Sligo Volunteer Centre are encouraging people to volunteer from home at this time. The most important thing we can do right now is stay home to limit the spread of COVID-19. This does not mean that people cannot continue to give back and get involved. There is a huge outpouring of support from people willing to help in their community and help out however they can.

Volunteering has proven benefits for wellbeing, mental health and staying connected. At the moment, volunteering may look a little different – but the #volunteerfromhome campaign will highlight the different options for you to volunteer and contribute.

Sligo people are so good at supporting local causes and we are very conscious that usually people are out and about volunteering for and contributing to local charitable causes. Many of our local charities depend on these efforts to sustain their services. Sligo Volunteer Centre have put together a snapshot of how you can continue to contribute to local causes and even have some fun and stay fit while doing so! Everything from dance challenges, to fitness challenges await!

Microvolunteering – Short & Snappy

The National Library of Ireland who use The Commons on Flickr to upload their hundreds of photos, prints and manuscripts. The public are then invited to help date and provide information on the images, helping add to the National Library’s archive. Click here for info

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is running a new initiative ‘Backyard Biodiversity’ to record species found in gardens. The scheme seeks to obtain sightings of 20 recognisable species that can be found in urban and rural gardens. For more information click here. 

Help create hugely important databases of genealogically valuable records. More hands are always needed to move these projects along. Current projects include a Registry of Deeds and Early Irish marriages. Click here for information.

Do a Flower-Insect Timed Count in your garden to add to the data being used to track changes in abundance of these vital insects. See here for info.

The Biodiversity team from Sligo Tidy Towns and Sligo Public Participation Network are planning on recording as many dragonfly and damselfly species as possible in Co Sligo this summer. Of course the current necessary restrictions will restrict our work but we hope members of the public can help by recording any dragonflies or damselflies they see while out taking exercise around their home or in their gardens. In our recent well-being consultation, the environment came up as one of the main concerns for people in terms of enhancing mental well-being. This project will be a great way for people isolated at home to take part in a project aimed at mapping and ultimately protecting these beautiful insects.
If possible take a photograph and post it on Sligo Dragonfly Facebook page and if it can be identified it will add to our records. We will also give regular posts here to give more information on the survey along with identification tips. 

Doorstep Discoveries

The ‘Sligo Community Archaeology Project’ is an initiative of Sligo Heritage Forum and is an action of the County Sligo Heritage Plan 2016 – 2020. The project is being undertaken by Sligo County Council in partnership with The Heritage Council and is being delivered by Fadó Archaeology on behalf of the Heritage Office, Sligo County Council. This project received funding from the Heritage Council in 2020.

The project encourages you to be obsevant of any archaeological interest items that you might come accross within your 5km local area and to share them as part of the Dorstep Discovery project. The team will give some insight as to what they are and the significance of the item.

If you have made any Doorstep Discovery in your 5km local area please share them on the Facebook page with us and use the hashtag #doorstepdiscovery.

Other Volunteer From Home Options

Connected While Apart, through mental health services, guided by the principles within the Connecting for Life strategy document, aims to develop and implement new, innovative, methods to assist with individuals experiencing mental health difficulties, both now in this lock down crisis, and for the future. This is an initiative of the HSE Mental Health Services in Counties Monaghan, Cavan, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal.

Initially we need people to be available for phone, text, email and video chat, from a new dedicated website/platform currently in a fast tracked build stage.
This can be done from your home through your mobile phone, via our secure platform so that identities need not be revealed.

To find out how to become a virtual buddy, click here.

Masks and scrubs sets are being delivered to community healthcare staff and to the vulnerable to locations in Ballyshannon, Sligo, Leitrim and surrounding areas. There’s a fantastic team of remote volunteers sewing late into the night and early morning making these for anyone who needs them. To find out more see here

Calling EVERYONE!!! Are you looking for something fun to do at home? Are you cupboard clearing, toy sorting, wardrobe space making? It may not be fun doing those jobs around the house but please – don’t throw your items away … you CAN do something fun with them – we need your pre loved gifts!!! This could be the ideal opportunity for you to get one step ahead of the rest and start creating your Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal gift NOW ready for September!!! See more info here

Crisis Text Line is Ireland’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help. The Crisis Text Line platform will connect texters with a volunteer, who is most likely at home, who has been trained to listen, reassure and guide people from a hot moment to a cool calm. We ask our Crisis Volunteers to commit to 4 hours per week and complete a total of 200 hours over the course of a year. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.

Turn 2 Me are looking for Online Community Volunteer to help build and maintain the turn2me online peer support community as a safe and supportive space for adults who want to talk about their mental health.
The volunteer will also respond to and show support for community members via Thought Catcher* – leave supportive comments and / or direct them to useful content on the website, such as articles, podcasts, support groups and/or therapy, as appropriate. See full details on how to get involved here. 

The innovative Home Economics Team at St. Angela’s College, Sligo have put together an easy-to-follow guide for making your own face mask.

We are looking for volunteers to make more face masks at home which will be sold in Higgins Pharmacy Sligo (Teeling St) with proceeds going to the North West Hospice

If you’re interested, just make them and drop them into Higgin’s Pharmacy on Teeling St., Sligo. Full instructions on how to make and how to access materials here.

We need your knitting skills!! Please grab your knitting needles and help make a child smile! Every year we send Christmas Shoebox Gifts to needy children in Eastern Europe and Africa and we are always grateful to everyone for creating their shoebox gifts. However, some of the boxes need to be “filled” with a few more items and that’s where you can help. You can help make the boxes extra special for these children by creating easy-to-knit “WOW” items like bags, “dude dolls”, hats, crowns, teddies – anything small that will light up a little boy or girls’ face. See here for details

Have Fun & Donate

Sligo Order of Malta

Our fundraising efforts and opportunities for donations to support our charitable activities have been seriously curtailed and we are asking for your generous support to enable us expand and continue our charitable activities in our community at this critical time. Your generous donation will be used to assist us with purchasing additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Fuel, equipment etc. Check out the appeal here

Move your Feet for Sligo Cancer Society

Have a bit of fun and get dancing! This is one for the whole family. Move your Feet 4 SCSC’ is a dance challenge created by the wonderful Sarah Middleton J Beat it dance school for Sligo Cancer Support Centre. Check out the challenge and how to donate here

North West Hospice

Run, Donate, Nominate for North West Hospice. All you have to do is:

  • Pick your route, and run/walk 5k – make sure to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Donate €5 to North West Hospice  https://northwesthospice.ie/donations
  • Nominate 5 friends to step up to the challenge.
  • Spread the word – take a selfie and tag your 5 friends on your social channels.
    The more people we get to take part, the more money we can raise to help us continue to care for the people who need our service. Don’t forget to tag us in your social media posts!

Alzheimer’s Tea Day

The ASI’s biggest and most important fundraiser, was due to celebrate its 26th year across every town this year, but the traditional event has now been cancelled because of Covid-19 and the need to keep people safe and apart – losing around €500,000 of public generosity.

But Tea Day hosts and supporters all over Ireland were convinced Tea Day could still happen – while ensuring everyone stays safe.

Virtually…the same. The idea– is so simple – to hold your very own virtual Tea Day at home with your household or by connecting with others on the phone or on-screen.

Although we can’t gather in groups for Tea Day, we can still connect with friends and loved ones across Ireland and abroad – on the phone, on screen, Skype, Zoom and any other socially-distanced way you choose.

Raise a cuppa for people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and help raise urgent and crucial finding for our services.

So, this May 7th – or a day close to it – turn isolation into connection. Transform loneliness into company. Change silence into chat. And if you’re isolated from family, parents, grandparents or friends, what a great reason to connect – and in so doing, support the crucial services of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Find out how to get involved here.