Volunteering & Community Service

Galway City Community Network

Galway City Community Network is the Public Participation Network in Galway City.

Galway City Community Network (GCCN) is a network of community, voluntary and environmental organisations active in Galway City. GCCN is the main link through which the local authority connects with the community, voluntary and environmental sectors. GCCN is supported by a co-ordinator that works on a part-time basis.

Where did Galway City Community Network come from?

Galway Volunteer Centre

The Galway Volunteer Centre (GVC) is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. The Centre is based in Galway city and covers both the city and county.

The Centre provides information and advice to people interested in volunteering and to organisations looking for volunteers. We advertise vacancies, advise people on their options and help organisations support their volunteers.

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Gay Switchboard Dublin

A registered charity, Gay Switchboard Dublin is a voluntary body which operates a number of services to help those with issues relating to their sexuality.

We provide non-directive, non-judgmental counselling, befriending, support and a general information service to the gay and lesbian community, to anyone who has issues relating to their sexuality, to their parents, families and friends.

Habitat for Humanity Ireland

Habitat for Humanity (HFH) is an international non-profit organisation that aims to eliminate poverty housing by building simple, decent, affordable homes and by making decent housing a matter of conscience and action. Throughout our work in Ireland and around the world we contribute significantly to the achievement of the MDGs

on a daily basis.

Heart Children Ireland

Heart Children Ireland's mission is to support the parents and families of children with congenital heart defects and bereaved families of children who have died from congenital heart defects.

Since 1990, Heart Children Ireland's support has included the setting up of local groups, the purchase of medical equipment, financial assistance to families, the funding of specialists posts and special events for the children and their families.

Helplines Partnership

Helplines Partnership is the membership body for organisations that provide helpline services in the UK and internationally.

We facilitate high quality service delivery to callers by providing services, including training, a Helplines Quality Standard, and tailored support. We raise the profile of the sector by representing our members’ interests and influencing the social policy agenda. We give providers of helpline services a voice to help them build sustainability and promote excellence, choice and accessibility for everyone.

Hillview Community Resource Centre

Hillview Community Resource Centre aims to respond to community needs through a range of initiatives and support services, with local participation and in partnership with others.

Working from community development principles, the Centre recognises People's right to personal dignity. In respecting difference and promoting equality, we strive to address social isolation to create a great place to live.


Many people who are vulnerable or who live alone are often distracted by the fear of crime, vandalism, harassment and above all isolation.

HOMELink is a FREE, confidential and comprehensive telephone support service designed to respond to the social difficulties that people may experience when living alone.

HOMELink is a home support service that has been established to:
1. Monitor the well-being of its Members.
2. Keep Members up-to-date on services, appointments, social activities and events in their area.

The Objectives of HOMELink:

Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI)

About Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI): ILMI was established as the first Irish Center for Independent Living (CIL)  in 1992 by and for people with disabilities with the main aim of ensuring that people with disabilities achieved Independent Living, choice and control over their lives and full participation in society as equal citizens.

Our vision: is an Ireland where disabled people have freedom, choice and control over all aspects of their lives and can fully participate in an inclusive society as equals.

Website: https://ilmi.ie/

Irish Heart Foundation

The Irish Heart Foundation is the only national voluntary organisation in Ireland working to reduce premature death and disability from heart disease and stroke through research, education and community service.