Volunteer Centre

Definition of Volunteering

Volunteering is the commitment of time and energy, for the benefit of society, local communities, individuals outside the immediate family, the environment or other causes. Voluntary activities are undertaken of a person’s own free will, without payment”. The White Paper Supporting Voluntary Activity (2000). Put simply, volunteering is about giving your time, energy and skills freely to benefit others.

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention”.



LCRL currently host the Longford Volunteer Centre and its two part-time staff – a Co-ordinator and  an Outreach and Development Officer. The Longford Volunteer Centre operates from 6 Earl Street, Longford and is open Mon-Fri from 9:00 am -5:00 pm (closed 1-2 pm for lunch). Longford has a long tradition of volunteering and we believe that Longford is a great place to continue that tradition. Longford Volunteer Centre provides  a range of services to both volunteers and volunteer involving organisations and is affiliated to Volunteer Ireland – a network of 21 Volunteer Centres and 4 Volunteer Information Services.

The Longford Volunteer Centre acts as a broker between individuals who wish to volunteer and those groups that involve volunteers. It exists to promote positive, inclusive well-managed volunteering within County Longford.

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Volunteer Centre Awards


Longford Volunteer Centre has achieved Volunteer Ireland’s Volunteer Centre Quality Award. The Volunteer Centre Quality Award is presented to volunteer centres in recognition of their high standard of service to volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations. An assessment is carried out over a 2 day period and the award is achieved once a centre meets the Quality Standard framework.

The VC Quality Award was presented to Longford Volunteer Centre at its annual volunteer appreciation event on the 5th December 2013. Martina Glennon, volunteer and local business woman presented the award.

Terri Doherty Co-ordinator said “Longford Volunteer Centre is delighted to have achieved this award. It is a testament to the excellent service and support we have offered since we opened in 2007. We aim to maintain these standards and to support the needs of volunteers and organisations in county Longford in the future.”