Your chance to play your part during Volunteering Week in Louth
Maria Walsh - former Rose of Tralee, presenter and entrepreneur - was on hand to launch this year's National Volunteering Week campaign.
According to a new survey by Volunteer Ireland, 67% of people who volunteered felt an increased sense of belonging to their community and 70% felt it gave them an increased sense of being included and not being alone.
Gráinne Berrill, Louth Volunteer Centre Manager singled out this link between volunteering and connected communities as the focus of this year's campaign. "Volunteering builds better communities - it really is as simple as that. From local Tidy Towns groups to Community First Responders and the parents coaching their children's sports teams - coming together to give back makes a community stronger. When people volunteer they feel closer to their community and the people in it, and they take pride in their community."
Louth Volunteer Centre work closely with community organisations all across County Louth and will be holding a Build Better…Volunteer Leadership Seminar in Bellingham Castle on Wednesday 16th May.
Tickets are free but booking with the Louth Volunteer Centre team is essential. They are also encouraging everyone to think about how they can get involved in their local community this National Volunteering Week (14th - 20th May).
They are holding coffee mornings in their office in Bolton Street, Drogheda from 11am - 1pm on Thursday 17th for the public to drop in and find out about volunteering in their local area.
According to Gráinne there is something for everyone.
"We have a wide variety of roles suitable for people of all ages and skill level. Giving back doesn't always mean a huge time commitment either - small actions can make a big difference to a community. So if you've been thinking about volunteering but you're not sure where to start, why not take the first step and drop in or contact us at 041 9809008 during National Volunteering Week?"