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Volunteer Coordinator of Christmas Gifts & Food Donations

COPE Galway

About COPE Galway

COPE Galway believes in the principle of every person having a home which meets their needs. In association with the local community, we support people to live independently and safely in their own homes and neighbourhoods, thereby reducing isolation. We believe in the power of community, both to create a welcome and supportive living environment for its people, and we believe communities have a very important role in assisting us with our mission. Volunteering is one very important way in which our community can help us in our work.

What's Involved

Background to the Project COPE Galway want to contribute to making Christmas a special experience for the individuals and families it accommodates and supports through its various Homeless, Domestic Violence and Older Peoples services in Galway. Each year, thanks to the support of initiatives and companies across Galway and the general public we, receive, sort and distribute Christmas gifts and food items to these individuals and families. We are now seeking a person to co-ordinate the collection, sorting and distribution of these items for this coming Christmas of 2016. Role Description: • Take a lead role in coordinating the Christmas donations and the Volunteer Elfs who have volunteered to help out on this Project • Coordinate the organisation and distribution of gifts in conjunction with the Galway Giving Tree - • Coordinate the organisation and distribution of gifts in conjunction with the Galway Christmas Appeal - • Liaise directly with COPE Galway Services regarding their donation requirements • Manage the donation drop off location and devise an efficient system for storage, access and redistribution • Assist with the collection and distribution of hampers to those in need during the run up to Christmas • Be available to drive around the city to move gifts and food as necessary (a van will be available for some of this) • Have access to mobile email (COPE Galway) and receive emails directly regarding donations • All other festive duties as required by the Manager

What's required for this position

Person specification: • Full, clean driving license • Lots of energy and enthusiasm • Good organisational and planning skills, attention to details and ability to follow through and finish up tasks • Ability to manage people • Understanding of a community development approach/ethos would be an added advantage • Other skills required include a good sense of humor, fun and a positive approach

  • General Admin/ Office Support
  • Personable Skills
  • Phone Support/ Information Giver

Level of English required for this role:
Fluent English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: 1 month

Hours required: 3hrs Three times per week

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
Calbro House and 47 Forster St., Galway primarily.

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
  • Insurance cover
  • Ongoing training opportunities

Age restrictions:
Over 25

Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

Benefits: • The opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of the clients who use our Services • The opportunity to gain practical experience in this role • The opportunity to contribute to a local Galway charity and help us in our work

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Contact person: Lucia Canavan (Reviews & Admin)
  • Organisation: COPE Galway
  • Email:
  • Phone: 091778750
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