Deadline for Retrospective Garda Vetting extended to April 30th 2018

Department of Justice and Equality has advised us that the deadline date for submission of vetting applications in accordance with Section 21 of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 (Retrospective Vetting ) has been changed from the 31st December 2017 to the 30th April 2018. 

Since April 2016 legislation has made it mandatory for people conducting relevant work to be vetted. Anyone whose work, or voluntary activity, consists mainly of the person having access to children or vulnerable adults is required to be vetted.

The National Vetting Bureau has a number of compliance officers who carry out unannounced visits of businesses and organisations to ensure the law is being followed and Mayo Volunteer Centre is happy to assist any voluntary organisation ensure their compliance with the current legislation.

Retrospective vetting

“There is a cohort of persons who were employed in relevant work before the act commenced and this is the cohort to whom retrospective vetting applies,” Garda Superintendent Sarah Meyler explained.

Retrospective vetting can take place until the end of April 2018, after which the person will be committing an offence if they haven’t engaged with the process.

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) acts stipulate a range of penalties for failing to comply.

These penalties can include fines of up to €10,000 and five years in prison.

“We are appealing to organisations, those who maybe haven’t started their plan to move their retrospective vettings on, that they would do so now because that deadline is looming,” Superintendent Meyler continued.

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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We're On Our Way To You!!

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


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 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.

Volunteer Management Training 17th November

Volunteer Management Essentials - 1 day training course

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Mayo Volunteer Centre is running our popular "Volunteer Management Essentials" Training Course on Thursday 17th November in Foxford Sports & Leisure Centre, 9.30 am - 4.30 pm. The training is suitable for anyone who has responsibility for recruiting and co-ordinating volunteers in a community or voluntary group, and the cost is €20 (discounts available for the unwaged). 

Volunteer Management Essentials

Learning Objectives

1.      Gaining knowledge of the elements that make up a good volunteer programme

2.      Developing an understanding of volunteer motivation and how to utilise this to recruit and retain volunteers in your group

3.      Putting in place a structure to develop volunteer roles and supports

4.      Examining methods of resolving difficult situations with volunteers

5.      Getting an overview of the elements that make up a Volunteer Policy

Training Day Schedule

Morning – Planning & Recruitment

·         Stages in developing a successful volunteer programme

·         Understanding volunteer motivations and expectations

·         Developing Volunteer Role Descriptions

·         Volunteer Recruitment & Selection Techniques

Afternoon – Day to day Management of Volunteers

·         Induction

·         Volunteer Agreements

·         Support and Supervision

·         Dealing With and Resolving Difficult Situations with Volunteers

·         Volunteer Policy – Elements and Structure


To Book:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone 096 71444



Volunteering Expo, GMIT Castlebar Campus

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We are going on the road!

Autumn Outreach Dates. 

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The team in Mayo Volunteer Centre will be traveling the length and breath of the county over the coming months to bring our Information and Outreach programme to a variety of communities. Check out our schedule of outreach below and help us to spread the word about our visits.

Anyone who is interested in finding out about volunteering should call to chat with us for info and advice about volunteering options. Local community organisations who are interested in recruiting volunteers are also encouraged to drop over to our stand so we can ensure your volunteering opportunities are included on our database. Looking forward to meeting you!

Ballina Jobseekers Expo

31st August, 10.30 am - 1 pm, Newmann Centre



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



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



16th Sept, 11 am - 1 pm, Library

Keep an eye on this page and on our social media pages for more dates and locations to be announced soon. For further information call our Ballina office 096 71444.



Upcoming Training - Volunteer Management Essentials


Thursday 14th April 2016, 9.30 am - 4 pm.

This one-day crash course covers the essentials of all aspects of managing volunteers - recruitment, screening, selection, day-to-day support, supervision, dealing with difficulties and developing a volunteer policy.

Venue will be arranged to suit the majority of attendees.

Please RSVP before Monday 4th April to reserve a place to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 096 71444/087 6796937 as places are limited.

Mayo Winner at Volunteer Ireland Awards

Photo of Ann Coleman with ChildCastlebar woman, Ann Coleman, was selected as a Volunteer of the Year in the International Development category at this year’s Volunteer Ireland Awards. The awards were presented at a special ceremony in City Hall, Dublin on 2nd December. 


Ann Coleman is a retired mental health nurse who won in the International Development category for her work with Chernobyl Children International. She has been working with children in the Vesnova Children's Mental Asylum for over ten years to alleviate the suffering of the thousands of children and young adults in forgotten institutions and mental asylums across Belarus and Western Russia.


Ann has been an advocate for the children in Vesnova, pushing for the transition of these children to independent living units instead of being sent to Adult Mental Asylums when they reach the age of 18. Known affectionately by the children as ‘Mama Ann’, she has fought for the children’s rights to be accepted members of the community and has pulled down the barrier of discrimination the children face by encouraging the children to become active members of the community.


Mayo Volunteer Centre congratulations Ann - hundreds of nominations were sent in and Ann clearly stood out for her dedication and commitment. Ann is a real credit to the county. Volunteers are so selfless and giving that their immense contribution often goes unnoticed. We are delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate these volunteers and above all else, say thank you for all that they do.


For more information on the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2015 or to read the inspiring stories of the nominees and winners, visit


Autumn 2015 Programme of Events for Volunteer Managers

We're pleased to announce the following programme of training and activities for Volunteer Managers and Co-ordinators this Autumn. All events are free of charge, but advance booking is essential.

Volunteer Managers Network Meeting – Thurs 24th Sept 2015, 10.30 am – 1 pm

This networking and information event is open to for anyone with responsibility for managing or co-ordinating volunteers. This time we will be presenting a short information session on the topic of "Child Protection & Volunteers" and as usual, we will include time for informal networking and information sharing among attendees. Venue: ISPCC Offices, N5 Business Park, Moneen, Castlebar.

Volunteer Expo – Tues 6th October 2015, 10.30 am – 1.30 pm

Now is the time to reserve your exhibition space at the county's largest volunteer recruitment event - the Volunteer Expo in GMIT, Castlebar Campus. The Volunteer Expo this year takes place on Tuesday 6th October, from 10 am to 1.30 pm. This is your chance to promote your organisation's work to students and the wider community, and let people know how they can become involved with you as a volunteer. 

Volunteer Management Training Essentials – Thurs 15th October 2015, 9.30 am – 4 pm

This one-day training course covers all the essential components of managing/co-ordinating volunteers. Topics include recruiting volunteers, developing role descriptions, managing difficulties with volunteers, and keeping volunteers motivated. Venue to be confirmed (will be based on a location to suit majority of participants).

Charities Regulatory Authority – Workshop, Tues 20th October, 6 pm – 9 pm

Representatives from the Charities Regulatory Authority will present an information workshop on the new regulations that are now in place for all charities and voluntary groups in Ireland. If you are on a Management Committee, Board of Directors on in a management role in a charity or community group it is essential to become familiar with the new requirements of the Charities Act. Venue: Castlebar - final venue to be confirmed shortly.

 For more information and to book a spot at any of these events, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;  Phone: 096 71444


Managing Volunteers - Info Night

Managing Volunteers - Information Night

How to recruit volunteers & keep them involved

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Tuesday 9th June, 7 - 8.30 pm

 Aras Inis Gluaire, Belmullett

This information session is aimed to benefit anyone who is involved in a community group or charitable organisation, and who would like to know more about the best ways to engage more people as volunteers and to keep them motivated and involved. The session will look at the following topics:

·Trends in Volunteering



·Keeping Volunteers Engaged

·Action Plan

·Mayo Volunteer Centre  - our role & how we can help


Call 096 71444 / 087 6796937 for further info and bookings

National Volunteering Week In Mayo

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People of Mayo Are Called On To Get Involved In National Volunteering Week

Mayo Volunteer Centre is encouraging everyone to get informed and involved in volunteering during National Volunteer Week, which runs from May 11th - 20th 2015.

The Centre has a range of options for people from all parts of the county to get involved - from outreach and information events, to once-off volunteer activities and by helping to spread the word about registering with Mayo Volunteer Centre.

Events for the week include:


Tuesday 12th May - Outreach & Information at Aras Inis Gluaire, Belmullett from 10 am to 2 pm.

Thursday 14th May - Volunteering Expo in Ballina Library from 10 am to 2 pm.

Friday 15th May - Open Day at Mayo Volunteer Centre Outreach Office in Castlebar, which is based in Le Cheile Family Resource Centre, Tucker Street, Castlebar.


For further information, contact any of the team at Mayo Volunteer Centre at 096 71444 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


National Volunteering Week 11th - 18th May 2015

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Tuesday 7th October, 10:00 - 14:00

St Mary's Hall, G.M.I.T., Castlebar

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Managing Volunteers Training Day

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Turlough House, (National Museum of Country Life), Turlough, Castlebar, Co Mayo

September 18th, 10 am to 4 pm.

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National Volunteering Week - Open Day Friday 16th May

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Garda Vetting Information Seminar for Community Groups

Date: Thursday 1st May 2014

Time: 7 - 8 pm

Venue: Le Cheile Family Resource Centre, Tucker Street, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Garda Vetting will soon be legally mandatory for everyone who works or volunteers with children and vulnerable adults.  Mayo Volunteer Centre provides a service to community and voluntary organisations to access Garda Vetting for their staff and volunteers. In order to help community organisations get fully up to date on the new legislation, we are offering a free Information Seminar in Castlebar on Thursday 1st May at 7 pm in the Le Cheile Family Resource Centre on Tucker St.

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Mayo Volunteer Managers Network Meeting

Tuesday, 8th April 2014, from 10 am to 12 noon

kindly hosted by Moy Valley Resources, Bunree Road, Ballina.

The theme of the meeting is:

Volunteer Feedback and Evaluation

Do you give feedback to your volunteers about how they are doing?

Do you do formal appraisals with your volunteers?

Do your ask your volunteers for feedback about their experience volunteering with you?

Do you do exit interviews with volunteers when they are leaving?


Getting and giving volunteer feedback can be a great way of keeping your volunteers motivated and involved. It can help to improve performance, uncover any unspoken issues, and lessen the chance of internal problems turning into negative publicity.


Join Mayo Volunteer Centre’s Volunteer Manager’s Network Meeting on Tuesday 8th April to discuss various ways of conducting feedback and evaluations, share your experiences of what works and doesn’t work, have a look at evaluation forms and templates.


The Mayo Volunteer Managers Network is open to everyone who has responsibility for volunteers in their voluntary group – whether you are paid or unpaid yourself. It is a friendly, informal forum for volunteer managers to share experiences and peer support. All are welcome!


We hope you can make it. Please phone 096 71444 for further details


To book your free place - please register HERE

New "Health Check" Guide for Voluntary Organisations

Mayo Volunteer Centre can now offer voluntary organisations a "Health Check-up" Guide to assist them to self-assess how well they are doing in terms of their volunteer management.

The "Health Check" is a simple tick-box form that voluntary organisations can work through to see where they might have gaps in their processes - such as not having written role descriptions. The Volunteer Centre can then provide assistance to the organisations in helping them to resolve any outstanding issues or provide sample documentation etc.

The Health Check guide was produced by the network of Volunteer Centres in Ireland in conjunction with Volunteer Ireland. A copy of the Guide can be downloaded here: HEALTH CHECK GUIDE

Oesophageal Cancer Fund – Volunteers
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OCF needs You! Help sell our €2 lollies at street collections/ in Supermarkets and Shopping Centres nationwide, Fri 28/2 – Sat 1/3. Great fun with great people + you make a real difference by increasing public awareness and raising essential funding for OC research and patient support services. See 


Outreach locations for November & December

Ever thought about volunteering but not sure where to start? Mayo Volunteer Centre has a number of outreach sessions planned for November and December 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!

 Friday Nov 8th 11-3pm Belmullet Library

Thursday Nov 14th 3-5pm Kilkelly Library (please note date change)

Friday Nov 15th 11-1pm Achill Library

 Thursday Nov 21st 11-1.30pm Westport Library

 Friday Nov 22nd 11-1pm Claremorris Library

Wednesday Nov 27th 10-4pm Ballina Library

 Thursday Nov 28th 3-5pm Charlestown Library

Tuesday Dec 3rd 10-1pm Belmullet Education and Training Centre

 Friday Dec 6th 11-3pm Belmullet Library

Tuesday Dec 10th 10-4pm Crossmolina Library

Wednesday Dec 11th 1-3pm Swinford Library

 Thursday Dec 12th 3-5pm Louisburgh Library

Tuesday Dec 17th 10-2pm Killala Centra

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

ISPCC upcoming information evenings

ISPCC Mayo are currently recruiting  Volunteers for our Childline Service. We will be holding group meetings in ISPCC Mayo in the N5 Business Park on the Moneen Road on Thursday November 28th and Wednesday December 4th at 6.30pm for prospective Childline volunteers. ISPCC services are child-centred and full training will be provided to all successful applicants. We are looking for people who are non-judgemental and are passionate about listening to children and interested in finding out what’s going on for them. For more information and to save a place please contact Fiona at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 094 90 25254. 


On Thursday 10th October, over 25 volunteer involving organisations came together at GMIT in Castlebar, to highlight their work and were available for potential volunteers to chat to and find out more about volunteering in Mayo.

 Organisations in attendance included The Irish Girl Guides, Age Action West, Le Cheile Family Resource Centre Castlebar, Big Brother Big Sister, Foroige (Castlebar, Ballina and Westport), The Jackie Clarke Collection, Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, ISPCC, Western Care Association, Enable Ireland, Pieta House, Talk About It, Music Generation Mayo, Mayo Mental Health Association, Castlebar Social Services, Aware, Claremorris Community Radio, Community Action on Dementia in Mayo, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Westport Cove Youth Cafe, Mayo Sports Partnership, Men's Shed Castlebar, Christmas Shoebox appeal, Castlebar General Hospital and Mayo Travellers Support Group.

 Thank you to all of those in attendance, over 200 people were in attendance , making the day a huge success! if you were unable to make the day, but are interested in finding out more about any of the organisations in attendance or general volunteering in Mayo, please call us on 096 71444 or 087 6796937.




Neighbourhood Youth Project, Castlebar 


Mayo Travellers Support Group




Enable Ireland- Mayo services


Mary Malone, Le Cheile Family Resource Centre, Castlebar


Western Care Association


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Childline- ISPCC


Mayo Mental Health Association


Claremorris Community Radio


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Music Generation Mayo


The Jackie Clarke Collection, Ballina


 Mayo Sports Partnership



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The Cove Youth Cafe, Westport


Acquired Brain Injury Ireland


Community Action on Dementia in Mayo


Team Hope- Christmas Shoebox appeal


Age Action Ireland- West




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Castlebar Voluntary Social Services






Mens Shes, Castlebar




Pieta House




Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation




Mayo General Hospital


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Annual TD Engagement Day


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Dara Calleary and Shauna Jackson, Mayo Volunteer Centre are pictured at Volunteer Ireland and local Volunteer Centres’ Annual TD Engagement Event at Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin on Tuesday 24th September 2013. 


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John O’Mahony and Shauna Jackson, Mayo Volunteer Centre are pictured at Volunteer Ireland and local Volunteer Centres’ Annual TD Engagement Event at Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin on Tuesday 24th September 2013.


At the event, Volunteer Ireland and local Volunteer Centres were highlighting the need for the Government to reduce barriers to volunteering for unemployed people. Mayo Volunteer Centre has received feedback from volunteers that applications to volunteer under the Voluntary Work Option can be refused. Policy on the level and type of volunteering activity deemed acceptable under the Voluntary Work Option can differ greatly between different social welfare offices.



Commenting on the issue Shauna Jackson, Mayo Volunteer Centre said, “So far this year over 300 volunteers have registered with Mayo Volunteer Centre. One of the most popular reasons for volunteering among newly registered volunteers has been to ‘gain or improve skills’. Now more than ever it is crucial that volunteers in Mayo have access to volunteering opportunities that can help to improve their employability and take a step towards paid employment.”

New outreach dates and venues for August and September

Do you want to meet with a Mayo Volunteer Centre staff member but find it difficult to get to the offices in Ballina or Castlebar?

The centre has a number of outreach sessions in August and September. 

Volunteers can view and discuss with a staff member the many volunteer opportunities listed in Mayo, register with the centre to receive updates, get referred to organisations and avail of our follow up service. 

Organisations that involve volunteers in their work can meet with staff, find out about Volunteer Management Training, join the network of volunteer managers in Mayo, discuss best practice in involving volunteers and avail of our Garda Vetting service. 

Upcoming Outreach Dates

 Westport Library- Wednesday 31st July 15.00-17.00

Ballinrobe Library- Wednesday 7th August 12.00-14.00

Achill Library- Friday 9th August 11.00-13.00

Claremorris Library- Friday 16th August 11.00-13.00

Crossmolina Library- Tuesday 17th September 12.00-15.00

Kilalla Outreach day in September- venue and date to follow


To view the many volunteer roles listed all over Mayo, log on to and click the 'view our opportunities' button. Please call 087 679 6937 for more information.


ISPCC Mayo urgently recruiting Childline Volunteers

ISPCC Mayo are urgently recruiting volunteers for its Childline service. A group meeting will be held on Wednesday June 12th at 6.30pm in the Castlebar office in the N5 Business Park on the Moneen Road. Volunteering can be a fantastic opportunity to develop new skills and brush up on existing ones. ISPCC Childline volunteers can come from all walks of life for one reason: to listen to and support children and young people. No experience is necessary as full training will be provided to all successful applicants. For more information call Fiona on 094 90 25254 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or search Childline opportunties in Mayo on this website and apply via the link. 

Recent Volunteer Managers Training

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This month saw 7 volunteer managers from all over Mayo, successfully complete Volunteer Management Training with Mayo Volunteer Centre. The four module programme was run over 2 full days in the Glasgow Kennedy House, Ballina. The course is delivered in a hands-on, participative style and is designed to provide organisations with a best practice volunteer management framework for involving volunteers in their organisation. Mayo Volunteer Centre wishes to congratulate all volunteer managers on completing the training and looks forward to working with them in the future.

Spare beds and big hearts in Castlebar required!

On Sunday evening 28th of April (just less than two weeks away) The cycle against suicide, supported by 2fm will stop over for the night in Castlebar. It is one of 14 stops on the nationwide tour. 
Suicide is claiming the lives of at least 500 people in Ireland every year. The consequences are devastating. 
Cycle Against Suicide is a voluntary organisation, with the following aims: 
    * Raise awareness of this prevelant issue 
    * Offer reassurance that it's OK not to be OK, and that it's more than OK to ask for help 
    * Direct people who are in need to where this critical help is available both locally and nationally. 
They are asking the people of Castlebar to open their homes to the cyclists and crew, providing a bed, a shower, a dinner that evening and a breakfast the following morning, basic hearty fare is perfect. The requirement is 110 beds. 
The cyclists will arrive at approx. 5-6pm on Sunday evening. There will be a public information meeting in St. Joseph's Secondary school that evening with details to be confirmed. There are efforts to arrange an option of entertainment that evening, again to be confirmed. The cyclists and crew will depart again early the next morning. 
There is a huge short fall in Castlebar, as of today, Tuesday, only 30 of the 110 beds required have been pledged. I honestly think the only short fall is in awareness of the event locally. Most towns had a regional coordinator but unfortunately Castlebar did not until recent days. 
This is a great cause and a great opportunity for Castlebar to showcase the warmth of our welcome. 
To register a bed send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Nathy Gilligan on 087 6355856 or Helen O Hara on 087 7529922. Please do it as soon as possible as time is tight. 
If you need any more information please contact Nathy, Helen, or go to the website 
For those of you unable to offer a bed, please spread the word and forward this link to anyone you know with a spare bed and a big heart. 

ISPCC recruiting volunteers

ispcc logoISPCC Mayo are recruiting volunteers! They have volunteer opportunities across different areas and would like to invite people to come along to their recruitment morning on Saturday April 13th at 11am. This will take place in their Castlebar office in the N5 Business Park on the Moneen Road. Volunteering is a fantastic way of developing new skills and putting current skills to good use! No experience is necessary as full training will be provided to successful applicants. For more info contact Fiona on 094 90 25254 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Outreach session in Ballina and Louisburgh

On Tuesday 9th April, Placement Officer Edel will be in the Ballina Library from 09.30-14.00. This is a great opportunity to pop in and have a chat about the many different types of volunteer roles you can get involved with in Ballina. Whether it’s getting involved with the newly opened Jackie Clarke Collection, the local Girl Guides or maybe now the spring is just about here, getting involved with some of the many gardening projects in and around Ballina. There are roles to suit people with all skills and abilities.
To find out more call the centre on 096 71444 or Edel on 087 247 0197 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Also that day, Placement Officer Brenda will be in Louisburgh Library from 1.30pm – 4pm.
To find out more please call Brenda on 087 7555 899 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Irish Cancer Society – Be our Hero- Volunteer for Daffodil Day

This year, we are calling on the people of Mayo to take to the streets to sell daffodil silks and fresh blooms and help to support those people and their families affected by cancer. With your help we can continue to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone. Every year we rely on the amazing generosity of the public to fund over 95% of our work. Without your support we simply couldn’t continue to provide our free cancer care services and to invest in life changing cancer research.
Volunteer for just 2 hours on Daffodil Day 22nd March to sell daffodils in your local town or village and help us to reach our target of €3.4 million for Daffodil Day 2013! We especially need volunteers in Castlebar, Ballina, Westport and Belmullet.

Mayo to get a spring clean for The Gathering- Volunteers required 24th February

Mayo County Council, in partnership with Ireland West Airport Knock and Kilmaine Tidy Towns Committee, are holding a major litter clean up of the approach roads to the airport in preparation for visitors to Co Mayo for The Gathering celebrations. The litter clean up will take place on Sunday morning, February 24th, and volunteers from across the county are called on to give of their time to participate in the event. The idea for ‘Gather for the Gathering’ originated with Kilmaine Tidy Towns Committee.
Speaking about the event Marian Sheridan from the Committee said:  “As we often travel the road to Knock Airport we thought it would be a good idea to have it looking beautiful not just for the gathering, but for all times. We are very proud of our airport and want our visitors to have a very good impression of our county when they land.
"We are delighted that Mayo County Council have taken up the idea and are putting in such an effort to make this venture a success.”
Ireland West Airport Knock (IWAK) strongly supports the event and will provide free car parking and refreshments for those participating on the day.
Management at the airport have very kindly offered some great spot prizes to some lucky participants on the day.
Good impression
Trina Donohue, HR Manager with IWAK, welcomes the event: “Ireland West Airport Knock are delighted to support the initiative to ‘Gather for the Gathering’. 
"The wonderful views from the N17 and Ireland West Airport Knock are very impressive and this is a brilliant initiative to ensure the approach roads give a lasting good impression of the region to all our visitors. 
"We are anticipating a busy summer season ahead with new routes to Palma and Malaga as well as to a number of other destinations in the UK and Europe and thus are delighted to support this community initiative.  We hope to see as many volunteers as possible on the day.”
Sharon Cameron, Environment Awareness Officer with Mayo County Council, is encouraging people to register and take part in the event
Ms Cameron explained: "“We want to make this one of the biggest litter clean up events to ever take place in the County. Each week many people make a tremendous voluntary effort in collecting litter in their towns and villages
"We want all those people and many more to come together for a few hours on Sunday 24th February so that clean roadsides will welcome our visitors this year.  Kilmaine Tidy Towns came to me with a brilliant idea and now we must really make it work.
"I acknowledge the support of IWAK for this event and also for the advice and support of Westport Tidy Towns Committee in the organisation of the event” ‘Gather for the Gathering’ is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 24th February, 2013, from 9:30am to 12:30pm.      Volunteers must be 18 years or older.
Those interested in participating in the event can register through Mayo Volunteer Centre or can register with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at  (094) 9047360 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at  (094) 9047443 by Monday, 18th February.

New Advocacy and Childline Volunteers required for ISPCC- new information session dates March and April 2013

ISPCC Mayo are currently recruiting volunteers for their Childline listening service based in Castlebar. Childline is a non-judgemental listening service for children and young people. They are free to chat about whatever is going on for them. No experience necessary as full training will be provided to successful applicants. Do you believe in a child’s right to have their voice heard?  If so, come along to one of our Group interview & information meetings to find out more.

These will take place on Thursday March 14th at 6.30pm and one on Saturday April 13th at 11am.

Email Fiona on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 094 90 25254 to book a place.

Claremorris Community Radio- volunteers needed!

Claremorris Community Radio actively recruiting volunteers-
Are you interested in getting involved in local community radio?General volunteers are required with an interest in all aspects of community radio. Roles vary depending on the area of interest. Call the Volunteer Centre for more or see here for more about the station.

New Volunteer Centre outreach dates for February

Do you want to meet with a Mayo Volunteer Centre staff member but find it hard to get to either of its two offices?
The centre will have a number of outreach sessions in February. You can meet a staff member and discuss anything regarding volunteering in Mayo. 
Volunteers can look through the list of volunteer opportunities, register with the centre and discuss how they might benefit from volunteering.
Organisations that involve volunteers in their work, can chat to staff about Volunteer Management Training, Best Practice when involving volunteers and Garda Vetting needs.
February 2013
Tuesday February 5th- Claremorris (Please call Brenda on 087 7555899 for an appointment)
Tuesday February 12th- Westport Library 2.30-5pm (drop in)
Tuesday February 26th- Ballinrobe Library 3-5pm (drop in)
Tuesday February 26th- Belmullet Library 2-4pm (drop in)
Please call 087 679 6937 for more information. Mayo Volunteer Centre has volunteer roles all over the county, which can all be viewed via this website. 

ISPCC Mayo recruiting Advocacy Volunteers!

ü  Do you have an issue locally that affects you and others in your community?


ü  Maybe your area needs a local playground or youth club?


ü  Perhaps you are concerned about bullying among local children?


ü  Then we can help you to speak out about it!


We are looking to train people on how to advocate for what they need for the children & young people in their local communities. We will empower you with the knowledge needed to create awareness around these issues and the skills needed on how to affect change!


Group Interview & Information Meeting will take place in ISPCC Castlebar on Wednesday January 30th at 6.30pm.


Contact Fiona for more information on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 094 90 25254.


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