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Befriending Volunteer

The Sanctuary

About The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is an oasis in the centre of Dublin city. The Sanctuary is for everyone, people from all walks of life. Our vision is to be STILLNESS in the world. To achieve this, we offer a range of activities, including programmes; courses; workshops and treatments all which help people find stillness both internally and externally.

What's Involved

The Sanctuary befriending programme is looking for volunteers who wish to extend the hand of friendship to others by carrying out regular visits to people living in the Dublin 7 area who are in long term mental health care, experiencing social exclusion and mental health difficulties. Volunteers are asked for 1 hour a week for a minimum of 12 months.

The group of volunteers meet every week on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening. They meet for an hour and share conversations and cups of tea with residents. Joining our Befriending Service is a chance to extend the hand of friendship to people living in the inner city who may feel excluded or have few social outlets.

What's required for this position

A friendly, personable, caring, and patient person. A good communicator and listener. Have a willingness to accept others as they are. Have a genuine interest in wanting to meet and befriend people with a mental health need. Knowledge/experience of working with people with mental health difficulties beneficial but not essential.

  • Community Development/ Social work
  • Hospitality/ Befriending
  • Personable Skills

Level of English required for this role:
Fluent English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: 1 year

Hours required: 1hrs Weekly

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
North Circular Road, Dublin 7

Screening details for this role:

  • Formal Interview
  • Garda Vetting
  • References
  • Application Form
  • Identification Check (photo ID etc…)

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Support/ advice/ recognition
  • Supervision
  • Initial induction and training
  • Insurance cover

Volunteers with the following challenges will be supported in this role

  • Mental Health Difficulties

Age restrictions:
Over 21

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

A chance to extend the hand of friendship to people who may feel excluded or have few social outlets and contribute to improving their quality of life.

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