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.
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.
We 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 understanding of volunteering is that:
We believe that:
Therefore, we are committed to: