#WhyIVolunteer:Jude's Story

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At Kerry Volunteer Centre we often get asked ‘Can I volunteer if I am under 18?’ While some opportunities will be restricted to you as a minor, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any ways for you to get involved, Jude's story testifies to this! 

Jude is 15 years old and is currently studying for his Junior Cert and started volunteering at the age of 12. He is actively volunteering with the support of the Volunteer Centre's Placemnet Team ( Linda, Terry and Siobhan) and regrets not starting younger. ‘I had a misconception that you can only volunteer from maybe 16 or 18, however, I’ve realise now there are so many youth-based volunteering opportunities.’ Jude first started volunteering with Adapt Charity shop, he enjoyed this experience as he was exposed to stock taking, working on the tills, team work, meeting new people and built upon his communication skills, which in turn, enhanced his own confidence.

#WhyIVolunteer:Dorcas' Story

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As part of National Volunteering Week 2019 Kerry Volunteer Centre will share with you the faces and stories of eight local Volunteers. Each story is unique and reflects the wide variety of reasons as to why people are choosing to volunteer in Kerry. We very much appreciate the openness and generosity by which each of the Volunteers shared their personal story and experiences.  Dorcas' storys is the first we shall share with you! 

National Volunteering Week The Perfect Time to Mind and Value Our Volunteers!

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NVW BannerVolunteering 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:

 

Have Your Local Voice Heard Nationally

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focus group

 

 

 After years of advocating by Kerry Volunteer Centre and Volunteer Ireland, the Government has taken the first steps towards a national volunteering strategy! 

To ensure your voice is heard, Kerry Volunteer Centre will be hosting a number of focus groups across the county to get your views and formulate our response details of which are:

  

 

Date             Location          Venue                       Time

14th January     Killarney                The Brehon Hotel               19.30-21.00

15th January    Waterville              Teach Amargin                    12.00-13.30

16th January    Listowel                 Listowel Arms Hotel            11.30-13.00

17th January    Tralee                    Kerry Volunteer Centre       11.00-12.30

17th January    Tralee                    Kerry Volunteer Centre       14.30-16.00

To book your FREE space visit volunteeringstrategy.ie or call Kerry Volunteer Centre on 066-7117966

 

 

 

 

Kerry Man Nominated For National Volunteer Award

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Kerry Volunteer Centre is delighted to announce that Kerry local Cormac Sertutxa has been nominated for a Volunteer Ireland Award. Over 1 million people in Ireland volunteer and these awards aim to say thank you for the hard work and dedication of volunteers across the country.

Free briefing session on Children First Act 2015

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Following almost two years of preparations all remaining provisions of the Children First Act 2015 will be commenced from yesterday the 11th December 2017. 

These include the provisiimagesons in relation to mandatory reporting of child abuse and in relation to placing a legal obligation on organisations providing services to children to prepare and publish a Child Safeguarding Statement.

Together with the HSE Kerry Volunteer Centee will be providing FREE Child protection briefing on the Children First Act 2015 on the 24th of January 2018. 

The purpose of the briefing is designed to provide information about key elements of the Children First Act 2015 and prepare community and voluntary groups, their Trustees and Volunteers to meet their statutory requirments under the Act.

The key to Managing Volunteers is ...

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According to Breda Sheehan, Manager of the National Council for the Blind Ireland (NCBI) Charity Stop in Tralee, when it comes to managing volunteers, it’s all about appreciation and making the experience a positive one for NCBIall involved. We in Kerry Volunteer Centre agree fully!

Breda manages a team of up to 12 volunteers, and is keen to let them know that their hard work is appreciated. “I think the most important thing is to treat people the same way you would like to be treated yourself. You have to constantly keep in your head that they are giving of their free time, they are there to help out of goodwill. You have to appreciate them,” Breda advised.