Anchors Aweigh on National Volunteering Week 2019!

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 from 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 South Dublin County Volunteer Centre Manager Tricia Nolan. “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 South Dublin County 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 information sessions where people can find out about volunteering and see what goes on in their community. South Dublin County Volunteer Centre will be available locally on Tuesday 14 May at The Square Shopping Centre , Tallaght from 10am to 2pm, Wednesday 15 May at The Mill Shopping Centre, Clondalkin from 10am to 1pm and on Thursday 16 May at Tallaght Library from 10am – 1.30pm. People can 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.” Tricia Nolan concluded.

For more information:
Colette Gallagher, South Dublin County Volunteer Centre- 086 703 6768

 

NO REPRO FEE 17/4/2019 Anchors aweigh on National Volunteering Week as students Oscar Egan and Saoirse Hannigan help PJ Gallagher and fellow RNLI volunteers Laura Jackson and Kieran O’Connell launch this year’s National Volunteering Week (13th – 19th May). For more info see volunteer.ie. PHOTO: Mark Stedman