Fall in love with Volunteering this Autumn

 Hi there,

After a disappointing wet summer we have moved into autumn, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. As we cross our fingers for an indian summer, why not have a look through the many wonderful roles on our website www.volunteersligo.ie

Something a little bit different: Sligo in Song-Be part of a unique choir of volunteers! We are on a mission to support a 'major celebration of Sligo in song'. We are inviting a minimum of 15 people from across the Voluntary & Community Sector to join Sligo Volunteers Centres Choir that will be nurtured and coached by the Hawkswell Theatre Choirmasters. Time is of the essence and we are hoping to have our full choir of 15 in place in the next few days. Please contact us asap if you wish to join us - 071 9111042

Thanks: Fleadh 2015 volunteers It was great supporting and working with the Fleadh on their two very successful years of hosting the Fleadh in Sligo. Anne Gorby and her Team of Volunteers worked tirelessly and with such generosity of spirit,in making this years Fleadh again such an unforgettable success. Up to 2,000 volunteers got involved and volunteers contributed enormously to the welcome people encountered, helping out in every way possible. You did volunteering proud; "'the one thing that stood out and people commented on was the volunteers'". Volunteers acted as “street ambassadors,shop volunteers, media and admin support volunteers,green Fleadh volunteers,along with manning car parks, camp sites and competition venues ensuring that visitors were made feel welcome and had a memorable and enjoyable experience. You bring a wealth of experience and for those of you who did the training we invite you to maybe get involved in other short term or Festival volunteer roles that are coming up. Please take a look at our Website www.volunteersligo.ie or phone 071-9111042
Volunteers collecting rubbish - Fleadh 2014  Volunteer posterVolunteers in Action- Fleadh 2014

Volunteer Ireland Awards:The Volunteer Ireland Awards are now open for nominations! We are looking for Ireland's best volunteers! You can nominate a friend, family member or even yourself! Nominations close at midnight on Friday 16th October and can be made online at http://bit.ly/1UwOBGI.

Short term roles, long term satisfaction: There's still time to volunteer with your local Tidy Towns and Coastcare groups located throughout Sligo. There are beach clean ups in Lisadell, Friday 18th at 6pm and Dunmoran Sunday 20th at 12 noon, Strandhill Saturday 19th Sept at 12 noon and Mullaghmore Beach, Sunday Sept 20th at 11am. If you love animals, you can collect a few euro for Kath's Kitty Corner on Saturday 19th Sept in Sligo Town and County. If history is your thing, why not help out at the Celtic Fringe Festival on Saturday the 19th as a Steward?  In October the North West Simon Community are having their annual sleep out, Friday Oct 2nd on O'Connell St. -raise funds for a great cause.

Share your hobby with others:
The Irish Wheelchair Association is looking for Arts & Crafts volunteers and Flower Arranging Tutors. Have you trained in Massage or Holistic Therapies? North West Hospice is looking for a Massage Therapist and Community Reflexologist to cover Tubbercurry, Carrick on shannon, Ballyshannon and Manorhamilton and they also have another volunteer Massage Therapist role to carry out treatments for people staying in the Hospice. St. Michaels in Sligo is also looking for a Reflexologist or other Holistic Therapist Volunteer.
Foroige in Sligo Town and County is always looking for volunteers to share their hobbies and skills with young people who attend their clubs as well as mentors , club leaders and youth project volunteers.

Other Roles:
The Model has a number of volunteer roles at the moment Volunteer Education Assistant, Admin & Volunteer Programme Assistant, Gallery Invigilator, Volunteer Front of House Assistant and Volunteer Event Assistant. If you would like to be a support to someone, these roles will interest you- The Carers Association is looking for a Befriending Volunteer , the Samaritans are currently recruiting Listening Volunteers. 
Aware is looking for Volunteer Facilitators.

Other roles include Marketing & Social Media volunteer roles, Office Admin roles, Sports Programme volunteer roles, Shop Assistant roles & Companion roles.

Ready for a Challenge??
If you are aged between 18-25 and would like to meet new people, challenge yourself and have some fun, you might consider doing the Gaisce Award. This is a personal development programme, which offers you the opportunity to take part in different challenges and activities - like learning a new skill, getting involved in your community, planning a venture and keeping fit. There are 3 levels you can get involved in - Bronze, Silver or Gold - each with different lengths of committment. You will have the support of a PAL (Presidents Award Leader). Contact Ciara at the Centre if you are interested - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What's your volunteering story?
We will be highlighting volunteers stories and experiences over the next few months and around Christmas time. If you would like to contact us and tell us how and why you got involved in volunteering, it could encourage others to do the same.
If you have a friend or know someone who might be interested in becoming a volunteer, why not let them know about our Volunteer Information Sessions which are FREE. They are short and informal and take place here at the centre every 2 weeks. Call 0719111042 to book.

From Ciara, Paula, Niamh & Olivia

DSCF0647  DSCF0639- 1 2  Thank you photo from NW Hospice

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