Volunteers offer their time for all kinds of reasons, they come from all walks of life and are all ages.It is important for organisations to acknowledge the contribution and difference that volunteers make in order to keep them motivated and feel appreciated.
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Thinking through and writing down the role you need volunteers to fulfill is key to successful volunteer screening, selection and managment.
As the festival season in Kerry draws to close it is vitally important for organisers and their volunteers to take stock of the successes, and challenges they encountered.
What is Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV)?
Employer supported volunteering, also known as corporate volunteering, is any action by an employer to encourage and support volunteer involvement of their employees in the community.
Festive adverts have taken television hostage, decorations have started to sparkle and talk has turned to the annual Christmas party. There is no escaping it, the countdown to the big day has begun and it's catch up time for the majority of us- be it panic buys online or purchasing enough selection boxes in the weekly shop to keep a small school going.
What is it?
Google Ad Grants is the non-profit edition of AdWords, Google's online advertising tool. It gives non-profit organisations the opportunity to advertise on Google AdWords for free.
Welcome to your new website, developed to extend the range and reach of local Volunteering support services in Co. Kerry. Here at Kerry Volunteer Centre we want to be available in all parishes and parts of our county 24 hours a day and now will be!! We are excited about taking the show on the "virtual road", and look forward to your company along the way!
The latest World Giving Index by the Charities Aid Foundation has been published and Kerry Volunteer Centre has welcomed its ranking of Ireland as number one in Europe in terms of volunteering time and seventh globally.
It's all happening today, Thursday, 16th October. Locally, at 12noon Kerry Volunteer Centre launched its new website for to support Volunteering and Community and Voluntary Groups in Kerry, www.volunteerkerry.ie whilst nationally, Ireland's Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) has been established by Ministerial Order under the terms of the Charities Act 2009. The CRA has set out its functions and operations on its new website www.charitiesregulatoryauthority.ie also launched today.
You know that people who volunteer deserve to be valued and thanked? Well here is your chance to give national recognition to your local Volunteers...
Nominating a Kerry person for the Volunteer Ireland Awards is free and can be done online in a few moments. It will mean so much to them and is a wonderful act of appreciation. The deadline for nominations on is Friday 24th October so get nominating today, all you need to do is fill out this short form!!
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.
We at Kerry Volunteer Centre are delighted to announce that Volunteer Ireland and affiliated centres have partnered with LinkedIn to make skilled volunteering roles on I-VOL, the national database for volunteering opportunities and listings, easily accessible to over 1.2 million LinkedIn members in Ireland.
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.
MODERN life has a knack of making us feel stressed out, everything moves so quickly it’s easy to get bogged down in deadlines and workloads. Feeling “time poor” is a phenomenon that is hitting more and more organisations. But is there a way to take on the clock and win? Check out Kerry Volunteer Centre’s top ten ways of optimising your time and being more productive.
In a fast paced, technology driven society with an increased demand on finances it can be difficult for non-profits to gain access to technologies that will allow them to improve the efficiency of the service they provide. Now more than ever it is so important for us as non-profits to share our knowledge and experiences in order to support each other and our service users.
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 all 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.
Kerry Volunteer Centre is concerned that many voluntary and community groups in Kerry are unaware of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 which came into effect on 1st September 2015.
Following on from a fantastic 2014 we are looking forward to and excited about what 2015 is going to bring. Sign up to our Newsletter and follow us on social media to be kept informed about upcoming training, the latest voluntary sector news, outreach events, seminars, volunteer opportunities, competitions and much more. Here's a taster of what's coming up this year:
The Charities Act 2009 commenced alongside the launch of the Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) on the 16th of October 2014 with the exception of Part 4 (statutory investigations) and Part 7 (miscellaneous). About 8,500 organisations were transferred from the Revenue database under Section 4 of the Act. At present all existing CHY charities are deemed registered with additional information still being required for some. Charities not registered must apply to register by the 16th April 2015.
The roles of a Volunteer Manager can be varied depending on your organisation's size, volunteer needs and the organisation's resources. Volunteer management in its essence is about recruiting, supporting, supervising and motivating volunteers. As such a Volunteer Manager requires specific skills that fortunately can be nurtured and learnt!