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Shoutouts for the great work of our volunteers

Written by Heather Barry and posted in opinion

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SpunOut's motto is "by young people, for young people" and our volunteers are essential to this!

Among other things, our volunteers submit articles, videos and podcasts for the website. By sharing their stories and opinions, they aim to support, encourage, educate and engage their peers. Each month we're blown away by the content we receive and we love giving young people the opportunity to have their say. 

While we value the contribution made by all our volunteers, we want to give a little shout out to one volunteer a month for their work! 


Thanks to Teresa Clifford for sending through 6 excellent articles on a variety of topics. We loved reading what you had to say Teresa and we hope the SpunOut readers will too.   


Congratulations to a new volunteer- Rebecca Lalor! In the first two months of the year, Rebecca has gotten involved in a number of volunteering roles. 

  • Content contributor: Check out Rebecca’s great advice on getting through a nursing placement. At short notice, Rebecca put together a really informative piece for us ahead of International Epilepsy Day. 
  • Proof reader: To ensure our content is relevant and applicable to young people across Ireland, the content written by is proof read by our volunteers. Rebecca volunteered to proof read a number of articles this month. 


Our volunteer of the month this month goes to both Ellen Butler and Sarah Behan. partnered with Young Social Innovators to showcase the YSI SpeakOut Tours across Ireland. Ellen and Sarah took on the roles of reporters at the Galway and Louth events, taking notes from interesting presentations, interviewing YSI staff and researching the work of YSI. They pulled together that information into two really insightful articles which help to showcase the work of the YSI teams and the social issues they're tackling. 


Congratulations to Jenny Murphy Byrne who put together two excellent pieces on framing the debate around the recent referendum. Jenny spent a lot of time conducting interviews and doing background research for these articles and they are really interesting to read. 


Congratulations to Alisha Holihan and Cliodhna Kelly, our European Youth Event reporters. Having only finished exams days before they left for Strasbourg, they did a fantastic job reporting from the event and raising awareness about the EYE among young people. Find their Twitter here and their Instagram here.


This month we had X volunteer reporters attend the Young Social Innovator awards in Dublin. All our reporters did a fantastic job interviewing attendees and organisers and showcasing some of the amazing YSI projects. Congratulations Mairead, Emma, Jodie, Alison, Klaudia, Robyn and Micheál.

You can read the reports from our reporters here:


Congratulations to Fianna Ní Mhurchú for her article called “Recognising flaws in your relationship with alcohol“ This piece has been really well received on social media and has been viewed over 8,000 times!


This month we want to give a big shout out to Criodan O’Murchu. This month Criodan cycled solo from Malin Head to Mizen Head to raise funds for He battled through wind, rain, sunshine and more wind. We’re so thankful for Criodan’s support and think it’s a fantastic achievement!

Check out Criodan’s piece on the cycle: How exercise and meditation help my mental health


Our volunteer of the month for September is Isabel Schulte-Austum for her article entitled “How my self-soothe box helps when I’m feeling anxious.” This piece has been getting lots of positive feedback on our social media and lots of readers are engaging with it. We love article is helpful and practical advice.


Congratulations to Chloe Maguire Sedgwick who is our volunteer of the month. Chloe is a content contributor for and part of the Jigsaw Youth Advisory Panel. Along with other members of the Jigsaw National YAP, Chloe put together 6 videos on Jigsaw's services. These are a great way to spread the word about the incredible work Jigsaw does. 


During our Volunteer Engagement Day, we hosted our 2018 Volunteer Awards ceremony. Congratulations to all the winners and a big thanks to everyone who volunteered this year. 

Interested in volunteering? is a not-for-profit youth information website by young people, for young people. We aim to provide a platform for the views, experiences and opinions of young people across Ireland. The volunteering opportunities focus on skills, experiences and topical issues that interests you and that you think will help and support your peers. We will support you with feedback, training and access to opportunities.

We're always open to new volunteers! Find out more about all our volunteering roles here or email for more information. 

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Published Jan­u­ary 30th2018
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