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Carlow Volunteer Centre Launches National Volunteering Week 2017


In a new survey carried out by Carlow Volunteer Centre, 55% of respondents said their mental health and well-being had improved following their volunteering experience while 65% reported an increase in their self-esteem.

Details of the survey of almost 1800 volunteers were released to launch National Volunteering Week 2017, which takes place from 15th to 21st May. National Volunteering Week is an annual event which showcases the fantastic work done by volunteers across the country; how people can get involved in volunteering and how your local Volunteer Centre can support you.

Neven Maguire joined volunteers from St. Mary’s Community Garden, Co. Sligo at the launch to sample the produce and see some of the great volunteering that goes on in the local area. This is an extra special year for Sligo as they hold the prestigious mantle of European Volunteering Capital 2017.  

This year’s National Volunteering Week will focus on health and well-being by showcasing the positive impact volunteering can have on those that volunteer. To mark the week, Volunteer Ireland and the network of Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services will launch a report on the impact that volunteering has on the health and well-being of volunteers.

Regina Duane, Manager of Carlow Volunteer Centre explained “Volunteers do tremendous work all over Ireland giving their time for charities and their local communities. We often talk about the impact volunteers have on the people and organisations they volunteer with and now we want to shine a light on the impact it has on the volunteer themselves.”

“Gaining new skills, making friends, building confidence and feeling part of the community are all part and parcel of being a volunteer. While a lot of people begin volunteering because they’d like to give something back, many volunteers find that they actually get more from the experience than they give.”

To celebrate National Volunteering Week, Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services across Ireland are hosting Open Days where people can drop in and learn more about volunteering. There’s no obligation and no pressure – just come and see what it’s all about! Carlow Volunteer Centre will be in Fairgreen Shopping Centre this Thursday May 18th from 11am until 2pm, we’d love to see you there.

Reginaadded “We are part of a national network of Volunteer Centres across the country and we are here to support anyone who wants to volunteer in Carlow. I encourage anyone who is thinking about volunteering to visit us this week and find out how you can get involved.”

For more information:

Regina Duane, Carlow Volunteer Centre, 0599173033


Roadshow 2017 Next Stop Ballinkillen

Carlow Volunteer Centre along with a number of other agencies are delighted to be participating in the 2017 Carlow Roadshow. The aim of the Roadshow is to create awareness of the services that are available for people in Co. Carlow & also to facilitate people accessing information in their local community. This Sunday some Roadshow members will be in attendance at Ballinkillen Community Hall as part of the Blackstairs Cycling Challenge. Citizens Information will be in attendance to answer any questions you might have. We will also have information from Co. Carlow Development Partnership, Carlow Public Participation Network & more. Check out the details below on our poster. Keep an eye on our Social Media pages for further information.



Taking part in the National Spring Clean is very straight forward. Organize for a clean up of your local area, to take place any time during April, and register your event online, by phone, fax or post. To register online click on the 'Sign Up' icon below. Once you have registered you will receive a FREE clean-up kit from An Taisce. 



The clean up kit contains valuable tips on how to hold a successful clean-up event, a poster to advertise your event, ideas on how to make your event different and lots more useful information. The pack also includes plastic bags in which to collect your litter and recyclable material, some tabards to keep your clothes clean and some gloves to keep your hands safe and clean. Because National Spring Clean encourages recycling, a number of colour coded bags are provided for collection of litter that can be recycled. Recycling helps reduce the production of greenhouse gases and therefore climate change read more here >>

Once you have a firm date for your event you should contact your Carlow County Council Environmental Officer Janette O'Brien at  059 9136232 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Your council will arrange with you the details for free rubbish disposal after your clean-up.

Contribution of local volunteers is honoured at Carlow Volunteer Centre Paddy Looney Awards


On Wednesday 8th March 2017, Carlow Volunteer Centre hosted the Paddy Looney Memorial Award to celebrate the efforts of volunteers across Carlow for the contribution that they are making to their communities. The event itself took place in the Seven Oaks Hotel. Regina Duane, Manager of Carlow Volunteer Centre in her opening remarks “thanked all of the volunteers for the time that they give to their different voluntary organisations.

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Volunteering In Carlow - Fairtrade

The Fairtrade movement in Carlow has been one that first found its roots back in 2004 with Carlow becoming a recognised Fair Trade Town in 2007. Actively creating awareness around the benefits of supporting Fairtrade and how the people of Carlow can play their part, many may be familiar with the Fairtrade logo that appears on various products on shop shelves. But what exactly does it mean? Adam had a chance to meet with Bernadette Power, the current Chairperson of Fairtrade Carlow who shed some light on the organisation and how people can get involved?

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Volunteering In Carlow - Foróige

Foróige is the leading youth organisation in Ireland and has been working with young people since 1952.  We work with over 50,000 young people aged 10-18 each year through volunteer-led Clubs and staff-led Youth Projects. Foróige currently operates in 26 counties in Ireland, with 614 Foróige Clubs, 160 Youth Projects, the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programme, the Foróige Youth Entrepreneurship programme, our Youth Citizenship and Youth Leadership programmes.

In Carlow, Foróige works with young people through our volunteer led groups Foróige Clubs/Youth Cafés, Foróige Juniors and Foróige Interest Clubs. These clubs encourage young people to take responsibility for themselves and to be part of shaping the world around them while developing their talents, skills and abilities.

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Volunteering in Carlow: Opportunities In The Arts

Over the past decade, Carlow has evolved into a bustling haven of talent for the Arts. With a state of the art theatre and gallery in the GB Shaw & Visual at our disposal as well as the many cultural festivals and programmes run by the likes of Carlow Arts Festival and Glór Cheatharlach, there are an increasing number of opportunities available for volunteers to lend a helping hand. Today Adam is taking a look at Slapdash Theatre and Story Time in Carlow Library where volunteers have been integral to their success and growth in Carlow.

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