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History of County Wicklow Volunteer Centre

History of Fingal Volunteer CentreBased on research conducted by Dargle Community Alliance with the help and encouragement of Bray Area Partnership, Bray Volunteer Bureau was launched in August 2004 with Leah Kinsella taking up the position of part-time manager.  By late 2005 the local demand for the service was such that Yvonne Ryan was employed as placement officer on a part-time basis.   

New offices were opened in Arklow in 2006 and Wicklow in 2007 in response to discussions with local community and voluntary groups and County Wicklow Partnership, with Fiona Downes employed part-time to develop these regions under the direction of the board and manager.  Given these developments our name was changed to the County Wicklow Volunteer Centre in mid 2007.

Initially funded by Bray Area Partnership, Bray Municipal District ( was Bray Town Council) and private funders, by 2005 we were starting to be funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and from 2007 our funders have included  County Wicklow Partnership, Wicklow County Council and Arklow Town Council.

Regular outreaches are held across the county and future plans include opening an outreach office in the Blessington, Baltinglass area, once resources become available. If you are interested in getting this service for your area, or feel that you can contribute to its development please contact Leah on 01 204 0885 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For information please see our annual reports or contact Leah on 01 204 0885 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Along with 22 Volunteer Centres in the Republic of Ireland, we are proud to be affiliated to Volunteer Ireland of which we were an early member.