Volunteer Centre Opening Hours

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9684_10151214842114633_2024876416_nHi There, 

  The Westmeath Volunteer Centre would like to thank you for your contribution this year and look forward to seeing you in 2013.

  The Centre will be closed from 5pm on Friday the 21st of December and will be re-opening on the morning of January the 3rd 2013.

  Happy Christmas and a peaceful new year!

All the best,


Westmeath Volunteer Centre, Enterprise Technology and Innovation Centre, Clonmore Business Park, Mullingar, County Westmeath

Call for Tender for Community Profile and Needs Assessment

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Westmeath Community Development, Westmeath Volunteer Centre and Mullingar RAPID Area Implementation Team, invite tenders from interested parties/organisations to carry out a “Community Profile and Needs Assessment in a number of RAPID estates in Mullingar Town”, funded under the Local and Community Development Programme.  
Westmeath Volunteer Centre, endeavours to increase the numbers of volunteers and beneficiaries organisations from all communities in Westmeath, and in conjunction with RAPID Mullingar, wishes to specifically target RAPID areas in Mullingar to enhance volunteering in the RAPID areas. 
The RAPID programme - Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development (RAPID) programme is aimed at improving the quality of life and the opportunity available to residents of the most disadvantaged communities in Irish cities and towns. It aims, in a focused and practical way, to reduce the deprivations faced by residents of disadvantaged communities. It attempts to do this through targeting significant state resources at the needs of disadvantaged areas.
In each local RAPID area, a local plan is developed which defines a series of issues, objectives and actions that are key to the RAPID programme locally. Nationally defined programme objectives set a framework within which local plans are developed. This framework intentionally allows local areas full scope to define the practical issues which are of most importance in responding to local disadvantage and need. 
Decision-making on what is contained in the local RAPID plan happens within each area. The knowledge and experience of the local community and the other RAPID participants have been the basis for developing these local plans to reflect the local situation and meet local needs.
Therefore WCD, Westmeath Volunteer Centre and Mullingar RAPID Area Implementation Team seek applications from interested parties to tender for the carrying out of a community profile and needs assessment in the following areas:
  1. Abbeylands
  2. Market Point
  3. Lakepoint
  4. Ashfield
  5. Patrick Street
  6. Dominic Street
  7. Grange
  8. Farran
  9. Raithin
  10. Dalton Park
  11. Ennell
The work will be carried out having regard to the seven nationally agreed strategic themes. These themes are:
  • Volunteering
  • Community Safety and Anti-social Behaviour 
  • Health 
  • Family Support 
  • Environmental issues 
  • Youth 
  • Education 
  • Training and Employment 
The successful proposal will be expected to demonstrate
  • The ability to plan a strategic research approach of engagement with at least 20% of residents in each of the communities listed above.
  • The ability to engage and consult with service providers on the RAPID AIT and other additional service providers linked to the Mullingar RAPID areas.
  • The ability to organise and host consultation meetings, door to door research, focus groups, surveys etc within the communities and with service providers.
  • The ability to collect, collate and report data on services and supports that already exists within these communities. 
  • The ability to incorporate agreed national themes into the research piece.
  • The ability to write, present and produce all findings in written and soft copy under the agreed national themes.
  • The ability to analyse the community- based and service provider findings, to identify needs and to produce a set of recommendations and action plan for the areas in question. 
  • Attend 2 – 3 meetings of the Mullingar RAPID AIT research sub-group to report on progress with written reports.  
  • The ability to write and present final report to Mullingar RAPID Area Implementation Team.
  • The ability to identify and create volunteering opportunities in their area which will bring positive change to their communities.
Interested parties should return their tender to Frank Murtagh, Westmeath Community Development Ltd, Clonmore, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath – on or before the 23rd November 2012 at 5.00pm. 
The tender should outline; 
  1. Tender Price
  2. Methodology 
  3. Timeframe
  4. Evidence of experience in this field 
  5. An up to date tax clearance certificate 
  6. Professional indemnity insurance. 
Other conditions may apply. 
If you require any additional information please contact Annette Barr Jordan, Westmeath County Council on 0449332217.

Over 238 Opportunities to make a difference in Westmeath this summer!

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VCI LogoOver 238 Opportunities to make a difference in Westmeath this summer!

Westmeath Volunteer Centre has seen over 226 volunteers register with the centre so far this year. Following the success of Ireland’s first National Volunteering Week in May, interest in volunteering remains at a high. 
Of those registered with the Volunteer Centre this year, 159 volunteers have already been placed in roles and begun volunteering. Since Westmeath Volunteer Centre opened in (2006), volunteers placed by the Centre have contributed an incredible 46,441 hours of voluntary work to community groups and charities across the county. Using the current average industrial wage, this work equates to a value of over €1,029,132.56.

Free Rail Travel for Community and Voluntary Groups

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VCI LogoIarnród Éireann has today launched a new community initiative to support organisations and groups in the voluntary, community, sporting and charity sector.

The initiative, entitled "The Journey's On Us", will provide up to €200,000 worth of group travel to organisations in the sector who apply for the scheme in 2012.  Iarnród Éireann Chief Executive Dick Fearn said at the launch of the initiative "Voluntary organisations are the life blood of communities across the country.

However, like everyone, their budgets have been cut.  We know there are youth, sports, music, voluntary, charity and other groups in the community who would benefit greatly from being able to undertake initiatives which involve a travel cost, but have had to scale back. 

We in Iarnród Éireann, through The Journey's On Us, want to do what we can to help such groups achieve their goals, and say thank you to the organisations which play such a vital role in the daily lives of communities."Under the initiative, 100 groups of up to 50 people per group will receive a free return group travel journey from Iarnród Éireann, across any of the company's services. 

The travel facilities will be ideal in particular for organisations bringing a group to a special event, or as part of a specific support to the members of the group which requires travel.

Iarnród Éireann Chief Executive Dick Fearn said of the initiative "the role of the railway is to connect communities. Through this exciting new initiative, we will help those who do most to bring communities together, and we anticipate to a strong response from groups in this sector from around the country.  We want to hear of the excellent work being done, and how this new initiative can help that work."

How to Take Part

Groups are invited to apply for the new scheme through a number of means, including:

•             Entry forms are available at all Ianród Éireann stations

•             Online entry form at

•             Emailed entry forms to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

•             By post to Corporate Communications, Iarnród Éireann, Connolly Station, Dublin 1.

The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday, 25 May.

All applications will be considered by an adjudicating panel, involving representatives of Volunteer Ireland and The Wheel, as well as Iarnród Éireann.  The 100 successful groups will be notified in June.

Further information and terms and conditions are available at

Bag Pack for LARCC

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LARCC Cancer Centre


What's Involved?

LARCCTesco Bag Pack for LARCC (Providing advice, help and support for Cancer sufferers and their families) on January 13th and 14th 2012.   LARCC (Lakelands Area Retreat & Cancer Centre) is a Cancer Support Centre. The LARCC Centre gives support and holistic help to people living with cancer providing a supportive environment where patients and family members can participate in our courses, obtain information and experience complementary therapies.

What's Required for this Position?

Skills and qualities required for this position: Enthusiasm and empathy with the local Cancer charity.
Category of skills: Other; Personable/Skills
Screening details required for the position will include: No screening


Main Category: Fundraising
Age Restrictions: Over 16 years old or over
How many hours per week: 2
Location: Tesco Mullingar
Commitment Required: 1 Day
We will provide: Volunteer Supervision; Volunteer Support; Insurance Cover; Disability Access;


Are you interested in this opportunity? Please contact Bernie McHugh on 1850 719719 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This opportunity # 0001/12 is posted by Westmeath Volunteer Centre.

EYV 2011 National Volunteer Management Conference

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Behind Ireland’s thousands of volunteers lie the equally dedicated individuals and organisations responsible for their training, support, and management. These are the people that inspire volunteers and enable an environment where volunteers thrive. Join Volunteer Ireland and your peers, colleagues and leaders in the field of volunteer management for a day of professional development, networking and informative, thought-provoking workshops and presentations.
On Wednesday 9 November 2011 will take place at the Morrison Hotel, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 the:
EYV 2011 National Volunteer Management Conference
Enabling and Enhancing Volunteering Through Best Practice in Volunteer Management

Click  here to download the pdf

The day includes the following speakers and workshops:
  • Opening Address from Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton
  • Case Studies: Projects and Partnerships in Volunteer Management
  • The Philosophy of Volunteer Management with Rob Jackson
  • Volunteer Impact Assessment Toolkit with Christine Irvine
  • Good Practice in Screening Volunteers with Stuart Garland
  • Volunteers and the Law with Verena Tarpey
Discounted rate (Members Only) €65 / Full rate €85
Two refreshment breaks and lunch is provided.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your ticket.  Payments are taken by secure online cc transaction