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CoderDojo Volunteer


CoderDojo Volunteer

Ozanam House Resource Centre - Society of Saint Vincent de Paul


At a Glance

  • Start Date:10/09/2019
  • End Date:06/06/2020
  • Closing date:07/10/2019
  • Post Updated:10/09/2019
  • Min Hours:4
  • Role Type:Youth work

Requirements:Fluent English. Garda Vetting. Over 18. To be enthusiastic and friendly


Overview of the CoderDojo Role
Every Saturday, we will organise two CoderDojo sessions between 1pm and 4pm.

The aim of CoderDojo is to get children and young people familiar with coding and programming. While the Mentor/Volunteers will require some technical knowledge, they are not required to be experts in code. We try to nurture and build on the unique skills our volunteers possess and bring to the centre and we do this through supporting them to facilitate sessions with these young people in our centre.


Together our volunteer team will be guided by our youth coordinator and the Coder Dojo Association in developing the classes and the group (Dojo). With two groups of 8-10 and 11-14 years, the young people will then work together to foster an appreciation and understanding of computer programming and code and to instil a sense of fun into this activity for the young people. The aim is to enhance the learning of the young person but also to have as much fun as possible while doping it.

Throughout all of our youth programmes our volunteer leaders support the young people in the activities, engaging with the young people, acting as mentors and role models throughout.

Perhaps the most important function of the groups is the educational and community support that is offered by our volunteer leaders. This support aids and assists the personal development of the children and young people in the centre.

Our Volunteers not only support the children and young people but also each other. This support means volunteers are able to share their learning in the role and to benefit from each other’s experience, sharing knowledge and skills.


We are now recruiting new volunteers to join this new initiative and to become part of our Coder Dojo Team. They will facilitate group sessions and will be supported by the youth co-ordinator to deliver a quality and professional programme to the children and young people ensuring a standard level of safety and fun environment within each group.

Is training provided?: Yes

Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position.

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


  • Attend the Child Protection Training session
  • Attend team planning meetings each term
  • Help prepare for the groups
  • Take part in the activities and spend time with the children and young people
  • Be a role model for the children and young people and help them with their activities
  • Supervise the group together with other volunteers
  • Attend outings and trips to provide support to co-ordinator, if requested and if available
  • Attend and contribute to debriefings after the classes with other volunteers
  •  Work as part of a volunteer team within a really supportive environment where everybody helps each other, giving and taking ongoing feedback and support between all volunteers
  • Attend team meetings every term to assist with planning, organising, developing and running the programme
  • Support the implementation of restorative practice as a procedure for conflict resolution  in the group
  • To attend meetings and training days if/when applicable
  • To follow the policies and procedures of Ozanam House which can be found in the induction pack or in the office

Other general responsibilities in the context of the role as agreed with the Champion

Skills required for this role:

Skills, Experience & Qualities

  • A good grasp of technology and computers
  • An understanding of coding and programming is of benefit but not essential
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish good relationships with children and young people
  • Strong commitment and enthusiasm to children and young people and an understanding of the factors affecting their lives
  • Interest and commitment to developing the capacity to provide reliable support to children and young people in times of stress and act with integrity, respect and support
  • Good organizational skills
  • Good level of energy and good commitment to having fun
  • An accepting and non-authoritarian approach
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Reliability, patience, resilience and flexibility
  • Ability to treat children and young people’s concerns with respect, tact and sensitivity
  • Ability to be aware of own limits, to admit it and to ask for support
  • An openness to learning and developing further good practices when working and supporting young people
  • Previous experience of working with young people is beneficial but not essential

Details of time commitment needed for role:
Saturday afternoons Please note the location of this volunteering is in Dublin.

Minimum time commitment per week:
4 hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
Application form, CV, references, interview


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

Name: Tony Rock

Address: Ozanam House Resource Centre - Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, 53 Mountjoy Square, West


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