About Us

Cork Volunteer Centre provides a placement service, matching individuals who would like to volunteer, with non-profit organisations who involve volunteers in their activities.   Advice and support is offered to both volunteers and non-profit organisations through a range of services including information, consultation, volunteer management training and Garda vetting administration.

Cork Volunteer Centre is affiliated with Volunteer Ireland  and is funded by the Goverment of Ireland.

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Julie Connelly

Julie Connelly

Manager & Garda Vetting Liason Person

CRiTiCALL Project Coordinator

Karen O'Connor

Karen O'Connor

Bookkeeper & Vetting Clerk

Adam Lacey

Adam Lacey

Placement Officer & Garda Vetting Liason Person (Organisation Support : Cork City)

Gosia Waldowska

Gosia Waldowska

Placement Officer & Vetting Clerk (Organisation Support : Cork County)

David Fradgley

David Fradgley

Placement Officer & Vetting Clerk


The Board comprises of eight representatives.

Currently additional members are being sought to increase diversity in skills and expertise.


Chairperson: Christopher O’Brien 

Christopher O’Brien has 10 years’ experience in the voluntary sector in people management and training roles at multiple levels.  He brings to the board expertise in recruitment and retention of staff and volunteers, with background in organisational psychology, specialising in engagement, well-being and coaching.


Secretary: Sinead Conroy 

Sinéad Conroy has worked with SECAD, a local development company, since 2007 and has 22 years’ experience working in the community development sector.  She works primarily with community and voluntary groups as well as individuals on low incomes looking to enter employment or explore self-employment.


Vice Chairperson: Jim O’Donovan

Jim O Donovan has retired as Director of Services at Cork City Council, where he worked for 43 years, in the areas of environment, recreation, planning, community, arts and general administration. He brings to the board skills and expertise of local government, business strategy, sustainability, strategic planning and change management. He is Race Director of Cork City Marathon and serves on the board of Meitheal Mara, the Circus Factory, Graffiti Theatre Co etc.


Director: Aileen O’ Driscoll

Aileen O’Driscoll has a Masters in Organisational Learning & Development and is currently working as an Organisational Development Consultant. Specialising in building team effectiveness, team leadership and creative group decision making, Aileen has developed and delivered leadership training to major pharmaceutical & medical device multinationals, community workers and unemployed job seekers. She also works part-time in a non-profit organisation and describes herself as a serial volunteer with over 20 years of voluntary experience.


Treasurer: Chris O’Leary

Chris O’Leary has over 30 years of experience as a volunteer activist and has been involved in community affairs across Cork, addressing issues of Anti-Poverty and Community Development.


13 North Main St, Cork

Monday-Friday 9a.m.-5p.m.
Closed each day from 1p.m.-2p.m

+353 21 4251572