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As part of our drive to recognise volunteers and the work they do in our community, the Westmeath Volunteer Centre (WVC) is launching their Volunteer Credits System (VCS).

Through the VCS, we hope that ALL companies and firms in Westmeath can put a value on the work that volunteers do in their community and give them the recognition they deserve. Many groups and clubs have no funds to buy thank you cards or even buy volunteers a cup of tea and this is where we hoped YOU can help.

Consider this, If you valued 10 hours voluntary work as equalling €5 (Actually, research has suggested that the roles volunteers play as being equal to €21 per hour!), would you not consider offering a volunteer a free coffee with their sandwich? Or a percentage off your services or percentages off their purchases? Every company in Westmeath, potentially has volunteers who will shop there every day. That little bit of recognition to them could have more of an effect than any advertisement.volunteer_card

All of the recognition deals for volunteers could be offers that your business already offers. However, volunteers will visit knowing that your business gives these deals!

The VCS will be totally managed by the Volunteer Centre whereby a Volunteer will earn a credit for 10 hours Voluntary work. Every business that recognises volunteers will be listed in a handbook that every volunteer has and they can “Cash in” their credit in these businesses.

So, how about it? What would your company see as an offer to volunteers as a way of recognising the work they do?

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Some examples are on the page. Please email ian@volunteerwestmeath.ie or call 086-1743470 if you feel you can join in this exciting and mutually beneficial project.

Westmeath Volunteer Centre was established in 2006 to meet the needs of those volunteers looking for opportunities and groups needing volunteers. The centre is funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. It acts as a broker to volunteers and volunteer engaging groups to improve the quality of volunteering in Westmeath.

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 As part of Westmeath Volunteer Centre's vision of well-being within the County we are launching a project which is volunteer centred and led, entitled "Project Iris, Volunteering through my eyes". 

Since the establishment of the volunteer centre in 2006, we have witnessed the joys of people’s passions for Art, Environment, Equality, Helping out and many other fields. 

The potential benefit of "Project Iris" to the Volunteer Centre hopefully will reflect what volunteering means to our communities within the County and to indicate the various causes and reasons as to why, and what may motivate volunteers to give their time and also how they, the volunteers, are portrayed within the community thus inspiring others to do the same. 

For 5 months, from October 2014 until March 1st 2015, we want volunteers and organisations to capture their environment, "Through their eyes" about what volunteering and voluntary work means to them.   We would love to see how you perceive volunteering. For example, how you see your locality and how volunteers improve it, how you see living in Ireland and how volunteering affects your life and that of others around them, how a person living in Westmeath sees the changing lands and what their local volunteers do to enhance or represent them. 

There is a limit of 5 images for you to submit. We have categories such as, Art & Culture, Our Community, Golden Years, The Great Outdoors (Environment and scenic pictures of nature) and Youth (Young people & Sports) to help the photographers focus, on the images they capture. 

We will provide support to all volunteers who wish to take part and at the end of the project we will be running exhibitions in the Library in Athlone and also in the Atrium of the County Buildings in Mullingar and also, providing an online depository of images.

We feel that capturing your feelings in an image would be a unique and powerful way to show our community that not everyone sees things the same way.

Submit your Picture here

Welcome to the Westmeath Volunteer Centre

At the Volunteer Centre you can...

  • Find out about volunteering opportunities without having to make a commitment.
  • Get information on hundreds of different volunteering opportunities.
  • Talk to someone on the how, why and where of volunteering.
  • Get ongoing support and advice if you want it.
  • We don't charge and we keep things confidential.

We also help organisations...

  • If you need volunteers we will try and source them for you.

  • We can visit you and help with any issues about taking on volunteers for the first time,
    or to review current procedures.

  • We provide a specialist training services for voluntary organisations on all apsects of volunteering.

  • We will come and talk to you about anything to do with volunteering, such as references, good practice, expenses ....and much more.

  • We also provide a Garda Vetting service for organisations that dont have garda vetting services of their own.

Who Will We Work With?

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Westmeath Volunteer Centre will work with any not-for-profit organisation – this may include charities, community groups, co-operatives and statutory organisations such as health centres, schools, hospitals, etc. We may ask to see your constitution or set of rules to clarify this. We will not seek volunteers for individuals or for for-profit organisations.  Westmeath Volunteer Centre serves the needs of organisations operating within the boundaries of Westmeath.

If you would like to hear about some specific volunteering opportunities or if you would just like to hear more about the work of the centres, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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