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 observant of any archaeological interest items that you might come across within your 5km local area and share them as part of the Doorstep 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

Whilst staying home or working from home is for many  just an inconvenience, for others it is incredibly challenging and even treacherous.  It is unimaginable for most people what it must be like facing prolonged confinement with someone who  is  abusive.  The #StillHere campaign has raised greater awareness about the risks  that some of our  citizens are facing.

We are working to ensure that people who make the courageous step to leave an abusive situation are met with not just the material things they need, as important as that is, but also moral support. To that end, we are looking for volunteers who can help send a positive message of hope and support to families who are embarking on this new and difficult step. You can help show people that they are not alone as they set out on their journey. To find out more about letters of hope click here.

Homelessness is as big a problem as ever. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic Focus Ireland Sligo are still supporting people at risk of homelessness and those who are currently homeless. As always we depend on donations to do this work but due to restrictions in place because of the pandemic all of the fundraising events have been cancelled. So your support through volunteering and arranging an event is needed more that ever.

There are so many ways to raise money from home. Whether it’s €5 or €500 we’ll be delighted to receive it and you will feel good about doing your bit. It could be anything, it’s only limited by your imagination. Perhaps you have a skill to share and could run an online class which people donate to? This could be just for friends/family or for the general public and it would make a nice change from the quizzes and zoom chats. For example:
-Art / Craft
-Flower arranging
-Yoga etc.

To find out more click here

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!