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Trinity College Dublin

Voluntary Work

Ireland:

Internet TCD Civic Engagement Officer (www.tcd.ie/Community) is the College’s central information resource on community and voluntary activity and includes volunteer stories and a list of current opportunities.
Internet Trinity Volunteer Opportunities Forum (www.tvof.tcdlife.ie) is a student initiative which works to promote the spirit of volunteerism across campus and to support current community volunteering activities within Trinity.
Internet Volunteer Centres Ireland (www.volunteer.ie) is the national volunteer centre which collects information on volunteering and also matches individuals with opportunities which match their interests and availability. The website includes and extensive database.
Internet Volunteering Ireland (www.volunteeringireland.com) is the national volunteer development agency and acts as a representative voice for volunteering in Ireland. The website includes a database of both residential and non-residential voluntary opportunities.
Internet Volunteering Options (www.volunteeringoptions.org) is a resource run by Comhlámh to help you make decisions about volunteering in developing countries and to find a supportive sending organisation.
Internet Activelink (www.activelink.ie) works with non-profit organisations. Links to directory of Irish non-profit organisations, job opportunities and volunteering. This website also includes a listing of voluntary opportunities.
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The Wheel (www.wheel.ie) is a support and representative body connecting community and voluntary organisations and charities across Ireland.
Sample Opportunities:

  • Camara (www.camara.ie) is a volunteer organisation that uses technology to improve education in Africa.
  • Dublin Simon Community (www.dublinsimon.ie) works to prevent and address homelessness in Dublin and Focus Ireland (www.focusireland.ie) aims to advance the right of people-out-of-home to live in a place they call home
  • Fighting Words (www.fightingwords.ie) is a creative writing centre, established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love which helps students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing.
  • Friends of the Elderly (www.friendsoftheelderly.ie/) is an Irish charity that works to alleviate loneliness and isolation amongst older people who live alone or feel alone.
  • Mountain Meitheal (www.pathsavers.org) is a group of volunteers who undertake hands on trail projects on mountains and in our forests to protect the environment and promoting sustainable outdoor recreation.
  • National Institute for Intellectual Disability (www.tcd.ie/niid) has a mission of promoting inclusion for people with intellectual disability through education, research and advocacy.
  • Trinity Takes to the Streets (www.trinitytakestothestreets.ie/) is a fundraising intiative centred around the Dublin City Marathon which raises funds for the Student Hardship fund, Trinity Access Programmes (TAP), and the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID).
  • Unlock Your Potential (www.unlockyourpotential.ie) is an exciting new programme of artistic, physical and vocational activities for young people with sensory and intellectual disabilities and their families

   

Elsewhere:

Internet Comhlamh (www.volunteeringoptions.org) Information and advice for making a decision about volunteering overseas for global development. Search the Volunteering Options database for volunteering opportunities.
Internet Idealist.org (www.idealist.org) has an online resource centre designed to help you make informed decisions about volunteering in another country.
Internet European Volunteer Centre - Centre européen du volontariat, CEV (www.cev.be) is a European network of over 80 mainly national and regional volunteer centres and volunteer development agencies across Europe, that together work to support and promote voluntary activity.
Internet European Year of Volunteering 2011 (www.eyvolunteering.eu) is a celebration of the commitment of millions of people in Europe who work in their communities during their free time without being paid and a challenge to let those Europeans who do not volunteer know that they can also make a difference.
Internet Youth Networks (www.youthnetworks.eu) helps volunteers and organisations connect with each other in order to apply for a funded European Voluntary Service placement of up to 12 months.
Internet International Association for Voluntary Effort (www.iave.org) is a global network of volunteers, volunteer organisations, national representatives and volunteer centres, with members in over 70 countries, and in all world regions.
Internet World Volunteer Web (www.worldvolunteerweb.org/) supports the volunteer community by serving as a global clearinghouse for information and resources linked to volunteerism that can be used for campaigning, advocacy and networking.
Internet United Nations Volunteers (www.unv.org) mobilises close to 8,000 volunteers to work in Development Assistance projects and in Humanitarian and Peacekeeping Operations and has an online service through which individuals can engage in virtual voluntary activity.
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Community Service Volunteers (www.csv.org.uk) is a UK charity with a range of volunteering opportunities in areas such as the media and the environment.
Sample Opportunities:

  • Azafady (www.madagascar.co.uk) works to alleviate extreme poverty and protect unique, biologically rich but greatly endangered forest environments in Madagascar by empowering some of the poorest people to establish for themselves sustainable livelihoods and improve their health and wellbeing.
  • EIL Intercultural Learning (www.eilireland.org/) is an Irish "not for profit" organisation which provides intercultural learning opportunities through study abroad, volunteer abroad, language training, travel awards, group educational programmes, and other cultural immersion activities for about 2,000 people each year
  • Habitat for Humanity (www.habitatireland.ie/) is an international non-profit organisation that aims to eliminate poverty housing by building simple, decent, affordable homes and by making decent housing a matter of conscience and action.
  • Serve (www.serve.ie) is a development and volunteering organisation committed to working with the poorest people in the world.
  • Suas Educational Development (www.suas.ie) has been started by Trinity graduates to support education in the developing world.
  • Openmind Projects (www.openmindprojects.org) offer voluntary work overseas and supports some 70 projects with volunteers in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Nepal.
  • OutReach Moldova (www.outreachmoldova.org) has also been started by a Trinity graduate and works with 300 disabled orphaned children in the Republic of Moldova.
  • The Umbrella Foundation (www.umbrellanepal.org) An Irish run charity organisation working to help the children of Nepal.
  • Voluntary Service International (www.vsi.ie) l is the Irish branch of Service Civil International, a worldwide peace movement started in 1920 in the aftermath of the First World War.
  • Voluntary Services Overseas (www.vso.ie) is an independent, international development charity that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries.

   

Other Useful Resources:

Internet Taskforce on Active Citizenship (www.activecitizen.ie) conducted a nationwide consultation process to hear your views on what it means to be an active citizen in 21 st century Ireland and produced a set of recommendations in its final report in March, 2007. The Report of the Taskforce on Active Citizenship, including its recommendations, is available on this website.
Internet Volunteering England (www.volunteering.org.uk/resources/information) The Information Service at Volunteering England provides a key resource to help people who are working with, or managing, volunteers. It includes a "Good Practice Bank" which aims to be a one stop shop to find and share information about volunteer management.