Nominees To Be Honoured at Volunteer Ireland Awards in December

Eamon WhiteFrom almost 500 nominations, 29 exceptional volunteers have been shortlisted for this year’s Volunteer Ireland Awards including Eamonn White from South Dublin County. Ireland’s unsung heroes will be celebrated at a special ceremony in City Hall, Dublin on 7th December.

Each nominee has shown extraordinary dedication to help others, often taking time away from family and friends to give back. Below is just a snippet of Eamonn’s story and the wonderful work he has done over the years.

Eamonn volunteers with Swan Family Support who provide support to children and family members affected by drug and alcohol misuse. Eamonn introduced holistic treatments to help against cravings and promote relaxation and this is the only service in this community to provide these services. Eamonn has worked with both families dealing with another’s addiction and the addict themselves by creating a safe haven for people in the community and having an open door policy where everyone is welcome. He goes beyond helping with addiction issues by helping others with stress, depression and all mental health issues. His passion has never waned once in the 20 years he’s been volunteering and his impact is plain for all to see. 

Commenting on the shortlist for the Volunteer Ireland Awards, South Dublin County Volunteer Centre Manager Tricia Nolan said “Thousands of people across Ireland volunteer each day, giving their time without asking for anything in return. This is a chance for us to recognise exceptional volunteers like Eamonn and really celebrate volunteering in Ireland. Reading their individual stories is truly inspiring and we are honoured to shine a light on their work. Thanks to volunteers like Eamonn, Ireland is ranked number one in Europe on the World Giving Index for volunteering time and South Dublin  County should be proud.” 

For more information on the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2016 or to read the inspiring stories of the shortlisted volunteers, see the attached document or visit


About the Volunteer Ireland Awards

The Volunteer Ireland Awards is the national campaign to recognise Ireland’s volunteers supported by the Network of Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services. 29 shortlisted volunteers and their friends and family will attend the gala Volunteer Ireland Awards ceremony on December 7th in Dublin City Hall. 9 category awardees along with a special commendation for Volunteer Manager of the Year will be announced at the event.

One shortlisted volunteer will be the recipient of the Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year Award. The award is named in memory of the late Christine Buckley - campaigner, activist and Co-Founder of The Aislinn Education and Support Centre.

South Dublin County Volunteer Centre

We were delighted to receive the award of Best Not For Profit at the inaugural South Dublin Chamber Awards held in Oct 16 in Dublin.

A big thank you to South Dublin Chamber who hosted the awards and South Dublin County Council for their part also in making in happen.

And well done especially to the team and board of the volunteer centre who were rewarded for their continued excellence and innovation.


Watch below (we appear around 2:50)





South Dublin County Volunteer Centre is delighted to invite you to an International Volunteer Managers Day Breakfast to celebrate all of those in the county who manager volunteers.

The event will be a special celebration to thank all those who manage volunteers. There will be a presentation by Gerry O’Connor, from Cheeverstown House, on his experience of managing volunteers and achieving the Investing in Volunteers award. 

This is an opportunity for those who manage volunteers to come together to discuss issues, share ideas and celebrate with your peers the many hats of the volunteer manager.

The Peachtree Restaurant, Tallaght Cross East

4th November 2016

9.30am to 11am

Refreshments will be served

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 01-4628558 and ask for Deirdre.

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National Volunteering Week 16th - 22nd May
We're delighted to announce 2 unmissable events for those involved in the management of volunteers during National Volunteering Week (16th - 22nd May).

South Dublin County Volunteer Managers Forum

Does volunteer management form part of your daily work? Interested in learning about selling your volunteer role to a wide group of potential volunteers?  Want to meet with, share and learn from peers in your local area who also manage and work with volunteers?   If so - come along to the South Dublin County Volunteer Managers Forum.

South Dublin County Volunteer Centre would like to invite you to the re-launch of the South Dublin County Volunteer Managers forum w
here there will be a presentation at 11am by  Colette Gallagher on 
  • How to better advertise your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers on I-VOL - the national volunteering database.

The session will cover

  • Why we need to advertise our volunteer opportunities
  • What to include in a opportunity
  • Practical demonstration on I-VOL, the national online database of volunteer opportunities.

This will be followed by tea and coffee and is an opportunity for those who manage volunteers to come together to discuss issues  and share ideas relating to recruiting and managing volunteers. 

To book a place - contact Deirdre McNicholas  or phone 01 462 8558.  Early booking advised.

WHERE:         Tessa House, Cookstown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24
WHEN:          Tuesday 17th May from 11am - 1pm

COST:           Free

Dublin Volunteer Management Seminar 

Join us and your colleagues for this year’s Dublin Volunteer Management Seminar (DVMS), as part of National Volunteering Week (16th- 22nd May). Now in its fifth year, the Seminar offers a unique opportunity to network with peers and gain insights, knowledge and best practice around volunteer management.

Topics will include commencement of the Garda Vetting legislation presented by the Sergeants  Jim Gould and Marissa Costello from the National Vetting Bureau, impact of volunteering on ageing populationand importance of intergenerational approach, as well as examples of some highly succesful volunteer programmes. You can download the Seminar brochure HERE


WHERE:         Local Government Management Agency (LGMA), 35-39 Usher's Quay, Dublin 8
WHEN:           Wednesday 18th 2016 from 9:30am to 4pm
COST:            €19 Early Bird Rate €25 standard rate (includes refreshments & light lunch)

Special Early Bird Rate available only until Friday, so make sure to secure your place. 

See our Eventbrite page for further information and to book your ticket. 




South Dublin Volunteer Managers Forum

Tuesday May 17th, 11 am - 1pm,
Tessa House, Cookstown Way, Tallaght.
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or phone 01 462 8558


Dublin Volunteer Centres Volunteer Management Seminar

Wednesday May 18th
Local Government Management Agency
9:30 am - 4pm
Register on line at here.
Download the seminar brochure here
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Join us for the Dublin Volunteer Management Seminar as part of National Volunteering Week (16th - 22nd May). This year the Seminar will take place in the Local Government Management Agency on 35-39 Usher’s Quay, Dublin 8.
The Seminar brings together practitioners from the field of volunteering to provide you with knowledge, insights and discussion on volunteer management. The event is designed to be practical in nature and relevant to you as local volunteer managers. 
To download the Seminar brochure click HERE
Click HERE to book your ticket.
The Dublin Volunteer Management Seminar is an initiative of Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire, Fingal and South Dublin County Volunteer Centres.

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