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Sligo Volunteer Centre Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2014

Who we are & what we do

YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER: 

We can help you narrow down your options as to what type of volunteering you would like.  Come to a Volunteer information Session  Register to get monthly email updates Opt in to our Text updates ITS UP TO YOU!  

LOOKING TO INVOLVE VOLUNTEERS?

We can advertise what you are looking for to our ever growing database of 2300+ volunteers  Register for our Quarterly updates Attend our Training on issues relating to volunteering Get peer support at our Volunteer Management Forums  Register your roles for our Once Off Volunteering Text service 

We help members of the public who want to volunteer to find an opportunity suitable for them.

We promote volunteering around County Sligo.

We Signpost interested volunteers to Not For Profit Groups in County Sligo.

Our Service

We text those interested in hearing about Once off Events that they can get involved in

We provide training and ongoing support around volunteering related issues to not for profit groups

We provide access to Garda Vetting for organisations 

Chairpersons Address

In 2014, volunteering in Sligo took centre stage and received national profile through the efforts of the Fleadh Cheoil as the largest volunteering event in Ireland last year. Hundreds of volunteers across the county volunteered their time and talent for the week-long event. Most poignantly, it heightened the awareness amongst organisers and volunteers alike on the immense preparation required to manage and support such a large number of volunteers effectively and successfully. For the Fleadh volunteers themselves, it is our hope that their positive experience with this event has whet their appetite to volunteer regularly and consider opportunities available across Sligo promoted through the Volunteer Centre. By launching a new strategic plan in 2014, the Sligo Volunteer Centre has clearly articulated a vision for the organisation: To provide leadership and support in promoting volunteering excellence and building community capacity for quality volunteering in County Sligo. It is through collaborative efforts of partnership, community engagement and service to the County that the Volunteer Centre can mobilise action and achieve its mission: Supporting Volunteering, Building Communities. As a year of review and renewal for the Sligo Volunteer Centre, 2014 was an opportunity to welcome new Directors onto the Board, lending their expertise and interest to steer and support the work of the organisation. A special tribute to the staff and volunteers of the Sligo Volunteer Centre who worked tirelessly and passionately in 2014 to promote and develop volunteering in Sligo. I also wish to acknowledge the funding Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Sligo County Council and Sligo LEADER Partnership, active volunteers and community organisations for their support over the past year. Most of all, to the volunteers and organisations across Sligo who have engaged with the Volunteer Centre to find fulfilling, enjoyable experiences and in this effort enhancing our County community. Dr Maria Gallo Chair – Sligo Volunteer Centre (2014)

Managers Address

2014 was another busy year in Sligo Volunteer Centre. In addition to the 2000 or so volunteers who are already on our books, we have dealt with 383 new queries in 2014. We promoted 237 opportunities to volunteer and a further 25 Volunteer Involving Organisations registered with our service. Our theme for 2014 was 'Volunteering & Wellbeing' as we feel that there are huge benefits in physical and mental well being when you are engaged in your community and actively volunteering. All staff attended Mental Health Awareness training, we got behind the Green Ribbon Campaign and the year culminated in us offering a 'Volunteering & Wellbeing series' of 3 seminars around promoting positive mental health in your organisation, Disability Awareness in your organisation and a Self Care seminar where we all learned tips for looking after ourselves in this busy world we live in. National Volunteering Week 2014, saw us hosting a Volunteer Expo, at which we launched a photography competition - Snap the Spirit of Volunteerism. We also launched an Ambassadors Programme called Get Connected-Get Volunteering, whereby we engaged a number of volunteers around County Sligo to assist us in extending our reach into different communities. They attended local events, distributed flyers locally and were our eyes and ears on the ground. 2014 was the first year we were working with a Marketing Strategy, which had been developed by one of our interns. As a result of this, and us having another dedicated intern looking after our Promotions, we seen a huge increase in our on-line footprint. Facebook users grew by 33% over the year, and Twitter became an all important tool for us as well. We were also delighted to be able to offer a variety of training and upskilling opportunities to Volunteer Involving Organisaitons - we offered Digital Marketing training, Garda Vetting workshops, Finding & Keeping Volunteers sessions and of course the Volunteering & Wellbeing series. As we head towards our 10th year in existence in 2016, we have a new Strategic Plan in place to take us to this point. I would like to thank all the staff, volunteers, Board Directors and all who have contributed to the service throughout the year. We look forward to continued collaboration with you all in 2015. Ciara Herity Manager Sligo Volunteer Centre

Volunteer Support Service

Who wants to volunteer?

This is the breakdown of newly registering volunteers in 2014

This is the age breakdown of the newly registering volunteers in 2014

Volunteer Support Service

Some of our work with volunteers in 2014

383 people supported to get started volunteering

14, 045 hours of volunteering recorded by Sligo Volunteers

22 Volunteer Information Sessions held to advise and inform newly registering volunteers

225 Placements of volunteers into voluntary roles

Support Service to Volunteer Involving Organisations

How we help VIO's

Getting Started Advice & Support What to have in place

Advertise Volunteer Roles

Refer interested volunteers

Offer peer support opportunities through Volunteer Managers Forum

Process Garda Vetting forms on behalf of groups

Variety of Training Opportunities and one to one supports

Overview of Support Service to Volunteer Involving Organisations in 2014

Advertise Volunteer Roles

Refer interested volunteers

25 new organisations registered with the service

96 Garda Vetting forms processed on behalf of 11 groups

237 opportunities to volunteer promoted on behalf of 200+ groups

7 Volunteer Managers Forums Facilitated with 49 attending

Other Work

Advertise Volunteer Roles

Refer interested volunteers

25 new organisations registered with the service

X Garda Vetting forms processed on behalf of X groups

Sligo Volunteer Centre has an important role in promoting Volunteering and its benefits to all elements of society around County Sligo. In 2014 we delivered talks and presentations to the following groups: * St. Angela's College Access Students * St. Angela's College Health & Disability Students * Momentum (Job Activation) course participants * IT Sligo Students We also promote volunteering through media channels including social media. In 2014, we maintained our fortnightly column in the Sligo Weekender, had several features on the Sligo Champion and Sligo Weekender as well as mentions and sound bites on Ocean FM. We had a presence around Sligo Town and IT Sligo during Fleadh 2014. We grew on online presence in 2014 through interaction with Bloggers, regular posting on FB and Twitter.

Promotion of volunteering

Get connected Get Volunteering

In 2014, we were lucky enough to get funding from IPB insurances to run a volunteer ambassador programme called Get Connected Get Volunteering. We recruited and trained 5 Ambassadors acting on our behalf in St. Angela's College; Tubbercurry; Ballymote; North Sligo and also an online ambassador who was a regular blogger. These ambassadors attended local events on our behalf, as well as generating interest locally and dropping leaflets and flyers for us. The following events were organised: * Tubbercurry Library * Christmas Get-together for active volunteers in    Tubbercurry area * Information Day in Ballymote Library * Christmas Get-together for active volunteers in Ballymote area * First ever Volunteer Week in St. Angela's college The Ambassadors did various leaflet drops around their locality, posters were put up in key areas. We seen a huge increase in people stating that they registered after 'Meetings Staff at an Event' from 0.2% in 2013 to 10% in 2014.

National Volunteering Week 2014

Refer interested volunteers

25 new organisations registered with the service

237 opportunities to volunteer promoted on behalf of x groups

National Volunteering Week is a great opportunity to showcase volunteering as well as promoting it to a new audience. In 2014, Sligo Volunteer Centre held a Volunteer Expo to mark National Volunteer Week. 12 local Organisations had stands and 85 people attended. We launched a Photography Competition at this event called - Snap the Spirit of Volunteerism. The week also saw us partner with local coffee shops whereby their staff became Ambassadors for volunteering for one day during the week. They wore T-shirts, handed out flyers and took part in a free coffee promotion. We supported several clean ups during the week and attended TD Engagement event in Dublin also.    .

Refer interested volunteers

25 new organisations registered with the service

Volunteer Managers Forums are a great way for those in a position in their organisation where they are responsible for recruiting and managing volunteer to get peer support. The Forum meets bimonthly and deals with a different topic each time. Sligo Volunteer Centre facilitate it, with different people taking the lead each session and sometimes guest speakers attending.

Volunteer Managers Forum

Financials

Advertise Volunteer Roles

Refer interested volunteers

25 new organisations registered with the service

X Garda Vetting forms processed on behalf of X groups

Financials

Advertise Volunteer Roles

Refer interested volunteers

25 new organisations registered with the service

X Garda Vetting forms processed on behalf of X groups

The Team at Sligo Volunteer Centre

Advertise Volunteer Roles

Refer interested volunteers

25 new organisations registered with the service

X Garda Vetting forms processed on behalf of X groups

237 opportunities to volunteer promoted on behalf of x groups

The team of Sligo Volunteer Centre consists of a small staff team of: Ciara Herity, Manager Paula Naughton, Volunteer Development Officer Riona Rochford, Volunteer Development Officer Throughout 2014 we also had the involvement of: Emma Dunleavy, intern David Hone, intern Olivia Byrne, volunteer Deirdre Kelly, volunteer Bernie Brennan, volunteer The Centre could not run without the input and dedication of its voluntary board members.In 2014, these were; Ms. Maria Gallo (Chair until Sept 2014) Mr. Larry Mullin (Chair from September 2014) Mr. Jack Devaney Mr. Sean Forde Ms. Tara Taheny Ms. Kathya Rouse Ms. Dorothy Clarke Ms. Shupai Matewa Mr. Hugh McConville