Happy Christmas from All of Us!

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To everyone we worked with in 2017- thank you for all your support and engagement! It is always wonderful to see the incredible work and generosity of spirit that Mayo's volunteers and voluntary groups contribute to the county and this year was no exception!
 
We hope you have a peaceful and restful Christmas season and we wish you joy, success and lots of positivity and fun in 2018!
 
Our service will close from Friday 22nd December until Monday 2nd January 2018. (Our Castlebar office will re-open on January 8th.)
 
See you in 2018!
 
Fiona, Leah, Edel and Frances.

Autumn 2017 Mayo Volunteer Centre Outreach

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Mayo Volunteer Centre will be doing a number of outreach and networking events over the coming weeks. We would love to meet organisations and members of the public at any of the following venues! Help us to help you! Pop in and have a chat with us about your volunteering interests, and we will do our best to help to create more volunteering "matches" between potential volunteers and community groups!

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.

These informal events aim to create a space for potential volunteers to meet up and have a chat with groups seeking new volunteers. Phone Leah at 087 7555899 for more info or to book a space, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

GMIT, Castlebar Campus - Student Volunteers Recruitment Morning!

Tuesday 3rd October 10 am – 1 pm, GMIT, Castlebar. Community & voluntary groups can book a display stand at this event to promote your group to student volunteers. Contact Fiona at 096 71444, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book or for more information.

Nominations Open Now - Volunteer Ireland Awards

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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

·         Community

·         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.

National Volunteer Week at Mayo Volunteer Centre

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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! 

Mayo Volunteer Centre Launches Registration Hub to Support Organisations to Register with the Charities Regulator

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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."

Any small local charity or community group who wishes to avail of this support from Mayo Volunteer Centre, can book an appointment for assistance by calling their office on 096 71444 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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