A Big Night for Our Adult Education Graduates

Last night, we hosted what will become the first of many Adult Education Ceremonies. We had students, teachers and volunteers in attendance. All of our wonderful students received their certificates and the event allowed us to reflect on the importance of continuing education, regardless of age, level or ability.

This was also a celebration of all the effort the students put in over the term. The hours of work, effort and concentration have paid off. The joy when receiving their certs was palpable. The displays of the students’ work were brilliant and really highlighted their talents. From dressmaking and art, to DIY, computers and mobile phones, choir, dancing and mindfulness and yoga, as well the cookery class providing some lovely food.

Lastly, but definitely by no means least, we had to say thank you. Not only to the students that attend Ozanam House, but to those that put in the hard-work and dedication to run the classes. From the volunteers, teachers and Kim, who oversees it all. The success of this programme is dependent upon them all. Thank you

Go Team Ozanam! – THANK YOU ALL

A big congratulations and thank you to our Ozanam House Team members that took part in the Women’s Mini-Marathon over the weekend.

The funds they have raised will make a huge contribution to the new Sensory Room in Ozanam House. If you would like to to make a donation to this cause you can do so through this link.

 

 

Our Wonderful Volunteer Leaders – What a Difference they Make

The young people are not the only ones full of excitement and joy for the summer project. This year we have had the highest number of returning volunteers coming back as youth leaders for the duration of the project. This is thanks to the success and pure enjoyment from the previous years. The volunteers can see the positive impact they are making on the lives of these children.

Both our returning and new volunteers bring their dedication, time, energy, skills and experience to each and every day they are in Ozanam House. They make a lasting impact on the lives of the children and young people and even through some of them are only taking part in the project for few days or a week,  children and young people see their energy and the positive attitudes they bring. They are the ones who take part and lead activities each and every day, they facilitate the fun and joy the children and young people are having and look forward to every summer. None of what we are trying to do in Ozanam House would be possible if we didn’t have our amazing volunteers.

With the help and great work of the volunteers, so far we have been able to give a fantastic experience to 235 children and young people this Summer.

 

Summer Projects – Role of the Volunteer

A safe place where people learn and grow,

that serves our needs and enriches our lives

in a supportive, fun and caring environment

SUMMER PROJECT volunteer

Our organisation

Ozanam House is a community resource centre run by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. It is located on the site of the original clothing and furniture warehouse in a building that has also been used by the Society for a variety of purposes for over 100 years. Since our opening in September 2002, we have continued to develop various programmes and projects aimed at addressing the issue of social exclusion as well as the many needs of the local community.

Overview of the Volunteer Role

One of our biggest and most successful programmes is our summer projects where we engage up to 280 children and young people on an action-packed activities programme throughout the months of June, July and August each year.

 

We engage as many volunteers as possible to support our staff in this activity programme, mentoring the children, facilitating activities where skills allow, accompanying the children and young people on weekly trips and acting as role models to the children throughout.

 

Tasks

  • Attend the Induction Training, Child Protection Training session and Summer project Training Days
  • Working directly with the children and young people supporting them in all aspects of their daily activities and routines.
  • Utilising and sharing your skills to ensure that the time you offer the programme is quality time
  • Supporting the staff in their role of providing quality care for the children in our service
  • Acting as a role model to the children, supporting them in all areas of their learning and development.
  • To work as part of the summer project team with volunteers, students and managers.
  • To learn about youth work and good youth work practices with the help and support of the team through daily meetings with the team
  • Using policies and procedures in working with the children. Youth Leaders will get to know all of the centres policies and procedures over the first few months of work with the help and support of staff.

 

Time commitment

We ask Volunteers to commit to a minimum of ONE WEEK in one of the following projects

  • Senior Summer Project
  • to 18 years –   17th June to 12th July    Monday to Friday from 12:00pm to 5pm.

Specific training for this project takes places

Thursday  13th June  5pm-9pm (please save the date)

 

  • Youth Summer Project

6 to 12 years   –   1st   July to 26th July          Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 4pm.

Specific training for this project takes places

Saturday   22nd  June  10am-4pm

OR

Saturday    29th  June 10am-4pm (please save the date)

 

  • Childcare Summer Project

4 to 8 years   –   30th July – 17th August     Monday to Friday from 1:00pm to 5pm.

Specific training for this project takes places

Saturday   22nd  June  10am-4pm

OR

Saturday    29th  June 10am-4pm (please save the date)

 

Our expectation is that volunteers commit to a minimum One week of a project. This allows for relationships top form and for consistency across the project with Children and young people seeing the same faces every day. These relationships and this consistency is vital to the success of the project.

In addition, the Volunteer must make themselves available for training in advance of the project:

  • Induction Training – 2 hours (evening)
  • Child Protection Training – 3 hours (evening)
  • Summer Project Training – 1 day (Saturday)

 

Other volunteers
In addition, we welcome applications from potential volunteers who have specific expertise or skills which they can contribute. For example, volunteers in the past have facilitated activities in specific arts and crafts, cooking or in sports on a given week. The time commitment for these volunteers will vary and be agreed in advance with the co-ordinator.

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 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
  • Previous experience is desirable but not essential

 

Training & Support

  • The volunteer will attend an induction/information night in the centre prior to the project starting and will get a general information pack to become familiar with the centre and our procedures
  • A Child Protection Training session will be provided. This training will inform the volunteer of the protection and welfare of children under the Children’s Act 1997 and best practices when working with young people.
  • The volunteer will attend specific Summer Project training focusing further on the details of the project itself and the role of the volunteer with lost of practical tips and guidance on all areas of the summer project
  • Daily and ongoing individual supports will be provided throughout your time on the project

 

Support & Supervision

Daily de-briefing meeting occur throughout the summer project where volunteers review the day and get support and advice from training and qualified staff members in the centre

 

Benefits

  • General happiness and satisfaction
  • Personal and professional development in terms of confidence, patience, adaptability.
  • Learn new skills (decision-making and finding alternatives, leadership skills, communication skills, organizational skills, behavioural competencies …)
  • The change to contribute towards the development of children and young people to enhance the sense of self-worth and belief
  • Opportunity to use and develop skills and talents
  • Opportunity to bring ideas on board and develop the centre
  • Opportunity to work in a relaxed atmosphere
  • Opportunity to develop friendships and meaningful relationships with like-minded peers
  • Opportunity to build up valuable work experience
  • Tea and coffee will be provided for all volunteers

 

Contact

 

Kim Haugh

Email; admin@ozanamhouse.ie

Phone; 01 8742804

All Go in Our Youth Groups

Anyone who has been to Ozanam House might have found tiny cutouts of different characters from Christmas, St Patrick’s day and Easter Treasure Hunts. They are so well hidden that children taking part in our annual Easter Egg hunt found some from last years hunt, causing a little bit of confusion on the final egg count!

 

In recent weeks, we have been busy celebrating the power of positivity. Our youth groups got busy making positivity posters, gratitude jars and taking part in body positivity workshops. While everyone had a great time decorating their amazing jars with everything they could find in the arts presses, they also got to fill those jars with all the incredible things they are grateful for and make them happy. Some of them chose to leave their jars in Ozanam House so the leaders could write nice things for them every week to make them happy.

 

Our senior youth groups took part in body positivity workshops to learn ways of loving and accepting all bodies. This is especially important at their age as social pressures can be extremely challenging and difficult for many of them.

As the weather is picking up and we are getting closer and closer to summer both young people and children in our groups have started making their wish lists and activities they want to be doing during the summer project and it is getting everyone very excited.

 

 

 

Last Month’s Fun in the Active Retirement Group

Every year, the active retirement group goes to the Third Age Centre in Summerhill in County Meath. About 200 people from different groups gather for a roast chicken dinner followed by an afternoon of music from the showband era and lots of dancing. This is always a very enjoyable afternoon – the dance floor is full from the get go and there is much talk of sore feet on the way home on the bus

We always celebrate birthdays in the active retirement group with a card signed by everybody and a cake with candles. One of our members is a sprightly seventy-six today.

In March, we met first of all in the Muse Café in Easons for a light breakfast before making our way to the Wax Museum. Everyone enjoyed the outing and had a lot of fun posing with popular characters.

TOY Project (Together Old and Young) in Ozanam House

The Koala children enjoyed another TOY project get together this month. The children are really enjoying engaging with their new friends. Here is what Freda, our Active Retirement Group co-ordinator had to say

‘Once a month, members of the active retirement group join the pre-schoolers in the morning. Some of our members absolutely love this engagement as they either don’t have grandchildren or their grandchildren are much older. So, sitting with three-year-olds to do puzzles and play games is a breath of fresh air and we soak up the vitality and exuberance of the little ones – there’s also nothing quite like the wide bright smile of a young child. One member brought in a small leather ball to our session which she had used with her own children and it is still in good condition – her eldest is shortly going to celebrate her 60th birthday. Members really appreciate the smile of recognition as the children get to know them. We always end our sessions with a couple of songs and then head back upstairs for the slower pace of scrabble and cards.’