Volunteers are the lifeblood of many organisations across Ireland bringing additional skills, new perspectives and added community spirit. At Volunteer Ireland, we believe that the volunteers we involve help us deliver our services more effectively, help us stay in touch with the reality of volunteering and volunteer management first hand and bring new ideas and fresh energy to our work.
Volunteer Ireland achieved Investing in Volunteers (IiV) in November 2020, the international quality standard for excellence in volunteer management. As the only volunteer development organisation in the UK or Ireland to achieve it is a huge milestone.
You can read our Volunteer Handbook to learn more about our expectations and respect for our volunteers!
Volunteer Ireland involves volunteers in all areas of our work including events, corporate volunteering, administration and communications. Some volunteers are involved just once for a one-off activity, others give one day a week and some volunteer full time depending on the needs of the team and the volunteer. We engage “virtual volunteers” remotely, for example, to help with a graphic design project. And of course, we are governed by a group of fantastic Trustees on our Board, who are all volunteers.
No matter which area a volunteer is involved in, we ensure they feel part of the whole team. Office-based volunteers attend staff meetings and training days. All volunteers have a specific programme of work and we strive to make sure the relationship is mutually beneficial.
We engage volunteers as the need arises and advertise all of our available roles on www.volunteer.ie. If you would like to volunteer with us, keep an eye on our vacancies page. If there are no vacancies that suit you, but you feel that you have a particular skill you’d like to offer please email us on [email protected].
Volunteer Ireland believes that everyone has the right to volunteer and to have equal access to volunteering opportunities, without experiencing discrimination. We strive to eliminate all such forms of discrimination and to create a climate in which equal opportunities are promoted as a means of developing the full potential of everyone who is involved with our organisation. Volunteer Ireland expects its volunteers to share its commitment to equal opportunities and all volunteers receive a copy of our Equal Opportunities Policy and our Volunteer Policy as part of their induction.