It can be tricky to make friends in a new city.
But if you’re looking for like-minded folks to help you get a feel for your new home, Cork’s Community Volunteers is a good place to start.
The group is taking part in a number of great festivals in Cork in the coming months and they’re looking for new team members to join them, either helping out regularly or working on once-off events.
The Cork Community Volunteer programme was established in late 2021, in response to the identified need in communities for a dedicated team of volunteers that can support community initiatives.
Managed by the Cork Volunteer Centre, and supported by Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Department of Rural & Community Development, in 2022 the Community Volunteer programme has supported Africa Day, Cork Carnival of Science, Non-Fire Night and Cork Pride.
“These once-off events help to connect people who want to get involved in the community, but don’t have a lot of time to commit to volunteering‘.” said Ciara Murray, Community Volunteer Coordinator.
Upcoming events include Culture Night in Cork City this September and the Cork International Film Festival in November.
“It has been a great way to get to know Cork better, and it is definitely a way to give back, to have fun and to make great connections with Corkonians and international people that share similar values,” added Community volunteer Mario Ruiz Arjona.