10th May 2017

COPE Galway is holding its 3rd Annual Volunteer Recognition Event on Tuesday, 16th May at the Salthill Hotel to say a big thank you to all its volunteers. The event will be held during National Volunteering Week (15-21 May) to recognise the invaluable contribution made by the local charity’s ‘tribe’ of almost 200 volunteers.

COPE Galway CEO, Jacquie Horan, is looking forward to the opportunity to personally thank COPE Galway’s team of volunteers. Speaking in advance of the event she said, “Without the time, expertise & commitment our team of volunteers offers our organisation, we could not continue to provide our range of supports across all our services around Galway. We believe in the power of community and it is very important to us that we recognise the hard and invaluable work our volunteers do”.

Lucia Canavan, COPE Galway’s Volunteer Coordinator commented, “This event is a wonderful opportunity for our volunteers to get together, meet fellow volunteers in a relaxed setting, and hear about each other’s volunteering experiences”.

The organisation’s strategy of “Working together towards Home and Community” has proved to be very rewarding both for volunteers and staff at COPE Galway. One of their Charity Shop volunteers said “Volunteering has such a positive impact on my life. It keeps me busy, and makes me feel confident and happy!” Another volunteer said of his work last December, “It was an unbelievable experience to give something back to the community, especially around Christmas time when people get so caught up with the marketing frenzy.”

At COPE Galway, a vibrant team of almost 200 volunteers help across all the local charity’s services in over 30 volunteer roles, including Driver, Kitchen Assistant, Food Rescue, Cookery Tutor, Befriender, Day Centre, Lunch Club, Musicians, Playroom Support, Health & Well-being, Physical Activity, Shop Assistant, Fundraising & Administration and many more. The organisation also has people who help out on an occasional basis at fundraising events and on their short term corporate Helping Hands Projects, which offer a helping hand to services to get practical work done, such as painting a client’s home; planting gardens or washing windows.

 “What is key is that our volunteer experience is a good one with us. Our loyal and dedicated team of volunteers span across all age ranges and are crucial to the running of our services and achieving our mission of a quality of life in a home of your own for all our clients”, says Lucia Canavan. “We are committed & continue to strive towards being the “Best in the West” for volunteers in Galway.”

The COPE Galway Volunteer Recognition Event takes place at the Salthill Hotel on Tuesday 16th May at 2.30pm.

If you would like to volunteer with COPE Galway browse the current volunteering opportunities – such as helping with our annual flag day on May 13th – visit our website or contact Lucia Canavan, Volunteer Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Telephone 091-778750.




COPE Galway is a local organisation providing supports & services for people affected by Homelessness, women and children experiencing Domestic Violence, and Older People.  COPE Galway helps to improve quality of life in a home of your own by Supporting Home, Promoting Community and Reducing Isolation.

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