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Do you have any spare time this Sat/Sunday?

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wvclogosmallThe Irish Cancer Society are looking for your help this weekend, the 5th and 6th of June for Church Gate Collections in Westmeath.

I have attached a list of churches that need your help.  The cathedral is ok, as is All Saints - but they could do with some help with the more rural ones?

If you are available then please either respond to this or contact Caroline Maslin the Irish Cancer Society Co-Ordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 087 932 9600 or 044 939 0466

All the best, 

Ian

Church Collection Information - 5th & 6th June 2010

Church

Address

 

Town

County

Contact

Notes

St Patrick's Church

Parochial House

Dysart

MULLINGAR

Co Westmeath

 

 

St Stephen Church

Parochial House

 

Tyrrellspass

Co Westmeath

 

 

St Joseph Church

Parochial House

Turin, Taughman

MULLINGAR

Co Westmeath

 

 

Assumption Church

Parochial House

Taughman

MULLINGAR

Co Westmeath

 

 

Trinity Church

Parochial House

Castlejordan

KINNEGAD

Co Westmeath

 

 

St Feichin's

Parochial House

Fore

COLLINSTOWN

Co Westmeath

 

 

Assumption Church

Parochial House

Loughanavalley, Dysart

MULLINGAR

Co Westmeath

 

 

St Finian Church

Parochial House

Clonard

KINNEGAD

Co Westmeath

 

 

Forgney

Parochial House

 

MOYVORE

Co Westmeath

 

 

Corpus Christi Church,

Mount Temple

 

MOATE

Co Westmeath

 

 

All Saints, Church of Ireland

Church Avenue

 

MULLINGAR

Co Westmeath

 

 

St Marys Church,Church of Ireland

St Marys Coi

 

MOATE

Co Westmeath

 

 

Corboy Congregation Presbyterian Coi

Winetown

 

Rathowen

Co Westmeath

 

 

Ballybay

Athlone

 

CO WESTMEATH

Co Westmeath

 

 

St Michael Church

Parochial House

 

Castletown Geoghegan

Co Westmeath

 

 

St Mary's Church

Parochial House

 

COLLINSTOWN

Co Meath

 

 

Immaculate Conception Church

Parochial Hosue

Tubberclair, Glasson

ATHLONE

Co Westmeath

 

 

St James Church

Parochial House

 

KILBEGGAN

Co Westmeath

 

 

Tidy Towns 2010- Get involved in your area!

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wvclogoIt's that exciting time of the year again as the 2010 TidyTowns Competition gets underway!

Hundreds of thousands of people have participated in local TidyTowns initiatives of every shape and size over the last fifty years, each with an experience and story to tell as valid as those who took part in the national initiative. Their input has made a massive contribution to making TidyTowns the national movement that it is today. 

The national TidyTowns initiative was launched by Bord Fáilte, the Irish Tourist Board (now Fáilte Ireland) to improve the presentation of towns and villages in the 1950s.The competition has changed considerably since then and today covers a variety of topics such as community engagement, conservation of the built environment, sustainable landscaping, enhancement of local biodiversity and implementation of local waste minimisation strategies. 

However, the emphasis is always on participating rather than winning as the very act of taking part brought benefits to the community. With a focus on long-term results rather than quick returns, TidyTowns was soon seen as a unique and far-sighted initiative. 

Tidy Towns thrives on the voluntary contribution of time and effort given by volunteers to their local area - there are over 1000 local committees around the country and every committee is always looking for new volunteers to join in and help out. If you want to get involved we have a handy list of a selection of local committees around the country - click on the link to email the local organiser in your area.

If your town or village is not on the list below, go to the Tidy Towns Website for more information.

If you are a local committee member looking for volunteers and your committee is not listed below please email us with your details and we will add them to the list.

Good luck to your town or village!

Westmeath
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Research Proves that Volunteering benefits Unemployed People

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VCI LogoNew research released by Volunteer Centres Ireland today shows that unemployed people identified volunteering as positively benefiting both their physical and mental well being. The national network of volunteer centres had previously seen a hike of 70% increase in people registering with them to volunteer, since the onslaught of the recession in 2009. Many of them were recently made redundant.

The study found that individuals benefit both from the act of volunteering and from its ‘by products’: respondents acknowledged that it felt good to help others, but also that they benefited from learning new skills, making contacts and keeping busy. The act of volunteering is a self-validating experience that boosted respondents’ confidence and self esteem. This occurred because of the satisfaction individuals felt from helping others and also the realisation that they could make a difference in society or in people’s lives without being in paid employment. A number of respondents identified the positive impact of volunteering for returning to work too.

Dr Yvonne McKenna, CEO of Volunteer Centres Ireland said “This research just proves what we have known for years - volunteering makes us stronger. Volunteering has a proven positive impact on volunteers, those they volunteer with and society in general. Volunteering is not the solution to unemployment – employment is – but a number of unemployed people are benefiting from volunteering during their period of unemployment. Volunteering can help us build stronger neighbourhoods, stronger communities and a stronger Ireland”.

It has been shown elsewhere that long term unemployment can leave a scarring effect, making it more difficult for people to re-enter the workforce. Volunteering can assist in helps avert some of the long-term damage caused by unemployment.

Thank You!!

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wvclogoHi Everyone

We are making changes to our website and the way we communicate our message of volunteering in Westmeath this summer so you may receive the odd test mail from us so bear with us.

Did you know that in Westmeath in 2009, you all contributed over 14,000 hours of your time for good causes, some fun, some serious but each and every one worthy.
We are so proud of all of our volunteers and we look forward to hearing from you with your ideas, offers of help and even just for a cup of coffee.

We have recently updated our website to try and deliver to you and our organisations the tools, inspiration and information to make the volunteering experience the best it can be.
If you have any suggestions or feedback, please let us know by emailing
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Looking forward to an active summer (hopefully with a sprinkle of sunshine thrown in!

All the Best,

Ian & Bernadette

Ian O'Flynn - Manager
and Bernadette - Placement Officer
The Westmeath Volunteer Centre

triAthlone needs you!!

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wvclogosmallWe in the Westmeath Volunteer Centre are delighted to be assisting triAthlone this year in their organising of volunteers for this huge event this July.  As you can see below, they are a very organised team and this is an opportunity not to be missed.

 

Take a read through this email and if you like what you see, contact either me or Bernadette and we will forward on your details to the triAthlone team.

As the largest Irish triathlon event for 2010, and one of the largest in the world with 2500 competitors this year, we are looking for a team of enthusiastic, friendly and reliable people to ensure the easy going and professional atmosphere of triAthlone conveyed to the spectators, athletes and next year, the international crowds and TV viewers.

Here is your chance to be a part of a fantastic day of incredible multi sport and entertainment action! Whatever your tastes, age and ability there are many available roles and opportunities for all volunteers, each essential to the success of the event as a whole!

Why Volunteer?
The event itself promises to be a rewarding and entertaining day of exciting action, to which you will have a front row seat! Each volunteer will receive extensive hands-on training and a unique opportunity to gain quality experience in events management leading up to the european championships NEXT YEAR.

Benefits of a Race Crew Member:

  • Build your Race Crew Resume and event management experience
  • Satisfaction of helping others
  • You will receive a Race Crew uniform (includes shirt, wrist pass)
  • You will receive Race Crew Training
  • Race Day goodie bag (including food and beer vouchers; party passes)
  • Daily food and beverage pack
  • You'll have a great time
  • Post Race Celebration

Roles Available

There are many available roles for people of all shapes and sizes! So be on your, toes, get on your bike and be ready to soak up the European Championship atmosphere!

Roles available prior to Event ( (June 25th - July 31st)

  • Competitor Race Kit packing
  • Course set-up crew
  • Venue set-up

Roles available during the event (july 1st - 4th)

  • Course Marshals
  • VIP services
  • Baggage Area Services
  • Information Volunteers
  • Transition area assistants
  • Transport assistants
  • Media Centre supervisors
  • Competitor registrations
  • Volunteer Tent assistants
  • Athlete Recovery assistants
  • Athlete Chip Removal assistants

Please download and read our volunteer policy for the 2010 event.

If you are interested PLEASE PLEASE contact us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the volunteer centre will pass you on to the triAthlone TEAM

2010 VMT TRAINING

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 2010 VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT TRAINING

Westmeath Volunteer Centre is delighted to announce its 2010 Volunteer Management Training Programme which has been developed to meet the needs of volunteer involving organisations, groups and associations.

The training focuses on all aspects of volunteer management and participants are required to attend all 4 training sessions. It is highly recommended that 2 people attend from each organisation, particularly those who are responsible for recruiting, selecting and managing volunteers.

Places on the training course are limited so early booking is advised. The dates and venue of the training is as follows: 

Athlone Thursdays 2 - 5 

18 November

25 November

2 December

9 December

Location:  Business Development Centre, Bally Alley Lane, Athlone.

The training covers the following topics:

Planning for volunteer involvement
Aim: To plan for volunteer involvement and design volunteer roles
Objectives: By the end of this training participants will be able to:
• Reflect on how volunteers benefit your organisation
• To understand the expectations of the volunteers and of the organisations
• Examine potential costs of involving volunteers
• Understand and to write a role specification and a person specification
• Understand an exit interview and its importance

Volunteer Recruitment, Selection and Induction
Aim: To explore best practice for recruitment, selection and induction of volunteers for their organisation
Objectives: By the end of this training participants will be able to:
• Understand effective recruitment and selection methods
• Design a recruitment campaign for your organisation
• Analyse application approaches
• Design suitable interview questions
• Draft an induction plan
 
• Examine volunteer agreements

Support and Supervision
Aim: To provide participants with an understanding of the role and importance of support and supervision when managing volunteers.
Objectives: By the end of this training participants will be able to:
• Define supervision and its purpose
• Identify positive support and supervision skills and techniques
• Identify ways to motivate and recognise volunteers
• Explore ways of dealing with difficult situations

Developing a Policy for Volunteer Involvement 
Aim: To give participants the knowledge and tools to design and implement a volunteer policy
Objectives: By the end of this training participants will be able to:
• Define what a policy is
• Identify key elements of a volunteer policy
• Consider those who need to be consulted when drafting the policy
• Draft a volunteer policy
• Plan for implementation of the policy

To book a place and to find out more about services offered by Westmeath Volunteer Centre call Bernadette on 086 0433985  and/or email:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Opportunities in February

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Hi,  Well, winter has thankfully passed and the springtime is here again.  The volunteer centre has been working with organisations to try and develop some new opportunities that may be of interest to you.Please take the time to read down through this mail and if you are interested in any of the opportunities, please let me know. 
OpportunityOrganisationDates needed
Mullingar St. Patricks Day parade are looking for your help!   This year they are looking to build on the huge success of last year’s parade by growing the parade once again.  They are looking for:·         Stewards (A friendly face helping people find the best spots for viewing the parade or join in with the attractions·         Face painters (People who may have a skill in face painting are needed to add that party look to the faces of the young people who will be there with their parents!)·         Amuzements supervisor (We need some people who will be able to work on the amuzment area in castle street to take payments and help out)·         Float Co-ordinators, we will need 3 or four volunteers to help co-ordinate the floats up at the Topaz Station on the Dublin road before they begin.·         If you have any other skills that you feel may be of use, please contact us also!MULLINGAR ST PATRICKS FESTIVAL  - Building on Last Years Great Success.Thanks to fabulous efforts by most entrants - both voluntary and business - the very large crowds who attended the Mullingar St Patricks Parade were very well entertained as the parade took over 1 hour to pass. from Bridge to Bridge - It is estimated that between 25,000 and 30,000 people lined the streets of Mullingar for this fabulous festive occasion.Already work is underway for the 2010 parade and we need your help. We want to make this years event even more colourful and enjoyable than last year - so whether you are a business, community group, club, musician, dancing troupe, one man band, etc ,if you can help make this a really enjoyable event for the tens of thousands who attend - be that by participating in the parade or entertaining the crowds we want to hear from you.Every year the businesses and people of Mullingar and environs have come up trumps with contributions to make this event possible. We appeal to one and all to help us by making your contribution - no matter how big or small. All our committee give their time and effort for free, so you know your contribution is going straight to maximising a great festive atmosphere on the day.St. Patricks Day – March 17th 2010
The Daffodil Day 2010 campaign is launched today with a target of €4 million for free nationwide patient care services. >>Click to read more Each year in Ireland, there are over 20,000 new cases of cancer and over 7,500 cancer deaths, accounting for almost one quarter of the annual death toll. Cancer is a major cause of death and disease in this country as in all Western communities.Faced with such facts we must do everything in our power to combat the disease. Research is helping to identify the causes of cancer and is pointing the way to improved methods of diagnosis and treatment.The Irish Cancer Society is the largest funder of cancer research in Ireland. Research proposals are assessed by Cancer Research Ireland which is the research division of the Society.March 26th 2010
The Athlone branch of the Irish Red Cross Society intend having a Bucket Collection in Athlone on the 26'th and 27'th of March 2010, between the hours of 10am and 6pm in aid of HaitiThe Irish Red Cross Society is dedicated to the provision of Emergency and Humanitarian Relief both at home and abroad through its network of volunteers both nationally and internationally. Within Ireland, the Red Cross provides both emergency services through its Mountain Rescue Team as well as a variety of broadly-based community services including youthwork and care for the sick and elderly.26'th and 27'th of March 2010
    

 Many Thanks,

                  Ian

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