En­cour­ag­ing new ways of vol­un­teer­ing

Bray People - - NEWS -

NOT for profit or­gan­i­sa­tions are be­ing urged by Wick­low Vol­un­teer Cen­tre to in­crease their un­der­stand­ing of new ways of vol­un­teer­ing as part of Na­tional Vol­un­teer­ing Week.

A re­cent sur­vey of 400 vol­un­teers car­ried out by Vol­un­teer Ire­land and the net­work of Vol­un­teer Cen­tres and Vol­un­teer­ing In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices, found that 53 per cent of or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volv­ing vol­un­teers said they wouldn’t be able to sur­vive with­out them.

Leah Kin­sella, Man­ager at Wick­low Vol­un­teer Cen­tre, said char­i­ties, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions, sports clubs and so­cial en­ter­prises can all ben­e­fit greatly from looking at dif­fer­ent ways to in­volve vol­un­teers – and this year’s cam­paign is about en­cour­ag­ing them to do so.

‘ The na­ture of vol­un­teer­ing is chang­ing. Vol­un­teers are in­creas­ingly looking for more skilled roles, vir­tual vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties ,us­ing tech­nol­ogy to vol­un­teer from home, and project spe­cific short term vol­un­teer­ing.

‘I would en­cour­age or­gan­i­sa­tions in Wick­low to iden­tify the spe­cific skills which they re­quire and to look for a fit that best meets this need.’

This year’s Na­tional Vol­un­teer­ing Week takes place from May 16 to May 22.

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