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Roots Buddy Programme - St. Cronans Association CLG
Requirements:Garda Vetting, Full driver licence (not essential), disability awareness training (provided)
What is the ROOTS Buddy Programme?
The aim of the Buddy Programme is to connect young adults with intellectual disabilities between the ages of 18-24 with other young adults who share the same hobbies and interests. The purpose of this programme is to increase the participation and involvement of young adults with disabilities within their local community. As well as that, the young adults involved in the programme are also given the opportunity to participate in social or recreational activities of their choosing. The ROOTS Buddy programme is empowering adults with intellectual disabilities to interact with other adults of the same age and “do their own thing with someone their own age,”
The Role of the Buddy.
The role of the Buddy is quite simple but extremely important! A buddy is someone who is willing to befriend a person with a disability, accompany and participate with them in an activity of shared interest.
For example; St. Cronans might have an adult who is passionate about GAA but has no one that they could attend a match with, we would be searching for a young adult who also shares that interest and might be willing to attend local GAA matches with that young adult with a disability on a weekly basis.
The Buddy will be fully supported in their voluntary role by the ROOTS Buddy Co-ordinator; Majella Browne, through inclusion training and professional guidance.
This unique programme is seed funded and as such will run for 4 months. The aim is to prove the added value it brings to the lives of the young people attached to it and then apply for further funding to replicate the service ongoing. All buddy volunteers will need to undertake Disability Awareness Training along with Safeguarding and Garda Vetting.
The role of the Buddy is on a completely voluntary basis. Should the buddy volunteer be able to supply their own vehicle for this programme, mileage and indemnities will be covered. As well as that, if there is out of hand expenses e.g. food, entry fare etc. that too will also be covered as part of this programme.
Every person deserves the right to feel a part of their community, make connections and also have fun. By having a Buddy for support that right becomes a possibility.
Is training provided?: Yes
Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position.
Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:
For additional information, please contact: Majella Browne, ROOTS Buddy Co-Ordinator on 087 941 7012
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Skills required for this role:
We are looking for energetic, outgoing people who have an interest in empowering young adults with and intellectual disability +/ autism to increase their involvement in their local community.
Details of time commitment needed for role:
The Buddy role is on a weekly basis. And will be arranged to suit the person involved in the programme, the Buddy and the activity.For example weekday evenings or at the weekend. The Buddy role involves befriending and meeting up with a young adult who has an intellectual disability +/ autism. The person and their buddy will then participate in an activity of their own choice. it may be attending a GAA match, going to the cinema, or even going for a coffee. If the volunteer encurs any expenses and would like to claim them back during this role, then there is a small budged to subsidise expenses. i.e ticket price, diesel or travel exprenses.
Minimum time commitment per week:
1 hour p/week
Additional screening required for this role:
There is an application form for this programme. - will be provided by Majella. Garda Vetting will be conducted through St. Cronans Association CLG. Prior to commencement of volunteer role, there will be an informal meeting to ensure suitability to the role References are required for this volunteer role.
If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:
Name: Majella Browne
Address: Roots Buddy Programme - St. Cronans Association CLG , Grange, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary E53 WY98
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