PJ Gallagher – Comedian and RNLI volunteer – was on hand to launch this year’s National Volunteering Week campaign, #WhyIVolunteer. National Volunteering Week 2019 takes place form 13th – 19th May with events across the country celebrating volunteers and showing people how they can get involved.
2019 marks an historic year for volunteering in Ireland as the Government develops the first ever national volunteering strategy. The strategy has the potential to progress and enhance volunteering in Ireland. One area the strategy will focus on is developing a definition of volunteering, which currently doesn’t exist in an Irish context. To this end, the focus of this year’s campaign is to start a nationwide discussion on volunteering in Ireland – why do people volunteer, what does volunteering mean to people and how does volunteering impact our lives.
“Volunteering is an intrinsic part of Irish life. It affects us all whether or not we are volunteers ourselves,” according to Franziska O’Donnell, Acting Manager of Dublin City Volunteer Centre. “National Volunteering Week aims to showcase the scale of volunteering in Ireland and inspire people to volunteer but this year we want to go even deeper. We want to get to the heart of communities across Dublin City and hear from volunteers and the organisations that involve them. Why do people volunteer and what can we do to ensure anyone who wants to volunteer can volunteer well into the future?”
Volunteer Ireland is encouraging everyone to think about how volunteering impacts their local community this National Volunteering Week. For those ready to get involved, Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services across the country will host events including open days and coffee mornings where people can find out about volunteering locally and see what goes on in their community. At DCVC, we are encouraging volunteers to share their story and to get involved on social media using #WhyIVolunteer.
“We are also encouraging organisations and community groups to host their own events during the week whether it’s a thank you celebration or a simple coffee and chat with their volunteers. National Volunteering Week is the perfect chance to thank volunteers, share their stories and recognise the impact they have on organisations and communities across Ireland.” Franziska concluded.
Dublin City Volunteer Centre is hosting a number of events during National Volunteering Week, come and join us!
Volunteer Information Evening Tuesday 14th May 6.15pm-8pm
During the evening you will be able to hear a few of our organisations speak about the work they do and the roles they have available. After the talk there will be time to to visit the organisations at their stands to ask questions and sign up for roles. This is a great opportunity to gain more in depth knowledge about the volunteering opportunities available and meet like minded people. This event is free but please grab a ticket here as places are limited.
Dublin City Volunteer Managers Network Thursday 16th May 10.15am-12pm
Would you like to get some creative ideas on how to make your volunteer programme even better? The Network is an opportunity to meet like-minded volunteer coordinators, exchange experiences, seek advice and ultimately help you build and maintain a high quality volunteer programme.
Open Day at the Dublin City Volunteer Centre Friday 17th May 12pm-3pm
Come and enjoy some refreshments whilst chatting to our staff about our services, get registered and find out more about the latest volunteer opportunities in Dublin. If you are an experienced volunteer, come to share your story and help inspire others to volunteer. Everyone is also invited to attend a Tai Chi/Qi Gong class from 1.15-1. 45pm (Places are limited and will be allocated by first come first served).