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.
Overview of the Volunteer Role:
We organize 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. 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 coordinator deliver a quality and professional programme to the members.
Tasks for Monday Volunteers:
Welcome members and ensure they have a seat and a tea/coffee.
Provide a listening ear to members, particularly those who are vulnerable for various reasons and in need of company.
Assist the co-ordinator with the organisation and delivery of activities.
Take responsibility for the group from time to time when the co-ordinator needs to be away from the room.
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
• 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.
• Commitment to the ethos of volunteering and community based initiatives.
- Community Development/ Social work
- Hospitality/ Befriending
- Personable Skills
Level of English required for this role:
Times and commitment required for this role
Minimum time commitment: 1 year
Hours required: 3hrs Weekly
Location of volunteering opportunity:
Ozanam House, 53 Mountjoy Square West, Dublin 1
Screening details for this role:
- Garda Vetting
- Application Form
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:
- Support/ advice/ recognition
- Initial induction and training
Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?
Benefits you will receive as a volunteer
Personal development; the chance to contribute towards the social environment of elderly people to improve their overall well being; an opportunity to work in and learn about a community resource centre
Google maps location
Buses: 101, 103, 123. 13-minute walk from Connolly Station, 5-minute walk from O'Connell Street. Safe bike parking provided within building.