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Student Services - Student Volunteering - ALIVE

What is ALIVE?
ALIVE - A Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience - was established in 2003 by the National University of Ireland, Galway to harness, acknowledge and support the contribution that its students make by volunteering. The programme draws on a strong tradition of student engagement both on and off campus and assists students who wish to actively volunteer while developing tangible and transferable skills alongside practical volunteering experiences. 

What is volunteering?
Volunteering is giving your time free of charge to a community, whether that is the St. Angela’s College community, the Sligo community, your home community or the wider international community. Some volunteering happens on a once-off basis like a fundraiser, but other volunteering requires a weekly commitment of about an hour a week.

The volunteer opportunities on offer for St. Angela’s College students span a wide and diverse spectrum – from school homework clubs, mentor programmes for youth, to managing promotional events to raising awareness and funds for people with a disability, as well as providing friendship to children of refugees and asylum seekers and the new communities of Ireland.

Why volunteer?
Volunteering is a hugely rewarding activity for an individual, particularly students, the organisation and people volunteer work with, as well as the wider community. Students have indicated that volunteering has benefited them in personal and professional ways, including:

  • To give back to the community and feel good about making a contribution
  • To make friends
  • To gain confidence
  • To be helpful and share my knowledge and experiences
  • To broaden my outlook
  • To become more involved and aware


  • Learn something new
  • To gain experience
  • To help me decide on a future career
  • To build up my personal skills in communication, teamwork, etc.
  • To aid me in my application to a post-grad degree


How do I get started volunteering?
St. Angela’s College students can volunteer on-campus with a variety of activities including: societies, the Students Union, as Class Reps and in clubs.

To find out about the latest volunteer opportunities off-campus log on to the Sligo Volunteer Centre at  Once on the website register to volunteer by completing the Volunteer Registration Form with details on your areas of interest. So for example you may be interested in: young people, older people, people with disabilities, environmental organisations, social justice issues like human rights or homelessness, and the list goes on! The Sligo Volunteer Centre are equip with friendly staff which can help you find the ideal volunteer opportunity that matches your interest and the time you can give to an organisation.
Some examples of organisations and activities are:

  • Samaritans
  • Childline
  • Photography
  • Horticulture          
  • Music skills-either on an instrument or singing         
  • Youth Leadership skills    

How do I get recognition for my volunteering?

Annually at the end of the academic year students are invited to tell ALIVE about their volunteering and apply for the President’s Award ALIVE Certificate. All you have to do is volunteer for a minimum of ten hours throughout the academic year, and complete the application by logging your volunteering and writing the reflection component at
Your application will be reviewed and if it is complete, you will be invited to the ceremony in St Angela’s College in April 2019.
Check out the ALIVE website for more information:

Information is also available from the Student Services Officer in St Angela’s College 
Tel: 071 9195514

Further Information

If you have any questions about volunteering at St. Angela’s College and the ALIVE Certificate for Volunteering please contact:

St Angela’s Student Union will be promoting Volunteering by organising a Volunteering Week during the first term of the academic year. The promotional week will include workshops with the Sligo Volunteer Centre and a Volunteering Fair to showcase the volunteering opportunities in the local area.

To find out more about volunteering in Sligo contact:
Sligo Volunteer Centre
Ciara O'Hara
1 Gaol Road
Abbeyville Terrace
T: 071-911 1042

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