"We Volunteer!" at close of European Year of Volunteering

December 2011

"One hundred guests joined with Volunteer Now to celebrate International Volunteer Day and the close of the European Year of Volunteering. The Gift of Time - Creating the Good Society was held in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Stormont to showcase volunteering and the important contribution volunteers make." For further information click here.

"We Volunteer!" to exhibit at the Parliament Buildings, Stormont for EYV Event and Christmas Connections Event in Dungannon

December 2011

To celebrate International Volunteer Day 2011 and to close the European Year of Volunteering, Volunteer Now are holding an event at Parliament Buildings, Stormont on 6 December - The Gift of Time, Creating the Good Society. "We Volunteer!" will be exhibiting at this event. The event will see a host of guest speakers highlight the importance of volunteering not only during this special year but every year. For further information click here.

"We Volunteer!" will also be exhibiting at the Christmas Connections Event in Market Square, Dungannon on 8 December. Christmas Connections will be a one off event where you can show your support for your local community and find out more about volunteering opportunities. You can give your time this Christmas by volunteering on the day, for gift wrapping, fundraising, toys, clothes and food donation, or by registering to volunteer more regularly with a local organisation. For further information click here.

"We Volunteer!" tours Northern Ireland

November 2011

Many thanks to Volunteer Now who coordinated a tour for "We Volunteer!" at the following locations: Belfast Metropolitan College, QUB, Southern Regional College, South Eastern Regional College, Northern Regional College

Volunteer Now works to promote, enhance and support volunteering across Northern Ireland. Volunteer Now is about connecting with individuals and organisations to build healthy communities and create positive change. For further information click here.

"We Volunteer!" to exhibit at the HEA European Programmes Day

November 2011

Croke Park Conference Centre will host the HEA European Programmes Day in partnership with Léargas on 2nd December 2011. The Higher Education Authority has a deep involvement in international higher education particularly at the European level. The HEA acts as the National Agency for the Lifelong Learning Programme: Erasmus; National Contact Point for the Tempus Programme; National Structure for Erasmus Mundus and has a key role in furthering the aims of the Bologna process. A new website had been created to meet information needs in these areas - please see www.eurireland.ie for further details.

"We Volunteer!" exhibits at award winning Milk Market

September 2011

As part of the Limerick City Volunteer Fair on Saturday 25th September 2011 organised with PAUL Partnership, "We Volunteer!" exhibited in the nationally awarded Milk Market. The Milk Market won the People's Choice Award in the RIAI 2011 competition. Photo from the Regulatory and Support body for Architects in Ireland. To learn more about the Fair and Limerick volunteering opportunities click here.

NUI Galway students clock up over 95, 000 hours volunteering!!

As part of the European year of Volunteering 2011, the EYV Alliance 2011 would like to recognise the contribution of volunteers across Europe. They are asking people to log how many hours they have volunteered, or to commit to a certain number of hours volunteering during 2011. NUI Galway took part in this European wide campaign and clocked up an amazing 95,000 hours! Why not get your college involved and see how many hours you volunteer?? Click here for more details.

If you are a student why not add your personal volunteering story to the "We Volunteer!" website and help us reach our target of 365 stories for the European Year of Volunteering 2011. Click here to add your story!

European Year of Volunteering (EYV) Roadshow

August 2011

A selection of the "We Volunteer!" exhibition was on display in EC House in Dublin on Tuesday 23rd August as part of the European Year of Volunteering (EYV) Roadshow. The fun interactive Roadshow hopes to encourage everyone to get involved in volunteering and to showcase and celebrate Irish voluntary work in all its guises. The weeklong Roadshow which is touring European capitals, has already visited Paris, Vienna, Lisbon, Athens and Stockholm.

"We Volunteer!"at the European Year of Volunteering (EYV) Roadshow

August 2011

Some of the "We Volunteer!" exhibition will be displayed at the European Year of Volunteering (EYV) Roadshow this coming Tuesday the 23rd August. The doors are open from 11-4 to the public at EC House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2! Come along and check it out!

To view the full programme of the various stands, workshops, screenings and exhibitions taking place throughout the week click here.

Visit "We Volunteer!"at the European Year of Volunteering (EYV) Roadshow

August 2011

The European Year of Volunteering Roadshow is rolling into town in August and there will be a whole week dedicated to thematic areas of volunteering. The exhibition will be in place and our online gallery where you can add your story. Come along and check it out!

Venue: EC House, Dawson Street, Dublin
Date: Tuesday 23rd August
Time: 11am-4pm

"We Volunteer!" on display at the Irish Aid Information Centre, Dublin

August 2011

"We Volunteer!" will be on display in the Irish Aid information Centre on O' Connell Street in Dublin for the month of August.

For further information on the Irish Aid Information Centre please see the link below:


IT Sligo student makes the news!

July 2011

IT Sligo student Mark Miller made the news in Sligo today as a result of being featured in the "We Volunteer!" exhibition. Mark is currently studying Applied Social Studies at IT Sligo and has a strong record of volunteering with older people.

Both Sligo Today and the Sligo Weekender picked up the story.

"We Volunteer!" goes to Brussels

July 2011

(Pictured left-right: GMIT Student volunteer Fiachra Mac An Airchinnigh, NUI Galway student volunteer Emma King, Marian Harkin MEP, Lorraine Tansey NUI Galway Volunteer Coordinator, Sean Kelly MEP, Pat Daly, Director of Games, GAA, Mark Miller student volunteer Sligo IT)

Irish MEP, Marian Harkin and French MEP, Cécile Levieil jointly host "We Volunteer!" featuring student volunteers from across Irish Higher Education for the week of the 11th of July in celebration of the European Year of Volunteering 2011. The official launch on the 12th of July in the European Parliament Brussels will be attended by dignitaries from across the EU Parliament and EU Commission. Featured student volunteers, Nicola Brassil and Fiachra Mac An Airchinnigh are invited guests of Marian Harkin to the Launch.

DCU volunteer wins President's Award for civic engagement

(Pictured left-right: Lorna Ni Cheirin, Prof. Ronaldo Munck, Dr. Liam Mac Gabhann, Karina Korotkevica, DCU President Prof. Brian Mac Craith, Dr Theo Lynn, Paddy Mc Gowan, Rosemary Clancy, Marie Mooney)

Karina Korotkevica, a DCU student and "We Volunteer!" ambassador was awarded the DCU President's Community Engaged Teaching & Learning Award at an awards ceremony in Albert College, DCU on Friday 3rd June. Karina is actively involved in community work with the Citizen Information Office in Swords. She provides free and confidential advice to the community, especially Russian & Latvian, in their own language, on matters such as; social welfare, employment laws, immigration, and housing. She has been involved in DCU Clubs & Societies, especially in the Boxing Club.

She acted as the Ambassador of Ireland, and especially DCU, in Latvia at the recent Volunteering & Volunteers Seminar where she shared her experiences in volunteering and promoted the DCU Uaneen Module. She has also developed good contact links with the Latvian representatives for volunteering and is currently organizing an inter-cultural exchange for children with disabilities. Additionally, Karina organizes free evening sessions with Citizens Information for the local Russian & Latvian speaking community. This summer Karina will be involved in the translation of materials from Social Welfare into Russian language. She was also working on "We Volunteer!" project supported by Campus Engage, and she represented DCU in the project exhibition.

The award judges noted that ‘Karina is an outstanding student committed to community learning. In, particular, this award acknowledges her dedicated commitment to migrant communities and their integration through information, education and participation. Karina has acted as a student ambassador locally, nationally and internationally, promoting volunteering and embodying the spirit of the Uaneen module among the DCU student body and more widely'.

No Name Club celebrate student volunteering

April 2011

Student volunteer featured by "We Volunteer!", Niamh Nestor, raises awareness of her No Name Club online at www.nonameclub.ie a special virtual volunteer showcase.

St. Angela's College Sligo inspired by Marian Harkin MEP at launch of "We Volunteer!"

March 2011

Marian Harkin MEP officially launched the "We Volunteer!" exhibition at St Angela's College, Sligo on Monday the 14th March at 11:00a.m. St Angela's College, Sligo is committed to encouraging student engagement and volunteerism and the launch of the "We Volunteer!" celebrates the College's participation in this national initiative.

UCD celebrates volunteering overseas with "We Volunteer!"

March 2011

On Thursday March 3rd, UCD Volunteers Overseas held a Global Awareness Evening to showcase volunteering activities in raising awareness about development issues in India, Haiti, Nicaragua and Tanzania. The "We Volunteer!" photographic exhibition of student volunteering in Higher Education in Ireland was displayed at the event.

LYIT hosts Joan Burton, Dáil Deputy, at "We Volunteer!" exhibition and celebrates student fundraising efforts

February 2011

Letterkenny IT (LYIT) first year Business Administration and first year Sports students have raised an impressive €8,846.12 for 8 charities as part of an assignment towards achieving their BA Degree. An excellent result particularly as the students had to content with severe weather conditions that hampered various activities and of course the current credit-crunch climate which once again shows the generosity of the Donegal people. The first year students, who were divided into 7 groups, had to come up with novel fund raising ideas for a charity of their choice. They were asked to outline their reasons for choosing the charity and then work together to put their ideas into practice.

(Pictured left-right: Paul Hannigan, President, Geraldine Griffin, Neurofibromatosis Association Ireland, Paddy Griffin, Neurofibromatosis Association Ireland, Yvonne McCallion, Business Studies Lecturer, Eileen, Donegal Hospice, Rosa Glackin, SVP, Angela Tourish, i.C.A.R.E.,Gerry Cully, Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Students, BA Admin Yr 1 & Sports Yr1)

This included planning, organising, co-ordinating activities and achieving the final goal of the project, all carried out throughout a busy schedule of lectures and study. Many of these students selected charities where they had had first-hand experience through family and friends. The aim of the assignment is to teach students the importance of teamwork and to build confidence. One of the key reasons for having the students work together in a team is to be able to draw on the different knowledge, skills and abilities that people bring to the assignment. In building a team, members must understand how they can draw on each other's experiences, ability and commitment in order to arrive at mutual goals.

"We Volunteer!" featured at opening ceremony of European Year of Volunteering in Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

February 2011

(Pictured left-right: Lorraine Tansey, Volunteer Coordinator NUI Galway, Alex Attwood MLA, Minister for the Department of Social Development in Northern Ireland, Ross O'Neill, Student Volunteer Dublin Institute of Technology, Ciaran McKay, Student Volunteer Institute of Technology, Tallaght and Carol Duffy, Student Volunteer University of Ulster at the launch of the ""We Volunteer!"" exhibition in Dublin, January 2011. www.eyv2011.ie)

The ""We Volunteer!" photographic exhibition of student volunteering in Ireland was displayed at the official launch of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 by President Mary McAleese, Patron of EYV 2011 in Dublin. Over 300 volunteers and guests from organisations from all over Ireland came together on Saturday 12th February to celebrate the commitment of volunteers in Ireland. Pictured: WE Volunteer! Students meeting Alex Attwood MLA, Minister for the Department of Social Development in Northern Ireland.

"We Volunteer!" student volunteer meets Rose of Tralee at opening ceremony of European Year of Volunteering

February 2011

Student volunteer Carol Duffy ( University of Ulster) meets the Rose of Tralee, Clare Kambamettu, at the launch of the ""We Volunteer!"" exhibition in Dublin, January 2011.

"We Volunteer!" goes to Latvia!

February 2011

Karina Korotkevica, an Economics, Politics and Law student from DCU who took part in the "We Volunteer!" photograph exhibition, recently attended the "Volunteers and Volunteering in Latvia" seminar in Riga, Latvia. The aim of the seminar was to look at the challenges and issues in promoting volunteering in Latvia and to learn from other European countries experiences. Karina acted as Ireland's ambassador at the seminar. She did this by sharing her experience volunteering as part of the Uaneen module at DCU and by promoting the "We Volunteer!" exhibition. Karina brought one of the exhibition stands with her and explained why she felt it was such a creative and interesting tool to promote volunteering to young people.

TCD first to host "We Volunteer!"

January 2011

(Pictured left-right: Civic Engagement Officer Róisín McGrogan, Chair of Trinity Volunteer Opportunities Forum Daniel Farrel, Masters in Social Work student Linda Curran who features in the exhibition for her voluntary work with Chrysalis Community Drug Project's outreach to street based female sex workers and Provost John Hegarty)

To celebrate and recognise the spirit of volunteering and the contribution which student volunteers make to society, their colleagues and peers, an exhibition on student volunteering called "We Volunteer!"! previewed in Trinity College Dublin from January 17- 23 2011. It will be hosted at a number of locations nationwide (e.g. College campuses, key conferences and events) as well as at European locations to coincide with the European Year of Volunteering 2011.

Launch of "We Volunteer!"An Exhibition of Irish Higher Education Student Volunteering at The National Library of Ireland

January 2011

We are delighted to invite you to the launch of "We Volunteer!" an exhibition of Student Volunteering in Ireland to mark the European Year of Volunteering 2011. Higher Education institutions from across Ireland have come together in developing this exhibition to recognise the tremendous contribution which student volunteers make to the lives of communities and to inspire their peers to take up the challenge. "We Volunteer!" is sponsored by Campus Engage, the national network for the promotion of civic engagement within Irish higher education.

Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Time & Date: 5.30 to 7.30pm on the evening of Monday January 24th
For directions click here
To RSVP click here

The extent and diversity of student volunteering in Ireland is phenomenal. This exhibition showcases the work of students from twenty Higher Education Institutions across Ireland with diverse organisations ranging from the Christina Noble Foundation in Vietnam, to Chrysalis Community Drug Project in Dublin, from the Galway Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to community enterprise in Belfast, from peer mentoring programmes in Limerick and Cork to Karate coaching in Newry. Further information on the exhibition is available online at www.wevolunteer.ie

Volunteer Today!

If the "We Volunteer!" campaign has inspired you to volunteer, here's how to get involved!

In your local county there is a Volunteer Centre that can connect you with hundreds of volunteering opportunities. Just visit www.volunteer.ie to find the centre closest to you.

On your campus there may be a student or staff initiative to enable volunteering. Please click on the link below that applies to you for all the details.

Higher Education Volunteering Contacts

About "We Volunteer!"

To celebrate the European Year of Volunteering 2011 and to recognise the tremendous contribution which student volunteers make to the lives of their communities, third level institutions from across the island of Ireland have come together to develop "We Volunteer!" a mobile and virtual photographic exhibition of student volunteering. The extent and diversity of student volunteering is phenomenal. This exhibition showcases the work of students from over twenty HigherEducation Institutions across Ireland with diverse organisations and activities. "We Volunteer!" is sponsored by Campus Engage, the national network for the promotion of civic engagement in Irish higher education.

For more information please email wevolunteer@campusengage.ie

Art Exhibition

The printed artistic photographic exhibition, "We Volunteer!" will travel to a number of locations nationwide (e.g. College campuses, key conferences and events) as well as to European locations.

Online Exhibition

Online students are welcome to post up their volunteering story building further acknowledgment of the value which student volunteers bring to their communities and inspire others to take up the challenge during the European Year.

"We Volunteer!" will:

  • Celebrate, acknowledge and recognise the contribution of student volunteers
  • Generate a shared connection for student volunteers across Ireland and Europe
  • Provide an impetus for others to investigate voluntary opportunities for themselves.

Get Involved with "We Volunteer!"

Here are some ways to get involved in "We Volunteer!":

Concept and artwork: Tom Parandyk
Photography: Egidijus Truksinas
Produced by Starlight

Campus Engage would like to thank each member of the We Volunteer! Committee for making this exhibition possible.

Campus Engage is funded by the HEA SIF1 which has made We Volunteer! possible.

Campus Engage would like to thank all We Volunteer! participating students and higher education institutions.