One in five people don’t volunteer because they don’t know how to get involved
Research commissioned by Volunteer Ireland has found that for 20% of people the main barrier to getting involved in volunteering is not knowing where or how to find opportunities. However, South Dublin County Volunteer Centre is determined to change this during National Volunteering Week.
Encouragingly the research, carried out by nfpSynergy, also found that 25% of Irish adults are involved in regular volunteering. The most common place where people volunteer, at 72%, is with a local charity. The most common motivation to volunteer was to support a specific cause (55%), while helping out in the local community was the priority for 53% of volunteers.
To signpost people to where the multitude of opportunities lie, the Centre is highlighting the ways that people can make the most of volunteering week.
South Dublin County Volunteer Centre, Manager, Tricia Nolan said: “The key step is to go to www.volunteersouthdublin.ie where people can find a volunteering role near them to suit their interest or skill. Alternatively people can call into or phone South Dublin County Volunteer Centre in Tallaght at 01 462 8558.”
Ms. Nolan also drew attention to using the online volunteer database ‘I-VOL’, which can also be found at www.volunteersouthdublin.ie. I-VOL works both ways – people can search for volunteering opportunities in their local areas and organisations also can post that they are searching for volunteers.
In 2014 more than 12,400 volunteers engaged with I-VOL and local Volunteer Centres and clocked up an incredible 470,000 hours of volunteering.