Community FAQ

Community FAQ

Community FAQ

How it works?

Read our guideline for CSOs using

CSO Guideline_25 by Emma Kavanagh

What does expect from us, as an organisation?

Most importantly we need our partner organisations to ensure the integrity of and to provide a positive experience for the student.

The following is designed to enable the partner organisation with these endeavours:

  • The student volunteer follows a volunteer role description as opposed to a job description.
  • The student volunteer is provided with appropriate training by the partner organisation to carry out any tasks assigned to them.
  • The student volunteer contributes to the meaningful work of the partner organisation.
  • The student volunteer is supervised by the partner organisation or offered support as they require it.
  • When the partner organisation is satisfied the student volunteer has met the criteria for the volunteer award, the partner organisation signs off on the student’s application for the Certificate.
We do not need volunteers at the moment but I know we will at some point in the future. What do I do?

We very much welcome the opportunity to partner with your organisation now or in the future. If you do not have a volunteer opportunity at the moment but want to keep in touch, please contact us.

We are a very small organisation but we could do with volunteers.  Can we register?

The simple answer is yes! welcomes volunteering opportunities from the very smallest to the very largest organisation.  Each volunteer opportunity helps to promote volunteering, active citizenship and civic engagement. We are delighted to have you on board.  

Can our organisation advertise internships for students on

Yes, we do allow internships on our site however they must strictly be 'part-time' internships and expected to be carried out on a voluntary basis by the student. You can cover travel/ lunch expenses but the work expected to be done should not exceed a 15 hour per week maximum. A student should be able to carry out the internship in line with a full degree programme. If you don't think that this sounds like an internship you'd like to offer, check out ActiveLink where you can advertise paid internships to students or recent graduates. 

Please note: we only accept internships from organisations with a CHY number. 

Will support one-off volunteer opportunities?

Absolutely. If you have an volunteer opportunity we are very happy to promote it.  It is up to your organisation to contact the student on receipt of expression of interest.

Does train or carry out Garda vetting for students to be volunteers?

The does not provide training or garda vetting to student volunteers at this time. It is up to each individual organisation to ensure that volunteers meet the needs of their organisation.

  • We cannot supply organisations with groups of volunteers.
  • We cannot guarantee to refer any volunteers – sometimes no one applies. However, we continue to actively promote all vacant roles
  • We do not screen or select volunteers for you. We will try to guide or steer potential volunteers to roles we think will suit both themselves and the organisation, but we cannot control who applies.
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