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Youth Programme Volunteer


Youth Programme Volunteer

Ozanam House Resource Centre - Society of Saint Vincent de Paul


At a Glance

  • Start Date:10/09/2019
  • End Date:04/06/2020
  • Closing date:07/10/2019
  • Post Updated:10/09/2019
  • Min Hours:2
  • Role Type:Youth work

Requirements:Fluent English. Garda Vetting. Over 18. To be enthusiastic and friendly


Overview of the Volunteer Role
Each week, we organize activities such as cookery, computers, arts & crafts, sports and music to name but a few. We try to nurture and build on the unique skills our volunteers possess and bring to the centre and we do this through supporting them to facilitate sessions with the youth groups.

This support can help identify an area of expertise and specific skills that can be used to facilitate a series of workshops that would benefit one of the centre’s programmes.

The volunteer leaders support the young people in the activities, engaging with the young people, acting as mentors and role models throughout.

Perhaps the most important function of the groups is the educational and community support that is offered by our volunteer leaders. This support aids and assists the personal development of the children and young people in the centre.


Our Volunteers not only support the children and young people but also each other. This support means volunteers are able to share their learning in the role and to benefit from each other’s experience, sharing knowledge and skills.

To reach our full potential and to achieve our goals in the group, we are constantly seeking new volunteers to facilitate group sessions and support the youth co-ordinator deliver a quality and professional programme to the children and young people ensuring a standard level of safety and fun environment within each group.

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 the Child Protection Training session
  • Attend team planning meetings each term
  • Help prepare for the groups
  • Take part in activities and spend time with the children and young people
  • Be a role model for the children and young people and help them with their activities
  • Supervise the group together with other volunteers
  • Attend outings and trips to provide support to co-ordinator, if requested and if available
  • Attend and contribute to debriefings after the classes with other volunteers
  • Work as part of a team within a really supportive environment where everybody helps each other, giving and taking ongoing feedback and support between all volunteers
  • Attend team meetings every term to assist the co-ordinator with planning, organising, developing and running the programme
  • Support the implementation of restorative practice as a procedure for conflict resolution  in the group
  • Students/Interns/Volunteers with talents, skills and qualifications in specific activities are encouraged to teach classes if comfortable doing so, with the support and guidance of the coordinator
  • To attend meetings and training days if/when applicable
  • To follow the policies and procedures of Ozanam House which can be found in the induction pack or in the office

Other general responsibilities in the context of the role as agreed with the co-ordinator

Skills required for this role:

Skills, Experience & Qualities

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish good relationships with children and young people

Strong commitment and enthusiasm to children and young people and an understanding of the factors affecting their lives

Interest and commitment to developing the capacity to provide reliable support to children and young people in times of stress and act with integrity, respect and support

Good organizational skills

Good level of energy and good commitment to having fun

An accepting and non-authoritarian approach

Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Reliability, patience, resilience and flexibility

Ability to treat children and young people’s concerns with respect, tact and sensitivity

Ability to be aware of own limits, to admit it and to ask for support

An openness to learning and developing further good practices when working and supporting young people

Previous experience is desirable but not essential

Details of time commitment needed for role:
Tuesday-Thursday evenings, Saturday afternoons in Dublin.

Minimum time commitment per week:
2 hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
Application form, CV, interviews


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

Name: Tony Rock

Address: Ozanam House Resource Centre - Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, 53 Mountjoy Square, West


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