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Who We Are 2018-04-25T11:54:05+00:00

welcome to our online portal

Welcome to the your online portal for volunteering in South Dublin County.
South Dublin County Volunteer Centre is an independent organisation working with volunteers and volunteer involving organisations. 
  • We provide a range of services for volunteers, where you can:
  • Find out about volunteering opportunities without having to make a commitment
  • Get information on volunteering opportunities
  • Talk to someone on the how, why and where of volunteering
  • Get ongoing support and advice if you want it
We also provide a range of services to volunteer involving
organisations:
  • If you need volunteers we will try and source them for you
  • We can visit you and help with any issues about taking on volunteers for the first time, or to review current procedures
  • We will come and talk to you about anything to do with volunteering, such as references, good practice, expenses … and much more
  • We provide a Garda Vetting Service for volunteer involving organisations who do not have an authorised signatory in their organisation.
  • Access to the South Dublin County Volunteer Corps
We don’t charge for the majority of our services and we keep things confidential.  Have a look around our web site, it is full of information on volunteering and volunteer development and is updated regularly. 
If you would like to hear about some specific volunteering opportunities or if you would just like to hear more about the work of the Centres, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

a brief history

In 1993, the Area Action Plan of the Tallaght Partnership recognised that volunteering could be part of a continuum in getting unemployed people into further education and training and also into employment. It also recognised that volunteers and volunteering was under-supported in the Tallaght area and whereas on one hand organisations were finding it difficult to recruit volunteer, on the other hand volunteers were finding it difficult to access interesting opportunities and were also feeling under-supported and over-stretched. At the time there was no structured support in place to deal with these problems.

The Tallaght Welfare Society obtained funding from the Partnership for a feasibility study to explore the need for a Volunteer Development Resource Unit for Tallaght. The study recommended that a volunteer bureau be set up and specified four key areas of initial activity:
  • Recruitment
  • Skills Training
  • Evaluation
  • Fundraising

first steering committee

A steering committee was set up to develop a plan, based on these priorities, for the formation of the Bureau. This steering committee was drawn from representatives of the community and voluntary sector in Tallaght.

This steering committee developed a three-year Work Plan, which has been the basis for the activities of the bureau from February 1999 to date. It also sourced funding from Comhairle to core fund the bureau including a manager’s salary in January 1999. A manager took office in February 1999 with the official opening of the bureau taking place in July 1999 thus launching the first Volunteer Centre in Ireland.

It was agreed that an on-going Management Committee/Board of Directors, would replace the initial Steering Committee.

present structure

Today, South Dublin County Volunteer Centre is registered as a company limited by guarantee with a Board of Directors. The manager reports directly to the Board of Directors on a six weekly basis. The present staffing compliment of the Volunteer Centre is:
  • Manager (Fulltime)
  • Placement Officers x2
  • Organisational Support worker
  • IT support and development worker
  • Volunteer Corps Project worker
We are situated in County Hall, Tallaght and the Civic Offices in Clondalkin.
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