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IT skills in demand from volunteers

Louth Volunteer Centre is calling on people in Louth to get involved in National Volunteering Week which takes place from May 12-18.

Members of the public can find ways to take part by browsing the volunteering database I-VOL at www.volunteer.ie, or by contacting the Louth Volunteer Centre on 041-9809008.

The current most sought after volunteers are those IT ‘know how’ and technical expertise is most in demand.

Other professional skills that are in demand from charities and community groups include event management, education and training, and experience of working with young people.

Louth Volunteer Centre Manager, John Cotterell says that while computer skills were the most required in terms of technical expertise, good ‘people skills’ are always highly valued by organisations.

“If you are a good people person, or have other soft or hard skills to share, see how you can connect with your community and volunteer this National Volunteering Week,” said John.

Over 5,000 volunteers have engaged with I-VOL and local Volunteer Centres so far in 2014 and these volunteers have clocked up an incredible 150,000 hours of volunteering. One in three of these volunteers are volunteering to develop skills or to assist employment prospects.

This year, as part of National Volunteering Week, Volunteer Ireland will be launching new features and upgrades to I-VOL, which will enable not-for-profit organisations to search for available volunteers by skills and expertise.

 
 
 

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