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Care & Activity Volunteer - SHINE 2020

Health and wellbeing

Care & Activity Volunteer - SHINE 2020

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland


At a Glance

  • Start Date:26/06/2020
  • End Date:20/08/2020
  • Closing date:22/05/2020
  • Post Updated:18/03/2020
  • Min Hours:One full week residential
  • Role Type:Youth work

Requirements:Sense of fun a must, enthusiastic, understanding, full training provided


Care & Activity Volunteers stay onsite for the full week.  There are 10 care & activity volunteers on each week and 15 participants. New volunteers are paired with experienced volunteers where possible. As the camp is residential, shared accommodation is provided for care & activity volunteers. A summary of the responsibilities of care and activity volunteers is as follows:

Promote and facilitate participants’ independence – take a step back in order to allow each participant to try activities as independently as he/she can (i.e. to set table themselves; to blow dry own hair; to use an ATM etc.)
Positively reinforce participants progress throughout the week and assist participants with their individual goals.
Encourage & support participants to take part in a Multi Activity Programme. The whole team are expected to get involved in all activities.
Assist participants with personal care (i.e. showering, toileting, dressing etc.) where necessary – personal care needs are varied depending on the participant. Participants will tell you what their needs are and nursing staff and OT’s are there for full support and guidance.
Keep to a Buddy Programme – 2:3 ratio at all times – 2 volunteers work together with 3 participants.
Ensure safety and wellbeing of participants
Report to coordinators
Be familiar with, and implement SBHI participant-care policy at all times
Attend team meetings as required
Help out with kitchen duties (setting and clearing dinner table, washing up/filling dishwasher, brushing floor – according to roster)
Get involved in activities and have fun

Is training provided?: Yes

Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position.

Details of time commitment needed for role:
6 nights full residential camp

Minimum time commitment per week:
10+ hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
Application form interview, reference check, garda vetting (processed by us for you), participate in training (manual handling and disability awareness)


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

Name: Helen Riney

Address: Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland, National Resource Centre


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