Docklands Volunteer Day

It’s a dirty job… but we have to do it!

The Docklands Volunteer Day gives local employees an opportunity to leave their desks, roll up their sleeves and do a good deed for the local area. The event brings together local businesses and the Docklands area and creates an important sense of community and team spirit.

The first shift ready to begin work at the start of the 2015 Docklands Volunteer Day

One of the objectives of the Docklands Business Forum is to encourage local businesses to be more involved in the area. Our initiative to achieve this goal is the Docklands Volunteer Day. Each year we select a few jobs that need to be done, roll up our sleeves and do them ourselves.

The volunteers at the first Docklands Volunteer Day in 2011

Our annual Docklands Volunteer Day gives local employees the satisfaction of a job well done and creates a positive network between local enterprises. It also gives business owners, managers and employees, through the Forum, more authority to influence future development of the Docklands with the various local stake-holders.

Over the last five years we have completed tasks on both sides of the River Liffey. Our volunteers have painted the McMahon Bridge, the boundary wall at Boland’s Mill, collected litter in Pearse Park, removed the flotsam out of the Grand Canal Basin and Royal Canal, painted the hording at the Anglo Bank Building and weeded the Campshire along North Wall Quay.

Varnishing the McMahon Bridge. Note the volunteers across the road left and painting below right.

Varnishing the McMahon Bridge. Note the volunteers across the road left and painting below right.

We have great support from local businesses, not only by volunteering, but also giving ‘in-kind’ support. For example; last year Cafe Parigi on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay kindly provided our volunteers with teas and coffees to send them on their way, the MV Cill Airne on North Wall Quay give lunch for 100 and Il Valentino on Gallery Quay hosted a post event party.

Growing in 2017

With significant volunteer commitments already made this year will be the most successful Docklands Volunteer Day to date. To be held on 5th May, we plan to have our brightly t-shirted volunteers fan out across Docklands doing good deeds.

Partnering with the Inland   Waterways Association of Ireland, one of our 2017 projects is to remove the debris at the bottom of the Westmoreland Lock Gate to help make it navigable again.

Partnering with the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland, one of our 2017 projects is to remove the debris at the bottom of the Westmoreland Lock Gate to help make it navigable again.

If you or your company are interested in getting involved in this year’s Docklands Volunteer Day, by volunteering, offering ‘in-kind’ support or sponsoring, please contact our CEO, Alan Robinson.