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In-House Befriending


About Depaul

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.

What's Involved

Are you a friendly person? Do you like meeting new people and getting to know others? If you are, then we need you! Depaul works with people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Loneliness is one of the most debilitating things to happen to a person and many people affected by homelessness experience loneliness and isolation. The things we take for granted can disappear from life when you become homeless. Someone to watch your favorite TV programme with, someone to share a cup of tea with or someone to talk about your hobbies, hopes and dreams with.

We need volunteers to come into our services and spend time talking with our service users and assist them in rebuilding their lives. We will provide you with support, training and a unique opportunity to learn develop and grow.

Volunteer Induction will take place on Wednesday, 29th May at 5.30pm.

Further information about volunteering with Depaul available here

What's required for this position

Good communication skills
Good listening skills
The ability to show empathy
Willingness to learn and take direction
To be flexible

  • 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: 2hrs Weekly

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
Dublin City South - Christchurch, James Street.
Dublin City North - Blessington Street.

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

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
  • Supervision
  • Initial induction and training
  • Reimbursement of expenses
  • Insurance cover
  • Ongoing training opportunities

Age restrictions:
Over 18

Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

* Personal and professional development
* An opportunity to be part of an organisation working to end homelessness and change lives.

Getting there

Luas, Bus and Dart.

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