Annual TD Engagement Day

 

Pic 1 2013 Sep VolunteerIrelandTD Dara Calleary

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. 

 

Pic 2 2013 Sep VolunteerIrelandTD John OMahony

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.”

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