Outreach locations and schedule

Ever thought about volunteering but not sure where to start? Mayo Volunteer Centre has a number of outreach sessions planned for August - December 2016 all over Mayo. If you would like to meet with a member of staff and discuss volunteer roles in your own community, please come along and have a chat with us.

We can also meet with voluntary organisations to offer advice on Garda Vetting and all aspects of volunteer management.

To find out more please call 087 679 6937 or drop in to any of the outreach locations listed below and find out about volunteering near you! Further outreach dates/times to be announced shortly.

 31st August - JobSeekers Expo, Newmann Centre, Ballina. 10 am to 1pm

1st Sept - ETB Open Evening, St Jesus & Mary School, Enniscrone, 7.30 - 8.30 pm

1st Sept - Bank of Ireland, Charlestown, 10 am - 12 noon.

9th Sept - Supervalu, Ballyhaunis, 10.30 am - 1 pm

14th Sept - GMIT Castlebar Campus, 10 am - 1 pm

16th Sept - Achill Library, 11 am - 2 pm

11th October - Volunteer Expo, St Mary's Hall, GMIT Castlebar Campus

20th October - Swinford, venue & time tbc

25th October - Louisburgh, venue & time tbc


Appointments are also available in our Ballina and Castlebar offices. Call 087 6796937 or log onto www.volunteermayo.ie for more information.

Where to find us

Directions to Mayo Volunteer Centre, Ballina.

Cathedral Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

The Ballina office of Mayo Volunteer Centre is situated next door to the Cathedral in Ballina, overlooking the river. There is parking to the right of the building, accessed from the second entrance, however if this is full extra parking is situated to the back of the building, accessed from the first entrance to the left of the building. The office hours are 9.30-17.00. To make an appointment please call the office on 096 71444 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Directions to Mayo Volunteer Centre, Castlebar.

Le Cheile Family Resource Centre, Tucker Street, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

The Castlebar office of Mayo Volunteer Centre is situated in Castlebar Family Resource Centre on the right hand side of Tucker Street. Tucker Street is up from Linenhall Street, off Bridge Street. Parking can be found as pay and display all along Tucker Street and New Antrim Street. Longer low cost parking can be found in the Church car park on Chapel Street. The office hours for the Castlebar office vary, as it is not a full-time service. Please call 087 7555899 for an appointment or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Meet our Volunteer Centre Team

Fiona Cunnane, Manager

Fiona Cunnane joined Mayo Volunteer Centre as Manager in March 2014. Previously, Fiona was Manager of Carlow Volunteer Centre, and worked in various charities and not-for-profits in fundraising and marketing roles.

Fiona can be reached directly on 087 6796937 or by email HERE.





Edel Gallagher, Placement Officer, Ballina

has worked with us since 2008. She has experience in fundraising and event management. Edel succesfully co-ordinated a number of events raising money local for organisations. Edel is an active volunteer and takes part in a large number of fundraising cycling activities. Edel works from the Ballina office on a Monday and Tuesday. For an appointment with Edel, you can call her on 087 680 1934 or email her directly.


Leah Cawley, Placement Officer, Castlebar

Leah is the Placement Officer for the Castlebar office. Leah has a background in working for community projects, in particular, Leah worked for the Irish Haemophilia Society. She is available Monday - Friday between 9.30 and 5.30 pm For an appointment with Leah, you can call her on 087 7555 899 or email her directly.


Volunteer Centre Steering Committee

Des Greene (Chairperson), Annette Maughan, Norita Clesham, Noreen McGarry, Daniel Caldwell, Niamh Charlton, Brian Dolan, Mary Malone, Tom McLoughlin and Anne Marie Forbes.

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Castlebar Office: 087 7555899 

Ballina Office: 096 71444 



What does a Volunteer Centre do?

Volunteer Centres IrelandVolunteer Centres provide a placement service between individuals and groups who want to undertake voluntary activity and organisations that are seeking to involve volunteers. Their primary function is to match individuals and groups interested in volunteering with appropriate volunteering opportunities. To do this, they offer advice and support to both volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations through a range of services that include information provision, consultation, training and Garda Vetting.

Local Volunteer Centres provide an invaluable link between individuals wishing to undertake voluntary activity and organisations seeking to involve volunteers. Volunteer Centres believe passionately in the value of volunteering and the benefits of volunteering for all: the individual, the volunteer-involving organisation and the wider society. They contribute to community development, active citizenship and social capital and are a vital component of any national volunteering infrastructure, providing local support at the same time as informing future initiatives and national policy. In addition to placing volunteers, Volunteer Centres stimulate and encourage volunteering by promoting volunteering at local, regional and national events and in local, regional and national campaigns.

They work towards breaking down the barriers to volunteering, targeting specific groups of people who are under- or unrepresented in volunteering. Volunteer Centres develop volunteering opportunities through consultation with local voluntary and community organisations. They recognise the potential of volunteering and encourage groups and organisations – be they private, statutory or voluntary and community – to think creatively about volunteering roles and to develop imaginative, non-traditional opportunities for potential volunteers. In addition, Volunteer Centres work to promote good practice in working with volunteers through the delivery of training and support.

They campaign and respond to legislation that may impact on volunteering and, as local experts on volunteering, inform planning and policy at regional and national level. Volunteer Centres would never claim to ‘own’ volunteering. Rather, they take a pro-active approach to facilitating and enabling volunteering. They will work with any organisation that seeks to do likewise. The Irish government is committed to developing the volunteering infrastructure in Ireland, including through supporting local Volunteer Centres. This is outlined in Towards 2016 and the National Development Plan, 2007-2013. In June 2009, the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs issued its Policy on Volunteer Centres.

About Mayo County

Geographical and socio-economic factors in Mayo

• The population of Mayo was 123,839 at the last Census (2006).

• Mayo is the third largest county in Ireland.

• Mayo is 558,605 hectatres in area, 274,238 of this being farmed.

• The population density in Mayo is 22.2 people per square km, far below the national avarage of 60.6.

• Overall Population Breakdown 2006:

• Castlebar 10,655

• Ballina 10,056

• Westport 5,163

• Claremorris 2,595

• Belmullet 1,074

Mayo Context

Mayo County is located in the province of Connacht, on the West coast of Ireland. It is the third largest county in the state and measures 5585 km2 in area. It borders counties Sligo, Galway and Roscommon. Mayo Volunteer Centre serves the county-wide area – a population of 123,839 ( Source Census 2006 ). The population density for County Mayo of 22.2 people per sq km remains far below the national average of 60.6, thus indicating a relatively high level of population dispersal in the County. Between 1996 and 2002, Ballina and Castlebar together accounted for two thirds of the population change in all urban areas (as defined by the Census). Together with the settlements of Ballinrobe, Claremorris, Ballyhaunis and Westport, they accounted for over 90 per cent of urban population change within the County. Analysis of the 2006 Census indicated that in the period 2002–2006, Mayo experienced its most significant population increase since 1926.


The Hasse index of Relative Affluence and Deprivation provides a single measurement of the overall deprivation of an area. The index takes into consideration the social class composition, the level of unemployment and long-term unemployment, the proportion of lone parents, the extent of small farming and the age dependency rate. The deprivation score ranges from 1 to 10 the higher the dependency scores the higher the deprivation. The average deprivation score for Mayo stands at 7 against a national average of 4.65 with 89 DED's having a deprivation score of 9 or 10.

Employment & Enterprise

Economic activity in Mayo has grown significantly in recent years, much of which has been influenced by the dramatic national growth in the economy over the same period. It is estimated that employment increased in Mayo by over 22% between 1996 and 2002, significantly higher than the growth rate of 8.7% between 1990 and 1996. The overall number of people on the Live Register decreased by 10% between 2003 and 2006.

An examination of numbers employed in each broad industrial group in 2002 shows the dominance of the service sector, which employed up to 56% of those employed in the County. The growing importance of the service sector was counterbalanced by the continuing decline in the numbers employed in agriculture with the 2002 Census showing only 11% employed in this sector compared to 22% in 1996. Fifteen per cent were employed in manufacturing industry in 2002

Although agriculture remains an important part of the local economy, its share of economic output and employment continues to decline. Alternative opportunities must be created that will create employment opportunities in alternative or additional rural enterprises to supplement farm incomes and regenerate the rural economy.

The current econmic recession has had a dramatic increase to the number of people on the live register in Mayo. Records show that in December 2010 there were 13,251 on the live register, similar to December 2009 when there were 12,736 people on the live register, but a significant increase from the previous year of 8,769 in December 2008, an increase of 3,967(45.2%). The highest town recordings in Mayo in Decemebr 2010 were in Ballina, with 3,237 and Castlebar, with 2,421 people currently on the live register.

Infrastructural Deficiencies

The peripherality of Mayo County, in national and international terms, is exacerbated by major infrastructural deficiencies, particularly in relation to strategic road and rail connections, telecommunications and energy. These infrastructural deficiencies are a major inhibiting factor in terms of the social and economic development of the County and quality of life in general.

Educational Attainment

Educational attainment among the Mayo population have been improving over recent years. 20.7% of the population of Mayo have educational attainment of primary including no formal, 25.2% have upper secondary level while 11.1% have a third level degree or higher.

Despite the challenging socio-economic factors, volunteering in Mayo, as reported in the 2006 Census results showed that 17,977 people across Mayo County were involved in one or more voluntary activity. This means that 14.5 % of Mayo's adult population (people aged over 15 years) is volunteering in the County of Mayo. Helping or voluntary work with a social or charitable organisation was the highest uptake of volunteering at 36%.


Census 2006

Mayo County Development Plan 2008-2014

Central Statistics Office Live Register Tables



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