Offaly woman shortlisted for national volunteer award

Frances Walsh from Geashill, Co. Offaly has been shortlisted for an award in this years Panadol supported Volunteer Ireland Awards.

Frances Walsh from Geashill, Co. Offaly has been shortlisted for an award in this years Panadol supported Volunteer Ireland Awards.

Frances has been shortlisted in the Education and Training category and is one of 31 volunteers shortlisted for the annual Awards which celebrate and recognise volunteers across Ireland.

Frances is a founding member of the Offaly Dyslexia Group which has successfully worked to offer literacy workshops to children and a support line for parents which Frances herself provides on a full-time basis. The group now has 30 children and nine tutors. She has also worked with Offaly VEC to provide dyslexia support for adults.

An overall winner and category winners in the Panadol supported initiative will be announced on Wednesday, December 5th at a gala event in Dublin hosted by RTE Presenter Claire Byrne.

Volunteer Ireland Chief Executive Yvonne McKenna congratulated Frances on making the shortlist and said this year Volunteer Ireland had received the largest number of nominations ever.

Panadol is delighted to be the lead sponsor of the Awards for the third year and commended all of the outstanding people who have made the shortlist. More information at www.volunteer.ie

In the last two and a half years Volunteer Ireland and local Volunteer Centres have registered 34,107 volunteers, 4,173 volunteer-involving organisations and 15,343 vacancies. These volunteers have contributed 1,037,069 hours of their time at a value to the economy of €22.7 million.