Community FAQ

What does the PVA expect from us as an organisation?
Most importantly we need our partner organisations to ensure the integrity of the University of Limerick President's Volunteer Award Programme and to provide a positive experience for the student and the volunteer organisation.

The following is designed to enable the partner organisation with these endeavours:
  • The student volunteer follows a volunteer role description as opposed to a job description.
  • The student volunteer is provided with appropriate training by the partner organisation to carry out any tasks assigned to them.
  • The student volunteer contributes to the meaningful work of the partner organisation.
  • The student volunteer is supervised by the partner organisation or offered support as they require it.
  • When the partner organisation is satisfied the student volunteer has meet the criteria for the volunteer award, the partner organisation signs off on the studentís application for the PVA programme.


We do not need volunteers at the moment but I know we will at some point in the future. What do I do?

We very much welcome the opportunity to partner with your organisation now or in the future.  If you do not have volunteer opportunity at the moment but want to sign up to the programme please contact us.

We are a very small organisation but we could do with volunteers.  Can we register?
The simple answer is yes!  The PVA welcomes volunteering opportunities from the very smallest to the very largest organisation.  Each volunteer opportunity helps the PVA to promote volunteering, active citizenship and civic engagement.  We are delighted to have you on board.  

Will UL support one-off volunteer opportunities?
Absolutely. If you have an volunteer opportunity we are very happy to promote it.  However it will be up to the students to contact your organisation or alternatively your organisation to contact the student on receipt of expression of interest form.

Does UL train or garda vet students to be volunteers?
The PVA does not provide training or garda vetting to student volunteers at this time. It is up to each individual organisation to ensure that volunteers meet the needs of their organisation.