Limerick Volunteer Centre hoping for global ‘likes’

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Paul Moriarty and Salena Grace of Limerick Volunteer Centre are looking for plenty of 'likes' on Facebook. Picture: Adrian Butler
THE Limerick Volunteer Centre is aiming to ratchet up its social media presence - and would like to get ‘likes’ from countries across the world.

THE Limerick Volunteer Centre is aiming to ratchet up its social media presence - and would like to get ‘likes’ from countries across the world.

Currently, the Volunteer Centre - based at the Tait Business Centre - has 417 ‘likes’ on Facebook.

But its manager, Paul Moriarty, wants to increase this by at least 400% to make it easier to advertise events.

The volunteer centre exists to match interested people up with different voluntary roles.

But due to the fact their presence on the social network is very low at present, they are unable to get the word out for short-term opportunities.

“There are organisations looking for people. Currently what they do is they tell us they have an opportunity. We post it online, and people go into our web site and they might see this opportunity and apply for it. They are actively looking for these roles, and find them within our web site,” Paul said.

However, due to the sheer number of vacancies, many opportunities have to be placed months in advance.

If opportunities were to flash up people’s Facebook timeline, it would help many more people, Paul added.

“If we had people who liked our Facebook page, it means they would get notifications. We will do all the mechanics behind it. But there has to be a critical mass of people who like us on Facebook,” the manager explained.

In the run up to Christmas, Paul says there are always groups and charities which need help at short notice - but it can be tough to facilitate them.

“At the moment, one of the requests we have is for three entertainers to help the Share a Dream foundation collection in two days time. If they had come to us two months ago, we would have been delighted. If this service was up and running, I bet you we would have got someone for them. But we are not likely to get anyone for them, unless it is a fluke,” he said.

March 20 next marks the International Day of Happiness.

Ardagh man Paul plans to use that day to look for likes globally.

“We would like one from Australia, one from Monoglia etc. We would like us to be the most internationally liked volunteer centre. It gets us in the news and the paper, it gets our Facebook likes up. We want to ratchet up the number [of likes] on Facebook, that we can when we do put up posts, it goes to so many people,” he concluded.