Volunteering

Special Olympics Connaught has long attracted volunteers from all walks of life. Each year volunteers donate their time and talents to the programmes and athletes of Special Olympics Connaught.

Who can volunteer?

Individuals, groups or families – anyone can volunteer. There is a place for volunteers of all ages, abilities and interests. No matter how much or how little time you have to give, when you volunteer, you will be making a difference in the lives of our athletes.
More importantly, you'll find that you get more out of your volunteer experience than you give.

What does a volunteer do?

Volunteers can coach athletes, raise money, coordinate events, provide office support, volunteer at one-day events, serve on local / regional committees, help with sport development and so much more.

Where can I volunteer?

You can volunteer in your local community Club year-round. you can also volunteer at one of our Sports Events throughout the region.

Because there are so many programmes, services and Volunteer Opportunities, we are sure you will find something to suit your interests and availability. For more information, please contact connaughtvol@specialolympics.ie

"At Elanco, Our values include Integrity, Excellence and Respect for People. Our volunteers are delighted to work with an organisation such as the Special Olympics which embraces these values and much more in everything it does "

- Elanco Volunteer Team

 

  My Name is Paula, and this an insight in my preparation
for my volunteering position with Special Olympics Connaught.

I normally start my day around 10.30am with the aid of an
assistant which normally takes an hour. I go on my computer,
check emails until my PA comes in with my wheelchair car at
12pm, we chat over a coffee. I have CP (Cerebal Palsy) I use
assistive technology to communicate and to use computers.
I use scanning software called EZ Keys and a voice synthesizer,
which I work with a head switch. I bring the voice
synthesizer with me for my
computer at work,
which has EZ Keys installed on it. We start getting loaded
into the car which is adapted for my power chair
controlled by my head switch.
Once I get to the Special Olympics Connaught Office
I have different jobs to do.

I really love going to work, it's a very welcome and friendly
 office and we have great craic. I Have different jobs to get
 done, I could be preparing certificated for our clubs, emailing
 volunteers telling them of different events which we need
 their help with, I am willing to give any job a go