Encouraging new ways of volunteering
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.