What does the volunteer information service do?
The volunteer information service (VIS) is here to help you find a suitable volunteer placement. We act as the link between people who want to volunteer and organisations that are looking to involve volunteers in the local area.
Do I have to register online?
Yes you need to register online and apply for roles directly online too, but this is not always the case. If you are not sure about how to register online you can contact the volunteer information service directly by phone or email and we will help you. Make sure when you register with us to tell us about yourself, especially your skills and interests. This will make it easier for the organisation/group to find a suitable and worthwhile placement for you.
How many roles am I allowed to apply for?
We usually recommend that people apply for no more than three roles to get started with. If you are not sure how to apply online, what roles will suit your skills and interests or how to narrow down your options you are very welcome to make an appointment to come into the office.
How do I know if I am suitable for a role?
It is important that you take time to read the role description first before making the decision to apply. A common mistake is that people apply for roles after only reading the title and are not fully sure of what the role entails, what tasks, time and commitments are required. If you have any questions about the role or need more details you can contact the volunteer information office for more information.
What happens when I apply for a role online through the volunteer service website?
The volunteer service gets an automatic email notifying us that you are interested in the role. Someone from the organisation will get in touch with you give you the direct contact details for the organisation. How organisations get in touch with potential volunteers varies; it may be a phone call, an email or they might send you out an application pack in the post. If you do not hear from the organisation within a week it is important that you let the volunteer service know so we can follow up for you.
How long will it take for me to get started volunteering?
It varies between different roles. There are some once-off informal roles where you can get started straight away, but other roles take longer depending on the recruitment and screening process of the organisation. Bear in mind that roles involving young people and/or vulnerable adults will generally take considerably longer to get started in. Many organisations need to interview, check references and Garda Vet their volunteers. The Garda Vetting process is currently taking up to 8 weeks.
How much time will I have to commit to my voluntary work?
This depends on the role(s) that you are interested in. Some roles are short term and might only require you to commit to a couple of hours or one day and others might ask you to commit to a couple of weeks or months. Most organisations will only ask you to commit to a couple of hours a week on an ongoing basis. If you intend to volunteer directly with vulnerable adults or young people the organisation will generally ask you to commit to a longer time period – perhaps six months to a year. This is to allow time either for a lengthy screening process or to give the volunteer and the service users time to get to know one another and build up a relationship.
Can I call into to the volunteering service at any time?
You are very welcome to drop in to the office to find out more general information about volunteering. However, we encourage people to make an appointment with us first so we can take the time needed to sit down and go through all your options with you. We are open from Monday to Friday 10-12.. Please visit the contact us section of our website to see our contact details.