Happy Christmas from All of Us!
Volunteer Networking Coffee Mornings -
Claremorris: Friday 29th September, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm, Claremorris Family Resource Centre
Ballyhaunis: Thursday 27th October, 10 – 12.30 in Ballyhaunis Family Resource Centre
Ballinrobe: Wednesday 8th November 10.30 – 1 pm in Maple Youth Centre, Ballinrobe.
GMIT, Castlebar Campus - Student Volunteers Recruitment Morning!
Ballina Community Centre was graced with a touch of glamour on recently, when the former Ms. Georgia and current Ms International, Nova Pearson Kopp, gave up some of her holiday time in Ireland to volunteer with the Meals on Wheels service. Ms Kopp was on a trip to Ballina with her husband, Mark Kopp, and was put in touch with Mayo Volunteer Centre when she expressed an interest in volunteering while here. The Centre was delighted to help her find a way to contribute during her visit, and she spent some time assisting in the Vincents charity shop and with delivering meals to older and disabled people.
Fiona Cunnane, Manager of Mayo Volunteer Centre said, “We were delighted to be able to help Nova find a way to volunteer during her short stay in Ballina. She is a very accomplished person, who is a great advocate for community service where she lives in the U.S. serving on many voluntary Boards, and has a particular interest in assisting people affected by domestic violence. Our role in the Volunteer Centre is to help everyone get involved in volunteering – so whether you have done it before or not, and no matter how much time you have available, we can help you find a volunteer role to suit you!”
Mayo Volunteer Centre are currently encouraging people to nominate volunteers for a Volunteer Ireland Award. The awards are open to volunteers of all ages in the Republic of Ireland. There are ten different award categories, along with the prestigious Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year award.
“There are many people in Mayo, who, like Nova, commit their time to volunteering. These awards provide an opportunity to showcase this diverse group of people and say thank you for their remarkable work,” Fiona added.
Anyone can nominate a volunteer, and the ten categories are:
· Animals and Environment
· Arts, Culture and Media
· Campaigning and Awareness Raising
· Children and Youth
· Safety and Emergency Services
· Health and Disability
· Social Work and Social Inclusion
· Sports and Recreation
· Outstanding Group
This year sees the introduction of a new award for groups, to recognise the teams of volunteers across the country that work together to make a difference. There will also be a special commendation for Volunteer Manager of the Year. Every single person nominated for an award will receive a special ‘thank you’ card from Volunteer Ireland.
All shortlisted applicants are automatically eligible for the overall Volunteer of the Year Award. Nominations close at midnight on Friday 6th October and can be made online at www.volunteer.ie. The Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year Award along with the ten category winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on Friday 1st December in the Radisson Hotel, Sligo. The event fittingly coincides with the closing ceremony that ends Sligo’s year as the European Volunteering Capital. All shortlisted nominees along with their guests will be invited to the ceremony to enjoy a much-deserved night of celebration.
To celebrate National Volunteering Week, Mayo Volunteer Centre is running two events and everyone is invited to pop in. On Tuesday 15th May, from 11 am to 4 pm, the Centre is hosting an Open Day at our office on Cathedral Road, Ballina. And on Thursday 18th May, from 11 am to 1 pm, we are holding a coffee morning in conjunction with Le Cheile Family Resource Centre, on Tucker St Castlebar. Everyone is welcome to pop in for a cuppa and information chat about volunteering and community involvement. There’s no obligation and no pressure – just come and see what it’s all about!
As part of its engagement process to ensure full compliance with the Charities Act 2009, the Charities Regulator has partnered with the network of 21 Volunteer Centres across the country and Volunteer Ireland to offer support services to charitable organisations that have yet to complete their registration with the Regulator.
Mayo Volunteer Centre will act as a ‘registration hub’ to support organisations to register with the Charities Regulator. Every organisation that holds a “CHY” number must now report to the Charities Regulator on an annual basis, and the Volunteer Centre is available to provide assistance to those who aren’t sure what to do or how to do it.
Speaking on the announcement of the venture, Fiona Cunnane, Manager, Mayo Volunteer Centre said “Charities come in all shapes and sizes including many smaller, volunteer led charities who might need extra support in completing their registration. Mayo Volunteer Centre is at the heart of this community and our strong relationships with local groups make us the perfect fit to provide this support. We encourage any charity yet to complete their registration with the Charities Regulator to contact us and avail of this free support."
Head of Registration for the Charities Regulator, Eamon O’Halloran added “Under the Charities Act 2009, all charities operating in Ireland were required to register with the Regulator by last April and failure to do so is an offence. However, the Regulator accepts that there are many organisations out there that may require some assistance in completing their application."
“While there has already been a strong level of engagement from the sector, international practices have shown that initiatives such as this have a direct impact in increasing compliance with the law, which is why we commissioned this venture."