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National Volunteering Week 14 – 20 May 2018

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This year’s National Volunteering Week, themed “Volunteering Builds Better Communities “, will be taking place from 14th – 20th of May.

National Volunteering Week is a week-long campaign to raise awareness for and promote the importance of volunteering. In line with this year’s theme “Volunteering Builds Better Communities”, Dublin City Volunteer Centre will work alongside the National Volunteer Centre Network and Volunteer Ireland to highlight the importance volunteering plays in building strong and lasting connections in communities across Dublin City.

Did you know?

According to a new survey by Volunteer Ireland, 67% of people who volunteered felt an increased sense of belonging to their community and 70% felt it gave them an increased sense of being included and not being alone.

In the run up to National Volunteering Week, Edwina Dewart, Manager of Dublin City Volunteer Centre, said:

“Volunteering builds better communities – it really is as simple as that. From local Canal Clean Up groups to Community DIY Groups and the parents coaching their children’s sports teams – coming together to give back makes a community stronger. When people volunteer they feel closer to their community and the people in it, and they take pride in their community.

Ireland has a strong culture of volunteering and its impact on communities was exemplified during the recession. Volunteers in communities that were hit hard came together to do what they could to keep their town centre alive, planting flowers to brighten up the area or working together to create local events and festivals. This culture has only gotten stronger since then as Irish communities continue to feel the impact of locals who make a difference.”

As part of National Volunteering Week, Dublin City Volunteer Centre will be running a number of events that are open to the public and/ or to registered Volunteer Involving Organisations.

Events during NVW 2018

 


National Volunteering Week is a national campaign run by the Volunteer Centre/ Volunteer Information Services Network and Volunteer Ireland from 14th -20th of May.

Click here for more information about nation-wide events.