***** OLDC NEWS ARCHIVE ITEM........... PUBLISHED 29.09.10 *****

  • This year, the National Day of Volunteering will take place on Friday, October 1st. What’s it all about? It’s about giving volunteering a go and finding out that volunteering makes a difference and can be a lot of fun!

To mark the National Day of Volunteering the Offaly Volunteer Centre will hold an information giving event in the Bridge Centre, Tullamore from 10.00am to 6.00pm on Friday October 1st.  

The aim of the National Day of Volunteering is to encourage everyone in Ireland to give volunteering a go, to show that – even if it’s only for a minute, an hour, a day – volunteering can make a big difference and be a lot of fun!  There are lots of ways you can get involved: you can register to take part in a project already happening, register a project yourself, commit a ’random act of volunteering’ or simply take the opportunity to thank a volunteer

How does it work?

  • Community and voluntary organisation develop volunteering projects to take place on Friday, October 1st (or thereabouts) and register them on our website. The opportunities are wide-ranging and varied: from painting, decorating and restoration work, to environmental clean-ups; from day trips, to sporting, recreation and entertainment events.
  • Organisations also choose to use the day to organise an official ’thank you’ event for their volunteers: a coffee morning, garden party or thank you ceremony, for example.
  • Members of the public view the list of opportunities and register to get to take part.
  • Members of the public, often in groups of friends, family, college or work colleagues, identify something that needs to be done in their community and organise to do it. It could be clearing a local canal, a green area or graffiti. They let us know they’re doing it via our website so we can count them in!
  • Members of the public also join in by committing a ’random act of volunteering’: for example, dropping by to see if a neighbour is in need of anything; bring clothes to a charity shop; picking up a piece of litter. They let us know what they’re up to via our website so we can count them in!
  • Anyone who wants to can also register a ’thank you’ to a specific volunteer or the organisation they volunteer with.     

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