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Volunteering is the commitment of time and energy for the benefit of society, local communities, individuals outside the immediate family, the environment or other causes. Voluntary activities are undertaken of a person's own free will, without payment, except for the reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses. Voluntary action can take many forms, including service provision, mutual aid, advocacy, management, campaigning and community action. It can be both formal (working for an organisation) and informal. All types of volunteering are equally valid.

Volunteering is a unique expression of active citizenship, which can empower people to fullfil their potential, while contributing to positive social and environmental change. Its value will be explicitly and universally recognised.

Undertaking some form of voluntary work throughout an individual's lifecycle will become a normal and accepted part of everyday life in Ireland. Every citizen will have the right to volunteer, but there will never be a compulsion to do so. Volunteering will be balanced within an individual's other life commitments, including family, education/training, paid work and recreation.

It will be made as easy as possible for everyone in Ireland to access information about volunteering opportunities and to make a difference.


Links and Resources

  • volunteer ireland Volunteer Ireland
    The National Volunteer Development Agency and a support body for over 20 Volunteer Centres in Ireland more »
  • suas Suas Educational Development
    Suas is an ambitious,education-focused,social change organisation that supports Programmes in Ireland, India & Kenya. Founded in 2002,Suas has grown quickly to become a leading mid-size organisation in
    development within Ireland...more »
  • Vol Irl Dublin City South Volunteer Centre
    Dublin City South Volunteer Centre acts as an important link between organisations and volunteers, providing free services in the recruitment, placement and support of volunteers across the City Centre and City South area... more »
  • PortalEuropean Youth Portal European Youth Portal

    Voluntary work is a great way to make new friends while serving the community in a useful way. It is also an excellent opportunity to gain experience or to pass on your own skills to other people. more »


    The National Youth Council of Ireland is active in promoting volunteering in youth work and in the wider sector. NYCI was active in developing Irish participation in the International Year of Volunteers 2001. more »

  • Volunteering ListVolunteering Opportunities

    Here we have listed a bunch of volunteering opportunities and websites for people in Dublin.   more » has been made possible by the support of Dublin City Council © 2016