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."
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
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
· Volunteer Agreements
· Support and Supervision
· Dealing With and Resolving Difficult Situations with Volunteers
· Volunteer Policy – Elements and Structure
Phone 096 71444
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.
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.
Castlebar 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 www.volunteer.ie
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.
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.
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).
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.
How to recruit volunteers & keep them involved
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
·Mayo Volunteer Centre - our role & how we can help
Call 096 71444 / 087 6796937 for further info and bookings
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.
Managing Volunteers - Training Day
Turlough House, (National Museum of Country Life), Turlough, Castlebar, Co Mayo
September 18th, 10 am to 4 pm.
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.
kindly hosted by Moy Valley Resources, Bunree Road, Ballina.
The theme of the meeting is:
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
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 for Lollipop Day 2014
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 www.lollipopday.ie/getinvolved
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 www.volunteermayo.ie for more information.
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
Western Care Association
Mayo Mental Health Association
Claremorris Community Radio
Claremorris Community Radio
Music Generation Mayo
The Jackie Clarke Collection, Ballina
Mayo Sports Partnership
Talk about it, Castlebar
The Cove Youth Cafe, Westport
Acquired Brain Injury Ireland
Community Action on Dementia in Mayo
Team Hope- Christmas Shoebox appeal
Age Action Ireland- West
Community Action on Dementia in Mayo
Castlebar Voluntary Social Services
Mens Shes, Castlebar
Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation
Mayo General Hospital
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.
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.”
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 www.volunteermayo.ie and click the 'view our opportunities' button. Please call 087 679 6937 for more information.
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.
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.
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.
Identify what the issues are for children and young people in the area, work with local media to highlight local issues, work with local decision makers and politicians on effecting local change, highlight national and local issues for children, lobbying and campaigning to ensure childrens rights are enshrined in our constitution.