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Newsletter October 2020



Newsletter October 2020


we hope you’re keeping well.

Here is our monthly newsletter filled with News, updates and a list of recent volunteer opportunities. Please scroll down to see their role descriptions and remember there are many more on I-VOL if the listed ones are not your cup of tea.


We’re glad to announce we’re back with our Outreach Programme on a new Virtual format.

Every month you have the opportunity to have a Zoom chat with our Placement and Outreach officer, Chiara Tamborini.

You can choose between a group chat session or a one to one session. We look forward to meeting you virtually and have a chat about volunteering and any feedback or support you might have.

Check the schedule for the Fingal Volunteer Centre Virtual Outreach Programme for October, November and December 2020!

To check the dates and book your FREE ticket please click here:

Virtual Outreach Programme

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Fingal Inclusion Week 2020 is an initiative led by Fingal County Council and Fingal Public Participation Network (the PPN).

Over 30 events will take place across the County of Fingal from Monday 16th November to Friday 20th November. All Fingal Inclusion Week events are free to attend and open to everyone.

Link here: https://fingalppn.ie/fingalinclusionweek/

Fingal Volunteer Centre is offering a free virtual event on the 19th of November 2020: Why not volunteer in your local community?!

A great occasion to interact with Chiara Tamborini, our Placement and Outreach Officer, and ask all your questions on how to get started in volunteering and select the best volunteer opportunity for you.

Why not volunteer in your local community?!

DATE: Thursday 19th November 2020

TIME: 6pm-7pm

VENUE: on Zoom

LINK: Book your free ticket

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New roles are added to our database on a regular basis and you may also view them yourself on I-VOL before you receive our next newsletter.

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.

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COVID-19 Related Volunteer Opportunities

1) COVID Crafter with Saint Joseph’s Shankill (From home)

2) Take part in research on young peoples’ mental health during Covid-19 with School of Psychology, UCD (From home)

3) Complete a survey on the impact of positive psychology on wellbeing (COVID-19) with School of Psychology, UCD (From home)

4) Mask makers needed with Saint Joseph’s Shankill (From home)

5) Healthy Volunteers Needed on COVID-19 Study with UCD Neuromuscular Systems Lab (From home)

6) Volunteer a Home as a Covid-19 Safe Haven with CRiTiCALL – Providing a Safe Haven

7) Covid-19 Safe Havens – Donate Household Essentials, Food, and More with CRiTiCALL – Providing a Safe Haven

8) Covid-19 Safe Havens – Write Letters of Courage and Hope with CRiTiCALL – Providing a Safe Haven

9) COVID-19: ***LETTER REQUEST *** to Howth Hill Lodge Nursing Home with Fingal Volunteer Centre

10) COVID-19: ***LETTER REQUEST *** to Carechoice Finglas Nursing Home with Fingal Volunteer Centre

11) COVID-19: ***LETTER REQUEST *** to Brymore House (Howth) with Fingal Volunteer Centre

12) COVID-19: ***LETTER REQUEST *** to Mount Sackville Nursing Home with Fingal Volunteer Centre

13) COVID-19: ***LETTER REQUEST *** to Clearbrook Nursing Home (Finglas) with Fingal Volunteer Centre

14) COVID-19: ***LETTER REQUEST *** to St. Patrick’s Care Centre Baldoyle with Fingal Volunteer Centre

15) COVID-19: ***LETTER REQUEST *** to Fingal House Nursing Home -Swords with Fingal Volunteer Centre

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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.

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In response to reports of increasing incidents of Domestic Violence during the restrictions, Fingal Volunteer Centre has teamed up with Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Safe Ireland and other volunteer centres around Ireland to create CRiTiCALL – an initiative to support people emerging from domestic violence during the Covid-19 pandemic.


CRiTiCALL aims to provide support to help people in their journey to safety by offering practical resources along with comfort and encouragement from within the community including:

– Donations – purchasing much-needed items and dropping them off in Dublin 8 (Click here to apply);

– Volunteer your home – volunteer a holiday home or second property as a safe haven (Click here to apply);
– Letters of courage- sending letters and hope to those emerging from domestic abuse (Click here to apply).

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We’ve partnered up with several nursing homes, both in county Dublin and county Fingal, for our Fingal Letter Campaign.

The idea is to recruit as many volunteeers as possible willing to post letters, drawings, poems or whatever you can think of, to the residents of the nursing homes.

Would you like to take part in this project?

You might even decide to involve your small ones and ask them to be creative and prepare a drawing or something!

Great news: there won’t be any need to add a stamp on your letters since An Post agreed in sending them for free if addressed to nursing homes!

To read more and take part please click here:

Fingal Letter Campaign



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.

If you’ve been volunteering please click here to access your volunteer profile and register your volunteering hours and stories:

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In Fingal Volunteer Centre we are always interested in hearing from volunteers and capturing the
essence of volunteering by getting feedback about their volunteer experience.


We’ve created a Volunteer Testimonials page to capture their volunteer story and experience. If you’ve been volunteering and you’d like to tell your story please reply back to this email and we’ll be in touch with you.



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: covidsupport@fingal

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Continuing with Tea-At-3; a national weekly event that invites you to (appropriately!) check-in with your neighbours at 3 pm every Saturday.

Tea-At-3 is a physically distant activity that takes place from your doorstep, in separate gardens, over the phone or across a video call!

“The Tea-At-Three idea was originally created by Helen O’Hara and her neighbours in Rathbawn Drive, Castlebar, Co Mayo! We now want to bring it to communities across the nation”

To have more info on the project please click on this link:

TEA AT 3 (Saturdays)!



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.


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