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Breakfast Runner

Dublin Simon Community

About Dublin Simon Community

Dublin Simon Community works to prevent and address homelessness in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, Meath, Louth, Cavan and Monaghan. We provide services at all stages of homelessness and enable people to move to a place they can call home.

What's Involved

Our breakfast runners depart from Capel Street at 6am each Friday morning. We are currently trying to extend the service to other mornings during the week. You will distribute food and warm cups of tea or coffee to the rough sleepers of Dublin, before they are moved on from the spots in which they bedded down for the night. While you do not wake people who are asleep, you do stop and have a chat with those who are awake. We bring more than just food and drink - a smile and a little humanity goes a long way.

The breakfast run brings a special type of reward; if you are an early riser, you will start the day knowing that your contribution will have made a big difference in people's lives.

Further information about volunteering with us here

What's required for this position

While no specialist skills are needed, our volunteers are able to interact with people from all backgrounds, to listen when necessary, to be non-judgemental and to recognise that solving a bigger problem takes small steps.

  • Community Development/ Social work
  • Hospitality/ Befriending
  • Multi-lingual/ Multi-culturalism
  • Personable Skills

Level of English required for this role:
Basic English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: 6 months

Hours required: 2hrs Weekly

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
119 Capel Street, Dublin 1
Various routes around Dublin City Centre

Also available in these counties
Dublin - City, Dublin - Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown, Dublin - Fingal, Dublin - South Dublin County

Screening details for this role:

  • Garda Vetting
  • Informal Interviews
  • References
  • Application Form
  • Identification Check (photo ID etc…)

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Support/ advice/ recognition
  • Initial induction and training
  • Reimbursement of expenses
  • Insurance cover

Age restrictions:
Over 18

Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

We provide basic training and ongoing support for all of our volunteers, and they are included and kept informed aboput all aspect of the organisation.

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Volunteer Centre: Dublin City
Volunteer Ireland is delighted to acknowledge the support of:
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