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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.

APPLY FOR ROLES IN West Cork Heritage Centre:

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.

APPLY FOR ROLES IN Carrigaline United AFC


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



Volunteer Discount Card


This Card offers volunteers a 10% discount with 20 traders in North Main Street and surrounding areas.

Volunteers can receive these cards from the organisations that they volunteer with.

Traders Offering 10% Discounts:

  1. Supermacs (Restaurant), North Main Street, Cork
  2. Crew Cuts (Barbers), 45 North Main Street, Cork
  3. Dalton’s Pharmacy (Pharmacy), North Main Street, Cork
  4. Leader & Co. (Menswear) 76-78 North Main Street, Cork
  5. Minihane’s Jewellers (Jewellers), 27 North Main Street, Cork
  6. The Bigger Picture (Photography), North Main Street, Cork
  7. The Asian Shop (Food), North Main Street, Cork
  8. Vitamin-Shop (Health & Fitness), 19 North Main Street
  9. The Zip Yard , North Main Street, Cork
  10. Tony’s Bistro (Restaurant), North Main Street, Cork
  11. Marirosa (Beauty Salon), 2 Adelaide Street, Cork
  12. Godsils (Womenswear), 25 Castle Street, Cork
  13. Printability.ie (Printing), 2 Cornmarket Street, Cork
  14. Red Dragon (Food), Cornmarket Street, Cork
  15. Health & Vitality Shop (Health & Fitness), Cornmarket Street, Cork
  16. The Parlour  (Restaurant), Cornmarket Street, Cork
  17. De Café, (Coffee only) Cornmarket Parade, Cornmarket Street, Cork
  18. Kilgrew’s, (Parts Only) Kyle Street, Cork
  19. E O’Callaghan Alteration Services (Tailor), 91 Daunt Square, Cork
  20. Priory Coffee – North Main St