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Volunteer Fair 2012
Dean of Students' Roll of Honour 2012
Postgraduate Week Volunteering with Habitat
Volunteer Fair 2011
National Day of Volunteering 2011
Inaugural Dean of Students' Roll of Honour
We Volunteer Exhibition of Student Volunteering
Volunteer Fair 2010
Building a Voice for Student Volunteering in Ireland
Junior Chamber Dublin Active Citizenship Week 2010
National Day of Volunteering 2010
Dublin City Volunteer Week 2010
RAG Week 2010 Outreach
Give it a Swirl 2009

Volunteer Fair 2012

The annual Volunteer Fair took place on November 22nd as part of College’s ongoing commitment to support and encourage members of College staff and students to volunteer in the local, national and international community (Action 5.2 of the College Strategic Plan 2009-2014). Representatives from 35 different organisations were on hand to discuss a variety of opportunities to get involved. You can check out the opportunities showcased on our news page.

Students chatting to Barretstown representativesstudents learn about volunteering with le ChéileCASA, Simon, Irish Wheelchair Association, Alone and St John of Gods Carmona Services at the Volunteer Fairstudent looks at the literature available at the volunteer fairThe volunteer fair booklets ready for collection!potential volunteers talk to current volunteers to learn moreNew volunteer signs up to ALONEHester from Camara talks about their volutneering opportunitiesTrinity Student and CASA volunteer mans the organisation standDublin Simon at the fairJayanne from Hope tells potenital volunteers about their work in KolkataDawn from MarriageEquality ast the FairProgressio enjoy the fairCheeverstown House at the fairSunshine and Ozanam recruit volutnteers

Dean of Students' Roll of Honour 2012

Over 450 Trinity College students were commended by both the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald T.D. and the Provost at the Dean of Students’ Roll of Honour ceremony in Trinity College on April 18th for their participation in extracurricular, voluntary activity both inside and outside the College.  The Roll of Honour aims to recognise the learning outside the classroom which students gain through extra-curricular voluntary activity.
The Provost, Minister for Children and Civic Engagement officer with citizens informaiton and voice for the voiceless volunteersStudent Honorees with the Dean of StudentsStudent Honorees with the Minister, provost and Dean of Students

Postgraduate Week Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity

On the 22nd of March, a team of Postgraduate students helped with painting, clearing, gardening and more in the renovation of four homes in Inchicore. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with Dublin City Council, local government authorities, other non- profits and communities to build and renovate houses in Dublin to allow low income families the opportunity to buy their own home and charitable organisations to improve their facilities at a low cost. Currently Habitat is partnering with Dublin City Council to renovate four derelict homes for families in Inchicore, Dublin 8. The work done as part of Postgraduate Week contributes to enabling low-income families becoming first-time homeowners plus the community will be regenerated as the derelict properties used to be the scene of anti-social behaviour.

The team outside the houses with David and Colin from HabitatElif treats a wall to prevent mouldsMarlene removing old paint in one of the basment flatsFyawupi lifts old tilesDevon working on the roofElizabeth works to remove flaking paintElif holds on to the ladder for leverageMarlene sanding in the hallway, complete with dustmask!Elizabeth scrapes flaking paint from the roof in the porch

Volunteer Fair 2011

Big thank you to all the organisations and potential volunteers who attended the Annual Volunteer Fair on Campus which took place in the Graduate Memorial Building (GMB) from 12pm to 3pm on Thursday 20th of October. Summer opportunities abroad were showcased by EIL Intercultural Learning, Outreach Moldova and Habitat for Humanity among others. Local organisations who were seeking to recruit volunteers includes Engineers Ireland, Dublin Lesbian Line, Foróige and the Le Chéile mentoring programme for young people involved with the probation service. This fair was organised by the Civic Engagement Officer, Careers Advisory Service in conjunction with the Trinity Volunteer Opportunities Forum.

Click here for further details on the opportunities showcased.

Representatives from LeCheile at the fairStudents who have been abroad with Habitat for Humanit share their expeirenceJack Doyle from the Irish Wheelchair AssociationStudent volunteers with Oblate Youth services along with representatives from Dublin Lesbian LineThe International Eucharistic Congress 2012 recruiting volunteersStudents meeting representatives from Foroige

National Day of Volunteering 2011

The Annual National Day of Volunteering took place on Friday, September 30th and more than 75 students, members of staff and community members got involved in five different Trinity projects.  The National Day serves to encourage people to donate their time and skills for a few hours and experience hands on involvement in the community. Volunteers worked on projects with Habitat for Humanity, Age Action, Lighthouse Homeless Ministry, the Rediscovery Centre and with our very own Voluntary Tuition Programme to mark the occasion. We will be adding more photos soon. Further information on the projects.

Shop front of Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun as seen across the meadowBlue, Red, Yellow and White Flowers of the Rediscovery Centre's wildflower meadowPicture of the Environment Society Team who volunteered at the Rediscovery CentreView of the wildflower meadow in the heart of BallymunStudents Volunteering with Habitat 4 HumanityStudents Volunteering with Habitat 4 HumanityStudents Volunteering with Habitat 4 HumanityStudents Volunteering with Habitat 4 HumanityStudents Volunteering with Habitat 4 HumanityStudents Volunteering with Habitat 4 HumanityStudents Volunteering with Habitat 4 HumanityStudents Volunteering with Habitat 4 HumanityStudents Volunteering with Habitat 4 HumanityStudents Volunteering with Habitat 4 HumanityStudents Volunteering with Habitat 4 HumanityProvost and Family join the Voluntary Tuition Programme's Helping Hands projectStudents Volunteering in Lighthouse Homeless MinistryStudents Volunteering in Lighthouse Homeless MinistryStudents Volunteering with Habitat 4 HumanityStudents Volunteering in Lighthouse Homeless MinistryProvost and Family Get involved with VTP Helping Hands project

Dean of Students' Roll of Honour 2011

On April 7th, three hundred and eighty five students who engage in extra-curricular voluntary activity were recognised at the inaugural Dean of Students' Roll of Honour cermony in the Dining Hall. The ceremony was addressed by Dr Martin McAleese B.Dent.Sc., M.A. (1984). Dr. McAleese spoke of the importance of moving outside the comfort zone to make things happen, change things and as an opportunity to change ourselves. He talked about how instrumental volunteers are in a variety of areas- sports, advocacy, service provision, social and community and in politics and peace. Full list of names and message from the Dean of Students (PDF 3.7MB).

Prof. Gerry Whyte Dean of Students and Dr. McAleese with 2011 Camogie Captain and Trinity Volunteer Opportunities Forum who were among those included on the Roll of HonourDr. McAleese with Jessica Pitcher- student volunteer and chair of Trinity Volunteer Opportunities ForumProvost John Hegarty, Dr. Martin McAleese and Prof. Gerry Whyte Dean of Students with Student2Student mentoring and Trinity TV volunteers who were included on the Roll of Honour 2011

We Volunteer! Exhibition of Student Volunteering

Throughout RAG Week 2011 (January 17-21), the We Volunteer! Exhibition previewed in the Orientation Space of the BLU Library. The exhibition evolved as a collaborative project between Higher Education Institutions as part of the European Year of Volunteering 2011. It aims to honour, recognise the contribution which student volunteers make on campuses and in communities in Ireland and further afield and to inspire other students to get involved. The exhibition will be officially launched by Marian Harkin MEP and Michael King, founder of Suas on January 24th in the National Library and will go on to tour campuses and conferences in Ireland, the UK and Brussels. Click here for further information on WeVolunteer!

Provost visits the exhibition on campus

Above (l-r): Civic Engagement Officer Róisín McGrogan, Chair of Trinity Volunteer Opportunities Forum Daniel Farrel, Masters in Social Work student Linda Curran who features in the exhibition for her voluntary work with Chrysalis Community Drug Project's outreach to street based female sex workers and Provost John Hegarty.

photo of the exhibition in the libraryphoto of the exhibition in the libraryphoto of the exhibition in the library We Volunteer LogoLinda is a TCD postgraduate student who volunteers with Chrysalis Community Drug Project on their outreach programme to street-based female sex workers

WITWIT Student Robin volunteers in their Careers CentreUU student Carol volunteers as a sports coachUU

IT SligoIT Sligo student mark volunteers in a nursing homeDCU student Karina volunteers with the citizens information serviceDCU

DITRoss volunteers with the DIT St. Vincent de Paul Society and Students' UnionRCSI Student Fergal volunteered with the Christina Noble Children's Foundation in VietnamRCSI

NUI, MaynoothNUI, Maynooth student James, volunteered on a Meath Diocesan pilgrimmage for the sick and disabled to LourdesQUB Student Owen is chair ofStudents in Free Enterprise in QueensQUB

AITAIT student Sinead volunteered with Outreach MoldovaTipperary student Laura volunteers with South Tipp General Hospital RadioTipperary Inst.

IT, Tallaght IT, Tallaght student Ciaran volunteered in Tanzania with Path to AfricaNUI, Galway Student Nicola volunteers with the GSPCANUI, Galway

St. Angela's SligoSt. Angela's Sligo student Neasa volunteers with the Creative Crew ClubCiara volunteered in Haiti with UCD Volunteers OverseasUCD

LITLIT student Ide volunteers with St. Joseph's Foundation in CharlevilleFroebel College of Education student Niamh volunteers with the No Name! ClubFroebel

UCCUCC Student Sean is a Peer Support leaderUL Student Guevine is a mentor with the Access OfficeULVisiting the WeVolunteer Exhibition were Civic Engagement Officer Róisín McGrogan, Chair of Trinity Volunteer Opportunities Forum Daniel Farrel, Linda Curran who is the featured Trinity Volunteer and Provost John Hegarty

Volunteer Fair

This year, the biggest volunteer fair to date saw 35 community organisations showcase their voluntary opportunities to students and staff of Trinity College Dublin.

Potential student volunteers speaking to community reps at the volunteer fair Potential student volunteers speaking to community reps at the volunteer fairPotential student volunteers speaking to community reps at the volunteer fairAlso at the fair were Christian AidStudent Volunteer Grace representing CamaraPotential student volunteers speaking to community reps at the volunteer fairPotential student volunteers speaking to community reps at the volunteer fair

Building a Voice for Student Volunteering in Ireland

Building a Voice for Student Volunteering in Ireland On November 12th and 13th, more than 50 student volunteers from 16 Universities and Institutes of Technology across the island of Ireland came together to share knowledge, ideas and effective practice, to reflect on the impact, value and significance of their volunteering and to develop a mission statement for student volunteering in Ireland. The event was a collaboration between students and staff of Trinity College Dublin, NUI, Galway, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, University of Limerick, University of Ulster and St. Angela's College Sligo. The forum- the first of its kind in Ireland- took the approach that the experts in student volunteering are the student volunteers themselves and thus the whole weekend was participative and deliberative with the keynote address being delivered by a student volunteer.

US Scholar Dr. Patti Clayton facilitated a workshop on critical reflection utilising the internationally acclaimed DEAL model she co-developed with faculty and students. Outcomes from the event are available from event sponsors Campus Engage- network for the promotion of civic engagement activities in Irish higher education. Campus Engage is also sponsoring the forthcoming WeVolunteer! Mobile Exhibition showcasing diverse student volunteering contributions to celebrate the European Year of Volunteering 2011. For further information see www.campusengage.ie.

Students at the Building a Voice EventStudents at the Building a Voice EventStudents at the Building a Voice EventStudents at the Building a Voice Event

Junior Chamber Dublin Active Citizenship Week 2010

On Saturday October 9th TCD Students went with JCI Dublin members to Dublin Youth Theatre to do more than just a spot of painting. Volunteers donned old clothes, costumes and resorted to inside-outing to paint the office, front door and bathroom of 23 Upper Gardiner St. Dublin Youth Theatre provides for the personal and social development of its members through participation in drama workshops and productions and works to attain a high artistic standard in the public performance of plays which include work relevant to the lives of young people today. DYT is also a former haunt of Aidan Gillan and many other famous Dublin actors.
Student Volunteers Paint in Dublin Youth TheatreJCI's Emma hoovers in her green 'fro wigStudent Volunteers Paint in Dublin Youth TheatreAll dressed up and nowhere to go- volunteers in costume as they get ready to paingStudent Volunteers Paint in Dublin Youth TheatreStudent Volunteers Paint in Dublin Youth TheatreStudent Volunteers Paint in Dublin Youth TheatreThe TCD/JCI teamThe TCD/JCI team

National Day of Volunteering 2010

Friday October 1st was the annual National Day of Volunteering and to mark the occasion more than thirty students, staff and alumni of Trinity College Dublin mucked in on two gardening projects over the weekend. On Friday two teams of volunteers spent the day working side by side with seven second year students of Larkin Community College on Cathal Brugha Street to plan, hoe, weed and prepare the soil of a small plot of long overgrown greenery on the school grounds. On Saturday, a third team spent the day working on the grounds of Odin's Wood Day Care Centre for Older People in Finglas. This was the second annual visit of a team of Trinity volunteers to maintain the garden of the Centre which caters for people aged 67 to 97 by providing personal care, hairdressing, meals and social stimulation. This year, the day's gardening in Finglas also coincided with Positive Ageing Week, a festival which focuses on highlighting how Ireland can be a great place to grow old.

The plot in Larkin at the halfway stageThe plot in Larkin College prepared for planting after the day's workTCD Students and Staff gardening in Larkin CollegeLarkin Hill students working side by side with Trinity staff, student and alumni volunteersLarkin Hill students working side by side with Trinity staff, student and alumni volunteersLarkin Hill students working side by side with Trinity staff, student and alumni volunteersLarkin Hill students working side by side with Trinity staff, student and alumni volunteersLarkin Hill students working side by side with Trinity staff, student and alumni volunteersLarking Hill students working side by side with Trinity staff, student and alumni volunteersLarkin Hill students working side by side with Trinity staff, student and alumni volunteersLarkin Hill students working side by side with Trinity staff, student and alumni volunteersStudent Volunteers gardening in Odin's Wood Day Care Centre for Older PeopleStudent Volunteers gardening in Odin's Wood Day Care Centre for Older PeopleStudent Volunteers gardening in Odin's Wood Day Care Centre for Older PeopleStudent Volunteers gardening in Odin's Wood Day Care Centre for Older PeopleStudent Volunteers gardening in Odin's WoodStudent Volunteers gardening in Odin's Wood Day Care Centre for Older PeopleStudent Volunteers gardening in Odin's Wood Day Care Centre for Older PeopleStudent Volunteers gardening in Odin's WoodTea ladies set out the sandwichesGardener Extraordinaire and public health nurse shows us how it's done!Student Volunteers gardening in Odin's WoodStudent Volunteers gardening in Odin's Wood

Dublin City Volunteer Week 2010

On Saturday 29th of May, fifteen members of staff, students and friends of Trinity College, mucked in and spent the day gardening at Echlin House, an under 18s residential service run by Crosscare Young Peoples Services which strives to provide some stability for those staying with Crosscare at a difficult time. It was a pretty "soft" morning but fortunately it dried up as the morning passed. Crosscare have asked that the Civic Engagement Office, pass on their thanks and a big "bualadh bos" (applause) to the volunteers who did wonderful job and were so enthusiastic throughout the day. This outreach activity marked the beginning Dublin City Volunteer Week 2010 which aims to celebrate and recognize the efforts of the countless volunteers in Dublin City, and show the many diverse and exciting ways people can get involved in volunteering. Particular thanks are due to the staff of Crosscare and Echlin House, JCI Dublin and Fiona Garrigan of Glorious Gardens.

Volunteers in the Garden at Echlin House
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RAG Week 2010 Outreach

On Friday 5th of February, more than twenty Trinity students volunteered to clear, clean and paint as part of a rejuvenation of 'The Factory' performance and film production space in Ringsend. Once finished, the original home of 'The Commitments' will provide Irish musicians and film makers with rehearsal rooms, high tech light sound and editing facilities, casting and screening rooms, indoor movie studios. It will also serve the community through education, training and employment schemes.

Volunteers paintingVolunteer mopping hallwayVolunteers PaintingVolunteers clearing out old junkVolunteers clearing out old junk

Volunteers sanding glitter off wallVolunteers PaintingCrew filming for a 'Mockumentary'

Team from the morning shiftTeam from the afternoon shift

Give it a Swirl 2009

Give it a Swirl- the national day of volunteering- took place on Friday the 25th of September. To mark the occasion, twenty-five Trinity students agreed to pick up their paintbrushes and don their gardening gloves for local communities in Dublin city. The first project brought the students to the Lawrence Redmond Community Centre in Drimnagh, which has been vacant for over twenty years. A second team of students went to Odin's Wood Day Care Centre in Finglas where they made the most of Friday's sunshine by weeding, planting, mowing and cleaning up the Centre's garden. Images displayed below are courtesy of Volunteer Centres Ireland (Drimnagh) and Volunteering Ireland (Finglas).

Grafitti Artist Fink and Volunteers in DrimnaghVolunteers in DrimnaghVCI Intern and TCD Volunteers in DrimnaghTCD Visual Arts Society Volunteers

Yvonne McKenna of VCI with Volunteers in Drimnagh

TCD Volunteers in DrimnaghTCD Volunteer sweeping patio in Odin's WoodMia raking leavesPlastic bag welliesTCD Volunteer potting plantsTrimming Hedges

Volunteers in Odin's WoodOdin's Wood VolunteerOdin's Wood Volunteers

The Odin's Wood Team

 


Last updated 29 November 2012 Civic Engagement (Email).