What a fantastic week we’ve had during national volunteer week, which ran from the 13th to the 19th of June 2019. We started the ball rolling with our #I DoIt #WeDoit campaign. This campaign focused on people that volunteer in our communities and the volunteer roles that they do. Have a look at our Facebook page and check out all the volunteers that work tirelessly to make our communities better.
We also visited second class pupils in Loughegar NS in Clonkill. We spoke about how they can get involved in their community and we are currently in the middle of working on a new joint volunteer initiative with the 22 pupils and their teacher McKennan. All will be revealed before the school finishes up for the summer holidays. What a pleasure that was.
Next stop was out to revisit St.Mary’s NS in Rathowen. Before Easter we spoke to each class so we could a better understanding of what children between the ages of 5 and 13 thought volunteering meant. We then spoke about the various different ways in which they could volunteer and then challenged the whole school to volunteer for 15 minutes during their Easter holidays. They were all so excited when we visited them again and they each were given the opportunity to tell us what volunteer work they did. What a terrific group of children. They reported back on all they had done and they recorded their work in an art piece under the caption of ‘We are great Volunteers’. And so they are!! We had a little party to celebrate. A big thank you, to all the teachers in St.Mary’s Rathowen for allowing us to work with the children.
Finally we provided two self-care mornings for our volunteers and organisations. The Athlone Self-care workshop was held in our offices in Blyry industrial estate Athlone. The Mullingar workshop was held in LARCC cancer centre, Multy Farnham Mullingar. A huge thank you to Bernie and all the staff in LARCC, for their lovely warm welcome and Kindness. A massive thank you, to Michelle Baker HSE, who facilitated both Workshops. Her Care and wisdom in the delivery of the courses was very much appreciated by all who attended. A big thank you also, to all who attended and made these workshops so enjoyable.
We hope that we highlighted volunteering and how every member of our society can volunteer and how volunteering keeps our communities alive and thriving. Thank you everyone.