How We Work With Organisations
How we work with Volunteer Involving Organisations
Limerick Volunteer Centre is a free matching service to encourage more people to become involved in volunteering across the county. Our role is to provide information and advice to people interested in volunteering and to organisations looking for volunteers. In doing so we work with Voluntary and Community Organisations to gather information about their volunteering needs, and in the process offer support and advice on good practice in volunteer management.
Limerick Volunteer Centre is part of a network of 22 Volunteer Centres and a member of Volunteer Ireland. Further information and downloadable resources can be found on our web site: www.volunteerlimerick.ie
Who Will We Work With?
Limerick Volunteer Centre will work with any not-for-profit organisation – this may include charities, community groups, co-operatives and statutory organisations such as health centres, schools, hospitals, etc.
What Services Do We Provide?
Promotion of your Volunteering Opportunities to our Database of Volunteers: Limerick Volunteer Centre has a database of people throughout Limerick who want to get involved in volunteering. Organisations can be registered on this database so that their volunteering opportunities are visible and can be promoted to these volunteers.
Organisations can register as many opportunities as they like. Each opportunity must have a name, and as many of the questions must be answered as possible. The more information provided the better chance there is of getting volunteers interested. We can also share your opportunities with other Volunteer Centres around the country
Timeframes Response Times: Limerick Volunteer Centre aspires to deal with all queries within 48hrs. When you enter your VI Key and post an opportunity we aim to have same checked and live online within 72hrs of receipt.
Information & Support on Recruiting and Managing Volunteers: Limerick Volunteer Centre can provide advice and guidance, or access to information, on a range of issues related to managing volunteers. This might relate to the recruitment of volunteers, how to motivate volunteers, dealing with difficult situations, etc. Feel free to pick up the phone and talk to us, or arrange a meeting with us. Resources are available online, at our website www.volunteerlimerick.ie.
Volunteer Management Training: Limerick Volunteer Centre run a four module Volunteer Management Training Programme. Each module takes about 4 hours. Please see the training pages on our web site for further information on the content of these modules. Notification of each volunteer management training will be sent out to all our contacts by email.
Garda Vetting: Limerick Volunteer Centre provides a Garda Vetting service to voluntary organisations that do not have access to their own Authorised Signatory. An Authorised Signatory is someone who has been trained by An Garda Siochana in the correct administration of Garda Vetting. Because not all small organisations are able to access this Garda training, we may act as an Authorised Signatory. T
What Do We Expect From You?
Keep Volunteers Updated: Many of the people applying to be volunteers may not have done this before and therefore may not know what to expect. They may not realize how long the process is going to take, you might just be extremely busy, they may think you have forgotten about them, and some may think they were not good enough for the role – which can have repercussions for other choices they make. Therefore it’s important that volunteers are kept updated on how their application is proceeding – even if it’s just a quick email to say “no change”.
Keep Us Updated: If a volunteer has been placed with you, if they were completely inappropriate, or if you never hear from them again, please let us know. This information helps us provide a better service by better understanding your service. We can also follow up with the volunteer to get some feedback, or if you’ve lost the volunteers contact details, which is very easily done, we can get them for you again!
That You Abide By Our Equal Opportunities Policy: We recognise that in our society certain individuals and groups of people are unfairly discriminated against, both directly and indirectly. They are often denied the same treatment or opportunity on the grounds of age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, caring responsibilities,mental or physical health/disability, race, colour, nationality, ethnic/national origin (including membership of the travelling community), political or religious beliefs, economic status, criminal record, trade union activity, or a combination of any of these.
We strive to eliminate all such forms of discrimination and to create a climate in which equal opportunities are promoted as a means of developing the full potential of everyone who is involved with our organisation. We do this by fulfilling our legal obligations and by taking positive action, which goes beyond the requirements of the law but by avoiding stereotyping and tokenism. We realise that not every organisation has an equal opportunities policy.
However, we do want to make sure that any volunteers that we refer to, or place with organisations do not suffer undue discrimination. This does not mean that you must accept anyone who contacts you; there might be very good reasons, for example, why you are looking for someone of a particular sex. It simply means that you do not turn anyone away, only because of the colour of their skin or only because they use a wheelchair, for example.
Accessing the Service
To access the services of Limerick Volunteer Centre please register with us online or through a face-to-face meeting. Once your organisation is registered, you will receive an automatic response email informing you of your unique VI code. This code allows you to register new volunteering opportunities directly onto our database. Once checked by us, those vacancies will go ‘live’. O
Refusal of Service Under Certain Circumstances: LVC may refuse to accept a registration, or refuse to place volunteers with the organisation. This may be due to continued breaches of our Equal Opportunities policy, or knowledge that the organisation engages in unlawful behaviour, for example. For a full explanation of why and how this might occur please see our policy for non-registration or non-placement of volunteers and non-registration of, or non-placement of volunteers with organisations which can be downloaded from our web site.
Recording of Information: In addition to the information you provide on registration, our database allows us to record notes on the contact we have with you. This will generally include the date of the conversation, who it was with, and any important information discussed.