Get Ready for National Volunteer Week: 11-17 May

National Volunteering Week to highlight how everyone can start volunteering
 
Research commissioned by Volunteer Ireland has found that for 20% of people the main barrier to getting involved in volunteering is not knowing where or how to find opportunities.

Research commissioned by Volunteer Ireland has found that for 20% of people the main barrier to getting involved in volunteering is not knowing where or how to find opportunities.



The research quoted was carried by nfpSynergy as part of the Irish Charity Engagement Monitor, a survey of 1,000 representatives of the Irish public, representative by age, gender, social grade and region.
 
However, the national volunteer development agency is determined to change this as it today launched National Volunteering Week 2015, which takes place from 11-17 May.
 
National Volunteering Week highlights the multitude of ways that individuals and organisations can get involved in supporting causes, aiding charities and helping in their local communities.
 
Encouragingly the research, carried out by nfpSynergy, also found that 25% of Irish adults are involved in regular volunteering. The most common place where people volunteer, at 72%, is with a local charity.
 
The most common motivation to volunteer was to support a specific cause (55%), while helping out in the local community was the priority for 53% of volunteers.
 
To signpost people to where the multitude of opportunities lie, the agency is highlighting the ways that people can make the most of National Volunteering Week 2015.
 
Volunteer Ireland CEO, Nina Arwitz said: “The key step is to go to www.volunteer.ie where people can find a volunteering role near them to suit their interest or skill. Alternatively people can call into or phone their local Volunteer Centre or Volunteer Information Service, of which there are 26 covering most counties across the country."
 
Ms. Arwitz also drew attention to using the online volunteer database ‘I-VOL’, which can also be found at www.volunteer.ie. I-VOL works both ways – people can search for volunteering opportunities in their local areas and organisations also can post that they are searching for volunteers.
 
In 2014 more than 12,400 volunteers engaged with I-VOL and local Volunteer Centres and clocked up an incredible 470,000 hours of volunteering.

Volunteer Ireland is the national volunteer development agency and a support body for all local Volunteer Centres in Ireland. Our vision is every person connected to and participating in their communities to build a better Irish society. Volunteer Ireland works to increase awareness of, access to and quality in volunteering in Ireland.