The National Volunteer Development Agency and a support body for over 20 Volunteer Centres in Ireland
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What We Do

Volunteer Ireland is the national volunteer development agency and a support body for all local Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services in Ireland. Our goal is to make sure that everyone who wants to volunteer, can volunteer. We do this in many different ways, working with a variety of stakeholders.

  • Volunteers and Volunteering - We promote and celebrate volunteering in Ireland through campaigns such as National Volunteering Week and the Volunteer Ireland Awards. Along with Volunteer Centres across the country we manage I-VOL (the national database of Irish volunteering opportunities and listings).
  • Charities and Not for Profit Organisations - We support national volunteer involving organisations by offering bespoke training, consultancy and an extensive range of online guides and resources on engaging volunteers.
  • Corporate Companies - We also support companies interested in volunteering and offer volunteer management services for large-scale events and festivals.
  • Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services - There are 21 Volunteer Centre and 7 Volunteering Information Services across the country who work with Volunteer Ireland. Volunteer Ireland develops and supports best practice in volunteering and Volunteer Centres, including the evaluation of Volunteer Centres according to a quality standard framework.

Our vision

Our vision is of every person feeling connected to and participating in their communities to build a better Irish society. We strive to achieve this through increasing awareness of, access to and quality in volunteering in Ireland.

Our mission

Our mission is to promote the value of volunteering and increase the range and quality of volunteering in Ireland.

Volunteer Ireland Strategic Plan (2013 - 2017)

To download Volunteer Ireland's strategic plan (2013-2017) click here.

Involving Volunteers

As the national volunteer development agency, we are passionate about involving volunteers in all areas of our organisation. We also operate an internship programme. We have two separate policies outlining how we involve volunteers and interns which can be viewed here:

Volunteer Policy

Intern Policy

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