Laois Youth Volunteers and Laois Young Creatives Scheme 2020


Due to Covid19, this summer of 2020 has provided restricted work opportunities to college students during their college breaks. Therefore this summer has provided fewer opportunities to students to further develop and demonstrate interpersonal and workplace skills.  For those students without summer jobs, summer 2020 risks being a “gap” within their CVs. However Volunteerism and associated activities can develop equivalent skill sets.

The LYV&LYC  initiative seeks to:

  • Recognise volunteerism occurring among the 18-25 year olds
  • Encourage more people to volunteer from that age group
  • Recognise Creative work being undertaken this summer among the 18-25 year olds
  • Recognise local research work being undertaken this summer among the 18-25 year olds
  • Encourage Creative and Research work and to provide platforms to capture & display these works
  • Provide an appropriate recognition for CV purposes

The initiative will be managed and co-ordinated jointly by

                      • Laois County Council
                      • Laois Partnership Company
                      • LOETB

The above partners will work closely with Laois PPN and Foróige in promoting the initiative.

We will work with

  • Existing local volunteer organisations
    1. Tidy Towns
    2. Cemetery Committees
    3. Meals on wheels etc
  • Historical/Heritage Societies
  • Biodiversity Groups/Climate
  • Artistic Organisations
  • Voluntary Sporting Organisations

 

Laois County Council will:

  • Increase by 20% this year’s annual grant to individual Tidy Towns groups who engage at least 5 new student Volunteers in the 18-25 age group for the purposes of this initiative (Some discretion may apply on numbers engaged, subject to local circumstances, with the size of the Group a determining factor).
  • Increase by 20% this year’s annual grant to individual Cemetery Committees who engage at least 5 new student Volunteers in the 18-25 age group for the purposes of this initiative (Some discretion may apply on numbers engaged, subject to local circumstances, with the size of the Group a determining factor).

 

  • Create a prize fund (bursary fund) of €2500 for Research and Creative projects and for “Young Volunteer of the Summer” as follows

A. Individual project in Arts sphere

B. Collaborative project in Arts/Communications/ICT sphere

C. Biodiversity Project

D. Local History research project

E.Volunteer of the Summer

In the categories (a) to (d) there will be a first prize of €350 and a runner’s up prize of €150; in Category (e) there will be a single prize of €500

  • Nominations for the prize funds to be made by the sponsoring Community/Voluntary bodies.

A Volunteer may register with more than one sponsoring body (eg a Tidy Towns and a Biodiversity Group).

 

Students  and Groups wishing to participate in the scheme must register with the Laois Partnership Volunteer Information Service.

Please click below for an information booklet on the scheme

 

Information Booklet

 

The registration process is currently open.

 

 

For further information, contact Suzanne Dempsey, Environmental Awareness Officer at 057 8664078  or email youthvolunteers@laoiscoco.ie