How Do I ?

How to be a Volunteer

Volunteers are people from all walks of life, all ages and stages. What they have in common is the desire to make a difference in their community – and in their own life – by giving of their time. Volunteers are involved in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment.

There are countless ways to volunteer and thousands of organisations across Ireland looking for help. Interested in becoming a volunteer? It’s easy to get started – browse volunteering opportunities near you on I-VOL, the national database of volunteering opportunities and listings. In this section you will also find lots of helpful information and resources to get you started.
As an older volunteer you may choose to volunteer for a number of reasons:

You have recently retired and have much more spare time on your hands

  • You would like to meet people with similar interests and values and make new friends
  • To show support to a group or organisation that you feel strongly about
  • To learn new skills
  • To pass on some of your own skills and knowledge
  • To stay active and involved in your community

As an older volunteer you can sign up to volunteer in two different ways. First, you can register with your local Volunteer Centre who will then contact you to discuss suitable volunteer opportunities in your area.

For more information please go to or call 01 6369446

Cork County Older Peoples Council 

Older people from across County Cork elect an Older Person’s Council to be a representative voice for older people in the county. Members of the Council are elected on a geographic basis and are supported by Cork County Council. County Cork published an Age Friendly County Strategy in April 2016 and since then, the Older People’s Council has been a key player in helping to deliver actions that will make County Cork a better place for all of us as we grow older. The Older Person’s Council nominates representatives to the County Cork Age Friendly Alliance, which is made up of public sector agencies and other groups and has overall responsibility in ensuring the Cork County Age Friendly Strategy gets implemented.

Mr Micheal O’ Sullivan was first elected as Chair of the Cork County Older People’s Council in September 2015. The election of the second Older Peoples Council took place in September 2017 and Ms. Liz Maddox was elected as Chair.

Please see the following link regarding the Registration Form for the Older Peoples Council .