Volunteer Stories

Volunteering can be a life changing experience. It can provide the volunteer with a new outlook and lease on life. People from all walks of life volunteer for MS Ireland and they do so for a number of reasons. They may have a desire to make a difference to someone’s life, learn new skills or meet new people.

Branch Volunteer: Sinead from Meath
SineadSinead has been a volunteer with MS Ireland Meath Voluntary branch for nearly 20 years. In that time she has volunteered in a variety of areas. Sinead is currently the Chairperson of the Meath Branch.

Sinead’s first introduction with MS Ireland was through a good neighbour who was retiring from the MS Meath voluntary committee. Her neighbour suggested that Sinead go onto the committee. There is a certain amount of commitment involved in volunteering and over the years, Sinead has been involved in many volunteer activities. These have included organising branch fundraisers, working on branch administration, publishing a twice yearly branch news letter, volunteering at several MS National Conferences and supporting National Fundraising Projects.

In that time, Sinead has learned a lot of new skills, but has also brought her own skill set to the running of the Meath Branch. While volunteering Sinead has made many firm friendships which are still going strong. Sinead feels that volunteering is a wonderful thing to do and adds a new fulfilling interest to ones life. 

National Office Volunteer: Colette from Dublin 
ColetteColette has been a volunteer in the National Office of MS Ireland for over two years and she generously volunteers two days a week to help in our Fundraising and Administration departments.

Colette felt that she was too young to retire and set out to look for another job. While she was looking for work, Colette decided to volunteer in the interim.

She signed up with the South Dublin Volunteering Agency. They would email her regularly with volunteer job specs from different organisations. When the MS Ireland job spec arrived in her email,  she liked what she saw and made contact with the society. The location of MS Ireland's National Office was near her home and this meant certain flexibility about Volunteering.

MS Ireland has benefited greatly from Colette’s valuable skills and experience from her working life. These skills have allowed her to help out in a number of departments within the society.

Colette says she enjoys volunteering as it takes her out of the house and she gets to interact and meet lots of new people. She feels that Volunteering has had a positive impact on her life.

Regional Volunteer: Moira from Kilkenny
Moira had just finished college and was looking for a job. She did not like the idea of sitting around the house so decided to keep herself busy by volunteering. She felt it was better for her to be out there, meeting new people, using her skills and gaining new experiences

Moira got on to the Volunteering Website and looked at the list of charities. She decided to make a few calls and eventually got through to MS Irelands south east office in Kilkenny. Moira had no link to MS Ireland before her contact with the office.  After an initial volunteer interview, the MS Regional office was delighted to take Moira on as a volunteer.

Moira volunteers one day a week and uses her skills in Financial and Business Management to work on various projects within the Southeast Region. 

She feels that volunteering is mutually beneficial for the organisation and volunteer as they can both learn from each other.


 

 

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