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Lingala Speaking Befriender


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

What if you could speak Lingala but very limited English and you find yourself living in homeless services in Dublin? Can you begin to imagine how difficult that would be? If you speak English and Lingala we need you!

Depaul work with people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We have a service user living in one of our services who has very limited English but can speak and understands Lingala. We need a friendly caring person to assist us to ensure this person can tell us their needs. Isolation and loneliness are issues homeless people are faced with every day. However for a homeless person in Dublin not to understand or speak English makes these issues a lot more serious. If you could come and visit our service user weekly and have a chat or a cup of tea that would really make a world of difference to their daily life.

Further information about volunteering with Depaul available here

What's required for this position

Bilingual Lingala/English: Caring: Friendly: Patient: Ability to work as part of a team: Ability to take direction: To be flexible.

  • Community Development/ Social work
  • Multi-lingual/ Multi-culturalism
  • Personable Skills

Level of English required for this role:
Basic English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: Flexible

Hours required: 2hrs Weekly

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
Dublin South City, Christchurch

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

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

Personal and Professional Development and a unique opportunity to be part of an organisation working to change lives and end homelessness

Getting there

Dublin Bus, Luas and Dart

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