Charity asks for volunteers in the Diocese of Cloyne to help change lives

Janet Twomey, Trócaire.

Trócaire, the overseas development charity, is encouraging people in the Diocese of Cloyne to join it’s volunteering programme here at home and get involved in a range of activities aimed at alleviating poverty in the developing world.

Janet Twomey, who is the charity’s centre and volunteer officer and based in Cork, said, “We currently have vibrant volunteer groups in various regions in Ireland who bring valuable skills, experience and energy to supporting our work here and we’re looking for more volunteers to join us. Since 1973 Trócaire has been dedicated to improving the lives of people living in poverty and injustice in developing countries across the world. Our education, campaigning, parish and fundraising work in Ireland is a vital part of that fight for justice.”

Janet said Trócaire is particularly interested in recruiting parish volunteers in the Diocese of Cloyne. “The role of a Trócaire Parish Volunteer is a very practical one where you will receive up-to-date information on Trócaire’s work 2-3 times in the year. You will then be supported and offered training to inform parishioners about Trócaire’s work, show the impact of that work and very importantly thank parishioners for the great support they give to Trócaire. All you need is an interest in making a difference to the lives of those less fortunate, a willingness to collaborate with others in your parish and a desire to communicate with, motivate and encourage people. Trócaire will provide you with the training and tools necessary to really make an impact.”

Fiona Kiely from Bartlemy is one of Trócaire’s current parish volunteers in the diocese. “I volunteer with Trócaire because I feel I can do some small service for the poorest people in the world. It is my way of repaying all the blessings that God has sent my way. It is not time-consuming and I have met some amazing people. I get to feel connected to people all over the world through my work with Trócaire,” Fiona said.

“Volunteering with us is an opportunity to be an active citizen and make a difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the developing world. It is a chance to meet others with similar interests, to learn more about global justice and human rights issues, and to develop existing skills and learn some new ones,” said Janet.

Anyone wishing to find out more about volunteering with Trócaire should visit or contact Janet Twomey at or by calling 021-4275622.