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 events@focusireland.ie 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@focusireland.ie

 

SERVICES SUPPORT VOLUNTEER - LIMERICK

Location: Limerick Services

Reporting to: Assistant Project Leader

Duration: 3 months over the summer

Time Commitment: Flexible to suit the service and the volunteer.

Role Description

Childers Road Family Initiative provides emergency accommodation and support to 30 families who are homeless. We currently have one Child Support Worker who works with some of the children during their stay. This includes support to access local services and holiday camps as well as organising family days and other activities.

The PETE Programme (Preparing for Education, Training and Employment) provides a number of accredited and non-accredited coursed to suit all levels, with a high level of one-to-one supports as well as literacy support. This programme is available to adults who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The role of the volunteer will involve supporting both the Child Support Worker and PETE staff to facilitate access to groups and activities. It will also involve supporting staff members to facilitate group sessions for both adults and children.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. To undertake an active role with the customers, alongside the full time staff members to monitoring behaviour, interacting with customers and ensure safety of all.
  1. To feed into case notes or reports that may be required by the staff members.
  1. Ensure to be kept informed of relevant updates through a hand over from staff.
  1. Work within the framework of the overall objectives of Focus Ireland.
  1. To engage in supervision sessions on a regular basis with the Volunteer Supervisor.
  1. To participate in relevant training and development courses as agreed with your Volunteer Supervisor.
  1. To undertake such other duties as might be reasonably assigned from time to time in consultation with the Volunteer Supervisor and the Manager.
  1. To be vigilant to any Health, Safety and Welfare risks in the workplace, in particular child protection concerns, and to bring any concerns to the attention of the Manager, Supervisor or Health & Safety Representative.

The Person:  The successful candidate would possess the following

  • Certificate of completion for the Children First E-Learning Programme
  • Some experience volunteering or doing a placement with marginalised or vulnerable people
  • Commitment to the Highest Level of Service
  • Respect for others
  • Strong communication skills
  • Good awareness of health and safety procedures

VOLUNTEER BEFRIENDER - DUBLIN

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 DAY VOLUNTEER - DUBLIN

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.

SCHOOL VISIT AMBASSADOR

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.

Criteria: 

  • 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.

Benefits

  • 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.

Expectations

  • 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.

SHOP ASSISTANTS (DUBLIN & CORK)

Location: Malahide, Dublin & Douglas, Cork

Reporting to: Shop Manager

Duration: 12 months

Time Commitment: 4+ hours flexible to suit volunteer over 7 day rota.

Role Description
The purpose of the Focus Ireland Retail Service is to raise awareness and fundraise for Focus Ireland services, and to engage with the community through donations and volunteering.
The Shop Assistant will assist the Shop Manager to provide a high quality retail service, and assist with the daily running and operation of the Focus Ireland Shop. They will adhere to the standards of best practice in retail management and will be a professional ambassador for the organisation.
Key Responsibilities
1) To aid and support the Shop Manager and Assistant Manager in the daily running and operation of the Focus Ireland Beloved Shop.
2) To ensure that the shop premises are clean and tidy at all times.
3) To present merchandise in an attractive and presentable manner.
4) To maintain stock generation, thank donors for goods, sort donated goods, clean & steam goods and price items for sale.
5) To assist the Shop Manager and Assistant Manager in the rotation of stock with the charity’s other shops (if required).
6) To act as an ambassador for Focus Ireland services, through communicating information about the services, advocacy campaigns and fundraising initiatives.
7)To assist the Shop Manager and Assistant Manager in ensuring that all administrative and financial procedures are followed including banking, cash register reconciliation, weekly returns and attendance records.
8) To adhere to the agreed policies, procedures and protocols within the shop as directed by the Shop Manager and Assistant Manager.
9) To adhere to the agreed policies, procedures and protocols within the shop as directed by the Shop Manager and Assistant Manager.
10) Work within the framework of the overall objectives of Focus Ireland.
11) To participate in relevant training and development courses as agreed with the Shop Manager.
12) 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.
13) Any other duties which are consistent with the duties and responsibilities of the role, as directed by the Shop Manager.
14) To ensure that an excellent standard of customer care is provided to visitors to the shop, thus encouraging people to continue to support the work of Focus Ireland on an ongoing basis.

The Person
1) Previous retail experience would be desirable, although not essential.
2) Excellent customer care skills.
3) Reliable and trustworthy.
4) Good numeracy skills, desirable to have some cash handling experience.
5) Commitment to the highest level of service.
6) Respect for others.
7) Good awareness of health and safety.
8) Excellent communication skills.
9) Excellent communication skills.

Training
Full in-house training will be provided.

 

 

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 volunteer@focusireland.com.

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