At CORE Ireland, we are fortunate to have a group of dedicated community members, actively volunteering their time and efforts to support our mission. They work tirelessly, whether in our office, collecting and delivering items for our ‘Nourish Project’, or managing our social media channels remotely. Their contribution is invaluable, and we are deeply grateful for their selflessness. We recognise that each and every volunteer plays a vital role in our organisation, and without their support, our work would not be possible.
Volunteering for organisations like CORE Ireland can be a fulfilling and rewarding experience for several reasons:
Make a positive impact in your community.
Volunteering provides you with an opportunity to make a positive impact in your community by contributing your skills, time, and effort towards a worthy cause. Volunteering allows you to give back to society and help others in need, which can be incredibly gratifying and provide a sense of purpose.
Develop new skills and gain valuable experience.
Depending on the nature of the work, volunteering can provide you with opportunities to develop skills such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and leadership. These skills can be highly beneficial in both your personal and professional life, and can also make you a more competitive job candidate in the future.
Connect with like-minded individuals and expand your social network.
Volunteering gives you the opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds and build meaningful relationships based on shared values and interests. This can help you feel more connected to your community and create a sense of belonging.
How can you get involved in volunteering?
We’re excited to offer volunteer opportunities in several areas at the moment. If you don’t find a perfect fit among our current listings, please don’t hesitate to reach out – we’d love to explore other options with you!
Our office, located in the Meath Enterprise Centre, Navan, is open for volunteer support from 10 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we have nine computers available for volunteers to use while helping with tasks such as event planning, project coordination, and data collection. Administrative duties such as form filling are also part of the job.
At CORE Ireland, our projects are central to our mission. The Nourish Project is our primary initiative, and we welcome your donation of time to assist with organising and delivering donations to support this vital program.
Events and Fundraising
We recognise the importance of fundraising to support the groups we work with. As a valued member of our fundraising team, you will have the opportunity to plan and organise events and work collaboratively with our partners and other local groups. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.
CORE Ireland utilises Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to reach our audience, all managed by our volunteer team. As a social media volunteer, you would repost relevant events and stories, create engaging posts, and find eye-catching images to enhance our presence on these platforms. There may also be opportunities to remotely assist with website maintenance, should you feel comfortable doing so.
We take pride in our website’s ability to captivate our visitors, and our blog posts play a crucial role in achieving this. If you have a passion for writing about topics such as the environment, physical and mental health, and local community groups, we would be delighted to hear from you. Don’t worry about the details – we’ll provide guidance on what we’re looking for in advance, and you can work on this remotely.
Our commitment to serving the community drives us to take on various projects that require specific skill sets. We are always grateful for volunteers with specialised skills, such as electricians, plasterers, builders, and more, who can spare a few hours every few weeks to support our Extreme Community Care (ECC) project. By offering your time and expertise, you can help us make a significant impact on our community and improve the lives of those who need it most.
How our volunteer programme supports the national Learning Network
“I joined the Employment-Based Training course to further my work skills and social skills. While on the Employment-Based Training course, I did my work experience at GameStop in Blanchardstown. It really helped me improve my social situation and to experience what it is like to work in a shop. In the Employment-Based Training course, I did the following modules, Interpersonal Development, Work Experience and Customer Service. My favourite module is Customer Service because I learned how to deal with customers in different ways.
I heard of CORE Ireland Services from Bernard coming into National Learning Network talking to him about what CORE Ireland does and how it helps families. I found it very interesting. I heard CORE Ireland was looking for volunteers to help I immediately wanted to help because of what CORE Ireland Services does.
I really enjoyed my time with National Learning Network because I met a lot of new people and I learned a lot from the modules and work experience I did. I felt the National Learning Network understood my Disability and what support I needed. Due to my dyspraxia, I have coordination problems and poor muscle tone – my muscles get tired easily – and I have fine motor skills problems, the National Learning Network worked around these problems with me.”
“It really helped me improve my social situation and to experience what it is like to work in a shop.”
“You could also arrange your own work experience. It applies for one day a week and is hugely beneficial to those students seeking employment.”