Wednesday 18 July 2018

Volunteering across Fingal

Volunteer expo showcase for 15 community groups

Audrey Cashel and Nora Roban at the volunteers exbo in the Pavilions.
Audrey Cashel and Nora Roban at the volunteers exbo in the Pavilions.
Martina Hand at the volunteers exbo in the Pavilions.
Noel and Teresa Cosgrave with Matt Cullen

John Manning

Fingal Volunteer Expo took place at The Pavilions in Swords recently and showcased the great work being done by volunteers in community organisations and charities right across the county.

Some 15 groups engaged in a wide range of activies across Fingal and are aided by the work of volunteers, exhibited at the show at the Swords shopping centre.

Fingal Volunteer Expo is a great opportunity for any not-for-profit or community organisation to showcase their volunteer opportunities to general public and potential volunteers; let the community know about the work they do; network with other organisations; and get to engage with Fingal Volunteer Centre and develop new opportunities.

Groups and organisations like these are often exclusively run by volunteers and for that we can say a massive thank you to them as very often many services would not be there if there were no services in place provided by these groups.

The Fingal Volunteer Centre organise the expo which normally happens twice a year.

The Fingal Volunteer Centre is a county-wide community based service that offers a recruitment and placement service available to anybody living in Fingal.

The Fingal Volunteer Centre also provides support, volunteer role advertising and training to organisations in Fingal on all aspects of volunteer management in order to encourage best practice across community and voluntary sector.

Since 2013 Centre has also managing Event Volunteers project where the volunteer management service is provided at events and festivals across Fingal.

Among the organisations exhibiting this year were the Fingal Film and Arts Festival, OWLS Children's Nature Charity, Swords Tidy Towns and Remember Us.

the event is aimed at helping organisations attracting people who are interested in becoming volunteers but who may not know exactly where or how to go about it.

The event was tinely as nominations recently closed for the Volunteer Ireland Awards, and no doubt there are many fine Fingal volunteers up for consideration for this year's awards.

The Volunteer Ireland Awards are an awards programme that makes a difference. It aims to shine a light on the remarkable work of volunteers around the country by celebrating them on a national level. The Volunteer Ireland Awards are a unique opportunity to say 'thank you' to ordinary people doing extraordinary work across the country.

In order to find out more about volunteering in Fingal, please visit or call 01 8991921.

Fingal Independent