Donncha

Donncha

I am the Development Manager in Galway Volunteer Centre, which involves a variety of tasks from promoting our work to meeting individually with people to help them find volunteer roles.  I have the privilege of managing a small team who are passionate about their work and supporting them to make as large an impact as possible with a very limited budget.

Everybody should have the opportunity to do good in their community and help others (and help themselves in the process), and I enjoy my work as I think it is a way to make a decent contribution to Galway and the world around me.

ruth

Ruth

I work as our Volunteering Development Officer. My role involves supporting people to find meaningful volunteer work and promoting the many benefits of volunteering to the public. I deliver our Explore Volunteering workshop to a diverse range of groups in the community and also do local media work with Galway Bay FM as well as being a co-host on our podcast This is Community!

My passion for volunteering has grown immensely over the years and more importantly the benefits that it can bring to people’s lives. I hold a fundamental belief in the importance of experiencing what it means to be of service as well as experiencing the potential that lies within each of us to be our best selves within our lifetime. I think volunteering can act as a great vehicle to enable personal transformation and connect with others in a meaningful way.

helen

Helen

I work as the Organisation Support Worker and my role involves working with and supporting both individuals and organisations in their volunteering journey.   I also work with and support volunteer involving organisations to instil best practice in their volunteer programme.  My role also includes identifying training needs; developing and delivering training to volunteer involving organisations and charities. My role also includes supporting organisation with Garda Vetting training and related support.

My role is very interesting and fulfilling when I see the difference in the lives of people volunteering – that magical difference of fulfilment, meeting expectations and joy! And for organisations, it is seeing their shift from ineffective to effective volunteer management practice. I am a conduit of fulfilment, support and civic engagement in the community.

Teresa

Teresa

I work as Organisation Support Officer supporting volunteer involving organisations to develop volunteer roles and advertise them on our website. I am also a Garda Vetting Liaison Person facilitating the process for smaller organisations that need the service. As part of my work I am developing the services of Volunteer Galway in the county so that more rural organisations can avail of this service.

With many years of being involved in the community and voluntary sector I enjoy being part of this dynamic team who walk the walk in community development. I have a background in sociology and rural development and developing our services in the county is something I am very passionate about. Volunteers are often the life blood of rural communities and the more support they acquire the more rural areas can benefit.

Sean

Seán

I work as receptionist and administration assistant in our office at 27 William Street West.  If you are using our service to find volunteer work, you are more than like to be getting phone calls and emails from me as I keep track of the progress of all the volunteers on our system and have the opportunity to meet with all new potential volunteers who call into the offices looking for information.

I speak Irish fluently, so más mian leat, bain triail as!