National Volunteering Week Events

Check out all the events that took place during National Volunteering Week 2019.

Carlow Volunteer Centre

Thursday 16th May – Volunteer Thank you Event 11-1pm

Friday 17th May – Volunteer Information Stand Fairgreen Shopping Centre 10am-2pm


Clare Volunteer Centre

Friday 17th May – Free CPR training in partnership with the Irish Heart Foundation – 3 sessions open to volunteers and organisations. Click here for more information.


Cork Volunteer Centre

Monday May 13th – Cork City: Networking Coffee Morning – Cork Volunteer Centre – 10.30am – 12.30pm.

Tuesday May 14th – Youghal: Networking Coffee Morning – Youghal Library – 11am – 1pm.

Wednesday May 15th – Mallow: Networking Coffee Morning – Mallow Library – 11am – 1pm.

Thursday May 16th – Cork Volunteer Centre will hold a Wellness Day for volunteers, including free workshops in mindfulness, wellness, yoga and more.


Donegal Volunteer Centre

Sunday 12th May – Ards Forrest Park North – Donegal VC will attend the annual walk and talk event to promote volunteering and the impact of same on mental health.

Monday 13th May – Launch of ME4U Awards

Monday 13th May – Dungloe Gaeltacht Volunteer Showcase & Event

Tuesday 14th May – Ballyshannon South DLDC Showcase event in Ballyshannon- Donegal VC will host a stand to engage with and recruit volunteers and VIO’s.

Wednesday 15th May – RnG Gaeltacht Radio Interview
The Donegal VC will again engage with RnG to have a session on their very popular Gaeltacht wide mid-morning show. The interview will focus on the awards and the services offered by the Donegal VC to communities across the region.

Thursday 16th May – Ballyb/ Stran East Refugee Workshop – As a follow up to a talk earlier this year a session around the value of volunteering will be held with the refugees in east Donegal as a means of continuing their journey towards becoming part of one Donegal.

Thursday 16th May – Letterkenny Customer Service Workshop for VOI’s & Volunteers. This training will support the ongoing development of volunteers and the service provided.

Friday 17th May – Inishowen Volunteer Talk & Customer Service Workshop for Volunteers. This training will support the ongoing development of volunteers and the service provided. of continuing their journey towards becoming part of one Donegal.

Saturday 18th May – Letterkenny – Donegal VC will host a stall at the Bealtaine Festivals Silver Linings Event.


Dublin City Volunteer Centre

Volunteer Information Evening  –  Tuesday 14th May
6.15pm – 8pm – Carmelite Community Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2 – register here.

Dublin City Volunteer Manager’s Network – Thursday 16th May
10am – 12pm, Mansion House, Dublin 2. Contact with any queries. For more information see Wisdom of the Crowd.

Open Day – Friday 17th May
To celebrate our volunteers and National Volunteering Week we are going to have an open day at the Dublin City Volunteer Centre Friday 17th May 12-3pm.

Come and enjoy some refreshments whilst chatting to our staff about our services, get registered and find out more about the latest volunteer opportunities in Dublin. If you are an experienced volunteer, come to share your story and help inspire others to volunteer. Everyone is also invited to attend a Tai Chi/Qi Gong class from 1.15-1. 45pm (Places are limited and will be allocated by first come first served).


Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Volunteer Centre

Monday 13th May – 2pm – 4pm 

One-to-one appointments for volunteers with a member of the DLRVC Placement Team. During this 25 minute session we discuss your specific interests and spend some time looking at the online database together. Email or phone Clare Cryan to schedule an appointment: or (01) 441 4444.


Fingal Volunteer Centre

Saturday 11th May (preNVW but why not start the fun early?) – Castleknock Canal Clean Up

Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May – Dublin Bay Prawn Festival – Event Volunteers programme


Galway Volunteer Centre

Listen to Galway Bay FM during National Volunteering Week to hear from volunteers and the Galway Volunteer Centre. And don’t forget to look out for the latest episode of Galway VC’s fab This is Community podcast.


Kerry Volunteer Centre

Self-Care for One Good Adult – Jigsaw

Monday 13th May, 11.00 – 12.00am, Kerry Volunteer Centre, 7 Maine St. Tralee

This 1 hour workshop is aimed at adults who work or volunteer with young people in their community. It provides understanding and skills to help people look after their own well-being while acting as that one Good Adult for a young person. It has been developed by Jigsaw, the National Centre for Mental Health.

Investing in your Volunteers – Kerry Volunteer Centre

Tuesday 14th May, 11.00- 12.30am, Kerry Volunteer Centre, 7 Main St. Tralee

If your organisation involves volunteers and you want to ensure that the volunteering experience is of real benefit both to volunteers and to the organisation, then it is worth checking out this 2 hour workshop ‘Investing in Volunteers’. It will help you to plan systems of volunteer management which are based upon recognised good practice.

Unlocking your Potential & Celebrating Volunteering – Motivational Speaker, Dee Keogh

Wednesday 15th May, 10.30 – 12.30am, Kerry Volunteer Centre, 7 Main St. Tralee

Are you living at your full potential? Feel as though you are in a rut? Unsure of which direction to go? Would you like to unlock your potential, release your passion, find your talent, understand motivation, energize and re-frame your thinking and be the best you can be? This powerful 2 hour seminar will be interactive and help participants change their self-talk, step out of their comfort zones and plug into their true potential.

My Mental Health – What Helps? – Jigsaw

Thursday 16th May, 10.30-12.30am, Kerry Volunteer Centre, 7 Main St. Tralee

This two hour interactive workshop is for young people engaged in informal education and community settings. As a result workshop participants will gain an understanding of mental health, have a greater awareness of what helps and hurts your mental health and gain key strategies that they can implement to improve and manage their own mental health on a day-to-day basis.

The Benefit’s and Diversity of Volunteering – Kerry Volunteer Centre

Friday 17th May, 11.00am – 12.00am, Clash Industrial Estate, Tralee

Kerry Volunteer Centre has linked up with the National Learning Network and will be facilitating a seminar on the benefits and diversity of volunteering. Diversity in volunteering is actively encouraging people from all walks of life to volunteer & embracing different skills and talents, as well as opportunities to volunteer open to all and all people treated equally while volunteering.


Laois Volunteering Information Service

Coming soon…


Leitrim Volunteering Information Service

Thursday 16th May

Information Stand at Carrick on Shannon Farmer’s Market – Market Yard, Carrick on Shannon – 10am – 1pm


Longford Volunteer Centre

Wednesday 15th May

Garda Vetting Training – 5.30pm – Longford Community Resources clg., Templemichael, Longford Town

Thursday 16th May

Volunteer Fair 12- 2 pm, Temperance Hall, Longford Town. Register.

Volunteer Managers lunch 2-3 pm –  a structured networking opportunity for managers with a focus on discussing the definition of volunteering

Friday 17th May 10-1 pm

Positive Health and Well-Being workshop, Longford Community Resources clg., Templemichael, Longford Town

‘Volunteer Voices’ – a discussion on what volunteering looks like for volunteers will be incorporated into the workshop. Register.


Louth Volunteer Centre

  • Volunteer Recruitment Stand Louth Fleadh – Drogheda (Sunday 12th May)
  • Ardee Community & Volunteer Fair, Ardee Library (Wednesday 15th May)
  • Drogheda & Dundalk Open/Coffee Mornings, Louth Volunteer Centre offices (Thursday 16th May)
  • Omeath Community & Volunteer Fair, Dolmen Centre, Omeath (Sunday 19th May)


Mayo Volunteer Centre

Monday 13th May – Ballina Family Resource Centre – 11-1pm Health and Well-being Coffee morning. Come along and enjoy a coffee/tea and maybe even a biscuit! There will speakers present who talk about living a healthy and happy lifestyle. Mayo Volunteer Centre will have their stand showcasing all the opportunities available. 

Tuesday 14th May – Castlebar Family Resource Centre – 2-4pm Coffee/Tea afternoon. Call in for a chat and something sweet! We will have plenty of opportunities for you to browse at your leisure. 

Thursday 16th May – Ballina Library – Display of Volunteer stories. Be inspired! Refreshments served throughout the day. 


Meath Volunteer Centre

Wednesday 15th May – Mental Well-being and Benefits of Volunteering

Speakers include Ruairi McKiernan, Mental Health Ireland and Sharon Hughes (TBC).

Newgrange Hotel, Navan

Monday 20th May – Fundraising from Scratch with Simon Scriver

Trim Castle Hotel, Trim.

Both events are from 10am to 1pm. For booking:  Ask for Vicki : 046 9280790


Monaghan Volunteer Centre

Thursday 16th May – Information Stand and Fundraising Book Sale in Monaghan Shopping Centre


Offaly Volunteering Information Service

Thursday 16th May 2019

Venue: Offaly Local Development Offices, Millennium House. Main Street, Tullamore

Time: 10.30am to 12.00pm

Offaly Volunteering Information Services with Birr and Tullamore MHAs are delighted to offer an evidenced based Workshop on the Five Ways to Well-being to celebrate National Volunteering Week  and to acknowledge the support, kindness and generosity offered by so many volunteers at all levels of interest and focus throughout County Offaly. This workshop offers participants opportunities for self-care and personal development. Evidence suggests these are five steps we can all take to improve and boost our mental well-being and create balance in our daily lives.

The Workshop will be facilitate by Finola Colgan Development Officer Mental Health Ireland

Places are limited, To book a place please email Amanda or


Sligo Volunteer Centre

Monday 13th May – 10am – 12pm – Black Tiger Cafe – Having A Social Coffee Morning

We are teaming up with Having A Laugh – we are coming along to their Monthly Social Coffee morning to let people know its National Volunteering Week and to find out about volunteering. Free event – pay for your own tea/coffee

Tuesday 14th May – 11am – 12.30pm – Sligo VC – Volunteer Information Session

Volunteer Information Sessions are small group, fast and informal workshops held every fortnight at SVC. They get you up to speed and aware of the various opportunities in Sligo. It includes a 1:1 meeting with a staff member of Sligo Volunteer Centre where you have an opportunity to ask any questions you wish to help you decide about different roles & opportunities. Free event but booking is required so phone 071-9111042 or email:

Tuesday 14th May – 12pm – 1pm – Sligo VC – Form Filling Fun

Drop in Clinic to assist people to complete all the forms related to getting started volunteering. Free

Tuesday 14th May – 6.30pm – 9.30pm – Northside Community Centre – Finding & Keeping Volunteers

This is an introductory level workshop aimed at staff or volunteers in non-profit groups who recruit and manage volunteers. It is aimed at groups who have not yet availed of training on any aspect of Volunteer Management.

– What Sligo Volunteer Centre can do for you
– What volunteers want from volunteering
– Tips for developing attractive volunteer roles
– Overview of Planning for Volunteers

This session is aimed at the person within the organisation who has/will have responsibility for planning for volunteer involvement.


•Nationally affiliated groups/larger groups/networks/charities/NGOs: €40
•Small organisations/local community groups: €20
•Volunteers with no access to organisational funding –suggested contribution: €5

Thursday 16th May – 12pm – 1pm – Enable Ireland Charity Shop, Wine Street Carpark, Sligo Town – Volunteer Information Stand

We will be popping up in the Enable Ireland Shop, Wine St. Carpark on Thursday 16th of May during National Volunteering Week. Check out the volunteer opportunities and the bargains at the same time – Win Win!


South Dublin County Volunteer Centre

Mon 13 May – Volunteer Managers Forum, 12 – 2pm at South Dublin County Volunteer Centre, Tallaght.

Tues 14 May – Outreach at The Square , Tallaght  from 10am to 2pm

Weds 15 May – Outreach at The Mill, Clondalkin from 10am to 1pm (TBC)

Thurs 16 May – Open morning at Tallaght Library from 10am – 1.30pm being held during NVW as part of South Dublin County’s Bealtaine Festival


Tipperary Volunteer Centre

Tipperary are hitting the road once again this National Volunteering Week visiting towns and communities across the county meeting volunteers and organisations alike. From Tidy Towns groups to youth and mental health groups, Tipp VC will be celebrating volunteers and spreading the message of how they can help volunteering in the county.


Waterford Volunteering Information Service

Waterford Volunteering Information Service will celebrate National Volunteering Week 2019 with events in Waterford City and Dungarvan
People who already volunteer, or for those that might be interested in getting involved in volunteering, are all invited to pop in to say hello and have a cup of coffee and a chat!

Dungarvan Volunteer Hello

Friday 17th May
11am to 3pm
Dungarvan Credit Union
Parnell Street, Dungarvan
County Waterford

Waterford Volunteer Hello
Saturday 18th May
11am to 3pm
22 George’s Street (formerly Carrig Donn)


Westmeath Volunteer Centre

Mindfullness and Well-being Workshops

Tuesday 14th May – Athlone

Thursday 16th May – Mullingar


Wexford Volunteering Information Service

Coming soon…


Wicklow Volunteer Centre

Tuesday 14th May

On Tuesday 14th May, the wonderful Staff of Elavon, Arklow & the students and staff of National Learning Network, Arklow will once again be joining forces to help clean  up Ennereilly Beach outside the town. This beach can always benefit from a clean-up and particularly after Storm Hannah there will be plenty to keep us busy!

From 10.00am until 11.30am we will be hard at work. Litter pickers, gloves & bags along with the removal of the rubbish bags will be provided by Wicklow County Council. All welcome!

Also on Tuesday 14th May @ 10.30am the staff of Wicklow Volunteer Centre will make a presentation to the service users in The Saol Anois Day Service.  The day service, based in Festina Lente Bray, aims to meet the support needs of adults with intellectual disabilities and/or dual diagnosis.  It is a supportive and therapeutic service designed to meet the needs of people through individual plans.  Wicklow Volunteer Centre staff will talk to them about becoming volunteers and discuss how they can get involved in their community.

Thursday 16th May

To celebrate National Volunteering Week and the launch of our new Bray premises, we would be delighted if you could join us for a tea or coffee on Thursday 16th May anytime between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

Come meet with other people recruiting and managing volunteers, tell your stories, share your experiences.  Let’s talk about creating volunteering opportunities, how to make them more attractive for potential volunteers and how to make sure that they are filling the needs of your organisation.

Where:            County Wicklow Volunteer Centre,

                        Unit 2, Carlisle House, Adelaide Road, Bray

When:             Thursday 16th May 2019

Time:              10. 30am to 12.30pm

Please RSVP to by Monday 13th May