Cork College of FET – Morrison Island Campus encourages all our students to participate in Volunteering during their time in the college.  Volunteering can be a great way to enhance your college experience, providing an opportunity to give back to the community while also developing both personally and professionally. As well as being fun, it can really enhance your CV and employers look very favourably on volunteering because they see that you can develop essential skills that they need such as communication and teamwork skills. Volunteering creates a ripple effect that enriches recipients, you, and society at large. By volunteering, you can contribute to worthwhile causes, help individuals in need, and aid organisations that are making the world a better place.  Each year, on the last Thursday in September, our Volunteers Fair takes place in our study hall.  Several of our volunteer partners are on hand to let you know what they do, and how you can become part of their organisation through volunteering.  An added benefit of volunteering while with us, is that you can also earn a digital badge (Active Volunteer Badge or Fundraising Badge). For further information visit https://morrisonsislandcampus.ie/digital-badges/

How do I volunteer? What do I do next?

Scan the QR Code here and complete the Expression of Interest Form with your organisation of your choice.  Your details will be sent on to the relevant organisation, who will contact you directly.

Volunteer Partners 2022- 2023

The Rainbow Club aims to help, support, and teach people about Autism, how to live every day with it, and the challenges it brings to the child and family. The Rainbow Club teach children and young people to communicate, make new friends, be part of a group, learn new skills, and how to be themselves, proudly accepting Autism, and finding their own place in the world. The club supports children, teens and young adults and their families living with autism by bridging the gap in services and activities so that they can reach their full potential.

To volunteer contact the Rainbow Club at  https://www.rainbowclub.ie/support-our-work/#volunteer  or email Molly at molly@rainbowclub.ie

Young SVP provides opportunities to engage in social action in local communities and encourages personal and social development. Whether you are at school, a third-level college, or are looking to get involved in your community; the SVP Youth Development Programme offers a wide range of opportunities to engage in positive social action in your local area.

Joining the SVP Youth Development Programme provides a great opportunity for personal and social development whilst gaining an understanding of the ethos, mission and aims of SVP. The programme will enable you to develop projects that will improve the lives of others and gain a better understanding of Social Justice.

Contact David Tyrell on dtyrell@morrisonsislandcampus.ie for further information.

Volunteer Centre Cork provides a placement service, matching individuals who would like to volunteer, with non-profit organisations who involve volunteers in their activities.   Advice and support are offered to both volunteers and non-profit organisations through a range of services including information, consultation, volunteer management training and Garda vetting administration.

To volunteer contact the Volunteer Centre at https://www.i-vol.ie/sign-up/  or contact Adam at adam@volunteercork.ie

SERVE is a development and volunteering organisation committed to providing equal opportunities for poor communities living in Southern Africa, South-East Asia, and South America.

Inspired by the belief that ‘Solidarity In Action’ can improve the lives of the most vulnerable, SERVE works in partnership with local communities and organisations to offer high-quality vocational and educational learning opportunities, helping young people gain employment or start and develop their businesses.

Since 2003, SERVE has placed over 1,200 volunteers on overseas assignments and contributed over €20 million to development projects.

To volunteer with Serve contact https://serve.ie/volunteer-with-serve/  or contact Nollaig at nollaig@serve.ie

Trócaire turns the compassion of the Irish people into life-changing support for some of the world’s poorest people.  It works in partnership with communities in over 20 countries to relieve poverty and tackle injustice. It does this thanks to the support of people all over Ireland, as well as with the help of their institutional partners.

To volunteer contact https://www.trocaire.org/join-us/volunteer/ or email Janet at Janet.Twomey@trocaire.org

The Crann Centre creates personalised solutions for people living with neuro-physical disabilities. At their purpose-built, and fully accessible facility, we will help their clients and their family flourish as they move through life together. Their services are focused on, but not limited to, people who have Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple sclerosis, Childhood Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury.

To volunteer with the Crann Centre contact https://cranncentre.ie/volunteering-at-crann/ or contact Mary Rose at modriscoll@cranncentre.ie

Our primary focus is to train and place highly skilled autism assistance dogs. Assistance dogs are trained to the highest international standards to provide safety to children in public places. Assistance dogs enable children to go out and about safely and reduce anxiety not just for the child but for the whole family. They can be a lifeline for children and their families when a child is suffering from the sometimes-debilitating symptoms of autism. In addition to the working assistance dogs, we provide companion dogs. Companion dogs can be a welcome friend to someone who struggles to form relationships with their peers and can help reduce anxiety for children and adults with autism. Whilst they don’t have access rights to public places like the assistance dog, they can provide much needed companionship within the home. They also promote responsibility and encourage a healthy exercise routine.

To volunteer with Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland contact  Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland  : Volunteer or contact Sarah on sarah@aadi.ie

The Cork Migrant Centre (CMC), is based at Nano Nagle Place in Cork City. It was established by the Presentation Sisters in 2006. The Presentation Sisters were founded by Nano Nagle in the late 18th Century. Nano’s mission was one of education and social justice for the most disadvantaged young people in Cork. The Presentation Sisters have carried that legacy forward both in Ireland and across the world. Today, the work at Nano Nagle Place aims to tell Nano’s incredible and inspirational life story and to bring that alive in the 21st Century. This is done through its Community Hub. Cork Migrant Centre is based in this community hub and provides free, confidential and current information on access to services and immigration issues. The Centre is committed to advocating on behalf of migrant children, families, and communities, and to ensure they have access to the services and supports they need to alleviate the day-to-day challenges and provide them the best possible opportunities to empower them individually and collectively.

For further information contact https://corkmigrantcentre.ie)  or contact Greta at  greta@nanonagleplace.ie