Thank you to our volunteers

Volunteers are the backbone of Irish society and provide valuable support to thousands of community and charitable organisations. As we head into National Volunteers Week (21st – 27th September), Ballyphehane Community Association would like to thank our fantastic volunteering team for all their support and hard work.

Over the past thirty years we have been very fortunate to have hundreds of individuals from our local community supporting us in several ways.

  • Deliver our Meals on Wheels service to older adults in our local area
  • Help out at our weekly Bingo sessions
  • Organise seasonal events e.g. Halloween and Christmas parties

In addition, we have numerous organisations that use our community centre and a lot of those rely on volunteers to carry out their activities.  Without their contribution, these organisations would not be able to function.

There is no denying that volunteers play a very important role with our Association and it is interesting to understand why they do it.

  • Give something back to our local community
  • Meet new people with similar interests
  • Make a difference
  • Gain valuable training and experience which may lead to paid employment
  • Make use of special interests and talents
  • Be an active citizen

While our community centre is currently closed to the public due to Covid-19 restrictions, we still value the support we receive from our volunteers.  They are a vital link in our services and carry out their activities to a very high level of professionalism. To all our volunteer, a huge thank you for all your support, kindness and enthusiasm.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering opportunities with us

Covid-19 preparations for our centre

As organisations prepare to open up for business under Covid-19 restrictions, it is important we ensure that we have the strategies, policies, and procedures in place to protect our employees, customers, and operations during this pandemic.

Over the past four months we have been following the Return to Work Safely Protocol, which was designed to support employers and employees to put measures in place that will prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.  It is a very valuable guideline for businesses and organisations.

In order to ensure our community centre is a safe environment for our employees and service users, below are the measures implemented by our team.

  • Reviewed all our health and safety plans, and safety statements to reflect Covid-19 protocols.
  • Conducted ‘Return to Work’ re-induction for all our employees prior to their return to the work-place.
  • All employees completed Covid-19 training course, which outlined all the protocols to be followed.
  • Implemented a comprehensive cleaning routine and social distancing policy to safeguard our employees and third-party suppliers.
  • Implemented an emergency response procedure and set up an isolation area, should there be a suspected case in the centre.
  • Introduced new signage promoting social distancing and hand sanitation.

We will continue to communicate with our customers and community partners on further developments over the coming months.

Happy St. Valentine’s Day

Today is Valentine’s Day and typically it is a time for us to show those we love how much they mean to us. Some are showered with red roses, teddy bears and romantic dinners, whereas others may do it a little different.

We have researched traditions from around the world to do with romance and love, and some certainly are very interesting.

  • In Ghana, February 14th is celebrated as the “National Chocolate Day”.
  • Wales celebrates its day of love on January 25th, which is called the “day of San Dwynwen”. On the day, lovers exchange unique and beautifully handcrafted wooden spoons to each other.
  • Estonia celebrates friendship day known as “Sobrapaev”. This amazing festival includes everyone, from couples to singles.
  • Legend has it that St. Brigid and St. Patrick made a deal where women could propose to their reluctant beaux on 29th February. So why not propose this year ladies?
  • Japan does it quite differently on February 14th.  Women buy gifts and chocolates for their male companions or lovers. Men can’t return gifts until March 14th, which is called the “White Day”.
  • In South Africa, on February 14th, women pin the names of their love interest on their shirtsleeves, allowing men to learn the identity of their secret admirers.

Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Christmas to all our customers

Christmas is fast-approaching, and it won’t be long before the turkey is roasting in the oven and presents are being opened on Christmas Day.  The holiday season offers us a special opportunity to extend our personal thanks to our customers, community partners and our friends, and our very best wishes for the future.

We feel honoured to have been of service to our customers over the past year. It has been our engagement with you that has made going to work each day such a rewarding experience.  We have met such a variety of individuals coming into the centre, made new friends with our Meals on Wheels service, and welcomed new colleagues to our growing team.

We appreciate your continued business this year and wish you a wonderful holiday season.  We look forward to welcoming you back in 2020.