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 8 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.

International affiliations

Volunteer Ireland is a member of the European Volunteer Centre (CEV). We also engage with the global body, the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE).

The European Volunteer Centre (CEV) is the European network of over 70 national, regional and local volunteer centres and volunteer support agencies across Europe. Through their network they work together to promote and support volunteering across Europe through advocacy, knowledge sharing and capacity building & training.

IAVE exists to promote, strengthen and celebrate volunteering in all of the myriad ways it happens across the globe. With members in over 70 countries, they connect a global network of leaders of volunteering, NGOs, businesses and volunteer centres that share a belief in the power of volunteers to make a significant strategic contribution to resolving the world’s most pressing problems.

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