06 Jul 2022

Step forward Covid-19 responders for the Volunteer Laois – COVID-19 Community Response Award

Laois Volunteer Centre welcomes entries

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Caitriona Ryan, Manager, Karen Chadwick, Development Officer, were present at the launch of the Laois Community and Voluntary Awards

The Laois Volunteer Centre in Laois is urging community groups in Laois to take advantage of the new closing date to enter the Laois Community and Voluntary Awards which it is partnering in this year.

The Volunteer Laois – COVID19 Community Response Award is one of a number awards which are part of this year’s Laois Community & Voluntary Awards hosted by Laois County Council and the Laois Public Participation Network (Laois PPN).

The 2021 Laois Community & Voluntary Awards acknowledge groups and individuals who, through their commitment to voluntary and community activities, have played a significant role in enhancing the quality of life in their communities.

2021 marks the introduction of a new awards category known as the ‘Volunteer Laois – COVID19 Community Response Award’.  

Laois Volunteer Centre was honoured to come on board with this year's awards. It chose the dedicated ‘Volunteer Laois – COVID19 Community Response Award’ as it wishes to reward local groups, organisations and clubs which have worked voluntarily with people in their community and/or county during the pandemic to provide essential services to those in need of assistance.

The Laois Volunteer Centre, which is managed by Laois woman Caitriona Ryan from Ballyfin, was launched in May of this year and helps people who want to volunteer in their community to find suitable volunteer roles to assist local non-profit organisations to recruit volunteers. It also helps local groups find volunteers.

Ms Ryan outlined the criteria for the Covid-19 response award.

"This ‘Volunteer Laois – COVID19 Community Response Award’ COVID 19 award was introduced to recognise the volunteers who made incredible contributions by responding to local needs in their communities during COVID-19, supporting one another and ensuring the safety and inclusion of vulnerable people in our community," she said. 

Ms Ryan gave some examples of volunteer activities that would fit into this category:

– Organised groceries & medication to be delivered to vulnerable people
– Volunteered with a phone support line during COVID-19
– Volunteered with a charity that supported communities through this
– Supported an organisation that provide a crisis text line
– Participated in a virtual befriending programme throughout the pandemic
– Volunteered at a COVID-19 testing centre
– Volunteered in a health care setting supporting the fight against
– Provided activities and classes online during this crisis
– Or took part in any other volunteer activity that supported communities
through COVID-19

Winners receive €500 while runners-up receive €250. So, go ahead and get nominating your local community and voluntary groups and individuals.

Nomination forms are available online at, and For further information call 057-8664078 or email

In addition to the traditional paper application, applicants have the option to complete an on-line application via the Laois County Council website.

The following Links will bring you directly to the on-line application process:

Apart from the Volunteer Laois award, groups can be nominated in the following categories:

Arts, Culture & Heritage
Children & Youth
Healthy & Active Community
Social Inclusion
Age Friendly

Click here to apply - Community & Voluntary Awards 

Click here to nominate somebody for the - Unsung Hero On-Line

The closing date for receipt of nominations is now Friday, November 19, 2021 at 4pm.

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