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 a member of Volunteer Ireland  and is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development..


Julie Connelly

Julie Connelly

Manager & Garda Vetting Liason Person

Karen O'Connor

Karen O'Connor

Administrator & 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)


The Board comprises of eight representatives.

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

Chairperson: 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. 

Secretary: 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.

Treasurer: 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.

Treasurer: Aileen O’ Driscoll

Aileen O’Driscoll has a Maters 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.  

Director: 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: Bernadette Walsh 

Bernadette Walsh works in the department of justice as a probation officer for the past 11 years. She brings to the board expertise of motivational inter/development programmes, vast experience of working with individuals and groups assessing their needs. She also has expertise as a coach and skills as a public and court room speaker.

Director: Eleanor Busteed

Eleanor Busteed has worked with probation service since 2001 and has 20 years’ accumulative experience working with training centres, the volunteer sector and public services. With a degree in Youth & Community Work from UCC, she liaises with volunteer community groups, families, addiction and psychiatric services and social work departments. Eleanor functions on boards of MS Society and Simon Homeless Services.

Director: Gwen Healy

Gwen Healy, studied Early Childhood Studies in UCC, graduated with a B.A. 1st class honours. Went on to complete a research Masters in Applied Social Studies in UCC focusing on Men in Early Years Care and Education in Ireland. Currently, Community Employment (CE) Childcare Training and Recruitment Supervisor with Mahon Community Development Project since November 2015. Supervising a group of over 60 participants across Cork city and county providing support in recruitment, Garda vetting, QQI training, coaching, mentoring and progression plans. 

13 North Main St, Cork

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

+353 21 4251572