Local events taking place in the area for National Volunteering Week

Local events taking place in the area for National Volunteering Week

National Volunteering Week takes place this week with a number of local events planned.

This year the week focuses on health and well-being and the positive impact of volunteering. The results of a survey of almost 1,800 volunteers nationally were released this week to launch National Volunteering Week at an event in Sligo, European Capital of Volunteering, and hosted by Neven Maguire. This survey was conducted by Volunteer Centres and Volunteer Ireland.

The results for Louth clearly show the positive impact of volunteering, with over 80% of respondents indicating that their sense of wellbeing improved as a result of accessing volunteer activity through Louth Volunteer Centre.

A further 72% of volunteers said that they had an increased sense of contribution to their community.

Gráinne Berrill, Louth Volunteer Centre Manager noted that: “While a lot of people begin volunteering because they’d like to give something back, many volunteers find that they actually get more from the experience than they give. When we do good, we feel good!”

Louth Volunteer Centre is hosting National Volunteer Week events taking place in Louth. These include a ‘Do Good Feel Good Volunteer Leadership’ Seminar in Bellingham Castle on Tuesday.

Joe Rooney, well known comedian and Father Ted actor, will speak at the event and compere a ‘Blind Date’ style game matching volunteers with local community organisations.

There is also open days/coffee mornings across the county on Thursday from 10am to 1pm as part of a national campaign, including in the Louth Volunteer Centre office in County Hall, Dundalk.

All events are free and refreshments are provided. Tickets to the Do Good Feel Good Volunteer Leadership Seminar are available to book through the centre or on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/volunteerlouth

If you would like further information on volunteering in County Louth contact Gráinne or any other member of the Louth Volunteer Centre team at 041 9809008, www.volunteerlouth.ie, www.twitter.com/volunteerlouth or www.facebook.com/volunteerlouth

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