Involving Skilled Volunteers
In skill-sharing volunteering, skilled and talented individuals are encouraged to support a non-profit organisation using their professional skills in a win-win partnership. By engaging in skill-based volunteering, existing financial resources can be used for more necessary aspects of non-profit organisations work instead of paying for consultancy or professional fees.
When these volunteers are fully supported by their employer, the benefits increase. Knowledge can spread between non-profit organisations and businesses as they communicate and cooperate with each other.
More companies are now increasing the capacity of not-for-profit organisations – donating their staff skills through supported skill-sharing programmes, recognising that some issues in organisations are more complex and require specialised thought, specialised skills or an outside perspective.
Today there are thousands of individuals registered with Volunteer Ireland nationwide! There has been a significant increase in those wishing to volunteer in the last 3-4 years. Contrary to perception, the challenge is not finding volunteers, it is creating enough suitable and interesting roles for them! Volunteers need opportunities where they can use their skills, gain experience and make a real impact.
So how can community and voluntary organisations tap into the huge and talented skill pool that exists in Ireland today? Create a new strategic volunteer role and post it online today!
Skilled volunteer roles advertised on I-Vol also appear on the online professional network – LinkedIn – increasing the chance of finding the perfect volunteer for your organisation.
Cliodhna Pierce was working for a number of years in the banking industry but decided to study marketing, public relations and advertising by night. Having found the course thoroughly enjoyable, Cliodhna took a sabbatical to study full time in the Fitzwilliam Institute. The course focused on event management and included valuable work experience with Innovative Events, one of Ireland largest event management...
Tony Walsh started out on a 30 - year career with the Irish Prison Service in the late 1970s. Very early in his career he identified a need for fundamental change in management dynamics, staff-inmate relationships and for a new focus on prisoner support and rehabilitation. Tony began to carve out a path as a project manager that would turn out to be a life-long drive and mission to:
Ask the questions and identify new...
Gavan is founder of Duffy Design, a Dublin based graphic design consultancy based in Grand Canal Dock. Gavan has worked on projects as a volunteer for a number years. His first and by far the largest opportunity was with the Special Olympics Games 2003. Gavan and his team were responsible for the initial design programme started in 2001 in conjunction with Fleishman Hillard International. They had no idea how big the...
Maurice McCann is a financial advisor with the insurance group LHW. The organisation provide professional advice on general insurance and financial services. Their main focus is commercial insurance, corporate or personal pensions and investment services.
Financial advisors are invaluable as volunteers to the community and voluntary sector. They are highly numerate and also well versed in accountancy processes,...
Shane is a solicitor working at William Fry, one of Ireland’s largest law firms. William Fry provide legal advice and expertise in all areas of the law: corporate; property; banking and financial services; tax; projects and construction; litigation, dispute resolution and employment and benefits. Shane has ten years post qualification experience and specialises in corporate law.
Shane has always been interested in...
Siobhan Bourke (Human Resource Management )
Siobhan Bourke has ten years experience in human resource management (HRM) and currently works for Airtricity. Airtricity is global provider of green energy supply. Siobhan is a senior human resource manager, herself and her team of 4 are responsible for a vast territory. They service and support the human resources needs of 450 staff members in 3 regions (UK, Ireland and Europe). Most of her work is successfully executed...
Marie Downes is a volunteer fundraiser currently helping a small community and voluntary organisation called Children’s Hope which supports disadvantaged or at risk children in the local community (Dunlaoghaire, Ballybrack and Sallynoggin). Initially, when Marie decided to volunteer she specifically wanted to put her business skills and experience to good use and learn something new at the same time.
John is a 32 year old electronic engineer from County Offaly, currently working with Openet as a test engineer. Openet provides software that enables mobile phone operators to manage their networks more efficiently and cost effectively.
After studying for a Bachelor of Technology in Electronic Engineering in Waterford Institute of Technology, John began his career working for Ericsson as a Software engineer. John worked...
Before becoming involved with her local community in Dunshauglin Loretta Martin had spent most of her career working with American multinationals and more recently acted as a distribution manager for a large logistics and warehousing company. After becoming a mum Loretta felt the need to get to know more people in her community and initially began volunteering with her local mother and toddler group. Loretta became more and...