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Sports Buddy


Sports Buddy

Saint Joseph's Shankill


At a Glance

  • Start Date:04/12/2019
  • End Date:02/12/2020
  • Closing date:02/12/2020
  • Post Updated:21/01/2020
  • Min Hours:2 hours per week
  • Role Type:Mentoring/Befriending

Requirements:We're looking for volunteers who are interested in sport and would like to make a difference in the lives of people living with dementia


Game, set and match! On Wednesdays at 12pm we like to head down to Shankill Tennis Club for a spot of tennis. We've a team of 8 people in our care who take their tennis very seriously. The current group of staff and volunteers need extra support because they are being played off the courts! During the winter months we don't get out as much due to the weather but we're getting ready for the 2020 season. Your role will be to pair up with one of our amazing players and help them with their tennis practice. It's a great way to keep fit and have a bit of fun as well. In 2020 we might also branch out into other sports such as golf or bowls. 

Saint Joseph's Shankill is a Quality of Life Butterfly Home for people living with dementia. We are the only home solely dedicated to dementia care. We focus on making moments matter for the people in our care ensuring that they have the quality of life they deserve. Tennis is a great way to keep active and it's also a social activity for the people who go. 

Is training provided?: Yes

Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position.

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

  • Assisting one of our tennis players with the weekly practice
  • Encouraging our tennis stars to make improvements in their play each week 
  • Befriending your tennis buddy to make moments at the tennis club matter to them. 

Skills required for this role:

  • Interest in sports (particularly tennis, golf and bowls)
  • Understanding and appreciation of Dementia and older people
  • Good communications skills
  • Empathy, patience and a caring nature
  • Good listener and sense of humour
  • Strong commitment to confidentiality

Details of time commitment needed for role:
Wednesday afternoons from 12pm - 2pm

Minimum time commitment per week:
2 hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
Application Form, Garda Vetting, References, Informal Interview


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

Name: Nicola Yau

Address: Saint Joseph's Shankill, Crinken Lane, Shankill, D18 TY00


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