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Volunteering with Barretstown


About Barretstown

At Barretstown we believe that every child with serious illness should enjoy their childhood. Barretstown is a residential camp for children with a serious illness offering a range of adventurous and challenging activities and supported behind the scenes by safe, medical attention and care - always for free. Barretstown is a break from hospitals, white coats and medical treatment and a chance for sick children to be children again: to have fun, to make new friends and create new memories - all within the beautiful and magical setting of Barretstown castle in the Kildare countryside

What's Involved

Volunteering at Barretstown is a truly unforgettable experience – fun activities, lots of laughs and the knowledge that you are directly helping seriously ill kids turn their lives around. Every year Barretstown requires approximately 1300 volunteers to take part in our life-changing programme. As a volunteer you perform a key role in supporting and encouraging each child to take part in all aspects of camp, while making sure they're safe and supervised at all times. Most importantly you'll help them have fun! We look for volunteers for Family weekends which run during the spring and autumn (3/4day commitment). During the summer the children come to camp without their parents from 11 European countries (8/9day commitment).You only have to commit to one camp in the year or you can volunteer more regularly if you wish.We are now looking for volunteers for our 2016 programme please log onto for further information.

What's required for this position

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in with working with children and families in a residential setting. You will act as role model, offer encouragement and support help build the children's self esteem and confidence.

  • Youth/ Childcare

Level of English required for this role:
Fluent English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: Flexible

Hours required: 1hrs Once off

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
Barretstown Castle, Ballymore Eustace, Co.Kildare, Ireland

Also available in these counties
Carlow, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Donegal, Dublin - City, Dublin - Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown, Dublin - Fingal, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Wexford, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Wicklow

Screening details for this role:

  • Formal Interview
  • Garda Vetting
  • References
  • Application Form
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

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

Age restrictions:
Over 18

Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?

Getting there

Private Transportation will be provided from Dublin Airport and Hueston Station at designated times.

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  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Volunteer Centre: Kildare
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