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’



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


  • 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.


  • 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.


Kim Haugh


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 or by phone at  087 6047103

A May Full of Activities For Our Men’s Group

Our Men’s Group is still very active despite the measures in place. Although it has been tough on all of our members, we are getting through it together. And remember, these restrictions are only temporary.

We have loads of activities for the men this month and this can be viewed below. Our Group Coordinator Glenn, contacted the members this week by post and that letter is below should you want to view it. If you have any questions or just want to chat we are still available and Glenn can be contacted through

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

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

Stay in Touch

As we are all aware, many measures have been brought in to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect some of the most vulnerable people in terms of health in our society. It may be a scary time and it probably feels like everything has stopped. However, these are temporary precautions. And, as always, Ozanam House is here to support the community of the North-east inner city. All our programmes are still available online and our programme coordinators are still available to answer your questions or talk about any queries you may have.

Active Retirement

Jenna or by phone at 087 6047103

Adult Education

Kim  or calling 087 1836978

Youth Groups

Nino or by phone at 085 1621742

Childcare Centre

Denise or by phone at 085 2350312

Men’s Group


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

Last Week’s Activity Packet;

And this week’s

Stay safe everyone.