Volunteer Galway Releases 2015 Annual Report
Volunteer Galway Generates €7million Worth of Volunteer Hours for City and County
Volunteer Galway has announced that people volunteering through its service donated over 31,000 hours in volunteering in 2015. It estimates that since its inception in 2006, the equivalent of €7 million worth of volunteer hours have been generated by people using its service.
Speaking at the launch of its 2015 Annual Report, Galway City Mayor Noel Larkin congratulated Volunteer Galway on its work and impact in 2015 and in previous years. ‘I would encourage anyone living in Galway to get involved in their local community, and Volunteer Galway is ready and willing to help people find out how.’
In 2015, Volunteer Galway saw a 26% increase in the amount of people coming to their service for the first time to find volunteer work, and over half of these people had never volunteered before.
Donncha Foley, Development Manager with Volunteer Galway also highlighted that this amounted to 1055 new service users last year. ‘The figures in the report highlight that volunteering is an option that is considered by many people in Galway, and that more and more non-profit organisations use our service to advertise volunteer roles and connect with people wanting to make a difference in Galway’ said Donncha.
In addition to its regular service to members of the public, Volunteer Galway also developed a specialised support service, Flourish, to assist people recovering from mental health challenges to volunteer as part of their recovery. It also vetted over 750 volunteers for non-profit organisations to assist them with the protection of children and vulnerable adults.
The report also highlights that Volunteer Galway continues to build on its services to the community, by establishing the Galway Community Excellence Network that sources training and expert advice on organisational management for non-profits. ‘There are many non-profits in Galway that find it incredibly difficult to access supports to enable them to build on their successes, and we believe that we are best placed to assist them in this’ said Donncha.
Since 2006, Volunteer Galway has been helping members of the public to volunteer and helping community organisations to find volunteers, by providing a constantly updated list of volunteer roles on their website www.volunteergalway.ie. The Volunteer Galway team meets with people to help them choose volunteer roles that match their interests and availability. ‘We are always amazed by the amount of people who come to us with a desire to do something to help others, and we provide a confidential service that gets people doing something that they like and benefits others at the same time’, said Donncha.
Photo (Donncha and Kasia with Galway City Mayor Noel Larkin - photographer Joe Travers)