Michelle Raleigh, volunteer support worker, and Anne Campbell, Westmeath Care and Repair, with the European Volunteer Centre Flag.

Volunteers are twice as busy

Volunteers in County Westmeath are twice as busy this year.

They logged more than 14,000 volunteer hours in the first six months of 2013 – double the amount of time logged in the same period last year.

Ian O’Flynn, manager of the Westmeath Volunteer Centre said: “We in the centre are delighted with this incredible increase in the time that everyone has given in the community.

“Since our establishment in 2006 we have now registered more than 1,700 people in the volunteer centre, 500 of them in 2012 and 2013.

“Some 320 organisations are now registered with us too and this upswing in hours is testament to them for creating opportunities for volunteers and the commitment volunteers are prepared to give”.

The Westmeath Volunteer Centre is a project within Westmeath Community Development funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

If you have time on your hands and would like to give something back, contact Ian or Michelle at 0449348571 or ian@volunteerwestmeath.ie.

If you are an organisation that could do with some help or new members, Westmeath Volunteer Centre will help find you some new members for you.

Currently in the Westmeath Volunteer Centre there are 2,453 active vacancies and there are thousands more around the country. “So, what are you waiting for?” asks Ian!