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After Schools support volunteer

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After Schools support volunteer

Solas Project

Dublin

At a Glance

  • Start Date:03/10/2021
  • End Date:30/06/2022
  • Closing date:30/09/2021
  • Post Updated:15/09/2021
  • Min Hours:4.5 hours per week
  • Role Type:Youth work

Requirements:Interest in working with children, enjoys children, empathy and patience

Description

This is your chance to be part of something bigger working towards providing equal opportunities for young people in Ireland today. For this community that looks like providing a consistent, home away from home, safe place for children to come to every day after school.

The children aged 5 - 12 come from challenging backgrounds. 'The Club' is a place for them to grow and flourish. A place where they can discover their strengths. A place where they can dream about their future and know that they are loved.

As a volunteer, you'll be inspired in the process of getting to know each of the individual children seeing the impact that a consistent secure environment can have on their, sometimes, turbulent lives.

What will I gain?

This is a perfect opportunity to gain experience for youth work, social work, teaching, psychology, community development or childcare. Many of our volunteers are studying, have flexible working hours or simply volunteer because they want to give back, and they enjoy it! It is a rewarding experience.

If you are interested in this volunteer role, please apply below and we will be in touch.

Is training provided?: Yes

Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position which will be processed with you after you apply.

Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:

Tasks include:

  • Sitting down with children at mealtime
  • Helping clear up plates and cups (packing the dishwasher)
  • Supervising groups of 2-3 children for homework time, or reading with them affirming their efforts and giving them some pointers (but not all the answers)
  • Gently encouraging children to get involved in the activities and providing a listening ear to those who are reluctant to participate

SUMMARY: your role is to be there for the children, engage with them, listen to their stories, ask them questions, laugh with them and try not to take anything personally remembering that they are children.

Skills required for this role:

We are looking for someone who…

  • Enjoys interacting and playing with children.
  • Is compassionate and understanding.
  • Brings a sense of enthusiasm and energy.
  • Is reliable, patient, resilient and adaptable.

A prior exposure to either young people or vulnerable people in a disadvantaged context is a great advantage but not a requirement for this role.

Details of time commitment needed for role:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday OR Thursday afternoon 1:45pm /2pm - 6.30pm

Minimum time commitment per week:
4 hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
Solas Project Application form, cover letter, Garda Vetting and names of two references to be contacted.

Contact

If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Emily McVicker

Address: Solas Project, 40 Marrowbone Lane, Dublin 8

Website: www.solasproject.ie

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