Volunteer Ireland is the national volunteer development organisation and a support body for all local Volunteer Centres in Ireland. We believe that people can fulfil their potential through volunteering and that volunteering contributes to healthier and more resilient communities. We work to support, promote and celebrate volunteering. 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.
  • Corporates – We support companies interested in volunteering
  • Events and Festivals – We offer volunteer management services for large-scale public events and festivals as well as supporting volunteer ambassadors programmes.
  • Student Abroad Service Learning Programmes – We offer volunteer placement programmes for third level students.
  • Volunteer Centres – There are 29 Volunteer Centre 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 an Ireland where everyone who wants to volunteer can volunteer to create a better society.

Our values

At Volunteer Ireland we hold four high level values and these are woven through our way of working and our commitment to volunteering.


We work to foster a positive and inclusive workplace in Volunteer Ireland, where the talents and contribution of each member of our team can be utilised.   Our policies and practice are inclusive and accessible.  We value each other as equals.  Everyone is encouraged to perform well and enjoy their work.


We show consideration for and value one another. We acknowledge and respect the unique contribution of each team member, their ideas, work styles, backgrounds, experiences and talents. We strive to conduct our work in a manner respectful to all.


We conduct ourselves to the highest professional standards. We work cooperatively and engage openly and honestly with all our stakeholders. We operate a transparent organisation and commit to working in partnership with those who share our values.


We bring courage to our work and we are willing to pioneer new ways forward. We lead boldly and act decisively for good.  We enjoy freedom to change and pursue new possibilities for our future and the future of volunteering.

Volunteer Ireland Strategic Plan (2018 – 2022)

Download Volunteer Ireland’s strategic plan (2018-2022) (Adobe PDF)

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 below:

Volunteer Policy

Intern Policy


Volunteer Ireland receives about half of our funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development. A full breakdown of Volunteer Ireland’s accounts can be viewed here.

We also receive funding from Pobal through the Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO). The role of Outcomes and Impacts Manager is funded by Pobal to allow Volunteer Ireland to enhance its support of the volunteer infrastructure. The purpose of the role is to lead Volunteer Ireland and its affiliate Volunteer Centres in maintaining quality standards and embedding a culture of continuous quality improvement across the network. This includes outcome and impact development and measurement, research and capacity building across the volunteering infrastructure.

International affiliations

Volunteer Ireland is a member of the Centre for European Volunteering (CEV), the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) and Points of Light.

We work with volunteer infrastructure organisations and volunteer centres across Europe to research and advance volunteering and these projects are part funded by the European Union Erasmus Plus Programme.

Centre for European VolunteeringThe Centre for European Volunteering (CEV), established in 1992 is the European network of over 60 organisations dedicated to the promotion of, and support to, volunteers and volunteering in Europe at European, national or regional level.

Through their network CEV aims to be the leading voice in the values-based volunteering debate in Europe, influencing and sharing the current trends & challenges and those predicted for the future,  developing and providing policy advice and expertise for European Policymakers so that volunteering policies and programmes developed at European level are effective and fit for purpose.

International Association of Voluntary Effort IAVEThe International Association of Voluntary Effort (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.

Points of Light is the world’s largest organisation dedicated to volunteer service – inspires, equips and mobilises millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through Point of Light’s Global Network of over 200 Affiliates in 35 countries, and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations.  Points of Light helps people harness their personal power to make a difference in the communities where they live and work. Whatever their passion, Points of Light offers opportunities for action.