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National Day of Volunteering 2011

13 September 2011

The Annual National Day of Volunteering (NDV) is on Friday, September 30th and once again Trinity is playing its part.  The event aims to encourage people to donate their time and skills for a few hours and concentrates on hands on involvement in the community. If you would be interested to volunteer for any of this year's NDV projects- detailed below drop an email to Róisín on Any and all help would be appreciated!

These outreach activities are all about giving you a small taste of volunteering through a once-off local project. There is no obligation to commit to anything beyond that but you just might discover a real passion for volunteering and decide to get involved further- either way, it's totally up to you. This is a brilliant way to get to know new people, learn a bit about the community and have some fun while getting practical work done for charities and community organisations in need. It's a win-win situation.

The first 30 volunteers who sign up will get a free tshirt.

On Friday the 30th, we have three opportunities on offer:

Habitat 4 Humanity Home Renovation

Help with painting, clearing, gardening and more in the renovation of a home for a low income family 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. Currently Habitat is partnering with Dublin City Council to renovate four derelict homes in Inchicore, Dublin 8.  Not only will low income families have the opportunity to become first-time homeowners but the community will be regenerated as the derelict properties are often the scene of anti-social behaviour. On Friday 30th two teams of Trinity volunteers are needed to assist this project: the team for the morning will meet at Front Arch at 9.15am and will get back to College around 1.30 pm while the afternoon group will meet at Front Arch at 12.45 and will get back to College around 5pm. Tea, coffee, soft drinks, water and small snacks will be provided. For more information on Habitat4Humanity, see Email to join one of the Habitat4Humanity teams.

Maintain Wildflower Meadow at Rediscovery Centre

The Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun is a community centre recycling and sustainability initiative with a difference. The centre runs a number of projects- Rediscover Fashion, Furniture, Paint, Recraft and Recycabike are all material based reuse projects where items that would otherwise be sent to landfill go through a process of reuse, redesign, deconstruction and reconstruction to make them new products.  Rediscover Waste and Rediscover business are educational and business support projects. On the National Day of Volunteering, the TCD Environment Society will be taking a tour of the centre and in the spirit of the day, getting their hands dirty in a clean up of the new wildflower meadow. The meadow was recently planted to rejuvenate a derelict area and improve local biodiversity.  Volunteers will assist with a litter pick and with the removal of stones from the area.  Litter pickers and bags etc. will be provided. For more information on the Rediscovery Centre and their work see To muck in on this project, be at the campanile at 1pm on Friday.

Helping Hands Tree- Collaborative Art Project

Join the Voluntary Tuition Programme in Physics Square & add your handprint in celebration of the National Day of Volunteering. The Voluntary Tuition Programme (VTP) is a cooperative of members of the local community in Pearse Street and students of the College and it runs fourteen different activities each week ranging from primary school tuition, special needs tuition, to sports, drama and other activity clubs. From 12pm to 2pm on Friday the 30th, students, staff, community members, children from the VTP art clubs and passerbys are invited to place their hands in paint and put their handprints on the "Helping Hands Tree". The Tree will be on display on campus during October. If you can't make it to one of the off campus Outreach events, then consider lending a hand for this project. For more information on the VTP see or to get your hands dirtyt, just make an appearance on the day.

Projects scheduled for Saturday October 1st

Canal Restoration Team Project- CANCELLED

Unfortunately, our planned volunteering with the Dublin Branch of the Inland Waterways Association Ireland (IWAI) has had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We hope to have an opportunity to work alongside members of the Dublin Branch on a similar project in the near future. you can keep up to date on the work of the group here:

Turn back the clock with Age Action’s 1950’s Day

Break out your vintage wardrobe and volunteer at this on campus event on Saturday October 1st. "In the Mood" is an event being organised by Age Action in collaboration with the Trinity College Dublin Equality office to celebrate ESB Electric Ireland’s Positive Ageing Week and UN International Day of Older Persons. You are invited to wear your best classic clothing from the 1950’s and immerse in a day of pure, exclusive vintage entertainment. The day begins with The Fox Trot, a gentle stroll around St. Stephen’s Green, down Kildare Street starting at 230 pm, and finishes in Trinity College with In The Mood Swing Dance Afternoon Tea Party (4 to 6 pm). The Afternoon Swing Dance Tea Party will be held in the Dining Hall. Volunteers are needed as stewards for the event and to assist with registration. For more information see the Age Action website or contact to volunteer your service

Monday 3rd October

Support the Lighthouse Homeless Service on Pearse Street

Finally, just in case the above dates don't suit, we are also returning to the Lighthouse homeless ministry on Pearse Street on Monday October 3rd. Volunteers are needed to unpack and sort donated clothes into sizes and shelves and separating any items that are torn, stained or that wouldn't wear. Good quality items that wouldn't be worn by the homeless people who use the service will be bagged and sent on to another charity who will have a use for them. Gloves will be provided and as it may be a little dusty, it is suggested that anyone who has asthma does not undertake this task. Email to sign up.

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