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University of Limerick International Division
Big Brother Big Sister Westmeath & Offaly
Requirements:18 years, resident in Ireland for at least one year, subject to Garda vetting and successful recruitment process
This Voluntary opportunity is open to students who are willing to commit their time to support a young person throught the Big Brother Big Sister Programmme.
Big Brother Big Sister is an internationally renowned youth mentoring programme that forms supportive friendships between a young person and an adult volunteer. The Programme Officer matches a young person (10-18 years), in need of friendship and support, to a caring adult volunteer mentor. All volunteers are carefully screened and receive training and support throughout the match. Matches are of the same gender, meet weekly, for an hour or two, and the initial commitment is for one year. Weekly meetings include activities that they both enjoy like sports,computers games,cooking, music, walks, art and craft etc, and during these activities a friendship is formed.
Is training provided?: Yes
Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position.
Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:
Recruiting Volunteers in Westmeath and Offaly
Maintain communication throughout the match with appointed staff person
Skills required for this role:
Patience, Empathy, open minded, non judgmental & caring attitude
Has an interest in working with young people to help them make better life choices
Details of time commitment needed for role:
Match arranges meeting time suitable to both the Big and Little
Minimum time commitment per week:
1 hour p/week
Additional screening required for this role:
Application form and reference checks, Garda Vetting, Interview, home visit, Child protection and volunteer induction training Successful applicant formal notification of acceptance on to the programme .
If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:
Name: Carmel Naughton
Address: Big Brother Big Sister Westmeath & Offaly, Gateway Youth Project, St Mary's Hall, Northgate Street Athlone
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