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Direct Provision Summer Programme Volunteer

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Ireland

About Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Ireland

Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland's mission is to accompany, advocate and serve the cause of refugees and forcibly displaced persons worldwide.

What's Involved

The Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland is recruiting a volunteer to aid in the facilitation and delivery of the JRS Summer Programme.

JRS operates a programme of events for young residents of three Direct Provision Centres in Dublin. Beneficiaries of the project are aged 4 - 12 years. The project will run for the month of July and will include trips to local amenities, education activities and joint activities with local communities.

The successful volunteer will be required to undergo Garda Vetting and sign a JRS Ireland Code of Behaviour and Practice. Child protection training will also be required if not already completed.

Time Commitment: 21 hours over the week.

Tasks Involved:
• Providing support to JRS staff in the delivery of the JRS Summer Programme.
• Facilitating planned events and activities for beneficiaries of the JRS Summer Programme.
• Creating an inclusive and safe environment for the children to have fun and express themselves while participating in the JRS Summer Programme.

Benefits of Volunteering:
• Direct engagement with children asylum seekers and their families.
• Gain experience in collaborating with other professionals in service facilitation and delivery.
• Opportunity to develop professional skills in a challenging and rewarding environment.

What's required for this position

• Ideal for a student or graduate of youthwork / social work / childcare seeking to gain greater experience in working with young people from a minority ethnic background.
• Skills in group facilitation.
• Effective communication with children.
• Ability to establish and maintain a trusting and professional relationship with young people and the awareness of boundaries.
• Adaptability to changing age group as children in attendance will vary from session to session.
• Organisational and time-keeping skills.

  • Arts/ Music/ Drama
  • Multi-lingual/ Multi-culturalism
  • Personable Skills
  • Youth/ Childcare

Level of English required for this role:
Intermediate English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: 1 month

Hours required: 7hrs Three times per week

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
Dublin locations.

Also available in these counties
Dublin - South Dublin County, Dublin - City, Dublin - Fingal

Screening details for this role:

  • Formal Interview
  • Garda Vetting
  • References
  • Identification Check (photo ID etc…)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

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

Age restrictions:
Over 18

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

Volunteers will receive child protection training; be given opportunities to assume leadership responsibilities; be part of a culturally diverse team; and experience the fun of the Summer Programme activities.

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