Westmeath Volunteer Centre manager Ian O'Flynn
It’s National Volunteering Week (May 12-18) and Westmeath Volunteer Centre is encouraging people to give their skills and time to charities, community groups and people in need.
Westmeath Volunteer Centre manager, Ian O'Flynn, said it is easy to get involved by searching, I-VOL, the nationwide database of volunteering opportunities.Westmeath Volunteer Centre has lots of opportunities available.
“People can go to www.volunteer.ie, find I-VOL and and find one off National Volunteering Week projects, short-term roles and ongoing ways to volunteer in their own community. If people do not have Internet access, they can also call the Centre and we can talk though what might suit.”
“There are currently 3,100 opportunities to volunteer across the country and the top three categories are in youth work, befriending / mentoring and teaching.”
The Centre also announced new additions to the database, such the ability of organisations to search for volunteers by skills and expertise. “People can either search for an opportunity themselves, or can now place their own details on I-VOL or with a Volunteer Centre, and let organisations come to them.”