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Vol­un­teer­ing week of­fers a range of events

- Society · Volunteering · County Wicklow · Newport County A.F.C.

NA­TIONAL Vol­un­teer­ing Week got un­der way on Mon­day and many peo­ple in Wicklow give up their time to help their com­mu­ni­ties.

Dur­ing lock­down, many vol­un­teers stepped up to sup­port mem­bers of their lo­cal com­mu­nity co­coon­ing or in need of ad­di­tional sup­ports. Spe­cial events are run­ning dur­ing Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week to thank vol­un­teers and to en­cour­age them to fo­cus on their own well­be­ing.

Leah Kin­sella, Wicklow Vol­un­teer Cen­tre Man­ager said, ‘Vol­un­teers do so much for our com­mu­ni­ties ev­ery day, and in par­tic­u­lar dur­ing the cur­rent pan­demic vol­un­teers have been as­tound­ing. Now is our chance to give some­thing back to th­ese ex­tra­or­di­nary peo­ple who give so much for oth­ers. We want vol­un­teers across County Wicklow to take a mo­ment to do some­thing for them­selves dur­ing Na­tional Vol­un­teer­ing Week – there are free events run­ning all week from yoga classes to men­tal health work­shops to we­bi­nars. But most of all, we want to say thank you to each and ev­ery vol­un­teer for every­thing that they do. We’d also like to en­cour­age any­one that has been im­pacted by a vol­un­teer to take a mo­ment to say thank you.’

Na­tional Vol­un­teer­ing Week usu­ally takes place in May, but was post­poned due to Covid-19.

County Wicklow Vol­un­teer Cen­tre works with the peo­ple of Wicklow, re­gard­less of race, re­li­gion, creed, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, so­cial sta­tus, age, ed­u­ca­tional abil­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence to help them find a vol­un­teer­ing po­si­tion that that will al­low them to ac­tively con­trib­ute to the devel­op­ment of their com­mu­nity and give them a sense of well-be­ing and in­di­vid­ual value. County Wicklow Vol­un­teer Cen­tre also works with vol­un­teer-in­volv­ing-or­gan­i­sa­tions across the county to help them find vol­un­teers and pro­vides train­ing in vol­un­teer lead­er­ship, a Garda Vet­ting ser­vice and sup­port and in­for­ma­tion on all things vol­un­teer­ing. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, call Leah on 085 862 2051, email leah@ vol­un­teer­wick­low.ie, visit www. vol­un­teer.ie/events/nvw/10061

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