30 Years of Volunteering

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.

CoderDojo Tramore

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

2013-2020CoderDojo Tramore
2018-2020Communities Creating Jobs
2014-2016Waterford Public Participation Network
2014-2017Tramore Women’s Network
2013-2013Coastguard Cultural Centre
2012-2014Tramore Cultural Development Group.
2012-2012Dunhill Multi-Education
2011-2012Slow Food Tours / Paul Dunne & Donal Keohane
2010-2015Tramore Community Radio
2010-2013Tramore Tourism
2010-2011Tramore Education Centre
2009-2012Dunhill EcoPark
2003-2005Mature Student’s Society
1997-1999Gingerbread (Single Parents Group)
1990-1993Cork Simon Community
Volunteer Activities 1990-2020

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