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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01 881 5900
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.
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Complete and return form to:
HR Dept, Focus Ireland, 9-12 High St, Christchurch, Dublin 8
Or email to: email@example.com
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 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.
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:
The Person: The successful candidate would possess the following
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
Main Duties/ Responsibilities
Training, Support and Supervision
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, we are at full capacity for Transition Year placements for 2018/2019 and cannot accept any more applications.
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Our Beloved Boutiques depend on our volunteers to keep raising money to help people who are homeless or in danger of losing their homes.