What is Volunteering?
Volunteering is defined as “the commitment of time and energy, for the benefit of the society and the community, the environment or individuals outside one’s immediate family.” It is undertaken freely and by choice, without concern for financial gain.
A volunteer is someone from the community who contributes to the development of the community. Volunteers are valued as individuals who bring a unique contribution to the group with whom they work. Volunteers work for no reward other than the development of themselves and the community. They accompany others towards a common goal.
Mayo Volunteer Centre aims to encourage and promote volunteering, and believes in the ethos of volunteering as an important expression of civic engagement.
We endeavour to make volunteering accessible to everyone, by listening to volunteers’ needs and trying our best to enable them to volunteer in an area and location which in turn will enhance their own self-development.
How can I volunteer?
There are so many ways to volunteer, from becoming involved in a youth club, fundraising for a local charity or working in a charity shop, bus driving, community clean-ups, visiting the sick or elderly, or giving support with basic information technology, social media or PR – there is something for everyone, and everyone has some skill or talent that will allow them to give back to their local community. And often, you’ll get back more than you give.
There are volunteer opportunities for everyone, and whether you are young or old, male or female, in employment or not working, we will find an opportunity for you. Some people volunteer a few times a year on a once-off basis when they have spare time, others give a regular commitment of several hours per week, and some even volunteer on a full-time basis. It’s up to you!