National Volunteering Week in Sligo Blog 3: Dollys Cottage Strandhill

Dollys Cottage

 

We represent a small group of volunteers who run the Strandhill ICA Guild which is based in Dolly’s Cottage, Strandhill, Sligo. Our main voluntary work is to continue the legacy of the late Dolly Higgins who lived in this 200 year old thatched cottage until 1970, when she sadly passed. We endeavour to preserve and promote this unique Heritage site which is steeped in local history, folklore and tradition for our community, the next generation and our visitors from far and wide.

Unfortunately, our ICA membership has dwindled over the last ten years so we rely heavily on volunteers from our local community and from Sligo’s Volunteer Centre, which we have been more than blessed with thankfully. As we are only open during the summer season these volunteers are invaluable to us to keep the door of Dolly’s Cottage open to our local community and visitors from home and abroad.

We really enjoy promoting volunteering because it gives people an opportunity to give something back to their community and to be involved in decision making on a local level.
It is a journey to a very fulfilling and rewarding activity and one which brings people of all ages and from all walks of life, together, in the spirit of friendship and community.

Volunteering definitely builds better communities and I believe that Strandhill is a perfect example of that, where there is a very strong history and tradition of volunteering and reaching out to the community. It encourages us to help and to rely on each other and in so doing it creates awareness of our communities needs and makes it a brighter and better place to live in, working together for a common objective.
The right match can help a volunteer to reduce stress, find friends, learn new skills and even advance your career. Giving to others can also help and protect your mental and physical health.

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