UL Student Life
ALIVE NUI Galway 2019/20
Requirements:Welcoming and friendly volunteers!
Volunteers will be key to welcoming visitors to the event in ILAS at NUI Galway and supporting the conference participants to find their way!
With the rise of youth mental health related issues (Growing up in Ireland Study, ERSI), traditional ways of tackling challenging behaviour and adverse childhood experiences across social care fields have their limitations. To combat some of these issues, fresh and creative interventions to engage children, young people and their families are required. Developmental work through the outdoors is one such innovative approach which has the potential to engage 'hard to reach' young people experiencing disadvantage in a positive and transformational manner.
To promote this we will be hosting this immersive experiential event, exploring contemporary discourse around the topic of youth and family support through the outdoors. This event will provide an opportunity for all key stakeholders and invested parties to gather for a day of learning, upskilling, sharing, community building and networking, while also experiencing the power and value that the outdoor natural environment has to offer.
Is training provided?: Yes
Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:
While everyone working with children, young people and families are welcome to attend, we are specifically hoping to target social care, family support and youth workers from across the Connaught region, engaging families living in disadvantage or young people with challenging behaviour.
Specific themes on the day will focus on;
The holistic health and well being related benefits of spending time in nature
The impacts & outcomes nature-based interventions can have on families & young people
Creative ways of bringing family support and youth work practice into the outdoors
Adventure education, the challenges and benefits of such an approach with at risk teens
The importance of engagement and exposure to nature for early childhood development
Skills required for this role:
Information will be delivered in the form of experiential and interactive workshops, formal presentations, and group discussions, delivered and facilitated by experienced local practitioners and academics leading best practice on the ground.
Details of time commitment needed for role:
The event is for a day and volunteers are welcoming for a portion of the day. if you are available throughout the day you get free lunch and access to the event.
Minimum time commitment per week:
2 hour p/week
If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:
Name: ALIVE NUI Galway's Volunteering Programme
Address: ALIVE NUI Galway 2019/20, The Hub, Aras na Mac Leinn
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