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After Schools Support volunteer with children, inner city Dublin

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After Schools Support volunteer with children, inner city Dublin

Solas Project

Dublin

At a Glance

  • Start Date:31/08/2022
  • End Date:28/07/2023
  • Closing date:14/10/2022
  • Post Updated:23/08/2022
  • Min Hours:one day per week
  • Role Type:Youth work

Requirements:- Enjoys interacting and playing with children- Brings a sense of enthusiasm and energy- Is reliable, patient, resilient and flexible

Description

Solas Project's vision is to see an Ireland where all children and young people truly know their self-worth and can take full advantage of their potential.

We recognise that, due to societal inequalities, all young people in Ireland do not have access to the same opportunities. As a result, many are prevented from reaching their full potential. We build long term relationships with children and young people at risk of being marginalised by society, specifically through the education, employment and justice systems. We deliver a range of innovative and holistic interventions from childhood, through adolescence and into early adulthood.

The Club is designed to support children to grow up to be healthy, confident and caring members of their community—and to thrive, despite challenging circumstances.

 

Why Volunteer?

This is your chance to be part of something bigger working towards providing equal opportunities for young people in Ireland today. For this community that looks like providing a consistent, home away from home, safe place for children to come to every day after school.

'The Club' is a place for children 5 – 8 years to grow and flourish. A place where they can discover their strengths. A place where they can dream about their future and know that they are loved.

As a volunteer, you'll be inspired in the process of getting to know each of the individual children seeing the impact that a consistent secure environment can have on their lives.

 

What will I gain?

This is a perfect opportunity to gain experience for youth work, social work, teaching, psychology, community development or childcare. Many of our volunteers are studying, have flexible working hours or simply volunteer because they want to give back, and they enjoy it! It is a rewarding experience.

Is training provided?: Yes

Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position which will be processed with you after you apply.

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

Tasks include:

 

  • Sitting down with children at mealtime

 

  • Helping clear up plates and cups (packing the dishwasher)

 

  • Supervising groups of 2-3 children for homework time, or reading with them affirming their efforts and giving them some pointers (but not all the answers)

 

  • Gently encouraging children to get involved in the activities and providing a listening ear to those who are reluctant to participate

 

SUMMARY: your role is to be there for the children, engage with them, listen to their stories, ask them questions, laugh with them and try not to take anything personally remembering that they are children.

 

Skills required for this role:

We are looking for someone who…

 

  • Enjoys interacting and playing with children.

 

  • Is compassionate and understanding.

 

  • Brings a sense of enthusiasm and energy.

 

  • Is reliable, patient, resilient and adaptable.

 

A prior exposure to either young people or vulnerable people in a disadvantaged context is a great advantage but not a requirement for this role.

Details of time commitment needed for role:
Time Commitment: We ask that you commit one afternoon a week for the minimum of 10 months (or three school terms). Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 2pm – 6.30pm ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Screening details for this role: • Application Form • Garda Vetting • Informal Interview • References

Minimum time commitment per week:
6 hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
Application Form, Garda Vetting, ID, Informal Interview, References If you are interested in this volunteer role, please contact emily@solasproject.ie or download an application form at Volunteer with Solas Project — Solas Project (www.solasproject.ie) and send that to emily@solasproject.ie

Contact

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

Name: Emily McVicker

Address: Solas Project, Unit One Liberty View Dublin 8

Website: solasproject.com/volunteer

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