NUIG celebrates volunteering with tenth annual fair

Some 80 charities and community organisations will showcase the wide range of volunteer opportunities at the 10th annual NUI Galway Volunteering Fair next Tuesday.

Coinciding with the European Year of Volunteering 2011, the volunteering fair, which will take place in the Bailey Allen Hall from 1 to 5pm, will be officially opened by Galway City Mayor Hildegarde Naughton. More than 2,000 students, staff, and members of the general public are expected to attend.

The fair is part of a week-long celebration of volunteering at NUI Galway, the culmination of which will coincide with the National Day of Volunteering on Friday October 1. The Galway Community Circus will be performing and welcoming attendees on stilts.

Lorraine Tansey, the student volunteer coordinator at NUI Galway, said: “We are really looking forward to celebrating community life as not only is this the European Year of Volunteering 2011, but also this is our 10th year at NUI Galway promoting volunteering, active citizenship, and engagement. Students are actively seeking volunteering prospects with homework clubs in local schools, fundraising for national charities, befriending people with a disability, or volunteering abroad. Students benefit enormously from getting involved and gain valuable experience, while bringing energy, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn. We are delighted to not only welcome community organisations to highlight their work and opportunities for volunteers, but also to welcome members of the public on to campus.”

Exhibitors at the volunteering fair will include: Youth Work Ireland, Gorta, One World Centre, ISPCC, Galway Samaritans, IWA, and the European Voluntary Service. Through NUI Galway’s volunteer programme, ALIVE, students can access an online database of volunteer opportunities. The programme also includes a series of workshops to help students make the most of their volunteering experience. At the end of the academic year students can apply for an ALIVE certificate which is awarded by NUI Galway president, Dr James J Browne, at a special ceremony in recognition of their commitment to volunteering.

To book a stand, or for further information, contact the ALIVE office on 091 493823 or email [email protected]

 

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