Meath Volunteer Centre Local Drop-in

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Charity Regulator Partnered with Volunteer Centres

The Charities Regulator was established on 16 October 2014 as Ireland’s independent Authority for the regulation and protection of charitable trusts and organisations (charities).

Their mission is to regulate the charity sector in the public interest so as to ensure compliance with the law and support best practice in the governance, management and administration of charities.

Last year the Charity Regulator as part of its engagement process partnered with the network of 21 Volunteer Centres across the country and Volunteer Ireland to offer support services to charities that have yet to complete their registration and reporting obligations with the Regulator. Each Volunteer Centre acted as a local ‘registration hub’ to support smaller organisations to register and report. Charities come in all shapes and sizes including many smaller, volunteer led charities who might need extra support in completing their registration. Volunteer Centres are at the hearts of their local communities with strong links to local groups and are the perfect fit to provide this support. Volunteer Centres are based throughout Ireland, and can make available to small community organisations the necessary physical and electronic resources to equip them to complete the Charities registration process. International practices have shown that initiatives such as this have a direct impact in increasing compliance with the law.

The Regulator will also be using this process to help identify any dormant charities and reminding these organisations that should they continue to fail to engage that they will lose their charitable status.

You can read the full Charity Regulatory Authority Report 2016 here

For information on obtaining or retaining you charity status go to  Charities Regulatory Authority

Ireland plays host to the Coca-Cola 52nd European Sand Yachting


Are you looking to do something different?

Would to like to meet new people and watch 120 competitiors Sand Yacht in Meath?

Would you like to volunteer at a European Sporting Competition? Ireland plays host to the Coca-Cola 52nd European Sand Yachting Championships on Bettystown & Laytown beaches, County Meath from Monday 11 to Friday 15 September 2017.

Now is your chance to join is this amazing sport as an Event Volunteer.

Find out more and apply

sand yachting 2017

Superknitter for Team Hope

Volunteers can get involved in many different ways.

One of our busy volunteers fits in knitting for the Team Hope Shoebox appeal, making a difference to children worldwide.

Who wouldn't want one of these cute dolls!

Eileen says 'I am enjoying the knitting. Sending you a picture of what I've done so far. Keeping me busy with my other daily commitments for the moment'.

Thanks Eileen for your help. 

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hope dolls

New befriending service to be set up in Co Meath

Did you know that?

Loneliness can decrease life expectancy by 10 years

Loneliness is as dangerous as smoking 10 cigarettes a day

Social isolation increases the risk of developing dementia

1 in 3 older people live on their own 7 – 9 % suffer from chronic loneliness

(figures from

Meath Volunteer Centre with the support of the local community hope to establish a face-to-face befriending service in Co Meath to help combat loneliness.

We are inviting anybody who is interested in such a service to come to our

FREE event

at the Ardboyne Hotel

on June 28th

at 10am to 12.30pm.

Tea/coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

We would especially like people that may be lonely themselves to attend so we can develop our service around the needs of people in County Meath. Professionals, family and friends and anyone interested in this area are also invited to attend.

To BOOK a place contact SALLY-ANN or EMMA at 0469280790 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Our annual National Week of Volunteering is from the 15th - 21st May and the theme of this year’s week is the promotion of the work that the volunteer centres across Ireland do. Meath Volunteer Centre will have a ‘Pop up Shop’ in Navan Shopping Centre open from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm on the 16th to 18th May where we will have information available on volunteering opportunities and the work of Meath Volunteer Centre. Call in for a cuppa and a chat you may even bag a freebie gift! We look to seeing you there

Volunteers - Share your Story

Volunteers- Share Your Story

As part of a drive to encourage new people to try volunteering in their local community we are looking for people like you to tell us your story!

With National Volunteering Week soon approaching ( May 15-21st )Meath Volunteer Centre are looking to put together a selection of experiences to promote the positive effects and benefits of volunteering.

You could be a huge influence in encouraging other people to take that first step in volunteering by simply sharing your volunteering experience with us.

If you are interested in sharing your story please us know and we will get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Meath Man Shortlisted For National Volunteer Award

Meath Man Shortlisted For National Volunteer Award

Nominees To Be Honoured at Volunteer Ireland Awards in December

November 4th, 2016: From almost 500 nominations, 29 exceptional volunteers have been shortlisted for this year’s Volunteer Ireland Awards including Michael Guerin from Co. Meath. 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 Michael’s story and the fantastic work he does. Although he has spent 7 years in the Order of Malta Kells, Michael Guerin initially only joined to be a driver. Since then he has clocked up many hours on the ambulance, became an assistant cadet leader, is certified on Off Road Driving, holds an emergency first responder certificate and is now Ambulance Officer in the unit. A lot his time driving is spent bringing people who live in the community or residential facilities to their hospital appointments. Michael always ensures everyone has a safe and comfortable journey. When regional events are taking place and extra vehicles and equipment need to be collected, Michael is always there to help the team out whatever the time of day or location.

Commenting on the shortlist for the Volunteer Ireland Awards, Meath Volunteer Centre Manager Jennifer Land 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 Michael 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 these, Ireland is ranked number one in Europe on the World Giving Index for volunteering time and Meath should be proud.” For more information on the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2016 or to read the inspiring stories of the shortlisted volunteers, visit Ends

For more information please contact: Amy Woods, Communications and Advocacy Officer, Volunteer Ireland Tel: 085 717 9261 / 01 636 9446

For more information about local volunteering opportunities:



PRESS RELEASE- Calling All Superhero Volunteers!

31st August 2016

Meath Volunteer Centre Calls for Nominations for Meath's Best Volunteers.

Meath Volunteer Centre has launched the ninth annual Volunteer Ireland Awards with a call for nominations. The Volunteer Ireland Awards are open to volunteers of all ages volunteering in any part of the Republic of Ireland.

There are nine different award categories, along with the prestigious Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year award.

Volunteers are the people on the ground in communities across Meath. They teach salsa at the local residential home. They answer support lines. They sell you your raffle ticket at half time. They pick up litter in the town centre. No matter what happens, they are always there. Volunteers are the everyday heroes behind non-profit organisations across the country. Volunteers give up their time selflessly for the benefit of others. They usually stay behind the scenes, never looking for thanks or recognition.

These awards give us a chance to shine a light on the extraordinary efforts of volunteers in Ireland and recognise their commitment and dedication.

We know there are thousands of fantastic volunteers in Meath and we are calling on the public now to take this opportunity to say thank you to their local volunteers, and to nominate an outstanding volunteer they know.

Anyone can nominate a volunteer, and the nine categories are:

Arts, Culture and Media

Animals and Environment

Campaigning and Awareness Raising

Children and Young People

Community Emergency & Ambulance Services

Health and Disability

Social Work Sports and Recreation

Volunteer managers and coordinators, whether paid or unpaid, play a huge role in enabling volunteers. So this year we will also be awarding a special commendation for Volunteer Manager of the Year.

Every nominee will receive a special ‘thank you’ card from Volunteer Ireland. All shortlisted applicants are automatically eligible for the overall award.

Nominations close at midnight on Sunday 16th October and can be made online at

The Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year award along with the nine category winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on Wednesday, 7th December in City Hall, Dublin.

All shortlisted nominees along with their guests will be invited to the ceremony to enjoy a much-deserved night of celebration.


Contact: Amy Woods, Communications and Advocacy Officer, Volunteer Ireland – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 085 717 9261 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 086 026 5665

Meath Chronicle covers Volunteering Mat-ters

The Meath Chronicle covered our Volunteering Mat-ters programme. Click here for the full article.

Great article about Volunteers from Meath in the Sunday Business Post

Many thanks to Dolores and Jim for talking with the Sunday Business Post as part of National Volunteer week - great examples showing how everybody benefits from volunteering - and that there is something for everybody. Click here to read the article

Meath Chronicle - Volunteering hits unprecendented levels

Thanks to Áine in Meath Chronicle for covering the incresing interest in volunteering by people in Meath - see here for more......