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Barnardos Parent & Toddler Group Volunteer - Drimnagh, Dublin 12


Barnardos Parent & Toddler Group Volunteer - Drimnagh, Dublin 12



At a Glance

  • Start Date:06/02/2020
  • End Date:02/07/2020
  • Closing date:29/02/2020
  • Post Updated:22/01/2020
  • Min Hours:3
  • Role Type:Youth work

Requirements:The volunteer should have an interest and experience in early year’s development, play and positive parenting


The Barnardos Drimnagh Parent & Toddler Service operates every Thursday morning, from 10am to 12 noon, at the St John Bosco Youth Centre, Davitt Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12.  With set up and tidy up, the volunteer would need to be available for this group from approximately 9.30am to 12.30pm.

The service is provided in partnership with Tusla and the HSE and delivers an evidenced based programme called PEEP (Parent Early Education Partnership) for the participating parents and their children (aged from birth to three years of age). PEEP is about valuing and building on what parents already do.

Is training provided?: Yes

Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position.

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

A volunteer with an interest and experience in early year’s development, play and positive parenting is required for the group to assist with:

  • Preparing a child centred environment
  • Welcoming parents and children to the service
  • Interacting in a positive and friendly manner with both parents and children
  • Planning and supporting activities as part of the Peep programme as led by a Barnardos Project Worker
  • Supporting parents to build friendships
  • Assisting in the preparation of refreshments for parents and children (light snacks)
  • Helping set up / tidy up toys and equipment
  • Participating in the planning and reviewing of programmes
  • Assisting project staff to ensure a high standard of health and safety and good practice
  • Feeding back and completing with staff, when required, incident forms if any issues arise regarding child protection or health & safety
  • Facilitating staff to promote the parent child relationship of service users
  • Facilitating staff in encouraging parents to actively play with their children
  • Playing with the attending children in a child led manner

Skills required for this role:

Person Specification for this volunteer role:

  • Friendly and polite
  • Confident (dealing with general queries – following training)
  • Patience to deal with the various requests that can arise
  • Flexibility
  • Awareness of confidentiality in relation to service users
  • Understanding of child development
  • Have the capacity to work in a disadvantaged community
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to respond in a positive and age appropriate way to children’s needs and behaviour
  • Ability to show initiative
  • A willingness to learn and experience new ideas
  • A willingness to accept and comply with Barnardos ethos, policies and procedures
  • A willingness to share experience, expertise and a willingness to accept support
  • To have a sense of humour
  • Willingness to play with children at their level, to sing nursery songs, to read stories and to engage in messy play (with paint, glitter etc.)

Details of time commitment needed for role:
Thursday mornings, from approximately 9.30am to 12.30pm

Minimum time commitment per week:
3 hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
Application, Garda Vetting, references


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

Name: Suzanne Connolly

Address: Barnardos , Christchurch Square, Dublin 8


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