Tipperary volunteers seek perfect match

Eamon Lacey


Eamon Lacey



Tipperary volunteers seek perfect match

Derek Fanning, manager of the Tipperary Volunteer Centre with staff members Martina Reilly and Danielle Martin at their office in Cashel.

A matchmaking service that could be very beneficial to communities throughout the county is on standby to make all the arrangements.

This service has over 1,400 people on its books but they are not seeking a  service of the  Lisdoonvarna variety of matchmaking for couples in search of love.

This large group of people of all ages are all on the books of the Tipperary Volunteer  Centre    who want to  find suitable match ups  for 1,400 volunteers  who are offering their services free of charge to  organisations, sporting clubs, social community groups,cultural or any group seeking the helping hand that a volunteer can give.

“We are there to make that link up possible, placing the 1,400 people we have in the community where they can have an enormous impact volunteering  for different groups,” said Derek Fanning, manager  of the Tipperary Volunteer Centre.

The Volunteer Centre has  appealed to organisations to come forward  and access the volunteers  that they have on their books.

“We are basically there to help community groups to find the right person. With 1,400 plus  Tipperary based volunteers on our system many of whom are actively looking to volunteer, we are asking community based organisations in the county wishing to source volunteers to get in contact with us” said Mr Fanning.

“Our free service will advertise your volunteer vacancy with a view to sourcing a suitable volunteer from our database  to fill it.” he said.

Mr Fanning said he has  seen first-hand the value that volunteers add at a local level. He believes  there is a serious amount of potential just waiting to be unleashed if local organisations partner with the volunteer centre to tap into it.

“With skillsets ranging from business administration and IT to sports coaching and music there is a high probability that we have the people that organisations are looking for” he said.

The volunteer centre also offers advice on  all aspects of best practices in volunteering. 

The centre can assist organisations develop a volunteer policy and guide them through the process of Garda Vetting  and help them handle other  issues related to volunteering.. 

“With hands on experience serving organisations in South Tipperary for over eight years our services have now expanded countywide and we want to make volunteering accessible to all.  To do that however we need to  know the  volunteer opportunities you can provide. Maybe there is a specific role that you would like a volunteer to perform, please let us know. Volunteers can make a real difference” he said.

The  volunteer service was established in Clonmel eight years ago s to serve South Tipperary before the office was moved to Cahir.

Last year the office moved to Cashel and became the Tipperary Volunteer Centre with responsibility for all of the county. 

To find out more information organisation can email  info@volunteertipperary.ie or call 062-64775 during business hours. People are also welcome to call to the volunteer  office  on Chapel Lane in Cashel which is open from  Monday to Friday from 9am to 4:45pm closing 12:30pm to 1:15pm for lunch.