Helpful Information for Volunteers
Volunteers are people from all walks of life, all ages and stages. What they have in common is the desire to make a difference in their community – and in their own life – by giving their time. Volunteers are involved in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment. Some volunteers give just one hour of time each week; others devote many hours. Volunteers are involved in once-off events, as well as ongoing activities. Some choose to volunteer out in the community; others are virtual volunteers and do their volunteering from the comfort of home. Volunteers can work on their own or with others, do hands-on work or volunteer at an administrative or leadership level.
Volunteers play a vital role in Irish society. Across Ireland, volunteers are engaged in delivering services and programmes that improve and enhance the life of our communities.
- Do something you really enjoy
- Give something back to your community
- Be active in your community
- Make use of specific interests and talents
- Learn new skills and/or develop new interests
- Meet new people with similar interests
- Make new friends
- Find out more about an area of work you are considering as a career
- Have a chance to take responsibility and make decisions
- Gain valuable training and experience which may lead to paid employment
- Be an active citizen
- Make a difference
Steps to follow when you want to volunteer: Ask yourself
- Why do I want to volunteer?
- When can I volunteer?
- How much time do I have to give?
- What kind of work would I like to do?
Types of voluntary work
- Conservation, the environment and gardening
- Learning disabilities
- Advice work
- Mental Health
- Adult Basic Education
- Advocacy and campaigning
- Office work
- The elderly
- Practical Assistance
- Physical Disability
- HIV/Aids and drug dependency
- Children and young people
- Hospital work
- Team volunteering