Monday, December 11, 2017

Volunteering

MAGIC!

Summer 2003 is forever associated for me with the Special Olympics—it was a magical time and I treasure the memories. Right from the start, from the induction sessions at The Point, I was sucked into the buzz, the excitement and the wonder of it all. Being part of the huge crowd of volunteers at the show there and knowing...

VOLUNTARY BODIES: MISSION, ETHOS, VALUES

Voluntary organisations have provided services to persons with an intellectual disability in Ireland since 1868. They now account for approximately eighty per cent of intellectual disability services within the Republic. The voluntary sector has played a pioneering role in the development of services and has been innovative in responding to changing needs. The 49 voluntary service providers who are...

‘MORE A CONSCRIPT THAN A VOLUNTEER’

Violet Gill has only given up her direct involvement with St Michael's House in the last few years—you might say she's finally taken 'voluntary retirement '. She served the organisation as a volunteer from 1963, on the Board of Management for nearly thirty years, and as chairman of the board. She was also a member of the Board of...

SUPPORTED VOLUNTEERS: THE NEW SERVICE PROVIDERS

Since 2000, service users of Work Options (St Michael's House Services in Dublin) have had the opportunity to get involved in volunteering. All service users work part-time in supported employment and are involved in training and leisure activities in Work Options during their free time. Volunteering was introduced as another dimension of the world of work—one where the motivations...

VOLUNTARY BODIES: MISSION, ETHOS, VALUES

Voluntary organisations have provided services to persons with an intellectual disability in Ireland since 1868. They now account for approximately eighty per cent of intellectual disability services within the Republic. The voluntary sector has played a pioneering role in the development of services and has been innovative in responding to changing needs. The 49 voluntary service providers who are...