Community spirit boost with huge upturn in volunteering

Community spirit is definitely in the air in Westmeath with a huge upturn in volunteering.

In the first six months of 2013, over 14,000 volunteer hours have been logged by people of Westmeath in their communities. That is double the amount of time logged compared to the same period in 2012.

“We in the volunteer centre are delighted with this incredible increase in the time that everyone has given in the community,” said Ian O’Flynn, manager of the Westmeath Volunteer Centre. “Since our establishment in 2006 we have now registered over 1,700 people in the volunteer centre with over 500 registering in 2012 and 2013. Over 320 organisations are now registered with us too and this upswing in hours is testament to them for creating opportunities for volunteers and also the commitment that volunteers are prepared to give.”

The Westmeath Volunteer Centre is a project within Westmeath Community Development funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

If you have time on your hands and would like to give something back, please contact Ian or Michelle at (044 ) 9348571, email [email protected], or log on to

Alternatively, if you are an organisation that could do with some help or new members, contact Westmeath Volunteer Centre who would be delighted to help find you some new valuable members.

Currently in the Westmeath Volunteer Centre there are 2,453 active vacancies and thousands more around the country. So, what are you waiting for?



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