Articles Tagged ‘Volunteers’

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

Mary Murphy min min 2Mary Murphyshares 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.

Tomás Volunteering Story: Do Good, Feel Good

imagesTomás 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.

#WhyIVolunteer:Dorcas' Story

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! 

#WhyIVolunteer:Jude's Story

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.

10 Reasons to Volunteer in 2015

10 reasons to volunteer in 2015

#1. Meet new people
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Having a shared goal and interest with someone can make it easier to strike up a conversation. The chances are that you and the people you are volunteering with will often be like-minded so therefore they are more likely to be the type of people that you would want as friends. After all, we are social creatures so why not spend time doing what you enjoy with like-minded people!

3 Kerry Volunteers Nominated for Volunteer Ireland Awards

Kerry Nominees VI Awards

Kerry Volunteer Centre is thrilled to announce that 3 Kerry Volunteers are amongst 30 shortlisted for the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2014. Majella Forde, Micheál O’Sullivan and Louise Quill, volunteers with Irish Red Cross, Ard Cúram Day Care Centre and Tir Na nOg Orphanage (respectively) have been shortlisted for the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2014.Over 500 nominations were received for this year’s Awards ceremony, Ireland’s biggest Awards campaign for volunteers.

Consider Volunteering Campaign Launched for #NVW2016

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.

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

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.”

Employer Supported Volunteering

Employer Supported Volunteering

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.

Family Resource Centre's - Here to help!

Family Resource Centre

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.

Garda Youth Achievement Awards Ceremony

Garda Youth Awards Ceremony

Anna, Acting Manager and Paula, Campaigns and Communications Officer of Kerry Volunteer Centre gathered with over 250 attendees at Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Friday night to recognise and celebrate the endeavours of youths in Kerry that have had a positive impact on their respective communities.

Hello and Welcome


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!

It's Time to Thank Your Volunteers


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!!

It’s Time to Thank Volunteer Managers


On the occasion of International Volunteer Managers Day, Thursday the 5th of November, Kerry Volunteer Centre would like to acknowledge and highlight the efforts of Volunteer Managers in Kerry.

Kerry Cork Health Link Bus service gearing up for a new challenge

KerryCorkLink 66WHEN 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.

Kerry Man Nominated For National Volunteer Award

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.

Kerry Nominees Awarded at Volunteer Ireland Awards

 Kerry Nominees

Three inspiring volunteers,Micheál O’Sullivan, Louise Quill and Majella Forde, proudly represented Kerry nationally last night at the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2014 in Dublin.Kerry Volunteer Centre would like to congratulate all three for their outstanding contribution to local and overseas volunteering. On the night bothMicheál O’Sullivan and Majella Forde received a Volunteer Ireland Award and werehonoured for their fantastic Volunteering work, with Ard Cúram Day Care Centre and the Red Cross.

Let's celebrate Youth Volunteering in Kerry

Garda Youth Awards2

Kerry Volunteer Centre is delighted to endorse and promote the Kerry Garda Division Youth Achievement awards 2014 in association with Lee Strand Milk. The awards are unique to Kerry and we believe that they provide a very special platform to value young people and to nurture youth volunteering within our county.