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.

Take a look and see what volunteers are saying about their volunteer experience 

Admin work during Covid 19 doesn't stop!

Volunteer Role: Teresa – Secretary of Swords Tidy Towns

What does your volunteering role entail?

  • Currently I am secretary of Swords Tidy Towns, my role entails the following:
    • All of the administration work associated with a volunteer group
    • Writing policy documents such as the groups constitution, volunteer management policy, child protection policy, safety statements and much more
    • Arranging training for our volunteers, holding inductions for new volunteers
    • Organising workshops
    • Applying for funding
    • Organising fundraising events, quiz nights, raffles, coffee mornings etc
    • Entering competitions such as Tidy Towns, Fingal County Council competitions
    • Organising committee meetings, setting the agenda and updating our project plan
    • Lobbying local councillors, FCC and others for improvements in the town
    • I also take time out to do some physical work such as litter picking as it makes sure I keep up to date with the group

What have you learnt most from your experience of volunteering?

  • All of the people you meet in the group have a host of different talents. It is good to recognise these talents and to give members work that stimulates and interests them
  • It is great to give something back to the community
  • You also meet some very good friends

What advice or suggestions would you give others who want to start volunteering?

  • It is good to look at the various type of volunteer work available and see what suits you, does the timing suit you?
  • Best to meet the group and see if the dynamic suits you as well

What is your favourite part of volunteering?

  • We are a very diverse group in Swords Tidy Towns, we have approximately 14 different nationalities volunteering with us and the age group ranges from 6-80
  • For me, it is a joy to meet people from all different backgrounds and cultures
  • While we work hard, there is a good social aspect to the volunteer work

Why did you want to volunteer?

  • I wanted to give something back to the community
  • I had taken early retirement so wanted to keep busy
  • I love where I live and want to make Swords a great place to live, work and play

How are you managing your role (volunteering) during the COVID19?

  • The administration work does not stop, there is always something to do
  • We cannot meet during this crisis, so we are organising fortnightly quizzes on Zoom for our volunteers.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot fundraise currently so that is a bit of an issue
  • Our volunteers are still working individually, keeping social distancing

Would you recommend volunteering to others?

  • Definitely,
  • It is good exercise
  • You meet new friends
  • It is very satisfying to see the town improving and great when we win a competition

My Company let me go but when they heard I had volunteered to do deliveries they donated the company van in order to do my deliveries!

Volunteer Role: John Davis – Delivery man

What does your volunteering role entail?

    • My main role is to  deliver prescriptions for Sheridans Pharmacy, Roselawn Shopping Centre every day but I also find myself shopping, and going to the post office. Sometimes I am the only person these people see all day long.

What have you learnt most from your experience of volunteering?

    • In  these unsettling times I find it very rewarding  being able to help vulnerable  people.

What advice or suggestions would you give others who want to start volunteering?

  • If you feel you have something to offer, no matter how small, offer your services. 

What is your favourite part of volunteering?

  • My favourite part of volunteering is having a chat and a bit of banter with the customers.  They tell me about their families, the children and the grandchildren they haven’t seen and how much they are looking forward to this pandemic being over.

Why did you want to volunteer?

  • I just thought that if my parents were alive I would like them to be able to have someone to get their shopping and medical requirements, so for me it was a no brainer to get involved  straight away.

How are you managing your role (volunteering) during the COVID19?

  • I’m coping quite well as it stands.   My Company Parts for Cars had to let me go but when they heard I had volunteered to do deliveries they donated the company van and fuel it each week in order to do my deliveries.  I am extremely greatful for their gesture as is Sheridans Pharmacy.  

Would you recommend volunteering to others?

  • I would most definitely recommend volunteering to others. In my case I am delivering to people who are ill, who require medical attention and are cocooning.  These people helped shape our country, they worked hard all their lives and it is a great honour to play a small part in looking after them in this unusual time.
  • My favourite part of volunteering is to know that what you do can make such a big difference 

From a personal perspective it has been great to meet so many new great willing to contribute

Volunteer Role: Ronan – Administrator with Balbriggan Self Isolation Volunteers

I helped set up the volunteer groups in Balbriggan & Skerries as I was aware of a variety of people with critical health conditions prior to the crisis who would benefit from being in an area with as little social contact as possible. Furthermore after hearing from people who’ve been in contact with us after setting up the group, the community of people with medical complications have driven us to help them out in way possible.

With that in mind, the concept of creating a team environment with multiple other locals was brought about & we managed to find an incredible response of local people in Balbriggan willing to help us out.

From every stage that we’ve set up the group, it has been a team of volunteers who have set out what we could accomplish by working together. And from a personal perspective it has been great to meet so many new great willing to contribute their time & energy to help provide an extra layer of security to those people who had to keep themselves isolated & cocooned. It’s always helped to know you can do this with people eager to share the workload & make it that much easier. I hope to think that everyone gets the praise for what they’ve done.

An administrative group was organised of Niall Keady, Laura McGrath, Myself & Emma Hanrahan, who has also been tirelessly raising money for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation. From that we organised a strategy to make as big an impact as possible for those affected in Balbriggan. After making the call to see if anyone was interested, we went out even further with the initial leaflet drop & helping organise the teams of volunteers going round the estates, spreading the word of the volunteer group & helping do deliveries.