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

Louth Volunteer Centre

Louth Volunteer Centre provides a free volunteer matching service; making it easier for you to volunteer in Louth. We are part of a network of 22 centres nationwide supported by Volunteer Ireland which is the main body that oversees volunteering within Ireland.

Our aim is to match individuals and groups interested in volunteering with suitable local volunteering opportunities listed on

Volunteering helps you to:

–          Give something back and feel part of your community
–          Gain experience or improve your skills
–          Use your free time to make a difference, make new friends or just try something new

What do I need to do to start volunteering? 

Decide what type of volunteering suits you. What are your interests and skills? What is your availability like and for how long can you commit? Where suits you to volunteer?

Look at the possibilities for volunteering. Visit our website on to register as a volunteer, or call us to get more information or make an appointment to sit down with someone from our team.

Apply to be a volunteer. We will forward your details to the organisation and ask them to contact you. We also send the organisation’s contact details to you. If you wish we will also send you monthly updates on new volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer! You are on your way to having fun and feeling part of your Community. 

For Community Organisations we offer support and training including Volunteer Management Training and act as an authorised signatory for the Garda Vetting Service.

Organisations can register their organisation and post volunteering roles freely on our website,

Because of You Video

Volunteers make such a positive impact on so many people. Here’s a flavour of this in County Louth brought to you by Louth Volunteer Centre. 

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Good Morning Louth

Good Morning Louth is a telephone service for older people in County Louth. The main aim of Good Morning Louth is to ensure people are safe and well in their own homes,  but it does more than that. It allows people living on their own to have a line of communication with the local community. It means they are never alone.

If you would like more information on Good Morning Louth click here


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Reasons to Volunteer Video

7 people from louth talking about their positive experiences as volunteers and the benefits they get from volunteering. for more info:

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