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Welcome to the your online portal for volunteering in South Dublin County.
South Dublin County Volunteer Centre is an independent organisation working with volunteers and volunteer involving organisations. 
  • We provide a range of services for volunteers, where you can:
  • Find out about volunteering opportunities without having to make a commitment 
  • Get information on volunteering opportunities 
  • Talk to someone on the how, why and where of volunteering 
  • Get ongoing support and advice if you want it
We also provide a range of services to volunteer involving
organisations:
  • If you need volunteers we will try and source them for you 
  • We can visit you and help with any issues about taking on volunteers for the first time, or to review current procedures 
  • We will come and talk to you about anything to do with volunteering, such as references, good practice, expenses ... and much more 
  • We provide a Garda Vetting Service for volunteer involving organisations who do not have an authorised signatory in their organisation. 
  • Access to the South Dublin County Volunteer Corps
We don't charge for the majority of our services and we keep things confidential.  Have a look around our web site, it is full of information on volunteering and volunteer development and is updated regularly. 

If you would like to hear about some specific volunteering opportunities or if you would just like to hear more about the work of the Centres, please don't hesitate to contact us.

You can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 01 462 8558
 

A brief history

In 1993, the Area Action Plan of the Tallaght Partnership recognised that volunteering could be part of a continuum in getting unemployed people into further education and training and also into employment. It also recognised that volunteers and volunteering was under-supported in the Tallaght area and whereas on one hand organisations were finding it difficult to recruit volunteer, on the other hand volunteers were finding it difficult to access interesting opportunities and were also feeling under-supported and over-stretched. At the time there was no structured support in place to deal with these problems.

The Tallaght Welfare Society obtained funding from the Partnership for a feasibility study to explore the need for a Volunteer Development Resource Unit for Tallaght. The study recommended that a volunteer bureau be set up and specified four key areas of initial activity:
  • Recruitment
  • Skills Training
  • Evaluation
  • Fundraising

First Steering Committee

A steering committee was set up to develop a plan, based on these priorities, for the formation of the Bureau. This steering committee was drawn from representatives of the community and voluntary sector in Tallaght. 

This steering committee developed a three-year Work Plan, which has been the basis for the activities of the bureau from February 1999 to date. It also sourced funding from Comhairle to core fund the bureau including a manager's salary in January 1999. A manager took office in February 1999 with the official opening of the bureau taking place in July 1999 thus launching the first Volunteer Centre in Ireland. 

It was agreed that an on-going Management Committee/Board of Directors, would replace the initial Steering Committee. As of December 2001, the Management Committee comprised representatives of:

  • A Volunteer Representative
  • Business In the Community
  • Tallaght Welfare
  • South Dublin County Council
  • Tallaght Citizens Information Centre
  • Tallaght Hospital Volunteer Service
  • Tallaght Youth Service
  • Comhairle

Present Structure

Today, South Dublin County Volunteer Centre is registered as a company limited by guarantee with a Board of Directors. The manager reports directly to the Board of Directors on a six weekly basis. The present staffing compliment of the Volunteer Bureau is:
  • Manager (Fulltime)
  • Placement Officers x2
  • Organisational Support worker
  • 1 TUS Placement support worker
We are situated in Exchange Hall in Tallaght and Luke Cullen House in Clondalkin. 

Geographical Remit

Initially South Dublin County Volunteer Centre was set up to serve the greater Tallaght area (including Firhouse, Blessington Road and Saggart) but over the last number of years we have recruited and supported volunteers from the greater Dublin area and beyond. In 2005 the Volunteer Centre extended its' remit to cover the entire county of South Dublin and set up a new office in Clondalkin (based in South Dublin County Council) which is staffed also 5 days per week.

Our Mission

Our mission is to offer equal opportunities to all sections of the community to participate in meaningful voluntary activity. 

VisionMissionValuesWe aim to provide a free, high quality volunteer placement service in a friendly and professional manner where volunteering is the focus of our work. 

We also offer professional support, advice and training to organisations around their volunteering needs so that they can achieve best practice principles in volunteer management.

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES AND VALUES

Our understanding of volunteering is that: 

  • Volunteering is always a matter of choice and is done of the volunteers? own free will and without coercion.
  • Volunteering is a legitimate way in which citizens can participate in the activities of their community.
  • Volunteering benefits both the community and the volunteer and gives people a sense of ownership of their local community.
  • Voluntary work is unpaid.
  • Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs. 

 We believe that:

  • Volunteers should be treated with respect and dignity.
  • Everyone should have an equal opportunity to volunteer.
  • Volunteering should respect the rights, dignity and culture of others.
  • Everyone should have a positive experience of volunteering.
  • Volunteering should be a "win - win"situation for both the volunteer and the organisation. 

Therefore, we are committed to:

  • Promoting the value of volunteering to all sectors of the local community.
  • Offering a service that will be inclusive, accessible and high quality.
  • Serving as best we can every volunteer who accesses our service and ensuring that volunteers are the focus of our work.
  • Resourcing and supporting volunteers to make informed choices about volunteering, maintaining relevant, up-to-date information on volunteering opportunities.
  • Developing new opportunities and projects involving volunteers in their local community
  • Referring volunteers to a wide range of community and voluntary projects across all sectors of the community.
  • Working with organisations so that they can achieve best practice principles in volunteer management.
  • Ensuring that volunteers do not replace paid workers nor constitute a threat to the job security of paid workers.
  • Promoting the principles of equity and participation within the volunteer sector.
  • Raising the profile of volunteering in organisations, government and the community in general.

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