Volunteer Case Studies
'They made me feel valued & I would love to do it again next year'
Thank you for letting me know about Guth Gafa (Film Festival, Kells) it was amazing.
I worked on the car park in the morning, they feed me, then I helped out at the children’s workshop. I got to see two films, the directors were there for questions so you got a great insight into the making of the films. I chatted to the other volunteers, people attending to see what brought them there. I meet some very interesting people, left around 10pm last night on a high, which I 'm still on to-day. My high is also due largely to how Frances & all the team treat the volunteers. With all the balls they had in the air they found time to place me somewhere that was a good fit for me & on the day Frances found the time to ask me several times how I was doing. They made me feel valued & I would love to do it again next year p.g.
'I'm excited to be able to give back in my local community'
Meath Volunteer Centre supported me to join the Board of a local community organisation that provides vital support to women. This has allowed me realise a long held goal to work as part of a team and to develop my governance experience. I'm also excited to be able to give back in my local community.
'I am lucky that my volunteering experience has opened many doors for me'
I returned from a year abroad studying in 2016 and was keen to become involved in the community in Navan again. I browsed the Meath Volunteer Centre website for opportunities and applied as a Risk Assessment Officer in SOSAD, Navan. The Meath Volunteer Centre were most helpful in ensuring that I had received correspondence from SOSAD and that I was happy in my volunteering role. The turnaround was quite quick between applying for the role and beginning volunteering. I thoroughly enjoy volunteering for SOSAD. All the volunteers are so friendly, you get to meet people from all walks of life and I know I have made friends for life.
To me, volunteering allows you to give back and make a difference, whether that is locally, nationally or internationally, whilst developing skills and meeting new people with similar interests and passions. There is no way to describe the feeling of making a difference - of course there are times when you feel tired and perhaps just want to curl up on the couch, but you will never regret giving up your time to help others, no matter how big or small. I am lucky that my volunteering experience has opened many doors for me and equipped me with the knowledge and skills necessary to encourage others to volunteer. I now work as the Student Volunteer Co-ordinator in University College Dublin, recruiting and guiding students on their volunteer journey, and engaging daily with community-based organisations to ensure we help in any way we can. When I have extra spare time, I engage in episodic volunteering opportunities, for example, I will be stewarding at the FIBA Under 18s Women's European Basketball Championship in August.
It is a privilege to be able to give your time to others and I would encourage anyone to volunteer and experience the endless benefits!
‘Give it a go you don’t know what you can do until you try something’
Mikala was a manager in ladies fashion retail for a large company in the UK before she had her now grown up four children. Two of Mikalas children have Autism so becoming a full-time mum was work enough for many years. She came to be a volunteer at Good Morning Meath after meeting a neighbour who mentioned that they were looking for volunteers. Mikala hopes that her volunteering will eventually be a natural progression into paid work and loves giving back something to her community. She says it has given her confidence back after being at home for years as a homemaker and mum. Mikala’s advice to others thinking of volunteering was ‘Give it a go you don’t know what you can do until you try something!’
‘Definitely give it a try you don’t know how you will feel and it is so rewarding’
Carmel enjoys walking, singing, nature and is a homemaker. Carmel heard about Co. Meath Good Morning through the local paper. She liked the idea of chatting to people and having a real conversation with those that may not have family or have family that don’t have time to chat! Carmel has been involved for 6 years from day one and took part in training for the role. Carmel also loves the social times and get-togethers with some of the people who avail of the service. ‘I have gained a sense of wellbeing and find the work very rewarding, conversations can be interesting! It is good for your self esteem (to be able to help) and it has made me grateful for the family and things I have plus I have made great friends within the GM group’ commented Carmel. Carmel’s advice to others thinking of trying some volunteering was ‘Definitely give it a try you don’t know how you will feel and it is so rewarding’.