Active Retirement Workshop Volunteer

A safe place where people learn and grow,

that serves our needs and enriches our lives

in a supportive, fun and caring environment’

 

GENERAL WORKSHOP VOLUNTEER

Our organisation & the programme

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.

We organise activities like physical fitness programmes, board games, cross words, table quizzes, darts, bowls, bingo, and specific courses which vary over time – for example, Irish and How to Use your Mobile Phone. In addition, guest speakers on topics of relevance to the group are scheduled on a monthly basis. Outings are also organised on a monthly basis in consultation with the group. A Summer programme takes place in the month of July. But perhaps the most important function of the group is the social aspect as many of our members live alone. To reach our full potential and to achieve our goals in the group, we seek new volunteers from time to time to support the ARG co-ordinator deliver a quality and professional programme to the members.


Overview of the Volunteer Role
To identify your area of expertise and specific skills that can be used to facilitate a workshop (one-off or series)  that would benefit the Active Retirement Group.

Examples of these are:

  • Sports, Chair Yoga, Tai Chi, etc.
  • Arts
  • Cookery
  • Crafts
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Current Events
  • Group Discussions
  • First Aid
  • Reflexology treatments
  • Presentations
  • Other area of relevance



Tasks

  • To agree with the programme coordinator a workshop plan in advance
  • To source materials to undertake the courses, these will be funded by the centre
  • To prepare these courses in advance
  • To ensure the room and space are prepared and ready for the participants in advance of the class starting
  • To lead the class/workshop with the support at all times of the programme staff – class leaders and assistants
  • To review activities with the programme coordinator implementing changes where necessary
  • To follow the policies and procedures of Ozanam House which can be found in the induction pack or in the office

Time commitment

The exact times and dates of working will be agreed between the volunteer and the programme co-ordinator. The volunteer should consider committing to the time of the classes/workshops plus extra time for the planning and preparation of the classes/workshops. The Active Retirement Group meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 – 12:30. However, due to social distancing restrictions these times may change.

Skills, Experience & Qualities Required

  • Expertise and specific skill in an area of relevance to the centre
  • Fun and Energy when teaching your skill to a group of people
  • Ability to relate well to people and enjoy dealing with them
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Good organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Self-confidence towards other people
  • Patience, resilience, tolerance and flexibility
  • Previous workshop experience is desirable but not essential

Training & Support

  • The volunteer will have an initial meeting with the co-ordinator to receive a role-specific induction and to agree a timetable and schedule of duties in line with the volunteer role description
  • The volunteer will receive support at all times of the programme staff – class leaders and assistants.
  • Special support will be given by the programme coordinator in advance for planning the workshop.

Benefits

  • Personal development
  • Sharing knowledge that can help others enrich their lives
  • Opportunity to work in and learn about a community resource centre
  • Opportunity to build up valuable work experience
  • Tea and coffee will be provided for all volunteers

If you have a skill or qualification in an area that you feel will benefit Ozanam House
please contact us!
A meeting will be arranged.

Contact

Kim Haugh

Email; admin@ozanamhouse.ie

Phone;  087 1836978

Weekly Update for Our Active Retirement 4th-10th of May

Our weekly Activity Pack for Seniors is now available in the document below. We are continuing our online supports until we can all meet up again in person.

As always, if you have any queries or just want to chat you can contact Jenna on activeretirement@ozanamhouse.ie or by phone at  087 6047103

Our Active Retirement Supports – This week’s Edition April 27th-May 3rd

We are continuing our online supports for our Active Retirement members. Here is this week’s version of the Activity Pack which also includes some previous material.

Each week will see new material and activities our members can enjoy. Be sure to get involved.

As always, if you have any questions or just feel the need to get in touch Jenna is available on 087 604 1703 or through email activeretirement@ozanamhouse.ie

Our Active Retirement Supports – This weeks Edition April 20th

We are continuing our online supports for our Active Retirement members. Here is this week’s version of the Activity Pack which also includes some previous material.

As always, if you have any questions or just feel the need to get in touch Jenna is available on 087 604 1703 or through email activeretirement@ozanamhouse.ie

Our Active Retirement Supports

As part of our remote supports to our senior members, we are sharing on our website the activities available to our Active Retirement Group since these measures were brought in.

The links below are packed with activities, health and safety material, nutritional content and general information. If you are feeling isolated or have any questions we are always here for your support.

Our Active Retirement Coordinator can be contacted on 087 604 1703 or through email activeretirement@ozanamhouse.ie

Last Week’s Activity Packet;

And this week’s

Stay safe everyone.

For All Our Active Retirement Members

The Ozanam Team has been busing creating our remote structures. We have been making direct contact to all members via phone checking in to make sure they are all ok and providing them with any additional supports or tending to any needs they have.

We have also been busy creating a user-friendly Google document that contains information on resources available to our members as well as activity guides with recipes, online education/entertainment, workout videos and guides, and mindfulness practices. We are also creating a monthly and weekly calendar setting daily ‘goals’ such as walk 15 minutes, learn a phrase in another language, and ‘call a friend’.

Remember if you or any older member of our community needs help or assistance they can contact us 087 6041703

or you can contact other support services:

  • ALONE helpline for older people at at 0818 222 024
  • Dublin City Community Response Team 222 8555

Active Retirement Trip to the Abbey Theatre

On January 22nd, the Active Retirement Group took a trip to the historic Abbey Theatre. We were given an exclusive and in-depth tour of the theatre, stage, and backstage. We were shown how the special effects worked and how the character wigs were made. We grabbed lunch at Wynn’s Hotel before setting back to the Abbey to see ‘Drama at Inish’. It was a great day filled with laughs!

Active Retirement – Chair-Yoga Volunteer

                    

                                       

A safe place where people learn and grow,

that serves our needs and enriches our lives

in a supportive, fun and caring environment’

 

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 in Dublin’s north inner city. The centre now offers over 600 programme places to more than 500 people per week where our youngest member is 2 and our eldest is 96. We also engage 75 active volunteers who share their time and skills each week for the benefit of others.


Active Retirement – Our Programme

We organise activities like physical fitness programmes, board games, cross words, table quizzes, darts, bowls, bingo, and specific courses which vary over time – for example, Irish and How to Use your Mobile Phone. In addition, guest speakers on topics of relevance to the group are scheduled on a monthly basis. Outings are also organised on a monthly basis in consultation with the group. A Summer programme takes place in the month of July. But perhaps the most important function of the group is the social aspect as many of our members live alone. To reach our full potential and to achieve our goals in the group, we seek new volunteers from time to time to support the ARG co-ordinator deliver a quality and professional programme to the members.

Overview of the volunteer role

To reach our full potential and to achieve our goals in the centre we are constantly seeking new volunteers to come on board to share their skills and knowledge with people undertaking our Chair-Yoga classes.


Tasks

  • Teach basics of Chair-Yoga
  • To prepare the class in advance
  • To consult the service users when planning activities
  • Deliver safe, fun and creative yoga classes, sensitive to the needs and abilities of participants
  •  Take class attendance on a daily basis
  • Responsibility for overall set up and clean up
  • Supervise the group with first priority in their safety
  • Participate in the class and come to the aid of the participants
  • Introduce new members to the group and ensure all members are included and engaged in the activity
  • To attend team meetings and training days if/when possible
  • To follow the policies and procedures of Ozanam House which can be found in the induction pack or in the office
  • Other general responsibilities in the context of the role as agreed with the co-ordinator

Time commitment

The Yoga class runs Mondays from 11.30am – 12.30pm. The Yoga volunteer should commit to one class per month plus extra time for the preparation of the class (the exact times and dates of working will be agreed between the volunteer and the programme co-ordinator). The volunteer should commit to a minimum period of nine months. This covers 3 terms with each term lasting 10 weeks. This offers consistency to a class level and offers the volunteer the opportunity to develop that class well over time.

Skills, Experience & Qualities Required

  • Formal qualifications and experience in yoga and chair yoga instruction
  • A keen interest in Yoga activities
  • Experience  in Group Instruction or teaching preferred
  • Patience, resilience, tolerance and flexibility
  • Ability to relate well to people and enjoy dealing with them
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Self-confidence and general ease with other people
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills – vital in a supportive role
  • Good organizational skills and basic administration skills
  • Intermediate level of English
  • Experience with adult learners of mixed learning capacities is an advantage but not essential
  • High motivation and engagement to be a volunteer over a longer period of time
  • Commitment to the ethos of volunteering and community based initiative

Training & Induction

  • The volunteer will receive an induction/information night in the centre prior to his/her first inset and will get a general information pack to become familiar with the centre and our procedures
  • The volunteer will have an initial meeting with the co-ordinator to receive a role-specific induction and to agree a timetable and schedule of duties in line with the volunteer role description
  • Ongoing individual training programmes will be provided if necessary

Support & Supervision

The co-ordinator will be responsible for the supervision of the volunteer. Volunteers will meet with their co-ordinator either in one-to-one meetings, or in larger group meetings to discuss ongoing progress and any issues arising.
General volunteer meetings, for all volunteers, will take place twice a year, in May and November.

Benefits

  • Personal and professional development
  • Sharing knowledge that can help others enrich their lives
  • To be part of a progressive team supporting others to improve their lives
  • Opportunity to work in and learn about a community resource centre
  • Opportunity to build up valuable work experience
  • Tea and coffee will be provided for all volunteers

Active Retirement Group – Friday Volunteer

                    

                                       

A safe place where people learn and grow,

that serves our needs and enriches our lives

in a supportive, fun and caring environment’

 

Our organisation & the programme

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.

One of these programmes is our Active Retirement Group (ARG). This group is open to people over the age of 55. The group aims to provide members with a social environment and outlet where they engage in activities to develop skills which help improve their physical health while keeping alive their mental capacity, as well as their social and emotive wellbeing.

Overview of the Volunteer Role
We organize activities like physical fitness programmes, board games, cross words, table quizzes, darts, bowls, bingo, and specific courses which vary over time – for example, Irish and How to Use your Mobile Phone. In addition, guest speakers on topics of relevance to the group are scheduled on a monthly basis. Outings are also organised on a monthly basis in consultation with the group. A Summer programme takes place in the month of July. But perhaps the most important function of the group is the social aspect as many of our members live alone. To reach our full potential and to achieve our goals in the group, we seek new volunteers from time to time to support the ARG co-ordinator deliver a quality and professional programme to the members.

Tasks for Friday Volunteers

  • Undertake shopping for bingo prizes. A weekly budget is available to buy 15 small prizes. This usually involves a trip to the local Aldi and some additional shopping in local stores.
  • Call out bingo numbers; Check bingo cards; Issue prizes
  • Provide cover for the co-ordinator from time to time due to unavoidable absences
  • Attend outings and trips to provide support to co-ordinator, if requested and if available
  • To attend meetings and training days if/when possible
  • To follow the policies and procedures of Ozanam House which can be found in the induction pack or in the office
  • Other general responsibilities in the contest of the role as agreed with the co-ordinator

Time Commitment

Volunteers are expected to undertake shopping between 9.30am and 11am and call out bingo from 11.15am to 12.30pm.  Volunteers for the Friday role have the option of alternating every second Friday with another volunteer.
It is our expectation that volunteers will commit to working with the Active Retirement Group for a minimum of one year.

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 delivered training in First Aid, taught specific crafts to the group, and donated reflexology treatments. The time commitment for these volunteers will vary and be agreed in advance with the co-ordinator.


Skills, Experience & Qualities

  • High motivation and commitment to be a volunteer over a long period of time
  • Ability to relate well to elderly people and enjoy dealing with them
  • Self-confidence and general ease with other people
  • Assertiveness, teamwork and self-reliance
  • Intermediate level of English
  • Commitment to the ethos of volunteering and community based initiatives
  • Previous experience is desirable but not essential

Training & Induction

  • The volunteer will receive an induction/information night in the centre prior to his/her first inset and will get a general information pack to become familiar with the centre and our procedures
  • The volunteer will have an initial meeting with the co-ordinator to receive a role-specific induction and to agree a timetable and schedule of duties in line with the volunteer role description
  • Ongoing individual training programmes will be provided if necessary


Support & Supervision

The co-ordinator will be responsible for the supervision of the volunteer. Volunteers will meet with their co-ordinator either in one-to-one meetings, or in larger meetings with other ARG volunteers to discuss ongoing progress and any issues arising.
General Ozanam House volunteer meetings, for all volunteers, will take place twice a year, in May and November.

Benefits

  • Personal development
  • The chance to contribute towards the social environment of elderly people to improve their overall well being
  • Opportunity to work in and learn about a community resource centre
  • Opportunity to build up working experience
  • To be part of a progressive team supporting others to improve their lives
  • Tea and coffee will be provided for all volunteers