Making New Friends – Together Old and Young

The Ozanam House Childcare Centre recently began their Together Young and Old (TOY) project for 2019. Our preschool children and the Active Retirement Group are planning to meet once a month to connect and share experiences. Here is what Debbie, our Early Educator to the Koala preschool class had to say
‘On Wed 13th of February, the Koala preschool class met with some members of the Active Retirement Group. We spent some time drawing pictures, reading and making jigsaws while also making new friends! The children really enjoyed having their new friends chat with them and help them with their pictures and games.
This is a lovely opportunity for our youngest children to mix with some of our older members who have so much to offer.
The Koala children are already looking forward to meeting up with their new friends again!’


Meet our Host and our Judges


Brendan Courtney

Brendan has hosted our show for the last four years and has become a huge contributor to the success of Ozanam Come Dancing! Brendan is a TV Presenter,  producer and a fashion designer. Brendan has produced and presented countless TV programmes over the years and has been a regular face on our screens for nearly 20 years.  Brendan won great acclaim for his documentary’s including  ‘We need to Talk about Dad’ and most recently his RTE series ‘This Crowded House’.

In 2012 Brendan co-launched women’s wear collection  “Lennon Courtney” which is now exclusively available at Dunnes Stores.

We are delighted and honoured to have Brendan back as our host again for tonight’s show.

“The whole crew in Ozanam House are inspiring to say the least, I am honoured and humbled to be invited back to host this wonderful, fun and spectacular show”



Eilish O’Carroll is an actress, writer, comedian and cast-member of the popular TV sitcom, Mrs. Brown’s Boys, where she plays the title character’s best friend and neighbour, Winnie McGoogan. Eilish has played the role of Winnie since the show’s debut in 2011. Eilish is fresh from her exploits as a contestant on RTE’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ where she learned all of her great dancing knowledge that she is looking forward to sharing with us tonight. Eilish is delighted to join our judges table and is proud to be supporting Ozanam House SVP.


Neili Conroy stars as Sharon Collins in Fair City. She has acted in Film, TV and Theatre for the past twenty-five years and is known for her roles in Love Hate, Intermission, Roddy Doyle’s  films The Van and Family. Neilí has also appeared in The Clinic, The General and Kisses. Neili is delighted to be asked to judge SVP’s annual fundraising event Ozanam Come Dancing and is looking forward to the performances on the night


Brian Keogh began his career on the ballroom dance floor at the tender age of 4. He has represented Ireland for many years in numerous international competitions across the world. Brian is a qualified adjudicator and is no stranger to “Come Dancing”.  He has also performed in numerous stage, TV and film productions and has worked on productions at the Gaiety, Olympia and the Helix. Along the way Brian has been nominated and won a number of awards at festivals throughout the country. We are delighted to have Brain back again with us this year to share his expertise with us this evening.





Ozanam Come Dancing 2019 MEGA RAFFLE

We have launched our MEGA RAFFLE as part of this years Ozanam Come Dancing. Don’t miss your chance to win lots of Luxury Holiday Prizes and Exclusive Restaurant Vouchers as well as lots more prizes.

Tickets are €5 each and are available in Ozanam House or at the show on the night.

The Draw will take place at Ozanam Come Dancing 2019, Liberty Hall, on March 8th.

Full terms and conditions here:    Raffle – Terms & Conditions.docx





Tickets are now on sale for our BIG annual Fundraiser Ozanam Come Dancing.

Join our host Brendan Courtney, our NEW celebrity Judges Neili Conroy and the fantastic Eilish O’Carroll (Winnie from Mrs Browns Boys) for a great night of fun, dance and fundraising.

Friday, March 8th at 7.30pm in Liberty Hall, Dublin 1

Tickets are €20 and are available from 

St Mary’s Community Project – Awards Day

Last Friday, we held a very special event here in Ozanam House.  St Mary’s Community project presented certificates of recognition to their hardworking staff on CE schemes.  These certs commemorate the academic achievements the staff have gained in various fields over the previous 12 months.

Cllr Gary Gannon was kind enough to present the awards and he spoke about his own involvement with Ozanam House and the local community.  Our own Alan, Diana, Frances, Lauren and Salomatoy were delighted to get their awards. Congratulations to everyone involved.

We Are Looking for Men’s Group Volunteers

Ozanam House is now recruiting volunteers to work with the Men’s Group on Tuesdays and Fridays, 2pm – 5pm.

Overview of the Volunteer Role

We organize activities like computers, exercise, cookery, relaxation and regular outings. But perhaps the most important function of the group is offering its members a social outlet, a place to come and make or meet friends, to develop their confidence and sense of self-respect and self-worth. To reach our full potential and to achieve our goals in the group, we are constantly seeking new volunteers to support the men’s group co-ordinator deliver a qualitative and professional programme to the members.

  • Welcome members and ensure they have a seat and a tea/coffee
  • Provide a listening ear to members, particularly those who are vulnerable for various reasons and in need of company.
  • Develop supportive relationships with the men
  • Assist the co-ordinator with the organisation and delivery of activities
  • Take responsibility for the group from time to time when the co-ordinator needs to be away from the room.
  • 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 context of the role as agreed with the co-ordinator.

Skills, Experience & Qualities Required

  • High motivation and engagement to be a volunteer over a longer period of time
  • Ability to relate well to people and enjoy dealing with them
  • Self-confidence and general ease with other people
  • Assertiveness, teamwork and self-reliance
  • Openness to supervision and working in a team way
  • Intermediate level of English
  • Commitment to the ethos of volunteering and community based initiative
  • 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

Time commitment

The group takes place each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 2:00pm to 5:00 pm
Volunteers are expected to attend for at least one afternoon per week (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.

Other volunteers
In addition, we welcome applications from potential volunteers who have specific expertise or skills which they can contribute. The time commitment for these volunteers will vary and be agreed in advance with the co-ordinator.


  • Personal development
  • The change to contribute towards the social environment of the men to learn new skills and practice old ones
  • 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.

If you interested in this role, please contact us now!

Phone: 01-8742804

CoderDojo Mentors needed for Ozanam House

Information for Volunteers


General Information

We are in the process of establishing a free after-school coding club for young people in our community, as part of the CoderDojo movement, here in Ozanam House which is a community centre in the North Inner City run by the SVP.


CoderDojo is a global, volunteer-led movement that organises free computer clubs for young people aged 7–17, and there are more than 1600 clubs (Dojos) in countries all over the world. At a Dojo, young people explore technology and learn how to code in a fun, relaxed environment. CoderDojo gives young people confidence, a place to meet new friends, and valuable skills for the future, and it can open up new avenues for children who might not otherwise have such learning opportunities. You can find out more at We are hoping to have our Dojo up and running by mid-January 2019.


In order to be successful, a Dojo needs mentors — adult volunteers, with or without technical skills — who provide support, guidance, and encouragement for young people to complete their projects and develop their skills. Mentors in turn also receive opportunities and benefits by being a part of the CoderDojo movement as well as being a member of Ozanam House and SVP. I hope you will share this message with your staff and students, offering them the chance to contribute to their community by becoming CoderDojo mentors.



Champion’s Handbook



In addition to the resources provided here at Ozanam House, there is also a depth of resources available through the CoderDojo website which includes activities for starting the class and the best software to use for programming. There is also a Champion’s Handbook which gives the background information on CoderDojo, like how it was set-up and the organisation’s ethics, how to get a Dojo up and running and how to structure the sessions.



Class Structure



Speaking of class structure, we are hoping to have 10 Ninjas (participants) per session, which will mean a Champion and at least three mentors facilitating the sessions. We would like to have 10 mentors on the books as a way of making sure there is enough cover. The sessions will take place here at Ozanam House and we will make laptops available to those that don’t have any.






The sessions will take place for two hours on Saturdays.






Do you have to be an expert in code and programming to become involved? No, not at all. While this is a bonus, it is not essential. We do ask that you do have some technical knowledge and are comfortable using computers and for your time and enthusiasm. Also, if you have experience in a similar set-up or a background in dealing with children and teens would be a bonus.






The process is the same for all our volunteers. As we have a responsibility to all the service users at Ozanam House, everyone will go through the Garda Vetting process and reference checking. There will also be inductions and Child Protection Training provided.



Why be a mentor?



Mentoring provides volunteers with a host of valuable new skills and experiences:


Communication skills: Interaction with young people and other mentors allows volunteers to develop their communication skills.


Networking: Mentors will have the opportunity to form contacts with IT professionals.


Develop programming skills: Mentors’ technical skills will be fostered, as each Dojo covers several programming languages from beginner to advanced levels.


Local community and youth work: Mentoring will give volunteers experience of working with young people while helping out and giving back to their local community. You can support young people in Dublin’s North Inner City to develop skills which will give them opportunities to create better futures.


Professional development: Many companies recognise CoderDojo mentoring as a great addition to a job applicant’s professional development. Some companies that have worked directly with CoderDojo are Microsoft, Salesforce, Accenture, Riot Games, Deloitte, and Thomson Reuters.



Find a video illustrating what mentoring at a Dojo is like at






Thank you in advance for helping young people in our community improve their confidence and creative skills while learning to build amazing things with technology. If you have any questions or wish to volunteer, please email us at


Ozanam Coder Flyer (Champions and Mentors[admin])


Youth Programme Volunteers – Information


Further details for Ozanam Youth Groups, Senior Youth Groups and Grinds Club are as follows:

Time Commitment

  • The groups take place on the days and times listed above:
  • Our Youth Leader volunteers commit to one group on one day – 2 hours each week (the exact times and days will be agreed between the volunteer and the programme co-ordinator).
  • Our volunteers should commit to a minimum period of nine months. If you know in advance that he or she can only commit to a shorter period of time, you should let the coordinator know.


  • Contribute to plans for your youth group.
  • Take part in activities and spend time with the children and young
  • Be a role model for the children and young people and help them with
    their activities.
  • Supervise the group together with other volunteers.
  • Attend and contribute to debriefings after the classes with other
  • Work as part of a volunteer team within a really supportive
    environment where everybody helps each other, giving and taking
    ongoing feedback and support between all volunteer youth leaders.
  • Provide one to one academic support to students in subjects of your chosing
  • Provide advice and support to students as they prepare for their exams
  • Provide study tips and career tips and advice to students where possible

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.
  • An accepting and non-authoritarian approach.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team.
  • Reliability, patience, resilience and flexibility.
  • Ability to treat children and young people’s concerns with respect, tact
    and sensitivity.

Training & Induction

  • Our volunteer youth leaders will attend an induction/information night in the centre
    to become familiar with the centre and our procedures
  • Attend Child Protection Training learning about best practices when working with children and young people.
  • Attend team meetings each term, as well as
  • A great volunteer training programmes is developed each year with great courses on offer that will support your work as a youth leader

Support & Supervision

  • Our Programme co-ordinator will provide ongoing support to all of our volunteer.
  • Youth leaders 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.
  • Planning meetings take place twice a year, in September and January


  • General happiness and satisfaction
  • Personal and professional development in terms of confidence, patience, adaptability
  • The chance to contribute towards the development of children and young people to enhance their sense of self-worth and belief
  • To make a difference in young people’s lives
  • Opportunity to build up valuable work experience


If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact us now!
Phone: 01-8742804

Youth Programme Volunteers – Current Needs

CURRENT NEEDS – We currently have an urgent need for volunteers for the following Youth Groups:

Group             Age Group                  Day          Time
OYG1              6 years – 10 years     Tuesday   5.00pm to 6.30pm
OYG1              6 years – 10 years     Thursday 5.00pm to 6.30pm
OYG2             05th & 06th Class     Wednesday 5.00pm to 6.30pm
SYS2              16 years – 18 years    Wednesday 7.15pm to 8.45pm

Junior Cert Grinds                           Tuesday 7.00pm to 8.30pm
Leaving Cert Grinds                         Thursday 7.00pm to 8.30pm

For further information on TIME COMMITTMENT, ROLE, TRAINING, SUPPORTS and BENEFITS for each programme and how to apply please see below:

Ozanam Come Dancing 2019

Ozanam Come Dancing 2019