Can you help?

THE Louth Volunteer Centre is hoping that unemployed people in the Ardee and mid-louth area will consider giving up a few hours a week to help others in our community.

THE Louth Volunteer Centre is hoping that unemployed people in the Ardee and mid-louth area will consider giving up a few hours a week to help others in our community.

Mr John Cotterell co-ordinator at the centre has asked the members of Ardee Town Council to contact the local social welfare office and local organisations to help support the centre’s appeal.

Mr Cotterell told the councillors that while everyone wants to work, volunteering is a great way of being out there in the community while you are seeking work.

It’s a way of people maintaining their confidence, and at the same time getting the reward of helping others.

If people work as volunteers it does not affect their social welfare payments as they are not doing the unpaid work full-time and are always available for work.

“So many things couldn’t function in society without volunteers,” Mr Cotterell said.

“Volunteers make our communities stronger.”

The centre will also direct its appeal to retired people, and to schools.

They have a representative at Ardee library every Thursday between 10am and 2pm.

It also hoped to set up a stand at the local social welfare office.

The centre is funded by the Department of Community and Local Government.

The Louth Volunteer Centre website is: www.volunteerlouth.ie.

The site offers advice on volunteering, and the training on offer.

There is also information on Garda vetting and when it is needed.