Kerry Volunteer Centre is delighted to be part of Kerry Mental Health & Wellbeing Fest 2019 interagency committee along with the HSE, Kerry County Council and other local organisations. The Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest aims to promote a positive sense of wellbeing and will highlight mental health services and supports which are available across the county.
From now until 4th October, we are calling on the people of Kerry to nominate a volunteer they feel is deserving of a national Volunteer Ireland Award. One outstanding nominee will be named Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year at a special ceremony in December. Volunteers are the lifeblood of Irish society and we are proud to have a strong culture of volunteering in Kerry. Without them, many of the things we take for granted simply wouldn't exist. It’s hard to think of an area in the county that doesn't benefit from volunteers - from meals on wheels to sport, supporting vulnerable people or enhancing our towns and villages, volunteers are the biggest heroes we have. But they are unsung heroes, and with these awards we want to shine a light on the amazing people who give so much to Kerry without any expectation of thanks or glory.
Ireland’s Good Governance Awards, established by Carmichael four years ago to encourage and support good governance for the not for profit sector have been formally launched in Co. Kerry in partnership with
• Kerry Volunteer Centre
• Cork Volunteer Centre
• Clare Volunteer Centre
• Tipperary Volunteer Centre
• Limerick Volunteer Centre
• Yellow Harbour
The backdrop of rural Killarney was deliberately chosen to shine a light on the work of nonprofit groups in rural Ireland. A key message at the launch is that small and medium sized rural groups deserve to be at the forefront of initiatives that empower and give national recognition to Good Governance.
The Good Governance Awards (GGA) provide the perfect platform for all groups to share their story and tell of the efforts that they are making to advance and comply with good governance. The closing date for submissions via www.goodgovernanceawards.ie is September 13th.
Vita started volunteering over 8 years ago. She first volunteered with Aware as a support group facilitator for 3 years. These support groups are for individuals (or in some cases, relatives) who have experience of depression/anxiety, bipolar or related mood disorders. Vita really enjoyed this volunteer role as she possesses the enthusiasm and passion for the area of mental health. She also felt, she gained great experience and enhanced her facilitation skills.
Cormac chose to begin volunteering to ‘try something different’. He used to play football but felt ‘It wasn’t really my thing’. Having decided to volunteer with the Irish Red Cross, Cromac immediately enjoyed it and has found that this type of volunteering activity suited his personality better. Cormac has found the different options of volunteering with the Irish Red Cross really rewarding both personally and professionally. He has progressed and developed into a variety of volunteer areas in the Irish Red Cross. Initially, he started off in the Youth section at age 15, at 18 he was promoted to a Youth Leader and during that time he was also an ambulance leader. Subsequently, Cormac was appointed to lead the Community Services Department of the Irish Red Cross which he finds very interesting.
The third #WhyIVolunteer story we will share with you as part of our National Volunteering Week program is Rebecca's. Kerry Volunteer Centre met Rebecca at an outreach student event in Tralee Institute of Technology. As a Social Care student, she felt it was important to develop professional links and gain experience within the sector before she qualifies. Thus she registered with Kerry Volunteer Centre and with the support of the Placement Team is now Volunteering!
Volunteering can positively change peoples' lives, at a very early age this fact was understood by Seán who shares his story as part of Kerry Volunteer Centre's National Volunteering Week #WhyIVolunteer initiative. Seán grew up in Mayo where his mother owned a small grocery shop which became the centre and heart of the local community. Sean recalled her as his inspiration for volunteering ‘my mother set a positive example, that giving back within your community, by giving your time, does so much to help those in need and contributes to the common good.’