Cheers to Volunteers!

Photo by Paula Geraghty

Volunteers having the craic at Street Feast celebrations, why don’t you get involved this year? We’d love to have you on board! Photo by Paula Geraghty.

It’s National Volunteer Week and we think it’s the perfect time to shed some light and show some love for Ireland’s volunteer community!

National Volunteer Week, May 15th – 21st, is an annual celebration acknowledging the generous voluntary contributions being made throughout Ireland. As a not-for-profit organisation, Street Feast wouldn’t be able to do what it does without the generous support of volunteers and we think this is the perfect time to recognise them and show our gratitude.

This year’s National Volunteering Week focuses on health and well-being, by showcasing the positive impact volunteering can have on those who get involved.

Street Feast 2016 volunteer, Kev Tierney, says that volunteering has helped him take ownership of things that he can make a difference to in his community.

“Instead of looking to the State to fix things in society, volunteering has helped me realise that I can be the change I want to see. I don’t rely on somebody else to fix things now, I have become more active in my community and through that, more connected.”

Dublin based volunteer, Flavia Reno, who moved to Ireland from Brazil six years ago, says that she learnt a wide range of skills through volunteer roles and has much higher self-esteem as a result.

“Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the local community, meet new people and learn new things. I moved to Ireland without knowing anyone here, through volunteering I learnt new skills which helped me find work, I practiced my English and made lots of new friends. Now I feel like this is home.”

Here at Street Feast, we believe volunteering plays a significant role in creating inclusive communities. By encouraging the most vulnerable people within society to get involved, organisations can challenge stereotypes and promote social inclusion.  It empowers people, allowing them to give back to their community, create new relationships and develop new skills. We believe that everyone has something to offer as a volunteer, regardless of their background and abilities.

To all our volunteers who, through dedication, support and incredible effort, continue to make Street Feast happen year after year – a very big thank you! If you’d like to get involved in Street Feast 2017 we have multiple volunteer positions available but would love to hear from you regardless, so please drop us a line at mel@streetfeast.ie

For more opportunities, our friends at ChangeX provide a great platform for getting involved in a wide range of community projects, supporting social and environmental innovations worldwide. Other options for volunteering in Ireland are available through your local Volunteer Centre. Alternatively, if you know the organisation and/or role you want, why not get in touch directly?

You’ve got nothing to lose, just plenty to gain!

 

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Street Feast is a day of local lunches across Ireland on 11th June, hosted by you and your neighbours. They can be anywhere really - out on the street, in a local park or in your front garden.

There are lots of good reasons to have a Street Feast, but it's really just a great excuse to eat great food, celebrate your local community and meet new people who live near you.