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Community Endeavour Volunteer Award!

 

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NOMINATE A VOLUNTEER FOR THE COMMUNITY ENDEAVOUR AWARDS!
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SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL
Community Endeavour
Awards 2016

As part of the South Dublin County Council Community Endeavour Awards 2016we're really excited to see a new category introduced - "Volunteer of the Year".  

Community groups can nominate a volunteer who has made a significant contribution to their local community for this award.

We're encouraging all organisations who work with us and involve volunteers to take time to enter these awards and in particular to nominate one of their volunteers for the volunteer award award - it really is a good way to thank, acknowledge and support your volunteers.

Get nominating today... you can click the link below to make your nomination online or else download the form here.

You can find out more about the awards here which will be presented at a special function in the Red Cow Moran’s Hotel on Friday, 2nd December 2016.

CLICK HERE TO FILL IN ONLINE



Charities Regulator Registration Hub

Supporting volunteering in South Dublin County
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South Dublin County Volunteer Centre Launches Registration Hub to Support Organisations to Register with the Charities Regulator

 

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As part of its engagement process to ensure full compliance with the Charities Act 2009, the Charities Regulator has partnered with the network of 21 Volunteer Centres across the country and Volunteer Ireland to offer support services to charitable organisations that have yet to complete their registration with the Regulator.

 

South Dublin County Volunteer Centre will act as a ‘registration hub’ to support organisations to register with the Charities Regulator.

 

Speaking on the announcement of the venture, Tricia Nolan, Manager, South Dublin County Volunteer Centre said “Charities come in all shapes and sizes including many smaller, volunteer led charities who might need extra support in completing their registration. South Dublin County Volunteer Centre is at the heart of this community and our strong relationships with local groups make us the perfect fit to provide this support. We encourage any charity yet to complete their registration with the Charities Regulator to contact us and avail of this free support."

 

Head of Registration for the Charities Regulator, Eamon O’Halloran added “Under the Charities Act 2009, all charities operating in Ireland were required to register with the Regulator by last April and failure to do so is an offence.  However, the Regulator accepts that there are many organisations out there that may require some assistance in completing their application."

 

“While there has already been a strong level of engagement from the sector, international practices have shown that initiatives such as this have a direct impact in increasing compliance with the law, which is why we commissioned this venture."

 

For more information contact on how to use this service locally contact Tricia Nolan/Deirdre McNicholas at 01 462 8558.

 

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DON'T FORGET

 

South Dublin Volunteer Managers Forum

Friday November 4th
A special celebration to thank all of those who are managers of volunteers.
The Peachtree Restaurant Tallaght. - 9:30am
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or phone 01 462 8558

 

Training For Community Groups in the County

Find out more about free training for Community Groups - run by South Dublin County PPN
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Dublin 24
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Calling All Superhero Volunteers!

 

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This year's Volunteer Ireland Awards are now accepting nominations. Volunteers are at the heart of all of our communities giving their time freely to help others. They are often in the background and never look for recognition. This is our chance to shine a light on the fantastic work that volunteers do across Ireland - but we need your help!

If you know a volunteer that deserves recognition, nominate them for one of the nine categories below:

  • Animals & Environment
  • Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • Community
  • Health & Disability
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Arts, Culture & Media
  • Children & Youth
  • Emergency & Ambulance Services
  • Social Work

You can nominate online here with our quick and easy form or it can be sent by post. Every nominee will receive a special 'Thank You' card from Volunteer Ireland. The shortlisted nominees will be invited to special ceremony with their friends and family on 7th December at City Hall Dublin. Deadline for nominations: Sunday 16th October.

Don't want to single out a volunteer?

Don't! You can nominate as many volunteers as you like. If you have 10 great volunteers, why not nominate them all and leave the tough work up to us? Remember every nominee will get a special 'Thank You' card from us! 

3,000 ways to Volunteer in the Community

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It’s National Volunteering Week (May 12-18) and South Dublin County Volunteer Centre is encouraging people to give their skills and time to charities, community groups and people in need. 

South Dublin County Volunteer Centre Manager, Tricia Nolan, said it is easy to get involved by searching, I-VOL, the nationwide database of volunteering opportunities. South Dublin County Volunteer Centre has lots of opportunities available.

“People can go to www.volunteer.ie, find I-VOL and and find one off National Volunteering Week projects, short-term roles and ongoing ways to volunteer in their own communityIf people do not have Internet access, they can also call the Centre and we can talk though what might suit.”

“There are currently 3,100 opportunities to volunteer across the country and the top three categories are in youth work, befriending / mentoring and teaching.”

The Centre also announced new additions to the database, such the ability of organisations to search for volunteers by skills and expertise. “People can either search for an opportunity themselves, or can now place their own details on I-VOL or with a Volunteer Centre, and let organisations come to them.”

70% say Ireland would be ‘much worse’ without volunteers

National Volunteering Week is coordinated by Volunteer Ireland and local volunteer centres. 

 Volunteer Ireland today announced details of a survey of 1,000 people. In the survey 70% said that Ireland would be a ‘much worse’ place to live in without volunteers, 67% said that volunteers are underappreciated and undervalued and 73% have said that volunteering can help unemployed people improve skills and experience to increase their employability.

 In 2013 over 14,900 volunteers registered through volunteer.ie and local Volunteer Centres. These volunteers clocked up over 500,000 hours of voluntary work. This work has an equivalent economic value of over €10 million.

Further Information

Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731.

Phil Boughton: Volunteer Ireland: (085) 742 7017.

Tricia Nolan, South Dublin County Volunteer Centre Manager: (01) 462 8558.

W: www.volunteer.ie   T: @voluntireland

Call to action for National Volunteering Week

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South Dublin County Volunteer Centre is calling on people in the county to get involved in National Volunteering Week which takes place from May 12-18.  Members of the public can find ways to take part by browsing the volunteering database I-VOL at www.volunteer.ie, or by contacting the South Dublin County Volunteer Centre.

An analysis in advance of volunteering week of 500 organisations who are currently seeking volunteers, found that IT ‘know how’ is the technical expertise most in demand from volunteers.

Other professional skills that are in demand from charities and community groups include event management, education and training, and experience of working with young people.

 South Dublin County Volunteer Centre Manager, Tricia Nolan, said that while computer skills were the most required in terms of technical expertise, good ‘people skills’ are always highly valued by organisations.

“If you are a good people person, or have other soft or hard skills to share, see how you can connect with your community and volunteer this National Volunteering Week.”

Over 5,000 volunteers have engaged with I-VOL and local Volunteer Centres so far in 2014 and these volunteers have clocked up an incredible 150,000 hours of volunteering. One in three of these volunteers are volunteering to develop skills or to assist employment prospects.

This year, as part of National Volunteering Week, Volunteer Ireland will be launching new features and upgrades to I-VOL, which will enable not-for-profit organisations to search for available volunteers by skills and expertise.

In 2013 over 14,900 volunteers registered through volunteer.ie and local Volunteer Centres. These volunteers clocked up over 500,000 hours of voluntary work. This work has an equivalent economic value of over €10 million.

Further Information

Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731.

Tricia Nolan, South Dublin County Volunteer Centre Manager: (01) 462 8558.

Phil Boughton: Volunteer Ireland: (085) 742 7017.                        

About Volunteer Ireland

Volunteer Ireland is the national volunteer development agency and a support body for all local Volunteer Centres in Ireland. Our vision is every person connected to and participating in their communities to build a better Irish society. Volunteer Ireland works to increase awareness of, access to and quality in volunteering in Ireland.

www.volunteer.ie

 
 

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