THE LATEST NEWS FROM FINGAL VOLUNTEER CENTRE
Newsletter April 2020
we hope you’re keeping well.
Volunteer Ireland has launched a #volunteerfromhome campaign, encouraging people to volunteer from home during the current pandemic.
Please check below to find some Covid-19 related volunteer roles online or from home. Further down, you’ll find more general and long term roles.
Luckily some parts of the country have not been affected as much as others and opportunities to volunteer locally with the COVID-19 response may not yet be available in your area right now but they will come when the need arises.
We are working from home so to cover all applications and registrations. Our monthly Outreach programme in local libraries has been postponed until further notice.
Your safety and limiting the spread of the Coronavirus being the main priority, we continue to encourage you to adhere to HSE instructions on how best to avoid COVID-19, both in the work environment and at home.
You can select any role, view the full role description and apply for the role. Your application will come back to us here in the Fingal Volunteer Centre and a staff member will contact you to advise you on what happens next.
It’s important to note that not all volunteers who contact us will be assigned to a role. We are dealing with a large volume of volunteer registrations from people interested in helping so not all offers of help will be facilitated as the supply may be more than the demand.
There is also a possibility that none of the roles from this list might be suitable to you. We are currently working with a number of groups both in county and nationally and hope to have more roles where there is such a need.
Please check below for some Covid-19 related volunteer opportunities and some more long term opportunities:
COVID-19 Related Volunteer Opportunities
General Long term Volunteer Opportunities
Please bear in mind that we’re constantly working with not profit and charity organisations and there will be more roles on I-VOL in the coming weeks.
Please let us know if you’ve been volunteering during this Covid-19 crisis and how was your experience. We’d love to learn more about your involvement and, maybe, collect your feedback and stories.
FINGAL COMMUNITY RESPONSE
Need a grocery order collected or prescription picked up? Feeling vulnerable & isolated? Or just want to talk.
The Fingal Community Response are here to help.
Call any day 8am to 8pm
Freephone 1-800-459 059
Phone: 01-890 5000
Email: [email protected]
INFO FOR VOLUNTEERS
Before considering volunteering ask yourself – Am I well enough to volunteer?
Your safety and limiting the spread of the coronavirus being the main priority, Volunteer Centres continue to encourage you to adhere to HSE instructions on how best to avoid COVID-19, both in the work environment and at home.
If you are well enough and wish to volunteer there are 2 mains ways which you may be able to help
The first way is by contacting and registering with your local Volunteer Centre. The network of Volunteer Centres across Ireland are expecting many COVID-19 related roles registering on our database www.i-vol.ie in the coming days and some roles will be directly related to COVID 19 support. Other roles for volunteers may be related to helping community organisations to keep normal services running. You can also contact your local Volunteer Centre directly to speak to someone about what is needed most in your own area – you can find their information here.
The second way to help is by doing so informally in you own community
If you know people in your community who may be vulnerable and can contact them safely (e.g. phone call, whatsapp, drop note into door), just let them know that you are available and can assist with shopping etc.
Do not assume that someone needs help or call directly to someone’s house unannounced, as some people may be very anxious about making face to face contact, particularly if they have a medical condition or are living alone.
What if someone asks me do something I can’t actually do?
In this case you should let the person know that you cannot help and recommend that the Volunteer Centre may be able to assist in finding a solution.
It’s REALLY important to note that not all volunteers who contact us will be assigned to a role. We are dealing with a large volume of volunteer registrations from people interested in helping (Ireland is a great country that really pulls together in times of crisis) so not all offers of help will be facilitated as the supply may be more than the demand.
Also – if you don’t hear back from us in the next few days, don’t worry – we know that we will need support over the next few weeks – not necessarily the next few days.