Irish Community & Culture

Volunteering

Volunteers play an integral role in the smooth delivery of our services and work across all our services.

Volunteer with us and get back a whole lot more than you give. Meet new people, gain new skills and help your community. There are so many opportunities to volunteer at the London Irish Centre.

All our volunteers are vital to our business operation and we welcome volunteers from a variety of professions and backgrounds with a wide-ranging level of skills.

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I love being a part of the LIC. It gives me so much connection to home and I love the warm welcome and friendly volunteers. It makes me less homesick and gives me a sense of fulfilment.

Niamh Hogan - Befriending volunteer

Why Volunteer With Us

Our volunteers make what we do possible.

We aim to match your commitment as a volunteer by working towards an environment of mutual respect between all parties, which recognises the invaluable contribution our volunteers make to the work of the LIC.

Why do we involve volunteers?

  • To assist us in accomplishing our mission
  • To increase our involvement with the local community
  • To enhance connections within our community
  • To benefit from the skills and experience of our volunteers
  • To offer volunteers new skills and experiences
  • For volunteers to become advocates for the London Irish Centre in local communities

Average Annual London Irish Centre Service Usage

Volunteers are an integral part of delivering a wide range of services to our community. The LIC service delivery stats below provide you with an insight into the difference and impact volunteers can have when assisting LIC staff to deliver our services across a 12-month period.

  • Over 5,000 meals delivered to those in need and struggling financially,
  • 250,000 people viewed more than 70 LIC events online
  • 203 volunteers gave 4,583 hours of their time to the LIC
  • 4,341 advice sessions were by provided by our Advice Service
  • £363,596 in essential benefits claimed with LIC staff assistance
  • 70 befriending pairs created to reduce loneliness and isolation
  • Over 3,000 client check-in calls
  • Library resources extended beyond 7,200 Irish books available to the public.

Why Volunteer

As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers’ wellbeing. It is human nature to feel good after helping another person. Volunteering can also help you gain new skills and experiences and boost your confidence.

If you’re interested in volunteering, here’s how to get started and some volunteering stories to inspire you.

  • In 2018/19, 19.4million (36%) people volunteered through a group at least once a year and over 11.9million (22%) of people did so at least once a month
  • The most common reason overall for volunteering is wanting to improve things or help people (42%)
  • In 2019/20, there were around 163,000 voluntary organisations in the UK, most of which rely on volunteers
  • In 2017/18, the voluntary sector contributed £18.2bn to the UK economy. This is equivalent to about 0.9% of GDP
  • 67% of volunteers give their time to charities and community groups, but many others also volunteer in the public and private sectors.

To learn more about volunteering, visit Volunteer’s Week.

Who Can Volunteer

Anyone can volunteer their talents, skills and experience. There isn’t a typical volunteer, people of every age, gender, race and cultural background do it every single day in a number of different languages.

While many people choose to volunteer after they have retired, it’s also a great way for students to take a break from their studies or for younger people to gain experience.

Throughout your volunteering journey, the staff team at the LIC will be here to provide support whenever and wherever you need it.

 

Register With Us

All London Irish Centre volunteers and those who wish to receive new volunteering role alerts are required to register on betterimpact.com. This website is a volunteer contact management system helping volunteer managers in non-profits, charities and governmental organisations manage their volunteer information and data.

All our volunteers are asked to create an account which enables them to log volunteer hours, receive news, new role alerts and other volunteer announcement from the LIC.

If you would like to volunteer with the LIC, please click here to create an account.

If you require more information or advice, please contact [email protected]