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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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HR Dept, Focus Ireland, 9-12 High St, Christchurch, Dublin 8
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Location: Malahide, Dublin – Douglas, Cork – Naas, Kildare – Waterford
Reporting to: Shop Manager
Duration: 12 months
Time Commitment: 4+ flexible to suit volunteer over 7 day rota.
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.
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.
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.
Full in-house training will be provided.
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 55,000 hot meals were served in 2014.
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 posses the following
Location: Coffee Shop, 15 Eustace St, Dublin 2
Reporting to: Project Leader
Duration: 12 months
Time Commitment: 5 – 25 hours p/week, flexible to suit volunteer over 7 day rota.
The Coffee Shop team’s main duty is to provide a safe and welcoming environment, which facilitates social inclusion and enables customers to become involved in service.
The volunteer will support the Coffee Shop team by ensuring accurate & timely entry of data from the Open Access service onto the Focus Ireland PASS system and local recording systems
Work within the framework of the overall objectives of Focus Ireland
2. To engage in supervision sessions on a regular basis with the Volunteer Supervisor
3. To participate in relevant training and development courses as agreed with your Volunteer Supervisor
4. To undertake such other duties as might be reasonably assigned from time to time in consultation with the Volunteer Supervisor
5. 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
6. To data input daily statistics using the PASS homeless services management system and local recording systems
7. To ensure prompt and timely inputting of project statistics
8. To liaise with team regarding prompt delivery of daily stats
9. To liaise with teams regarding missing, inaccurate or duplicated logbook records
The successful candidate would posses the following
Commitment to the Highest Level of Service
Respect for others
Good awareness of health and safety procedures
Excellent typing and keyboard skills
Good interpersonal skills
Ability to work under pressure
Previous administrative experience
Proficiency in the use of Databases
Skilled in the use of Microsoft Packages
Experience of working in the voluntary sector
Location: Catherine Place, Limerick
Reporting to: Volunteer Supervisor
Duration: 12 months
Time Commitment: 1 hours per week
We are looking for a volunteer to facilitate a creative writing class. The volunteer will be working in a group setting to develop literacy skills and communication through story writing and poetry.
Duties & Responsibilities:
1) Work within the framework of the overall objectives of Focus Ireland.
2) To engage in supervision sessions as required with the 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.
The successful candidate would possess the following
Time commitment: 12 months
Hours per week: 3 hours flexible to suit volunteer and service This entails a 1 to 1 session of an hour to an hour and a half and travel time to and from the venue]
Location: Dublin, Waterford, Sligo and Limerick. Location will be flexible to suit the volunteer and service delivery.
Focus Ireland provide a number of services for families at risk and/or experiencing homelessness nationally. Focus Ireland offer a range of childcare, after-schools and education and training services. Educational attainment and attendance at school are recognized as key priorities for children of families who are homeless and/or at risk.
Focus Ireland recognizes that many of the families we engage in services are struggling with addiction, mental health issues, lack of parental educational attainment, poor parenting skills, neglect and trauma. Being homeless can be understood as a trauma in itself. Many families have also experienced degrees of transience and this is disruptive to maintaining schools and learning often perpetrated by trauma. Our experience, supported by research has shown us that the loss of one’s home, the loss of safety, predictability and control that living in homeless services and/or in fear of becoming homeless, can serve to perpetuate original trauma and the associated difficulties. The interpersonal difficulties that result may manifest as a fundamental distrust of others and serve to isolate them. These interpersonal or attachment difficulties can be passed down from generation to generation, meaning a legacy of trauma is passed down which can serve to make future generations more vulnerable to homelessness.
In Ireland, a child’s life chances are still disproportionately affected by their family’s social and economic position in Irish society, limiting their potential and their ability to find their way out of poverty. As a result, disadvantaged children still face stark inequalities of opportunities and outcomes in education. They are more likely to have difficulties in areas such as literacy and numeracy, to leave school early and they are far less likely to progress to university or other higher education options. In fact, almost one in six young people continues to leave school every year without completing the Leaving Certificate. When the education system fails a child and they leave school early it affects all aspects of their future life – including employment opportunities, health and risk of involvement in crime and becoming homeless in adult life.
In our experience many children accessing our crisis services have dropped out of school or have poor school attendance meaning they have limited access to the additional supports available through the schools systems. Often there is difficulty in addressing the child’s emotional and behavioral problems which are also outside the remit of many education related support services. The parents’jjj ability to support the child’s attendance and learning may present challenges in terms of their own stability and literacy.
Education is crucial for children’s self-esteem and development. It is a proven route out of poverty; a path through which children can see what is possible for them and that can help them to reach their full potential. Education matters because it is intrinsically valuable, allowing children and young people to develop intellectually and socially. It also matters because, in Ireland, as in many other countries, education is a powerful predictor of adult life chances. Inequality in education means that some children do not reach their potential because their opportunities are limited before they begin.
Purpose of volunteer role:
To deliver one to one and group tuition to children and teenagers in roll out of the Education Matters programme.
Provide curricular supports based on the needs of the children and young people.
To provide English language and literacy supports
To support learning and self-esteem of individual young people and groups
To enhance the ability of the children from each service to complete school through academic support specifically through the following programmes:
Reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed
Location: Cashel, Tipperary
Reporting to: Befriending Service Coordinator
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
7. Maintain and submit record of befriending sessions to Coordinator monthly
Time Requirement : 1 hour per week (Mon-Fri, 9-5) for a minimum of 6 months. This is subject to continuous review
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 2017/2018 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.