Snippets about my first and current experiences with a list underneath of experiences in between.
Cork Simon Community
The first time I volunteered was with Cork Simon Community in 1990. Every Wednesday night a room was booked for a social club where members would play cards for packs of cigarettes. Members were mostly men, all looking for connection, a warm room, tea and biscuits and hopefully some nicotine to go home with, or to the doorstep they planned to spend the night.
I had heard about CoderDojo in Cork and Waterford and thought it was a wonderful idea. Later at TweetUp in Kinsale, Co. Cork, I met CoderDojo’s co-founder Bill Liao who further inspired me to take action. I had considered actively looking for full time work but 2014 was my daughter’s Leaving Cert year, so I decided to defer until she had finished school. In the meantime I signed up as a CoderDojo Champion, created Social Media Channels and piggybacked on the Hour of Code Event in 2013 to launch the concept. Thanks to a few very enthusiastic people who attended the meeting at Tramore GAA on a rainy day, CoderDojo Tramore was founded.
After nearly 6 years managing CoderDojo Tramore, in November 2019, I handed the reigns of CoderDojo over to two capable new champions and decided to forgo any new volunteer opportunities in the pursuit of full time employment.
Volunteer Experience by Date
|2018-2020||Communities Creating Jobs|
|2014-2016||Waterford Public Participation Network|
|2014-2017||Tramore Women’s Network|
|2013-2013||Coastguard Cultural Centre|
|2012-2014||Tramore Cultural Development Group.|
|2011-2012||Slow Food Tours / Paul Dunne & Donal Keohane|
|2010-2015||Tramore Community Radio|
|2010-2011||Tramore Education Centre|
|2003-2005||Mature Student’s Society|
|1997-1999||Gingerbread (Single Parents Group)|
|1990-1993||Cork Simon Community|