I-VOL Terms and Conditions for Organisations

I-VOL is the national searchable database of volunteering opportunities in Ireland and is owned, managed and administered by Volunteer Ireland and the network of Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services across Ireland.

Use of I-VOL

By using I-VOL, you are deemed to have agreed to these terms and conditions of use. They do not apply to third party organisations. We reserve the right to change them at any time.

Content of I-VOL Results or Searches

While we do our utmost to ensure that all volunteer, volunteer involving organisation and volunteer opportunity information is correct, we do not take responsibility for the accuracy of that information.

Registering your Organisation and Volunteer Opportunities

We will accept the registration of any not-for-profit organisation on I-VOL. This may include charities, community groups, co-operatives and statutory organisations such as health centres, schools, hospitals, etc. We may ask to see your constitution or set of rules and additional information we may need to clarify this. We will not register volunteer opportunities for individuals.

We will not advertise volunteer roles on behalf of for-profit organisations/businesses, unless a direct financial, social, environmental or other benefit towards the community or a non-profit organisation can be identified. The final decision to advertise any role will be at the discretion of the individual assigned to the organisation, who will review volunteer roles before activating them.

The administrators of I-VOL take no responsibility for screening and/or selecting potential volunteers or referrals and this remains the responsibility of the advertising organisation. The advertising of a volunteer opportunity on behalf of an organisation does not imply any endorsement of the aims and objectives of the organisation.

Opportunities will only be advertised on I-VOL if the following criteria are met:

  • You confirm that your organisation has relevant insurance cover in place for activities carried out by volunteers.
  • Organisations must carry out Garda Vetting when a volunteer role involves relevant work, which is any work or activities, carried out by a person, a necessary and regular part of which consists mainly of the person having access to or contact with children or vulnerable adults. If an organisation does not currently have access to the Garda Vetting service, your local volunteer centre can provide this service.
  • Where the organisation is adhering to Irish Equality Legislation.

There are a number of grounds in which we may discontinue/refuse our services:

  • If it comes to our attention that an organisation is involving volunteers inappropriately in relation to the criteria detailed above the volunteer role may be de-activated.
  • Advertised opportunities may also be deactivated after registration if we become aware of the possibility that volunteers are being exploited or put in unnecessary danger.
  • Repeated incidences of not getting back to volunteers.
  • Repeated breaches of our equality statement i.e. the organisation engages in, through their recruitment process or operational activities, direct discrimination or indirect discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, family status, religious belief or membership of the travelling community.
  • The organisation refuses to or cannot show evidence that its activities provide a social and community benefit.
  • The organisation abuses the involvement of volunteers e.g. replacing paid staff members or engages them in profit-making activities.
  • The organisation actively engages in unlawful behaviours or deeds.
  • The organisation actively promotes anti-social behaviour towards governments, people, animals or property.

Note: These grounds can apply to an organisational culture or to a particular individual in the organisation who directly recruits, manages or co-ordinates volunteers.

Responsibilities of Organisations re: Volunteer Recruitment and Management

Please note that it is the responsibility of your organisation to select the appropriate volunteer for your organisation. We have no responsibility in relation to the suitability of any potential volunteer for any volunteer role. We also have no responsibility for the actions of any volunteer during any part of the volunteering process, including recruitment.

Restrictions on Use of Materials

The contents of I-VOL are protected by copyright and trademark laws. You may not modify, copy, publish, display, transmit, adapt or in any way exploit any content of I-VOL. Only if you obtain prior written consent from us – and from all other entities with an interest in the relevant intellectual property – may you publish, display or commercially exploit any material from I-VOL. To seek our permission, please contact us. If permission is granted, you may not change or delete any author attribution, trademark, legend or copyright notice.

Use of Volunteer Data

Volunteer data obtained through I-VOL may only be used to process their application and should be maintained for no longer than is necessary. By using our service and obtaining volunteer data you agree to providing us with feedback on the status of potential volunteers to establish if they have started volunteering or not.


These terms and conditions apply only to I-VOL and not to any of the sites which I-VOL links to or is hosted on. We are not responsible for the availability of any other site to which I-VOL links. We do not endorse or take responsibility for the contents, advertising, products or other materials made available through any other site.


The services and materials on I-VOL are provided “as is” and without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Information in and on I-VOL is in English and by registering you are indicating that you fully understand the terms and conditions and privacy notice. Under no circumstances will we be held responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damage that is caused or alleged to have been caused to you in connection with your use of, or reliance on, any content, goods or services available on any other site.

Limitation of Liability

We control and operate this site from our offices in the Republic of Ireland. We do not represent that materials on the site are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Persons who choose to access this site from other locations do so on their own initiative, and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable.

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