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Polish Soup Run Volunteers

Dublin Simon Community

About Dublin Simon Community

Dublin Simon Community works to prevent and address homelessness in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath. We provide services at all stages of homelessness and enable people to move to a place they can call home.

What's Involved

“Czy chciałbyś pomóc osobom bezdomnym?”
Aktualnie poszukujemy polskojęzycznych wolontariuszy ‘Soup Run’, którzy byliby w stanie wolontaryzować raz w tygodniu (w miarę możliwości) przez minimum 6 miesięcy (idealnie przez rok).

The Soup Run was the very first Dublin Simon Community service, it is the heart to what we do. It still goes out 365 nights of the year.The Soup Run consists of over 100 part-time volunteers who walk the streets in all weather offering soup, sandwiches, tea and a good chat if so desired, to people who are homeless around the city. We are currently seeking empathetic, fluent Polish speaking individuals to support our soup run teams.

In order to ensure the smooth running of the Soup Run evenings please abide by the following:

  • Attend your given service every week, as much as is practicable
  • Ensure that you arrive promptly at the agreed time; sign in
  • Inform the evening co-ordinator as far in advance as possible if you are unable to attend
  • Prepare soup and pack bags for evening run; collect soup from the Church bar
  • Comply with all Health and Safety recommendations
  • Work in pairs at all times and follow approved, pre-determined routes only
  • Contact the Rough Sleeper Team before you head out to find out any information you need to know
  • Use the soup and sandwiches as a tool of engagement
  • Stay within the parameters of your role and your set evening; manage professional boundaries
  • Ensure that premises are properly cleaned before leaving. At end of shift clean and sterilize flasks, empty bags, clean any spills from floor and fridge and ensure that the kitchen is left in a clean state for the next shift
  • Work as part of a team

    Volunteer Appreciation
    We like our volunteers to feel appreciate for all the excellent support they provide for Dublin Simon Community. We organise the annual Volunteer recognition awards, as well as various other events that are organised throughout the year. We also provide training opportunities and character references for potential employment or study opportunities.

    What's required for this position

  • A commitment to social justice and equal opportunities
  • Commitment to a minimum placement of 6 months
  • Fluent spoken English
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Commitment to working in a non judgmental way
  • Commitment to the Dublin Simon Community ethos and values.
  • Commitment to volunteering alongside staff and clients in a respectful way
  • Good housekeeping skills including cleaning and recording keeping
  • Good Interpersonal skills
  • Good sense of professional boundaries.
  • Ability to work on own initiative

    Level of English required for this role:
    Fluent English

    Times and commitment required for this role


    Minimum time commitment: 6 months

    Hours required: 3hrs Weekly

    Other Details

    Location of volunteering opportunity:
    Dublin City Centre area

    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 18

    Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?

    Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

    Volunteers are provided with induction and training on commencement of their roles. Further training is provided such as: Drug Awareness&Boundaries,Safe Talks(Suicide prevention),Child Protection,MAPA(Management of Actual or Potential Aggression)

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