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Volunteer Befriender

Befrienders Dublin

About Befrienders Dublin

Befrienders Dublin is a supported socialisation / befriending service which aims to support people with mental health difficulties to reintegrate into their communities and built their social supports and improve their quality of life.

What's Involved

You will be matched with someone who has a mental health difficulty and is socially isolated. You will meet this person on a weekly basis to help them get reintegrated into their community, participate in social activities and improve their confidence and social skills thus, improving their quality of life. You will meet your befriendee out in the community, popular places are the spire, Easons, GPO or other places in their local community coffee shops etc. There may be scope to help in one of the 4 social clubs also.

Introductory training is also mandatory. Our next Volunteer Preparatory Training Courses:

Goirtin Training Centre in Dublin 7
Dates: 6th and 13th October (2 x Saturdays)
Times: from 10am – 2.30pm
(Volunteers must attend all sessions)

What's required for this position

Reliable, dependable, willing to try new things, a good listener, sensible with a genuine willingness to be of help to someone.

- - We ask for a commitment to the service of 1 year, with one meeting a week with a client lasting 2 - 4 hours. We need volunteers of all ages and backgrounds (Garda vetting is compulsory before a match with a client takes place).
Please apply for this role via our online application on or call 01 838 7184 to request an application form to be sent out to you.

  • Hospitality/ Befriending
  • Personable Skills

Level of English required for this role:
Intermediate English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: 1 year

Hours required: 2hrs

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
We need befrienders in many areas including: Cabra, Fairview, North Strand, Clontarf, Raheny, Drumcondra, Finglas, Ballymun, Coolock, Swords, Skerries, Blanchardstown, Balbriggan, and all areas of North Dublin (Fingal)

Other location details:
Dublin 17, Dublin 15, Dublin 11, Dublin 9, Dublin 7, Dublin 5, Dublin 3, Dublin 1, Fingal

Also available in these counties

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

Age restrictions:
Over 18

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

This is an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people.

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Contact person: Ann Devoy Kelly (direct)
  • Organisation: Befrienders Dublin
  • Email:
  • Phone: 01 838 7184
Volunteer Ireland is delighted to acknowledge the support of:
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