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Welcoming Volunteer - Emergency Homeless Shelters


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

Welcoming Volunteers provide a warm welcome to service users as they come into our emergency services.

One task in the larger hostels is to assist with the lockers area in the hostels, helping service users to safely lock away their belongings and managing the intake of laundry.

Another key role in all of our emergency hostels is serving food and hot drinks and engaging in conversation with service users.

Volunteers are essential in providing a friendly face and supporting the efficient running of the service.

This is a great role for someone who wants to learn about how our services operate without taking on the responsibility of leading activities or engaging one-to-one with service users. Volunteers are welcome to volunteer in pairs or small groups.

Time Commitment: 2 - 4 hours per week, between 8am and 11am in the mornings, or 6pm and 10pm in the evenings. You can volunteer any morning or evening.

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

Warm, friendly and professional approach. Attention to detail.
Able to act calmly and appropriately in challenging situations.
Openness and willingness to engage with people from all walks of life.

  • Community Development/ Social work
  • Personable Skills

Level of English required for this role:
Basic English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: 6 months

Hours required: 2hrs Weekly

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
A number of different hostels require this role, all based in Dublin City Centre.

Screening details for this role:

  • Garda Vetting
  • Informal Interviews
  • References
  • Application Form

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

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

Volunteers with the following challenges will be supported in this role

  • Mental Health Difficulties

Age restrictions:
Over 18

Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

Learning about the homelessness sector in Dublin, meeting with people from all walks of life, helping the most vulnerable in society.

Getting there

Luas, Dublin Bus, Dart Service

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Volunteer Centre: Dublin City
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