Depaul is a homeless charity providing accommodation and support through hostels and outreach services. Depaul believes that everyone should have a place to call home and a stake in their community. Our aim is to work with those who are socially excluded and marginalised by providing a quality led service in order to produce the best possible outcomes for those accessing our services. We work in partnership with central and local government, housing associations and other non-governmental organisations such as the society of St Vincent de Paul.
The Community Befriending Programme is an informal and social service supporting men moving out of homeless services and into independent living. The aims of the programme are to ease the change from supported living to independence, to help minimize the risk of returning to homelessness, to reduce isolation by encouraging social interaction, to provide information and appropriate services in the community and to provide a contact point back to Depaul.
We now need more volunteers to link in with men who have moved on from our Back lane service. This will involve a weekly one to one meeting in a social setting for a coffee and a catch up. We also hold monthly outings where all the man meet together for an actively and we need volunteers to assist us on these outings. If you have 2 hours per week and are interested in this role please do get in touch.
What's required for this position
This is a supported role and while the volunteer will meet the participant one to one we do have a support system in place and the volunteer will always have contact with the programme coordinator.
If you are a friendly, warm, non judgmental and empathetic person please do get in touch.
- Community Development/ Social work
- Hospitality/ Befriending
- Personable Skills
Level of English required for this role:
Times and commitment required for this role
Minimum time commitment: 1 week
Hours required: 2hrs Weekly
Location of volunteering opportunity:
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
- 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
- Ongoing training opportunities
Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?
Benefits you will receive as a volunteer
An opportunity to be part of an organisation working to end homelessness and change lives. The chance to develop both personal and professional skills.
Luas, Train and Dublin Bus routes