Volunteering with the Corps

Getting involved and FAQs

The Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Volunteer Corps is an initiative which provides individuals a chance to volunteer at once-off community and charity events in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown. Anyone living within the county may become a member of the Volunteer Corps. If you decide to join, we will keep you notified of upcoming charity and community events and you decide which events you would like to volunteer at. The Corps is a great opportunity to meet new people, gain new skills and have a bit of fun!

Step 1

Register with the DLR Volunteer Corps by completing our online form (or contact us to request a paper form)

Step 2

Sign up for your first event and we'll follow up with some additional details about volunteering with the Corps as well as doing a quick reference check

Step 3

Volunteer at your first event!
Feel involved in your community
Meet new people
Gain new skills
Have fun!

Frequently asked questions

How does the DLR Volunteer Corps work?

Local not-for-profit organisations in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County will apply to the Corps central office (in the volunteer centre) for the services of the Volunteer Corps. Once it has been established that the project has the necessary supports (including clear volunteering roles, insurance, co-ordinator,) then the Volunteer Corps members will be contacted (by text and email) to inform them of an upcoming event.

Once volunteers indicate their availability and willingness to participate in a particular event, they will be informed of the venue, contact person, roles and times etc.

What will I get out of the Corps as a member?

The Volunteer Corps is a real opportunity for the citizens of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown to give back to their community and make their community a better place to live in.

You will also:

  • Meet new people
  • Gain new skills
  • Add to your CV
  • Have a different perspective on life
  • Feel good
How can I get involved?

You can read more about the Volunteer Corps on this website. If you decide that you would like to join the Corps you can apply online or contact the Volunteer Centre on (01) 2090630 to request a paper application form.

Are there any age restrictions in applying?

In order to be involved in the Corps, you must be 18 years or older on the day you apply. There is no upper age limit.

Is the Corps suitable for everyone?

The Corps is open to all in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown (18 and over) who are interested in participating. However, due to the out-door and manual nature of some of the work, not everyone will be physically able to participate (in each event). Please bear this in mind when applying.

What volunteer work will I be expected to do?

The Corps is being set up to respond to calls for large groups of people to volunteer at community events such as concerts, environmental events, sporting events and community events. Roles may include community clean-ups, tree- planting, stewarding, crowd control, plus much more.

It is expected that much of the work will be outdoor and included some physical activity so volunteers will be expected to bear this in mind when volunteering to be part of the Corps.

What time commitment must I make?

There is no ongoing weekly/ monthly commitment to the Corps but members of the Corps will be expected to participate in at least one event locally each year. Members will be contacted at least 2 weeks before an event to see if they are interested in participating in a particular event. 

Is there any training involved?

There will be an information session for each person who is interested in participating in the Corps, this may take place at the briefing for your first volunteering event. At this session you will find out more about the Corps and get all your questions answered.

What background check are carried out?

Those applying will be asked to submit the name of 2 referees which will be followed up on by phone interview, once you've applied for a volunteer opportunity

Who can I list as a referee and what happens next?

DLR Volunteer Corps gather character references - this is a recommendation provided by someone who knows you and can attest to your character and abilities.

A referee should not be a family member or your partner and ideally someone who might have managed you previously, this might have been in work or another voluntary setting. Other people who could provide a suitable character reference might include: a teacher, lecturer or coach; a work colleague; a landlord; a neighbour, another member of a committee, group or team that you involved with; a key worker or member of your support team. If you are having difficulties thinking of someone to list as a referee, please chat to us and we will try to help you identify someone suitable.

For each referee, you will need to provide:

  • Their name
  • Their relationship to you
  • A contact number for the individual in question
  • An email address for the individual in question

It's a good idea to ask whoever you are listing if you can use them as a referee and to let them know that we might be getting in touch. We will contact your referees by phone before you begin volunteering with the Corps to ask them a few quick questions. 

Who has responsibility for the Corps?

The Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Volunteer Corps is a pilot project, being run jointly by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Volunteer Centre and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

Follow DLR Volunteer Centre

Contact details

Address: 11 Eblana Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin 
Email: corps@volunteerdlr.ie
Telephone: (01) 441 4444