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Volunteering in 2019: West Cork Heritage Centre

Located on North Main Street Bandon, the West Cork Heritage Centre is housed in the former Christchurch.  This unique and charming exhibition transports visitors through time to experience Bandon town as it was in time’s past.

Christchurch dates back to circa 1610 and is built on the site of a Danish Fort. It was one of the earliest Protestant churches in Ireland and was a church for 363 years and deconsecrated in 1973.  Some Bandon church records are held at the West Cork Heritage Centre. The centre hosts a series of exhibitions with the theme of Bandon’s history. Visitors can see replicas of an old shop, school, kitchen and forge, while the exhibition also includes the old town stocks and memorabilia from Bandon’s time as a garrison town.

Adam recently spoke to John Hurley, who supports the volunteers in the West Cork Heritage Centre. John explained that there are a number of ways in which volunteers can get involved with the heritage centre. Volunteers can help out with the reception, filling of records, research, following up or indeed if people have any additional skills they feel would be of benefit to the the West Cork Heritage Centre, they would be greatly welcomed.

While volunteer support is important, the West Cork Heritage Centre greatly appreciates any donations they can get in assisting them with maintaining the centre, roof repairs, heating and conservation plans. To ensure the sustainability of the centre, and the preservation of the heritage it houses, people can support the centre from afar through donations.

If you are living in the locality and want to get involved with West Cork Heritage Centre, please do get in contact with us at info@volunteercork.ie or you can find more information and search for opportunities on our website www.volunteercork.ie.

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Heritage Centre Attendant 

Cork Christmas Count-Down – Carrigaline United AFC

Established in 1972, Carrigaline United AFC is a leading community sports organisation that aims to build better lives through sport.  Using the power of sport to deliver a variety of inspiring education, health, disability and football programmes in our community, they also champion the removal of barriers to sports participation within the community through social inclusion to harness the provision of infrastructure & opportunities to progress and develop sporting skills and expertise to players of all abilities.

Adam recently spoke to Club Chairperson Willie Walsh about the strong engagement of Carrigaline United with Volunteerism in County Cork. With an impressive 250 – 280 volunteers supporting the club’s 48 teams, there is no shortage of ways for people to get involved. Volunteers take on duties in team management, coaching, training young boys and girls in the Academy, maintenance of the club, as well as admin duties under the guidance of Willie Walsh and the club development officer Alan Sheehan. “The club is no different than a house” Willie explains as he discusses the importance of keeping the place well maintained and tidy both internally and externally on the pitches.

Willie also strongly believes in empowering the parents, and shares that the club couldn’t survive without their engagement. He is managing social capital, and providing activities to keep the children engaged in their communities, but volunteering as Willie says, is a deep rooted part of culture in Ireland. “Volunteering is a fulfilling life. Once you find your purpose, then you will find your happiness”.

The club is a local meeting point for supporters and players alike on the southside of the city and the club’s state of the art facilities are at the heart of the community where they cater for 1,000 club members a week.

If you want to get involved with Carrigaline United, or your own local sports club, please do get in contact with us at info@volunteercork.ie or you can find more information and search for opportunities on our website volunteercork.ie.

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Sports Facilitator

Cork Christmas Count-Down – Conna Day Care Centre

Opened in 2005, Conna Day Care Centre is a service ran by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, the leading provider of dementia-specific services in Ireland.  The Alzheimer Society’s network includes over 120 dementia specific services such as day care centres, home care services, carer support groups, social clubs, Alzheimer cafes and two respite centres. The Alzheimer Society of Ireland also operates the Alzheimer National Helpline Service.

Conna Day Care Centre’s services provide person centred support and care, where the person with dementia and their family are placed at the centre of the service so that they are actively involved in making decisions.

Adam recently spoke to Dympna Howard, who gave a bit more information about the centre, and their desire to take on volunteers to enhance their services.

Conna Day Care Centre operates two days a week, Wednesdays and Fridays. Wednesdays are dementia-specific days while Fridays are for the elderly in the community.

Dympna spoke of how she would love to have volunteers that will come in on these days, and help with activities in the centre, engaging with the services users and supporting the carers.

Visiting volunteers could call in for an hour and chat with the clients, or read the newspapers with them. While activity volunteers could prepare activities like knitting, music, bingo, cards or puzzles.

This is a fantastic opportunity for people in the locality to get involved and support the wonderful work being done by the staff in the centre.

If you want to get involved with Conna day Care Centre, or your own local Day Care Centre, please do get in contact with us at info@volunteercork.ie or you can find more information and search for opportunities on our website volunteercork.ie.

Apply for roles in Conna Day Care Centre


Christmas Party Facilitator 

Garden Advisor

Musician / Entertainer

Arts & Crafts Facilitator 

Volunteer Leadership Training 2019


Volunteer Leadership Training’ (VLT) is a two-day modular certified course run twice per year aimed at non-profit organisations who already involve volunteers in their service.  Training is in a group setting. Topics covered include:

*Advertising for volunteers

*Interviewing volunteers


*Induction/Volunteer Agreements

*Developing a volunteer policy

*Planning for volunteer involvement


For more information and to talk to us about how we can support your organisation in its work with volunteers email us at info@volunteercork.ie

Training will take place in Cork Volunteer Centre premises, 13 North Main Street, Cork City at a cost of €100 per participant.

A place on the course can only be confirmed once payment has been received, and a waiting list system will operate for those unable to secure a place at this session.

*Booking is essential for all training sessions*

Press Releases


Cork Man Nominated For National Volunteer Award

Cork Volunteer Centre is delighted to announce that Cork local Willie Walsh has been nominated for a Volunteer Ireland Award. Over 1 million people in Ireland volunteer and these awards aim to say thank you for the hard work and dedication of volunteers across the country.

With volunteers ranging from age 16 to 86 from eighteen counties, this year’s shortlist is a showcase of the breadth and depth of volunteering in Ireland. From community shops to sports clubs to befriending, volunteers have a major impact on communities across Ireland every day.

Willie has been volunteering in a number of roles with the Carrigaline Family Support Centre in Cork for almost 9 years. He always makes himself available whether it’s to man an event, fix the community bus or simply to have a chat.

Willie was also instrumental in setting up the organisation’s travel assist programme which mainly helps wheelchair users and individuals who need support to get to specialised treatments. Willie travels on the bus when needed to help with getting the wheelchair on and secure but also to keep the person company. Willie also somehow finds the time to volunteer with some other organisations in the village too!

According to Cork Volunteer Centre Manager Julie Connelly “It is always heartening to see the sheer amount and variety of volunteering that goes on throughout Ireland. The shortlist provides just a snapshot of our strong culture of volunteering in Ireland and it is great to have Cork represented by Willie on the national stage. I’d like to congratulate Willie and all of those on the shortlist – the difference you make to our communities cannot be overstated.”

The eleventh Volunteer Ireland Awards take place on Friday 7th December in the Carlton Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Shortlisted nominess along with their family and friends will be treated to a night of celebration where the winners in each category and Ireland’s Volunteer of the Year for 2018 will be announced.

TrustIE – Workshop for Volunteer Involving Organisations

Looking to recruit new trustees (board members)? Want to increase the diversity or skill set on your board? Want access to a pool of interested volunteers?


TrustIE is a new pilot programme to help Volunteer Involving Organisations recruit new trustees (board or steering group members). We will support you to refine recruitment before introducing you to volunteers and helping to find the best fit. Participation is free of charge, but we do ask that you see the programme through to the end.


What do you need to commit to?

  1. Secure buy-in from the board and senior management, where relevant.
  2. Attend one workshop event in June 2018, facilitated by the Volunteer Centre and with an experienced and professional governance trainer.
  3. Draft a role description for board recruitment following guidance from this event.
  4. Attend a final event in the autumn with volunteers, who will also have attended a preparatory workshop.
  5. Follow up with interested candidates for your vacancy.


What Next?

Sign up to attend the Cork Volunteer Centre TrustIE workshop on Tuesday 26th June, which will cover:

  • Training from The Wheel on Good Governance and Board Recruitment
  • Group-work on drafting board role descriptions



Privacy Statement

Revised May 2018

Privacy Statement

This Privacy Policy (the “Privacy Policy”) refers to the website, www.volunteercork.ie

(the “Website”).  The Website is operated by Cork Volunteer Centre situated at 13 North Main Street, Cork. This Privacy Policy (together with our Terms of Use and any other documents referred to in such Terms of Use) sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us.

Please read the following carefully. Entering into this Website indicates that the user (either “user” or “you”) has reviewed this Privacy Policy and has agreed to be bound by it as well as our Terms of Use. If you do not agree to these terms you must leave the Website immediately.

What information do we collect?

We fully respect your right to privacy in relation to your interactions with the Website and endeavour to guarantee to be transparent in our dealings with you as to what information we will collect and how we will use your information. Also, we only collect and use individual user details where we have legitimate business reasons, and where we are legally entitled to do so. Information in relation to personal data collected by Irish entities is available on www.dataprotection.ie, the website of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner.

  • Registration process

If users wish to utilise certain services located on specific sections of the Website, they are requested to sign up. Services that currently require some form of sign up include:

  • Volunteer Registration
  • Organisation Registration
  • Registration of Volunteer Opportunities

To register as a user of such services we need to collect information such as, at a minimum, an email address and phone number. We may also ask some further questions so we can gain a clearer understanding of what you are interested in, in order to personalise the information we give you.  You can update your personal information held and change your stated interests and whether or not you wish to receive correspondence from us. You may unsubscribe from the e-newsletter and other updates by emailing info@volunteercork.ie.  All outgoing emails will also allow for you to unsubscribe.   We may ask different questions for different services. We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.

  • Mobile devices

Applications developed in connection with the Website for mobile devices will operate and capture information as set out above. Applications developed by us but deployed on other platforms such as social media channels may provide feedback to us on activity and usage specific to a user.

Note: If you are aged 18 or under, please get your parent/guardian’s permission before you provide any personal information to us. Users 18 will be contacted and we will establish parental consent before we engage with you.

Are there cases where we may use your information to contact you?

We may contact you:

  • For administration reasons related to the service to which you have signed up (e.g. to provide you with information in relation to volunteering, or in response to a question that you ask us).
  • To provide you with information about our services, activities or online content. You should only receive e-newsletters or similar correspondence and updates from volunteercork.ie
  • To invite you to participate in surveys about our services (participation is always voluntary).

Where we wish to use your personal information in any other way, we will ensure that we notify you first. You will also be given the opportunity to withhold or withdraw your consent for the use of your personal information for purposes other than those listed in this document.

Do we protect your personal information?

We do our utmost to protect user privacy through the appropriate use of the security technology: we ensure that we have appropriate physical and technological security measures to protect your information; and we ensure that when we outsource any processes that the service provider has appropriate security measures.

However, this Website contains hyperlinks to websites owned and operated by third parties. These third party websites have their own privacy policies, including cookies. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the privacy practices of such third party websites and your use of such websites is at your own risk.

Who do we share data with?


We share your data with organisations who are seeking volunteers (if you have registered to volunteer with us).


We share your data with volunteers who are seeking to volunteer.

We reserve the right to access and disclose personal data to comply with applicable laws and lawful government requests, to operate our systems properly and to protect both ourselves and our users.
We may also use service providers to help us run the Website or services available on the Website. Any third parties who access your data in the course of providing services on our behalf are subject to strict contractual restrictions to ensure that your data is protected, in compliance with data protection legislation.

Where do we store your personal data?

The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area (EEA). It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our Website; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time, so you may wish to check it each time you submit personal information to the Website. The date of the most recent revisions will appear on this page. If you do not agree to these changes, please do not continue to use this Website to submit personal information. If material changes are made to the Privacy Policy, we will notify you by placing a prominent notice on the Website.


By accessing services offered by us, you consent to the collection and use of this information by us as outlined in this Privacy Policy. By providing any personal information to us, you fully understand and clearly consent to such use and transfers as set out in this Privacy Policy.

Legal information and how to contact us

The Data Controller for the Website and services provided through the Website is Cork Volunteer Centre.

If you would like to obtain a copy of the personal data we hold on you, or have any queries regarding the use of personal data please contact info@volunteercork.ie

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