of integration

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SPRING has officially sprung, and we’ve an hour more to play with in the evenings so what better time to step into the great outdoors and start volunteering.Here in Tralee we’re lucky to have one of the most progressive public community gardening projects in the country and it’s open for business- so to speak. Saturday March 26th marked the start of public participation in Tralee Community Garden for 2016.

National Spring Clean ....let's get involved!

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imageIt will come as little surprise that the National Spring Clean is Ireland’s most popular, well recognized and successful anti-litter initiative. Taking place during the whole month of April and now in its 17th year. The effort and enthusiasm of the National Spring Clean volunteers has ensured the campaign’s real triumph and success down through the years. it's a fun family friendly volunteer opportunity to participate in with your local communities and to take responsibility for litter.

Low cost equality, what’s it worth?

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WOMEN working in the community and voluntary sector may be soaring through the glass ceiling accounting for half of the top CEO roles in the country, but exactly how much are they valued.