Volunteering is an activity many people begin for the first time when they study at Trinity. Trinity provides a large variety of volunteering for everyone,with differing time commitments and types of work involved. It’s a great way to get involved with the Dublin community, the wider Irish community and even travel around the world. Some of the opportunities that we’ve taken advantage of are below:
The Trinity Volunteer Opportunities Forum is a student initiative working to promote the spirit of volunteerism across campus and to support current volunteering activities within Trinity. TVOF endeavours to raise support and awareness amongst the local and business community and to provide a forum for the discussion of volunteer issues,sharing resources and information,as well as providing rapport between the different voluntary groups.
The SUAS Educational Development Society endeavours to raise awareness and promote fair education throughout India, Kenya and Ireland. The Trinity Suas Society gives you the chance to contribute directly to improving the lives of children in the developing world. With Suas, you can participate in the ever-expanding Suas Volunteer programme in primary schools in Asia and Africa,as well as Ireland-based Literacy Programmes. You can organise or participate in fundraising events,the proceeds of which go directly to specifically chosen projects. Or you can explore development issues by participating in the Suas Development Course.
The Voluntary Tuition Programme is a partnership between Trinity students,parents and volunteers from the local Dubin communities of Pearse Street and Ringsend. Every year they match Trinity students,graduates and staff-members as tutors with children and teenagers studying in nearby schools. Each pair spends usually one hour a week in one of our four centres, getting to know each other and working together on homework and other educational activities. They encourage anyone and everyone to sign up,get involved,and do some teaching. If you would like to get involved,contact VTP on VTP@csc.tcd.ie or on their Facebook page.
Trinity FLAC‘s main aim is to provide free legal advice to the most financially vulnerable members of society. Trinity FLAC focuses mainly on common issues,such as tenant’s rights,and our goal is to make for a more legally aware student populous. FLAC run clinics throughout the year at which students can avail of free legal advice from a qualified solicitor. These are held every second Tuesday at 7pm in our room in the Atrium; any student can come along and seek help with their problems in an atmosphere of absolute confidentiality
Trinity Vincent de Paul Society is the largest division of the NGO St. Vincent de Paul in the world. It boasts over 20 weekly activities ranging from Homework Clubs to Soup Runs,Music Club to Kayaking. There is something for everyone in Trinity VDP. The society also hosts weekly fundraising meetings and last year held the infamous “Jailbreak” event which saw students try to get around the globe without spending a penny. The event raised 15,000 euro and the winners made it to Argentina. The society also has the annual Pantomine where students and kids take the starring role in a large stage show and the annual El Camino De Santiago sponsored walk across Northern Spain. For a full list of activities and events visit trinityvdp.com