Volunteer Fair February 2017

In February 2017, UCD Careers Network ran the UCD Volunteer Fair as a stand-alone event for the first time. Previously the event was ran in partnership with the internship fair, however this year the Global Lounge played host to almost 30 visiting community based and voluntary organisations which aimed to give students a chance to find out explicitly abou volunteering opportunities available to them.

UCDVO Volunteer FairUCDVO

Working in conjunction with UCD in the Community, the UCD Careers Network welcomed local, national and international organisations to Belfield where they set up for the day to speak with staff and students interested in finding out more about volunteering with their initiatives. 

Global Volunteer FairAIESEC in Ireland

CVH Volunteer FairCrime Victims Helpline

Some of the organisations that attended included Aiesec Iin Ireland, An Gaisce - The President's Award, Teenline, Le Chéile Mentoring and Youth Justice Support Services, Seal Rescue Ireland and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, to name a few. An Garda Siochana were also on site to recruit for their new intake of Garda reserve volunteers.

Gaisce Volunteer FairGaisce - The President's Award 

Le Cheile Volunteer FairLe Chéile Mentoring & Youth Justice Support Services

 Garda Reserve Volunteer FairAn Garda Siochána

Sunbeam House Services, who brought some of their residents along with them, were a big hit on the day and many of the students who met with them were inspired to sign up to volunteer. 

Volunteer Fair FebSunbeam House Services 

There was a great atmosphere in the Global Lounge throughout the Fair as the students engaged with the exhibitors. Some furry friends who came along with the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind were a particularly big hit among visitors. We also had a special guest appearance from a seal from Seal Rescue Ireland visit!

Irish Guide Dogs Volunteer FairIrish Guide Dogs for the Blind

Seal Rescue Volunteer FairSeal Rescue Ireland 

One of the main aims of the Fair was also to draw attention to the amazing new platform that UCD students can now benefit from, StudentVolunteer.ie. Deirdre O'Sullivan, UCD in the Community said,  "This website is an amazing one-stop shop for students looking to volunteer. The opportunities are all listed in one place with each listing outlining exactly what the volunteer can expect from the placement -how many hours commitment are requested, what skills the volunteer will learn, if any training is required etc. Students can search for opportunities by location or by category and find one that suits both their personality and their timetable. There is something for everyone. " 

Alzheimer Society of IrelandThe Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Comhlamh Volunteer FairComhlámh

Approximately 350 students attended the lunchtime event. There were some valuable lessons and insights learned which will hopefully contribute to an even better UCD Volunteer Fair next year.

Camera Volunteer FairCamera

OCF Volunteer FairOesophageal Cancer Fund

Hillview Resource Centre Volunteer FairHillview Resource Centre

UCD students are encouraged to sign up and find an opportunity to become more engaged with our communities- locally nationally and internationally. The skills learned through volunteering, such as leadership, teamwork, communication, relationship building and time management to name a few can all contribute to a better student experience and life long learning. 

ShineSpina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SHINE)

Oznam House (SVP) Volunteer FairOzanam House (St Vincent de Paul)

A special mention goes to Rida Mahmood, a second year student, who was the winner of the iPad draw. Congratulations Rida!

UCD in the Community would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to our colleagues in the UCD Careers Network for collaborating with us on the Volunteer Fair. A huge thanks to all the volunteer organisations who attended and the students who came along - we hope you all gained something from the Volunteer Fair and look forward to seeing you again in the autumn for our next fair!