The Offaly Volunteer Centre will facilitate and help you to find a volunteering opportunity with our registered organisations. We will give individuals information and guidance on how to get involved in volunteering.
Offaly Volunteer Centre is a new service and we will endeavour to source many volunteering opportunities from around the county. We hope to get a wide and varied selection of opportunities from our organisations so Volunteers can choose the categorty and the geopraphical region most suited to them.
We welcome your views and feedback on what's important for volunteers and for volunteering in your area. Just contact us using the above links.
Useful Volunteering Information
Anyone can volunteer. It doesn't matter whether they are young or old, male or female, able bodied or disabled, in paid work or not, there is something they can do. Some people volunteer a few times a year when they have spare time, others give a regular commitment of several hours per week and some even volunteer on a full time basis.
A volunteer is someone from the community who contributes to the development of the community. They are valued as individuals who bring a unique contribution to the group with whom they work. Volunteers work for no reward other than the development of themselves and the community. They accompany others towards a common goal.
Volunteering covers many varied and different activities, from visiting an elderly or sick neighbour; getting involved in a youth club, scouting or guiding club; assisting a charity with its finances or administration; helping someone to read and write; the list is endless.
Volunteering is defined as the commitment of time and energy, for the benefit of the society and the community, the environment or individuals outside ones immediate family. It is undertaken freely and by choice, without concern for financial gain.
Volunteering as defined by ‘Third Age Foundation’
Volunteering has traditionally been service giving, mutual aid and self help, advocacy and campaigning, and community action. All forms of volunteer activity provide a network of social relationships that connect people to their communities. It is this connection that is vital to building democratic, healthy and self-sustaining communities. Volunteering is relevant to all spheres of life and volunteers are making a positive impact on the economic, social cultural and environmental issues of our time.
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