Tomás O Caoimh has always been used to having a busy schedule but when he found himself with some time on his hands he decided to embrace the opportunity. His first port of call was the Kerry Volunteer Centre. “I had always known the Kerry Volunteer Centre was there, just from passing the door or seeing it in the paper but this was the first time I contacted them,” Tomás who is currently out on disability leave explained. “In the past, I would have been involved in the Simon Community and St Vincent De Paul when I was in college I was always interested in volunteering and I had some time on my hands,” he added.
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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!
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.
Anne Mackenzie said she volunteers because "I want to say thank you to the many people who have given time to me and to my family over the years".
Volunteering has many benefits, some of which include meeting new people, making new friends and giving back to the community. Take a look at the list of Volunteer Opportunities below and see what possabilities arise...
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.
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.
Sylvia Thompson is an extremely active and enthusiastic volunteer’ admitting that “I can volunteer up to six days a week depending on what is ongoing. There is always a lot going on. I am retired officially but I like meeting people I enjoy it all, I only volunteer in what I enjoy to do,” Sylvia remarked.
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.
From now until 4th October, we are calling on the people of Kerry to nominate a volunteer they feel is deserving of a national Volunteer Ireland Award. One outstanding nominee will be named Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year at a special ceremony in December. Volunteers are the lifeblood of Irish society and we are proud to have a strong culture of volunteering in Kerry. Without them, many of the things we take for granted simply wouldn't exist. It’s hard to think of an area in the county that doesn't benefit from volunteers - from meals on wheels to sport, supporting vulnerable people or enhancing our towns and villages, volunteers are the biggest heroes we have. But they are unsung heroes, and with these awards we want to shine a light on the amazing people who give so much to Kerry without any expectation of thanks or glory.
Gretta O'Rourke from Tralee Community Garden is thanking volunteers for ''the fantastic mix of cultures, countries, individuals, organisations who have given part of their lives to enhance ours. Thank you so much".
Whether it be gardening or computers you enjoy, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities available in Kerry.
Patricia says she volunteers because "The people in the community hospital love the company, gets them out of themselves".
A few hours volunteering a month can make such a difference. See how you can help make someone's life better...
We love volunteers! "Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart!" Elizabeth Andrew
Browse our list of volunteering opportunities to see who is needed in your area. Even one hour is appreciated.
Mark volunteers with Tralee Community Garden because he loves "green side of life. Trees, organic foods and...'. Volunteering makes Geraldine smile and Cristina wants to make the difference.
Whatever your reason, make volunteering part of your 2015.
Why people in Kerry Volunteer? "I believe it contributes in a very positive way to create a better society. It makes me feel part of my community.'' ''It's giving back to the community & helping to make a difference.''
Whatever your reasons might be, there are lots of possibilities to get involved this summer. See our full list of volunteering opportunities available in Kerry.
"I believe we are put on this earth to be of service. It's how I find meaning in my life. And it's fun!"
-- Dana Delany
We celebrated National Volunteering Week last month and there are plenty of reasons to volunteer in June as well. Browse through list of available volunteering opportunities in Kerry and let us know if you would like to help.
Nollaig from Kerry General Hospital is thanking volunteers for their "assistance and care during times of need. All help is appreciated".
There are over 150 volunteering opportunities to choose from. You can volunteer at once off events or commit to a longer period with a charity or not for profit organisation.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world" ~ Ghandi.
On 11th-17th May we are celebrating National Volunteering Week. There will be lots of opportunities to meet us around county and ask about volunteering. Like every month we have prepared a list of volunteer roles that are needed by charities in Kerry.
Fatima Visanji-Speight says she volunteers because "I care and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing I can make a difference to the quality of life".
Volunteering can be of benifit to the both the volunteer and to the community as a whole. Take that first step towards volunteering by looking at our list of Volunteer Opportunities below!
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.