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COPE Galway has been providing social services in Galway since the 1970’s and throughout this time volunteers have been an integral part of the work we do.  Volunteers are involved right across COPE Galway - from our Board of Directors, to our community services to our network of fundraising events. We currently have over 250 people volunteering for us on a regular basis. Simply by giving your time you will make a difference in a vulnerable person’s life.

We truly value and appreciate our volunteers. But why give your time and volunteer? Volunteering gives you the chance to make new friends, work in a pleasant environment, put your skills/talents to good use, learn new skills and gain experience in a new area. Most of all volunteering make a difference to a vulnerable individual. Still not convinced?

Who volunteers for COPE Galway?  

Everyone is welcome! To date our volunteers are made up of:

  • Irish people and foreign nationals,
  • Students and retired people,
  • professionals looking to give back and individuals looking to up-skill and gain experience
  • former clients and people simply looking to get involved.


We also host Corporate Volunteers

Businesses: As part of their corporate social responsibility programmes many organisations look for their staff to participate in short term volunteering projects.  

COPE Galway welcomes this commitment and has facilitated numerous corporate service days.  Examples  include:

  • GENBAND Volunteers who fixed up outdoor garden spaces at two of our homeless services by raking, digging, planting and much more
  • Cisco Volunteers who turned their hand to gardening, window washing and much more at one of the residential sites for older people and at one of our homeless services.

These contributions provide a helping hand to services who often need help getting practical jobs done.

Schools: Transition Year students in many schools are encouraged to participate in community based activities and "giving back". COPE Galway welcomes and supports these projects wherever feasible. An example of one such project is the Lunch CLub for older people run on Sea Road in conjunction with the Jes secondary school.

Working Together towards Home and Community

As part of our  strategy COPE Galway has prioritised our commitment to volunteers.  We want to be the ‘Best in the West’, the number one organisation of choice to volunteer for.  As part of our renewed commitment we have strengthened our volunteer policy, developed in-depth training and launched a new volunteer forum, along with support appropriate to the role.

Volunteering in COPE Galway Video Clip

For more information on Volunteering in COPE Galway check out our Volunteer Video Clip where one of our many Volunteers share their own personal experiences of Volunteering throughout the various services within COPE Galway.


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