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This is a podcast from Galway Volunteer Centre / Volunteer Galway. Interviews with people in Galway who are all about having an impact in the their community by changing the world around them one piece at a time.
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 This week Ruth chats to local Salthill-based fitness instructor Eoin O'Donnellan on the mental health benefits of staying active and carving out some 'You Time' in the week. With a variety of group activities from choir singing to working out on the beach in Salthill, Eoin speaks about his passion for helping others stay active and engaged in their community. For more information on classes check out https://ubfitsports.com/Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/UBFit.Galway Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ubfitsports/-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Volunteering in GalwayCheck out all our latest volunteering roles at http://www.volunteergalway.ie/volunteers/volunteer-vacancies.  You can click through on any of the roles and you can see more information and the ‘apply now’ button to contact the specific organisation advertising the role.  If you are already registered with us, just put in the email address you used to register and confirm your interest.  What happens then is that the organisation gets an email with your contact details and you get an email with their contact details.  The next step is for the organisation to contact you.If you are not registered just go the volunteer registration page on the website and register with us,  once you have that done you can apply for any of the roles on the website using your email address.
This week Ruth chats to Laura and Evelyn, two NUIG students who are organising and taking part in a month long challenge of getting into the sea every single day for November to raise money for a local mental health charity. Now it’s in third year, they speak about what is behind the campaign, what sea swimming does for their own mental health and why they are so passionate about this cause. For more information on Coldvember and to donate to the cause go to - idonate.ie/coldvembernuig or if you want to tag them in an Instagram story of your swim @coldvember_nuig or check out their Facebook page @coldvembernuig For more information on Helplink Mental Health please check out https://helplink.ie/ or their facebook page @helplinkmentalhealth -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Volunteering in GalwayCheck out all our latest volunteering roles at http://www.volunteergalway.ie/volunteers/volunteer-vacancies.  You can click through on any of the roles and you can see more information and the ‘apply now’ button to contact the specific organisation advertising the role.  If you are already registered with us, just put in the email address you used to register and confirm your interest.  What happens then is that the organisation gets an email with your contact details and you get an email with their contact details.  The next step is for the organisation to contact you.If you are not registered just go the volunteer registration page on the website and register with us,  once you have that done you can apply for any of the roles on the website using your email address. 
Breathing in New Life- the quality of your breath can determine the quality of your life- This week Ruth chats to local yoga teacher Sinéad Mc Kiernan about her own personal journey towards wellness after experiencing chronic anxiety and how today her current yoga practice has grown into a thriving business with a very supportive community. www.loveyoga.euFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoveYogaLoveLiving/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sinead.loveyoga/-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Volunteering in GalwayCheck out all our latest volunteering roles at http://www.volunteergalway.ie/volunteers/volunteer-vacancies.  You can click through on any of the roles and you can see more information and the ‘apply now’ button to contact the specific organisation advertising the role.  If you are already registered with us, just put in the email address you used to register and confirm your interest.  What happens then is that the organisation gets an email with your contact details and you get an email with their contact details.  The next step is for the organisation to contact you.If you are not registered just go the volunteer registration page on the website and register with us,  once you have that done you can apply for any of the roles on the website using your email address.
In this episode we had the absolute pleasure of speaking to Brendan ‘Speedie’ Smith about an amazing new initiative he is kick-starting to make Galway a National Park City.  I speak to him a little bit about his previous community activity which spans probably every social issue you can think of,  but also I find out about what this whole National Park City initiative is about.  To get involved in the initiative you can email nationalparkcitygalway@gmail.com.  You can also check out National Park City London, and the National Park City Foundation.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Volunteering in GalwayCheck out all our latest volunteering roles at http://www.volunteergalway.ie/volunteers/volunteer-vacancies.  You can click through on any of the roles and you can see more information and the ‘apply now’ button to contact the specific organisation advertising the role.  If you are already registered with us, just put in the email address you used to register and confirm your interest.  What happens then is that the organisation gets an email with your contact details and you get an email with their contact details.  The next step is for the organisation to contact you.If you are not registered just go the volunteer registration page on the website and register with us,  once you have that done you can apply for any of the roles on the website using your email address.
On this show Donncha speaks to Sue Redmond, who is, amongst many other things, an experienced teacher in meditation and mindfulness practice.  We take a look at the benefits of meditation, some of the myths around in, and Sue gives some practical advice on how to go about getting started.Next week from the 21st of September we are celebrating National Volunteering Week.  If ever there was a year to celebrate volunteering, its 2020.  This year the focus of the week is thanking volunteers and organisations for everything they have done this year and encouraging everyone focus on their own health and well-being. It’s been a tough year for everyone so it’s important to make sure we’re all looking after ourselves too!During National Volunteering Week, Sue will delivering 2 free online Introduction to Meditation sessions on the morning of Monday 21st and the evening of Tuesday 22nd – part of these sessions will be a short piece of meditation practice, so if you are interested in joining us just click here for more info and to register.For more information about Sue and her work check out website: https://www.sueredmond.com/ facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sueredmondphd/twitter: https://twitter.com/sueredmondphd
Yes we can! - a message from Galway International Arts Festival Volunteer manager Carly Zimmerman who speaks to Ruth this week about the newly launched GIAF Autumn programme and how the festival has adapted and continued to move forward in these challenging timesFor more information on GIAF check out website: www.giaf.iefacebook: https://www.facebook.com/GalwayInternationalArtsFest/twitter: @GalwayIntArtsinstagram: https://www.instagram.com/galwayintarts/-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Volunteering in GalwayCheck out all our latest volunteering roles at http://www.volunteergalway.ie/volunteers/volunteer-vacancies.  You can click through on any of the roles and you can see more information and the ‘apply now’ button to contact the specific organisation advertising the role.  If you are already registered with us, just put in the email address you used to register and confirm your interest.  What happens then is that the organisation gets an email with your contact details and you get an email with their contact details.  The next step is for the organisation to contact you.If you are not registered just go the volunteer registration page on the website and register with us,  once you have that done you can apply for any of the roles on the website using your email address.
This week Ruth chats to Fionn Kiely who is a volunteer mentor with Big Brother Big Sister here in Galway. Fionn chats about his experience of being a Big Brother for almost five years and why he would recommend the programme to anyone thinking of this type of volunteer work.For more information on GAP check out website: https://www.foroige.ie/our-work/big-brother-big-sistervolunteer role details - https://www.i-vol.ie/volunteer-opportunity/?ID=a00D000000LNHxYIAX-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Volunteering in GalwayCheck out all our latest volunteering roles at http://www.volunteergalway.ie/volunteers/volunteer-vacancies.  You can click through on any of the roles and you can see more information and the ‘apply now’ button to contact the specific organisation advertising the role.  If you are already registered with us, just put in the email address you used to register and confirm your interest.  What happens then is that the organisation gets an email with your contact details and you get an email with their contact details.  The next step is for the organisation to contact you.If you are not registered just go the volunteer registration page on the website and register with us,  once you have that done you can apply for any of the roles on the website using your email address.
This week Ruth chats to Aisling Colreavy, coordinator with GAP. Aisling tells us about the extent of GAP’s work for families in Galway, the importance of listening when it comes to inclusion and how their plans for summer activities are currently taking shape.Links:Virtual Ladies Day Fundraiser -https://www.idonate.ie/virtualladiesdayFor more information on GAP check out website: www.galwayautimpartnershipfacebook: @galwayautismpartnershiptwitter: @galwayautismpar-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Volunteering in GalwayCheck out all our latest volunteering roles at http://www.volunteergalway.ie/volunteers/volunteer-vacancies.  You can click through on any of the roles and you can see more information and the ‘apply now’ button to contact the specific organisation advertising the role.  If you are already registered with us, just put in the email address you used to register and confirm your interest.  What happens then is that the organisation gets an email with your contact details and you get an email with their contact details.  The next step is for the organisation to contact you.If you are not registered just go the volunteer registration page on the website and register with us,  once you have that done you can apply for any of the roles on the website using your email address.
This week Ruth chats with Islammiyah Saudique from Amdalah Africa Foundation - AMDAF,  on their work with African women in the local community, their mission and how they have adapted during the Covid 19 crisis. Links https://www.facebook.com/amdafpage/ -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Volunteering in GalwayCheck out all our latest volunteering roles at http://www.volunteergalway.ie/volunteers/volunteer-vacancies.  You can click through on any of the roles and you can see more information and the ‘apply now’ button to contact the specific organisation advertising the role.  If you are already registered with us, just put in the email address you used to register and confirm your interest.  What happens then is that the organisation gets an email with your contact details and you get an email with their contact details.  The next step is for the organisation to contact you.If you are not registered just go the volunteer registration page on the website and register with us,  once you have that done you can apply for any of the roles on the website using your email address.
This week we focus on An Mheitheal Rothar, a social enterprise that focusses on bike recycling, training cyclists in bike maintenance and encouraging cycling as a sustainable way of life.The enterprise have just recently moved to a new premises in the Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road and Donncha spoke to Paul O Donnell, co-ordinator and one of the orginal founders of the project about its work, its ethos and its growth.   More about An Mheitheal RotharWebsite: http://www.bikeworkshops.ie/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnMheithealRothar/Twitter: https://twitter.com/mheithealrothar-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Volunteering in GalwayCheck out all our latest volunteering roles at http://www.volunteergalway.ie/volunteers/volunteer-vacancies.  You can click through on any of the roles and you can see more information and the ‘apply now’ button to contact the specific organisation advertising the role.  If you are already registered with us, just put in the email address you used to register and confirm your interest.  What happens then is that the organisation gets an email with your contact details and you get an email with their contact details.  The next step is for the organisation to contact you.If you are not registered just go the volunteer registration page on the website and register with us,  once you have that done you can apply for any of the roles on the website using your email address.
In this week’s episode Ruth chats to Dave O’ Leary Rider Liaison Officer and Sharon Conroy former Controller and Social Media Manager with Blood Bike West. This entirely volunteer led service has been operating throughout the current pandemic, extending to 24/7 coverage both locally with pharmaceutical deliveries to those cocooning as well as nationally by delivering Covid-19 samples from western hospitals to the national virus reference centre in Dublin for testing prior to local testing centres. Blood Bike West have been part of the Community Response Forum which was set up by Galway City Council. More about Blood Bike WestWebsite: https://www.bloodbikewest.ie/homeFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/BloodBikeWest/Twitter: https://twitter.com/bloodbikewest-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Volunteering in GalwayCheck out all our latest volunteering roles at http://www.volunteergalway.ie/volunteers/volunteer-vacancies.  You can click through on any of the roles and you can see more information and the ‘apply now’ button to contact the specific organisation advertising the role.  If you are already registered with us, just put in the email address you used to register and confirm your interest.  What happens then is that the organisation gets an email with your contact details and you get an email with their contact details.  The next step is for the organisation to contact you.If you are not registered just go the volunteer registration page on the website and register with us,  once you have that done you can apply for any of the roles on the website using your email address.
In this episode Ruth talks to Lochlann Scott, CEO of Helplink, a Galway based mental health charity that provides accessible, free or low cost mental health services to the public both locally, nationally, and internationally. Helplink have developed specific services for anyone during the COVID 19 Crisis. Ruth speaks to Lochlann about their work and maintaining good mental health practices in such strange times.Find out more here -  - www.helplinkmentalhealth.ie and www.mindhacks.ie Find our more about Volunteer Galway  at www.volunteergalway.ie
In this episode Ruth chats to Geraldine Ryan, manager of COPE Galway's Community Catering service about their work in feeding the most vulnerable in our community during the COVID 19 Crisis.You can also hear Ruth chatting to 2 of COPE volunteers in a separate episode at https://volunteergalway.ie/volunteer-galway-podcast/You can find more info on COPE Galway at https://www.copegalway.ie/ and you can find out more about Galway Volunteer Centre's services at https://volunteergalway.ie/
In this episode Ruth talks to Mairead Geehan and Felicity Geraghty, who have been doing trojan work helping COPE Galway with their Community Catering service cooking the food and delivering meals to the most vulnerable in our community during the COVID 19 crisis.  In normal times COPE provide critical services in Galway City and County, and in the past 2 months with the help of people like Mairead and Felicity they have expanded their service to reach out and keep people well fed and healthy but also to maintain social contact with their existing and new clients.You can find more info on COPE Galway at https://www.copegalway.ie/ and you can find out more about Galway Volunteer Centre's services at https://volunteergalway.ie/
In this episode Ruth spoke to Robin Winkels founding member of Row to Recovery Galway, a cancer recovery group which takes place on the river Corrib. Robin speaks about not only the physical benefits of rowing for cancer survivors but also the mental and emotional gains that people experience from taking part in the group. She also speaks about what she has gained personally from being around such inspiring people taking part in an outdoor activity that she loves.  Volunteering in GalwayCheck out all our latest volunteering roles at https://volunteergalway.ie/volunteer-roles/ .  You can click through on any of the roles and you can see more information and the ‘apply now’ button to contact the specific organisation advertising the role.  If you are already registered with us, just put in the email address you used to register and confirm your interest.  What happens then is that the organisation gets an email with your contact details and you get an email with their contact details.  The next step is for the organisation to contact you.If you are not registered just go the volunteer registration page on the website and register with us,  once you have that done you can apply for any of the roles on the website using your email address.We are always happy to meet people in person who need some more assistance – once you register with us, and if you don’t apply for any volunteer role, we will contact you to make an appointment.www.volunteergalway.ieinfo@volunteergalway.ie091 581727 
In this episode Donncha spoke to Neil Johnson, CEO of CROÍ Heart and Stroke Charity, about its development from humble beginnings into a charity making a huge impact in the community, with the support of the community.  We speak about his own background and his motivations and his life outside work.
This week we’re  joined by Carrie Budds a local wellness professional in Galway where we discuss how to maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle with some simple tips that can enable you take back control in a digital age and sustain healthier habits for life. https://quokkawellness.com/https://www.facebook.com/Quokkawellness/ -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Volunteering in GalwayCheck out all our latest volunteering roles at http://www.volunteergalway.ie/volunteers/volunteer-vacancies.  You can click through on any of the roles and you can see more information and the ‘apply now’ button to contact the specific organisation advertising the role.  If you are already registered with us, just put in the email address you used to register and confirm your interest.  What happens then is that the organisation gets an email with your contact details and you get an email with their contact details.  The next step is for the organisation to contact you.If you are not registered just go the volunteer registration page on the website and register with us,  once you have that done you can apply for any of the roles on the website using your email address.We are always happy to meet people in person who need some more assistance – once you register with us, and if you don’t apply for any volunteer role, we will contact you to make an appointment.www.volunteergalway.ieinfo@volunteergalway.ie091 581727 
In this week’s episode we’re joined by Gill Carroll, a local to Galway and owner of two restaurants here 56 central and 37 west. We talk about what Gill does in the community and what drives her to contribute in a meaningful way. From her positive placement programme with Youth Reach to organising events including the annual Sleep out for Galway Simon and a holistic night held in 56 Central, Gill has a strong sense of  community and is passionate about giving back through her everyday work https://www.galwaysimon.ie/event/sleep-out-for-simon/https://www.facebook.com/galwaysimonhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/holistic-fest-19-tickets-65403980065http://www.37westcafe.com/read-me-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Volunteering in GalwayCheck out all our latest volunteering roles at http://www.volunteergalway.ie/volunteers/volunteer-vacancies.  You can click through on any of the roles and you can see more information and the ‘apply now’ button to contact the specific organisation advertising the role.  If you are already registered with us, just put in the email address you used to register and confirm your interest.  What happens then is that the organisation gets an email with your contact details and you get an email with their contact details.  The next step is for the organisation to contact you.If you are not registered just go the volunteer registration page on the website and register with us,  once you have that done you can apply for any of the roles on the website using your email address.We are always happy to meet people in person who need some more assistance – once you register with us, and if you don’t apply for any volunteer role, we will contact you to make an appointment.www.volunteergalway.ieinfo@volunteergalway.ie091 581727 
On this episode our guest is Keith Finnegan, radio broadcaster with Galway Bay FM. We chat about his role in Galway Bay FM, how he got started in radio, and the continuing relevance of local radio in the digital age.Website: : https://galwaybayfm.ieFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/galwaybayfmTwitter: https://twitter.com/gbayfm-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Volunteering in GalwayCheck out all our latest volunteering roles at http://www.volunteergalway.ie/volunteers/volunteer-vacancies.  You can click through on any of the roles and you can see more information and the ‘apply now’ button to contact the specific organisation advertising the role.  If you are already registered with us, just put in the email address you used to register and confirm your interest.  What happens then is that the organisation gets an email with your contact details and you get an email with their contact details.  The next step is for the organisation to contact you.If you are not registered just go the volunteer registration page on the website and register with us,  once you have that done you can apply for any of the roles on the website using your email address.We are always happy to meet people in person who need some more assistance – once you register with us, and if you don’t apply for any volunteer role, we will contact you to make an appointment.www.volunteergalway.ieinfo@volunteergalway.ie091 581727 
On this episode our guest is Neil O Leary, founding member of the Galway Cycle Bus. We chat about why the Cycle Bus was set up, the impact it has had, and plans for the future.Website (volunteer page): https://galwaycyclebus.weebly.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Galwaycyclebus/Twitter: https://twitter.com/cycle_bus-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Volunteering in GalwayCheck out all our latest volunteering roles at http://www.volunteergalway.ie/volunteers/volunteer-vacancies.  You can click through on any of the roles and you can see more information and the ‘apply now’ button to contact the specific organisation advertising the role.  If you are already registered with us, just put in the email address you used to register and confirm your interest.  What happens then is that the organisation gets an email with your contact details and you get an email with their contact details.  The next step is for the organisation to contact you.If you are not registered just go the volunteer registration page on the website and register with us,  once you have that done you can apply for any of the roles on the website using your email address.We are always happy to meet people in person who need some more assistance – once you register with us, and if you don’t apply for any volunteer role, we will contact you to make an appointment.www.volunteergalway.ieinfo@volunteergalway.ie091 581727 
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