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September 2016

Geology Cycle Challenge


Four people on Stationery Bikes

April 2015

Marriage Referendum Public Forum

The Marriage Referendum Public Forum due to take place on 21 April 2015 has been postponed due to circumstances beyond our control. Trinity regrets any inconvenience caused and for the short notice involved, and hopes to identify an alternative date shortly.

On Tuesday 21 April at 6.00pm in the Edmund Burke Theatre in the Arts Building, Trinity will host a public forum on the upcoming Marriage Referendum, chaired by the Registrar, Professor Shane Allwright. 

Speakers will include Ms Annie Hoey, Vice-President for Equality and Citizenship, Union of Students in Ireland; Mr David Martin, a Master in Theology student in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute; Rabbi Kris McDaniel-Miccio, Professor of Law at University of Denver and visiting Professor at the School of Law, TCD, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging the Colorado Constitutional Amendment prohibiting same sex marriage; and Mr Patrick Treacy Senior Counsel, co-author of a booklet in anticipation of the Marriage Referendum.

The event is open to the entire Trinity community (students, staff, and alumni) as well as to the local community and general public, but because seating is limited you must email: in advance to reserve a seat.  For more information on the event please go to the Marriage Equality Forum link.

Two interlinked wedding rings

November 2014

Workshop Event

Marketing Your Voluntary Experience to Employers

Wednesday 12th November, 5pm to 6pm, Room 3051, Arts Building


October 2014

Volunteer Fair Poster

Do you want to give something back?  Would you like to share a skill?  Do you want to learn something new?  Do you want to be an active part of your community? Do you want to have some fun? Would you like to help solve a problem?  Would you like to make more friends?  Can you make a difference? 

Come along to the
Trinity Volunteer Fair
on Wednesday 15th October
between 11.30am and 3.30pm
in the Global Room in the Watts Building.

There will be College, local, national and international organisations for you to chat with about lots of opportunities for you to volunteer.

Irish Aid Volunteer Fair

Irish Aid Image

The Irish Aid Volunteer Fair will take place on Saturday 11th October, 11-4pm, Printworks, Dublin Castle. See more details on this link to Facebook.


Student Sport Volunteer Programme Announced

24th September, 2014

The Department of Sport and Recreation have put together an exciting Volunteering Programme open to all students which offers the opportunity to volunteer on events and programmes run in a dynamic, fast paced, student centred environment. Each opportunity has corresponding training that should be undertaken to ensure that volunteers gets the best support and have a positive experience. There are two core training modules that are the cornerstones for all other training: Inclusion Training Leadership and Communication Skills. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved regardless of the amount of time that you have to spare – a few hours for a once off event or a few hours weekly.


Trinity College Dublin Volunteer Fair

23rd September, 2014

The Annual Trinity College Dublin Volunteer Fair will take place on Wednesday 15thOctober 2014 in the Global Room and will be a chance for organisations to showcase non-fundraising* voluntary opportunities to the College community. Community organisations who wish to be involved please click the Organisation Link for more detailed information


Volunteer Ireland Announce Volunteer Awards

September 2014

The Volunteer Ireland awards are the national awards to celebrate volunteering in Ireland. The Awards aim to celebrate and recognise the thousands of people across Ireland who give their time to benefit others. Closing date is the 24th October 2014.

National Volunteering Week 12th to 18th May 2014

National Volunteering Week will be held between the 12th and 18th May. It is the one week of the year when we encourage everyone in Ireland to give volunteering a try. When it comes to volunteering, everyone has something to give and so much to gain from getting involved. National Volunteering Week is also an opportunity to shine a light on the inspiring work of volunteers and highlight the value and impact of volunteering to Irish society. Whether you’re an individual, a company or an organisation, everyone can take part in National Volunteering Week and it's easy to get involved.

For more information click the National Volunteer Week Link.

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Dean of Students' Roll of Honour 2014

10th April, 2014

Over 730 Trinity Students were included in the Dean of Students' Roll of Honour this year. A ceremony to mark their extra-curricular volunteering was held in the Dining Hall in College, with amuni, Myles Dungan Ph.D, addressing the students.


Community Engagement: improving student experience within the communities, how can Universities be innovative?

6 December 2013

Seminar offered by Pascale Dettwiller from Flinders University, Australia on community engagement in the Katherine Region of the Northern Territories entitled ‘Community Engagement: improving student experience within the communities, how can Universities be innovative?' on Thursday, 19th of December 2013 (12:30 – 14:30) @ The Space, Áras na Mac Léinn at NUI Galway.
Pascale will offer a 30 minute presentation on her community engagement work in the Katherine region followed by a group discussion and brainstorm. The purpose of this seminar will be to look at other models of community engagement and to grow our work within the Galway community and nationally through higher education in Ireland.
Further information can be obtained from Lorraine McIlrath ( or 091 495234). To reserve a place please email Irín Ní Chualáin on


Connecting Communities and Curriculum

May 2013

On May 30th, academic staff, students and community partners came together to celebrate the integration of community needs into the curriculum. Instances of service-learning in eight disciplines and all faculties were celebrated in a poster showcase launched by the College Registrar in the Innovation Academy of Trinity College Dublin.

Trinity 'Jailbreak' raises €14k+ for Charity

March 2013

Two medical students have been named the winners of Trinity College Dublin's first ever 'jailbreak' charity event.  The pair travelled over 11,000km from Trinity College to Argentina, in the space of 36 hours without spending any money on transport.The event, which captured the imagination of the nation last weekend, has raised over €14,000 for St Vincent de Paul and Amnesty International.

Trinity Developing Guidelines on International Volunteering

March 2013

On March 1st, a consultation event for staff, students and NGOs was hosted by Trinity Civic Engagement in the Long Room Hub to reflect on how to approach international volunteering within the College in light of concerns in the development sector around “voluntourism”, “neo colonialism” and the myriad of cultural, environmental, economic and social issues associated with development volunteering. A working group will now convene to develop a set of College Guidelines on International Volunteering.

Trinity Signs Talloires Declaration

January 2013

The Provost of Trinity College, Dr. Patrick Prendergast, has signed the Talloires Declaration on the Civic Roles and Social Responsibilities of Higher Education making Trinity the newest member of an international association of more than two hundred and fifty institutions in sixty seven countries working together to implement the recommendations of the Declaration and build a global movement of engaged universities.

Trinity Volunteer Fair

November 2012

The Annual Volunteer Fair on Campus took place in the Graduate Memorial Buildint (GMB) on Thursday 22nd of November. Summer opportunities abroad were showcased by EIL Intercultural Learning, Outreach Moldova and Habitat for Humanity among others. Local organisations seeking to recruit volunteers included Victim Support at Court, Green Sod Ireland, Camara (wiping corporate computers for redistribution to schools in need) and the Le Chéile mentoring programme for young people involved with the probation service. You can read all about these opportunities and more at the link above.

Dean of Students' Roll of Honour 2012

April 2012

Over 450 Trinity College students were commended 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.

Trinity's first Homelessness Awareness Week

March 2012

Student-led initiative Voice for the Voiceless (V4V) ran Trinity’s first Homelessness Awareness Week from March 12th to 16th in association with Trinity Vincent DePaul.

Environment Society celebrate Green Week with local school

February 2012

The Trinity Environment Society have teamed up with Larkin Community College (just off O’Connell St.) and the Central Model Senior School to help them get the “Green Flag” through co-operation, smart waste management and gardening, while also exploring responsible attitudes towards sustainable living and volunteer work.

Students in Free Enterprise comes to Ireland

January 2012

SIFE Ireland joins the 38 country operations that comprise SIFE. This unique network works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Plans are under way to establish SIFE teams at Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University and National University of Ireland, Galway. You will find the Trinity team's group page on facebook.

Trinity Volunteer Fair

October 2011

The Annual Volunteer Fair on Campus will took place in the Graduate Memorial Buildint (GMB) on Thursday 20th of November. Summer opportunities abroad were showcased by EIL Intercultural Learning, Outreach Moldova and Habitat for Humanity among others. Local organisations seeking to recruit volunteers include Engineers Ireland, National Institute for Intellectual Diability, Foróige and the Le Chéile mentoring programme for young people involved with the probation service. Don't worry if you missed out in person as we now have the information available online!

National Day of Volunteering 2011

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!

  • Habitat 4 Humanity Renovation Project – Friday 30th (am or pm)
  • Helping Hands Tree- Collaborative Art Project- Fri 30th: just stop by!
  • Maintain Wildflower Meadow at Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun- Fri 30th (1pm-5pm)
  • Turn back the clock with Age Action’s 1950’s Day- Sat 1st 2-5pm
  • Support Homeless Service on Pearse St.- Mon 3rd Oct (am or pm)

Keeping Iran's Heart Beating

September 2011

Keeping Iran's heart beating - stories of women's rights activists is an exhibition which celebrates Iranian women's rights defenders. This exhibition showcases a number of Iranian women who are at the very heart of the human rights movement, and are some of the most courageous and effective human rights campaigners in Iran. Keeping Iran's Heart Beating was initiated by Trinity student Sheelan Yousefizadeh in partnership with Amnesty International Ireland with the support of TCD Community Initiative Funding. You are invited to attend the official launched by Nobel Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi at 1:30 on Saturday 17th of September in the UCD Astra Hall.

Shakespeare for the Community

June 2011

This year’s festival includes a thorough programme of Civic Engagement. The focus is on increasing accessibility to Shakespearean Performance. The Festival has commissioned two productions from Trinity Students which will tour primary schools in the local Dublin area, giving children an opportunity to experience Shakespeare often for the first time.

Community Initiative Funding Awarded

May 2011

Through the generosity of Trinity Alumni, the Civic Engagment Office is supporting three students to undertake community action projects of their own initiative over the summer

Dean of Students' Roll of Honour 2011

April 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. Super Hero Grants Scheme

February 2011

The ‘ Super Hero Grants' scheme, supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies, is designed to encourage young people to develop innovative and imaginative projects that tackle Ireland's many economic, social, health, political and environmental problems. All young people aged between 15 and 25 who want to develop a new or existing project are invited to apply online for a Super Hero grant via the website.  Successful applicants will be awarded a bursary of €250 to help turn their ideas into action and will be linked in to a national network of progressive young change makers. Applications are accepted until 5pm on February 28th. More information on Super Hero Grants.

Homeless Service Outreach Feb 22nd

February 2011

You are invited to join the TCD outreach team on Tuesday 22nd February to help out in Lighthouse homeless ministry on Pearse Street. If you have a few hours to spare in the afternoon (2.30 to 5.00), your help would be very much appreciated to sort clothes for the clothes bank, make some sandwiches for the evening drop in service and do some tidying. All students, staff, alumni and friends of the University are welcome. Sign up by emailing More information on Lighthouse outreach.

Homeless Service Outreach Jan 27th

January 2011

You are invited to join the TCD outreach team on Thursday 27th January to help our in Lighthouse homeless ministry on Pearse Street. If you have two hours to spare either in the morning (11-1) or the afternoon (2.30 to 4.30), your help would be very much appreciated to sort clothes for the clothes bank, make some sandwiches for the evening drop in service and do some basic tidying. All students, staff, alumni and friends are welcome. Sign up by emailing

We Volunteer! Exhibition of Student Volunteering

January 2011

As part of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 and to celebrate and recognise the spirit of volunteering and the contribution which student volunteers make to society, their colleagues and peers, an exhibition on student volunteering called We Volunteer! will preview in Trinity College Dublin from January 17- 23 next in the Orientation Space of the Berkeley Lecky Ussher Library Complex. 

Trinity Volunteer Fair Nov 25th

November 2010

The Annual Volunteer Fair on Campus will take place outside the Edmund Burke Theatre from 6-8pm on Thursday 25th of November. Summer opportunities abroad will be showcased by Suas Educational Development, Foundation Nepal, Voluntary Services International among others. Local organisations seeking to recruit volunteers include the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (25+), St Marys Hospital, Age Action and the Caring And Sharing Association. All staff and students welcome!

Building a Voice for Student Volunteering in Ireland

November 2010

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.

We Volunteer! Nationwide Exhibition of Student Volunteering 2011

October 2010

To celebrate the European Year of Volunteering 2011, Trinity College is working with other HEIs across the island of Ireland to produce a collaborative mobile photographic exhibition sponsored by Campus Engage."e Volunteer! which will feature volunteers from across Higher Education in Ireland. We Volunteer! will serve to highlight and promote student volunteering throughout 2011. If you would like to be featured or nominate a fellow volunteer to be featured in this exhibition, take a look at the We Volunteer! website.

National Awards to Volunteers in Irish Sport

October 2010

This is the third year of the National Awards to Volunteers in Irish Sport , which is an initiative by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport in conjunction with the Federation of Irish Sports, which represents some 68 sports in Ireland. Members of the public are invited to nominate an individual whose contribution to their club has made a real difference and to give a short citation on the person nominated. From all the nominations received from the public ten winners will be selected to receive an award. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, 30th November. See for further details.

Help out for the National Day of Volunteering

October 1st 2010

The National Day of Volunteering is a unique initiative that concentrates on hands-on involvement and offers volunteers an immediate sense of achievement. Give it a Swirl is 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. Read about the projects...

NIID wins an Award funded by Dublin's unclaimed Bus Tickets

September 2010

The Dublin Bus Community Support Programme was launched in December 2003 as a way of recognising the valuable work done by local charities and voluntary groups based across the Dublin Bus service network.  Ex-international footballer and Sunderland Chairman, Niall Quinn has been patron of the initiative since 2003. Under the programme, Dublin Bus awards grants to these groups in the amounts of €5,000, €2,000, and €1,000.  The grants are funded from long-term unclaimed change receipts.  This is the 7th year of the programme and to date, over 1000 groups have received funding from Dublin Bus with many worthwhile causes in communities across Dublin being helped.

This year the National Institute for Intellectual Disability were the proud recipients of an award for their Certificate in Contemporary Living Programme.

Last updated 28 September 2016 Civic Engagement (Email).