A week long celebration of volunteering takes place in Laois as part of the National Volunteering Week 2022 which aims to highlight the vital contribution of volunteerism in Ireland.
The organisers say National Volunteering Week takes place during the third week of May every year and is dedicated to showcasing the contribution of volunteers and their impact on communities.
This year’s theme is Celebrate Volunteers, with a specific focus each day on areas including the environment and health and wellbeing.
Laois Volunteer Centre will be carrying out information/recruitment drives during the week with particular focus on volunteer recruitment for Laois Africa Day. Volunteers recruited will be given the opportunity to join the new Community Volunteers Programme which will be rolled out later this year.
In addition, Laois Volunteer Centre has recorded a short video of interviews with people volunteering in Laois. Volunteers from The Jack and Jill Shop and Laois Integration Network were interviewed about their volunteering experience, why they volunteer and what the benefits are – there are personal as well as altruistic benefits!
The Centre will be having a stand at the Shine event in Emo on May 21.
Laois Volunteer Centre Manager, Caitriona Ryan commented: “It’s been a tough few years for us all and it’s great to see volunteers across the country get back to doing what they love. From sports clubs to community clean ups, this week is dedicated to all those people who take time to give back and make our communities a better place. So many people had to put their volunteering on hold during the pandemic and as the country continues to reopen, we want to celebrate volunteers for all that they do.”
National Volunteering Week will be anchored by a digital campaign sharing personal volunteer stories and encouraging people across the country to think about the incredible impact that volunteers have on our communities.
Minister of State for Public Health and Wellbeing, Frank Feighan T.D commented: "Healthy Ireland are again supporting National Volunteering Week. Volunteering plays a critical role in supporting healthy, resilient communities, a reality that became even more clear during the pandemic. I want to thank volunteers nationwide for their dedication and commitment to supporting those most in need. It’s also a good time to take stock and remember that volunteers must focus on their own health and wellbeing while giving so much to others.”
National Volunteering Week runs from 16th – 22nd May.
Volunteer Ireland is the national volunteer development organisation and a support body for all local Volunteer Centres in Ireland. Volunteer Ireland works to increase awareness of, access to and quality in volunteering in Ireland. For further information, visit: http://www.volunteer.ie/
The 29 Volunteer Centres are the local leaders in community engagement, supporting and promoting volunteering. They provide a placement service between individuals and groups who want to undertake voluntary activity and organisations that are seeking to involve volunteers along with a range of other services.
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