NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK 2018
When the National Vetting Bureau Act commenced in April 2016, it immediately made it a legal requirement for relevant organisations to have anyone working in a relevant role with children or vulnerable adults Garda Vetted before they started in their role. This applied to all workers whether paid or unpaid. There was also a stipulation in the new legislation that made it a legal requirement for all organisations to retrospectively Garda Vet everyone already in their organisation that is performing a relevant role in their organisation by 31st December 2017.
Meath Volunteer Centre, who provide a Garda Vetting service to the not-for-profit sector in Meath, are urging organisations to check whether they have met their legal duties as this deadline fast approaches. As the new legislation has also introduced e-Vetting, the process is now much simpler and quicker, and Meath Volunteer Centre are happy provide assistance to any group that need it. It is now a criminal offence not to retrospectively vet volunteers and employees, in a relevant role with children or vulnerable adults and penalties for failure to comply with the National Vetting Bureau Act include fines and / or imprisonment.
30 Individuals and 3 Groups to Be Honoured at Volunteer Ireland Awards in December 30th Oct, 2017:
From over 500 nominations, 30 exceptional volunteers and 3 outstanding groups of volunteers have been shortlisted for this year’s Volunteer Ireland Awards including Patricia Lynch from Dunshaughlin. These national awards will celebrate Ireland’s unsung heroes at a special ceremony in Sligo, the 2017 European Volunteering Capital, in December. One exceptional volunteer will be named Ireland’s Volunteer of the Year. This year marks an extremely special year for the Volunteer Ireland Awards. Not only are they celebrating their tenth year, they will also form part of the prestigious closing ceremony of Sligo’s designation as European Volunteering Capital.
The awards aim to celebrate the extraordinary dedication that nominees have shown to help others, often taking time away from family and friends to give back. From those new to Ireland, husband and wife duos and local community stalwarts, we are lucky enough to have so many exceptional volunteers in Ireland.
Patricia is one such example: Patricia has been hugely involved in community work for the past 40 years and with the Dunshaughlin and wider Meath Community for the last 14 years. In the last 10 years alone, she has been responsible for founding sourcing funding and developing with others an award-winning community festival which attracts 15k people to Dunshaughlin each year, involved with developing a professional heritage trail, famine graveyard commemorations, family Halloween events, Intercultural days, Christmas fairs, RTE Dirty Old Towns Production and Community Facility development project. Patricia is a team player and believes in the strength of the group working together. She is an adult literacy tutor and volunteers for Fáilte Isteach. Along with all this, she is still out litter picking with the Tidy Towns.
Commenting on the shortlist for the Volunteer Ireland Awards, Meath Volunteer Centre Manager Emma Golesworthy said “Thousands of people across the country volunteer each day, giving their time without asking for anything in return. This years’ shortlist really captures the breadth and variety of volunteering that takes place throughout Ireland – often going unnoticed. We are particularly lucky in Meath to have exceptional volunteers like Patricia who help our community thrive. The awards allow us to really celebrate and showcase everything that these volunteers do but most of all they give us an opportunity to say thank you.”
For more information on the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2017 or to read the inspiring stories of the shortlisted volunteers, visit www.volunteer.ie
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
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.
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.
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 ALONE.ie)
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
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.
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.
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 www.volunteer.ie 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: www.volunteermeath.ie
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 www.volunteer.ie.
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.
The Meath Chronicle covered our Volunteering Mat-ters programme. Click here for the full article.
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
Thanks to Áine in Meath Chronicle for covering the incresing interest in volunteering by people in Meath - see here for more......