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Online youth group leader


Online youth group leader



At a Glance

  • Start Date:10/11/2020
  • End Date:30/04/2021
  • Closing date:31/12/2020
  • Post Updated:10/11/2020
  • Min Hours:one hour per week
  • Role Type:Youth work

Requirements:Aged 18 plus


Foróige supports some 530 volunteer led youth groups around the country.  Prompted by the pandemic, we are setting up online youth groups which may never meet in the real world. It could be led by you and friends or other volunteers from anywhere ( we will introduce you first!). These clubs may focus on a particular interest shared by the leaders and the young people- 80's music, baking, chess, books, films, crafts, nature, fashion, climate justice, human rights, photography, guitar, language learning, exam stress talk are examples.  The purpose of these clubs is the development of the young people. They love the social opportunities the clubs provide - relaxed conversations, fun activities and a chance to learn something new. Clubs tend to meet one hour a week on Zoom. We will train  you in use of this.

How we get you involved

We will support you with training in basic youth work and child protection and a "go to" staff person. There is no charge for this training and support.  Our intake process for volunteers includes a volunteer application form, references, an informal interview garda vetting. If you get involved, you will be part of Foróige's team of nearly 5,000 volunteers. We will help you to find young people to be part of the online club and to celebrate your achievements.

If the role is working, you can continue beyond the 8 weeks or try another volunteer opportunity.

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 "Starting out in Foróige training"training where you will learn to do the rest of these tasks

Plan weekly sessions with the other leaders

Involve the young people in decisions about the club, sharing authority and responsibility with them

Identify the needs and interest of the club members and ensure the club programme of activities is relevant

Work as a team with the other adults

Follow Foróige policy and guidance including for safe use of Zoom, child protection and our code of good practice 

Get to know the young people and act as a guide facilitator and mentor to them

Join in and have fun

Manage the club using our Salesforce online system

Skills required for this role:

Leadership - leading young people to engage in their own development and in concern and action for others ( community)

Facilitation - the ability to get young people talking and engaging in club activities

Ability to use Zoom effectively ( training provided)

Listening- to young people and other volunteers

Planning activities with young people

Time keeping

Ability to follow safety and child protection guidelines

Communication - with staff other leaders and young people

Details of time commitment needed for role:
The time commitment is an hour a week and can be set by the team of leader sinvolved to suit their own availability and that of the young people. It is likely to be evening time.

Minimum time commitment per week:
1 hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
Yes; we ask potential volunteers to complete an online application form. We check references. We do an informal interview and we garda vet all potential volunteers.


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

Name: Denis O'Brien

Address: Foróige, Block 12D Joyce Way, parkwest Dublin 12


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