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Active Retirement Group – Friday Volunteer

Ozanam House Community Resource Centre

About Ozanam House Community Resource Centre

Ozanam House is a community project operated by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, working directly with people in need through an action-oriented programme, attempting to effect positive change through social justice. Our work primarily involves person-to-person contact. Throughout the year we run childcare, youth, adult education and community programmes.

What's Involved

We organise activities like physical fitness programmes, board games, cross words, table quizzes, darts, bowls, bingo, and specific courses which vary over time – for example, Irish and How to Use your Mobile Phone. In addition, guest speakers on topics of relevance to the group are scheduled on a monthly basis.

Outings are also organised on a monthly basis in consultation with the group. A Summer programme takes place in the month of July. But perhaps the most important function of the group is the social aspect as many of our members live alone.

To reach our full potential and to achieve our goals in the group, we seek new volunteers from time to time to support the ARG co-ordinator deliver a quality and professional programme to the members.

Tasks for Friday Volunteer:

• Undertake shopping for bingo prizes. A weekly budget is available to buy 15 small prizes. This usually involves a trip to the local Aldi and some additional shopping in local stores.
• Call out bingo numbers; Check bingo cards; Issue prizes.
• Provide cover for the co-ordinator from time to time due to unavoidable absences.
• Attend outings and trips to provide support to co-ordinator, if requested and if available.
• To attend meetings and training days if/when possible.
• To follow the policies and procedures of Ozanam House which can be found in the induction pack or in the office.
• Other general responsibilities in the context of the role as agreed with the co-ordinator.

What's required for this position

• High motivation and commitment to be a volunteer over a long period of time.
• Ability to relate well to elderly people and enjoy dealing with them.
• Self-confidence and general ease with other people.
• Assertiveness, teamwork and self-reliance.
• Intermediate level of English.
• Commitment to the ethos of volunteering and community based initiatives.
• Previous experience is desirable but not essential.

Training & Induction:

• The volunteer will receive an induction/information night in the centre prior to his/her first inset and will get a general information pack to become familiar with the centre and our procedures.
• The volunteer will have an initial meeting with the co-ordinator to receive a role-specific induction and to agree a timetable and schedule of duties in line with the volunteer role description.
• Ongoing individual training programmes will be provided if necessary.

  • Arts/ Music/ Drama
  • Community Development/ Social work
  • Education/ Training
  • Fitness/ Health/ Beauty
  • Hospitality/ Befriending
  • Personable Skills

Level of English required for this role:
Basic English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: 1 year

Hours required: 3hrs Weekly

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
53 Mountjoy Square West, Dublin 1

Screening details for this role:

  • Formal Interview
  • Garda Vetting
  • References
  • Application Form

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?

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

Benefits • Personal development • The chance to contribute towards the social environment of elderly people to improve their overall well being • Opportunity to work in and learn about a community resource centre

Getting there

Buses: 101, 103, 123. 13-minute walk from Connolly Station, 5-minute walk from O'Connell Street. Safe bike parking provided within building.

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