Tea Dance and Falling Volunteerism on Knock Women’s Agenda

Entertainer Stevie Donegan will play for the active retired tea-dance being organised by Mary McAuliffe and her Knocknagoshel Women’s Group. The group is appealing for volunteers after noticing a drop in people willing to give time to such projects. ©Photographs: John Reidy

Active Retired Tea Dance in The Mall

Sliabh Luachra Active Retired Group will hold its February Tea Dance in the community centre in Knocknagoshel on Sunday February 10th. 2019,

Hosted by Knocknagoshel Over 55’s Social Club, the afternoon will start at 2.30pm and there will be music by Stevie Donegan. Tea will be served.

Busses, sponsored by Local Link Kerry, will be available from your local active retired group.

For more information Contact Mary on 087 69 56 817.

Knocknagoshel Women’s Group Appeal for Volunteers

The Knocknagoshel Women’s Group will hold its AGM on Wednesday 27th February at 7:45 pm in the Knocknagoshel Community Centre.

The group runs an Over 55 Social Club on Wednesday and Saturday each week. The members also run a meals-on-wheels service four days per week.

Functions and Services

They run a wheelchair accessible community bus service as well as hosting many other social functions and services.

The group has operated out of the community centre in Knocknagoshel since 1994. A board of directors and a management committee of volunteers run the group.

Volunteer Levels Declining

Over the past 25 years the number of available volunteers has declined. This shortage has been supplemented by a team of highly qualified paid staff and by assistants on community employment schemes.

Therefore, the requirement for volunteers to provide the services is not as critical today.

Pool Depleted

As a voluntary group, however, the management committee and board of directors are required to be made up of volunteers.

The pool of volunteers for these positions is depleted year on year.

A Hour to Spare

“We would welcome anyone who has an hour to spare for committee duty four or five times during the year to come along to our AGM,” said group spokesperson, Mary McAuliffe.

“If you would prefer to spend an hour helping in the club every now and again we would love to have you. We guarantee you a warm welcome.

Volunteering Benefits

“Becoming a volunteer is very beneficial both for the person volunteering and for the community. “Participation in our community and the feeling of making a difference in other people’s lives is very enriching.

“Great friendships are formed. Make 2019 the year that you give an hour of your time to your community. Come along and see what goes on in our group. We need you.” Mary concluded.

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