Current Volunteering Roles

Current Volunteering Roles

Do you have 4hours/4 days/4 months of your time to give? Whatever your schedule, you can make a difference

Short Term Volunteering

There are plenty of ways that you can help support our fundraising events! Every effort you make will raise funds to help make an incredible difference to the lives of people who are homeless in Ireland.

Organise A Fundraising Event

Why not rally your friends and family together to organise your own fundraising event, download a copy of our Community Fundraising Guide which is full of ideas and information to help you.
For further information and discuss how you can show your support contact Elizabeth on or call 01 881 5900

Long Term Volunteering

There are a variety of different ways to get involved from one day events, to full time, year-long volunteering on our Community Service Volunteer programme.

Volunteer Form to Download

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Complete and return form to:
HR Dept, Focus Ireland, 9-12 High St, Christchurch, Dublin 8
Or email to:



Volunteer Befriender

Location:Dublin City
Reporting to: Befriending Service Coordinator

Primary Purpose: To provide a befriending service to people who have recently settled into a new home and community after a period of homelessness or people who are at risk of homelessness. The aim of the service is to reduce social isolation of service users by assisting them to have social contact, explore interests and integrate into appropriate activities.

Time Requirement: 1-2 hours per week (Mon-Fri, 9-4) for a minimum of 6 months. This is subject to continuous review

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

1. Establish a professional befriending relationship with assigned customers of Focus Ireland.
2. Meet with assigned customers as agreed with Befriending Coordinator
3. Support customers in identifying and participating in activities/pastimes of interest to him/her
4. Report to Coordinator immediately after each meeting with service user.
5. Attend and participate in quarterly supervision and support with fellow Befrienders and Coordinator(s)
6. Maintain and submit record of befriending sessions to Coordinator monthly
7. Adhere to role contract
8. Participate in any evaluation of the Befriending Service
9. Comply with relevant Focus Ireland policies and procedures as outlined for example Confidentiality Policy, Child Protection Policy, Health and Safety
10. Inform Coordinator(s) of any issues of concern arising from befriending
11. Work with a client-centered approach, encouraging autonomy and independence.
The Person:
The successful candidate would possess the following
1. Ability to interact sensitively, manage and build strong / supportive working relationships
2. Good communication and listening skills.
3. Friendly, sensitive and courteous
4. Reliable and punctual
5. Nonjudgmental/accepting attitude
6. Tactful and tolerant
7. Self-managing and proactive with the ability to plan and organise own workloads
8. Ability to give individual attention and support to the befriender
Focus Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and volunteer involving organisation


Coffee Shop Volunteer – Day-time Service


Location: Coffee Shop, Eustace St, Dublin 2

Reporting to: Project Leader

Duration: 12 months

Time Commitment: One day per week between Monday to Friday, flexible to suit the volunteer, for 5 hours between 11am and 4pm.


Role Description

Focus Ireland’s Coffee Shop in Eustace Street in Temple Bar is open week days from 10.30am-3.30pm and weekends11.30am – 3.30pm, providing quality, and affordable meals for homeless adults, families and children, in a safe and warm environment. Over 35,000 hot meals were served in 2017.

The Coffee Shop is also an Advice and Information service and our experience indicates that early access to Advice and Information is crucial in preventing homelessness and supporting people out of homelessness. Our Advice & Information offers advice and support around accessing short-term and permanent housing, addiction related issues and accessing health and finance services. We also provide a link to Community Welfare Officers and other services.

The role of the volunteer will involve supporting the Coffee Shop Project Worker staff to attend to our customers who need priority support. It will also involve working on the floor and interacting with customers in the Coffee Shop – creating a welcoming and safe environment.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. To undertake an active role on the Coffee Shop floor with the support and supervision of the full time staff members, monitoring behaviour, interacting with customers and ensuring the busy flow of the Coffee Shop service is maintained.
  2. To be responsible for informing full time staff members of any activity or behavior that should be noted or reported.
  3. Ensure to be kept informed of relevant updates in the service by and linking in with the Volunteer Supervisor.
  4. Work within the framework of the overall objectives of Focus Ireland.
  5. To engage in supervision sessions on a regular basis with the Volunteer Supervisor.
  6. To participate in relevant training and development courses as agreed with your Volunteer Supervisor.
  7. To be vigilant to any Health, Safety and Welfare risks in the workplace and bring any concerns to the attention of your line manager or Health & Safety Representative.
  8. To undertake such other duties as might be reasonably assigned from time to time in consultation with the Volunteer Supervisor.


The Person:  The successful candidate would possess the following

  • Third level qualification in the Social Care or Social Science area or some experience volunteering or doing a placement with marginalised or vulnerable people.
  • Commitment to providing the highest level of service to our customers.
  • Respect for others regardless of race, sex, age, disability, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or other protected characteristic.
  • Good awareness of health and safety procedures.


Location: Various secondary schools around the country, close to the volunteer’s home. Particularly in Dublin, Louth, Laois, Meath, Offaly, Sligo, Wexford and Waterford

Reporting to: School Talks Co-Ordinator, Advocacy Department

Duration: 12 months

Time Commitment: Time commitment will depend on volunteer’s availability and demand for school talks. Adhoc, as and when needed during school hours. Estimated 2 p/w at most

Overall Responsibility

  • To deliver schools visits (2 visits a week at most)
  • Educate students on the issues of homelessness.
  • Encourage students to participate in community fundraising and other activities.

Main Duties/ Responsibilities

  • Deliver engaging and educational secondary school visits locally.  These talks aim to help develop students’ understanding of homelessness and also to break down any stereotypes they may have about people who are homeless.
  • Motivate students to participate in community fundraising in their local area or organise an event in their school.


  • Excellent oral communication skills.
  • Ability to empathise with the cause and connect with young people.
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to Focus Ireland’s mission.
  • Experience in delivering school workshops or programmes is not essential but preferable. All training will be provided.

Person Specification

  • Ability to work with and motivate young students.
  • Self-directed and an ability to work independently.
  • Professional but welcoming manner.

Training, Support and Supervision

  • You will receive an induction to the organisation and training prior to starting the role.
  • You will receive on-going support from the school talks co-ordinator.


  • Personal development.
  • Opportunity to build up your work experience.
  • Opportunity to work in and learn about the voluntary sector.
  • Opportunity to work with a successful national charity.
  • The chance to contribute towards the personal development of the young students you will be working with in schools.
  • While developing your work experience you will be helping raise needed funds towards homelessness in Ireland.


  • You conduct yourself in a professional manner.
  • You are respectful towards all volunteers, community groups, school students, companies that you work with throughout the duration of the role.
  • Good time keeping.
  • Commitment to the role.
  • Be reliable and available to deliver talks during school hours as needed.
  • Maintain regular updates and communication with your supervisor.


Student Work Placements & Internships

If you are interested in enquiring about a student/ work placement or Internship with Focus Ireland, please forward a copy of your CV, with a cover letter to

Please note, we are at full capacity for Transition Year placements for 2018/2019 and cannot accept any more applications.