Everybody Sings

Our Active Retirement Group were delighted to participate in the making of Everybody Sings.

Everybody Sings is a project that looks at the “candid and poignant examination of the relationship between intimacy and aging.” The project is a mixture of documentary, testimony and live performance. The project is led by artist, and former Ozanam House drama teacher, Shaun Dunne with film designer Luca Truffarelli on board.

Some of our members met with Shaun for one to one interviews and others participated in a singing class and dancing session for the project. In addition, there was some filming of the group engaging in their activities. The Pictures of which can be viewed below.

Bealtaine Festival Commission Everybody Sings

The Bealtaine Festival is the national festival celebrating the arts and creativity as we age.  It takes place each May and is run by Age & Opportunity, the national organisation which promotes active and engaged living as we get older.

As part of the festival ‘Everybody Sings’ will take place in Dublin’s Smock Alley on 15th and 16th of May at 7.30 pm.  The tickets can be bought here


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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
Email: admin@ozanamhouse.ie

Adventurer Eugene O’Leary shares his story with the Men’s Group

Eugene O’Leary is a Cork-born, Dublin-based adventurer. He was kind enough to share some of his stories with us this week. He spoke about his many adventures all around the world, his charity work and how he became involved with it all in the first place.

He used to work on the lighthouses, but his time spent away from his family was becoming too difficult so he packed it in and started working in the shipping industry. One of his daughters was born with a heart complaint and spent time in Crumlin’s Children Hospital. This is when Eugene started his extensive charity work. He started raising money through marathons, which also helped him to stop smoking.

His daughter unfortunately passed away due to heart difficulties at the age of 19. At this stage, Eugene’s commitment to charity greatly increased. He took part in cycle events around the country and then abroad like the 500km cycle in five days in South Africa. Then came cycles in Italy, Hungary and further afield. Eugene showed us his pictures from these journeys and his shots of the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls.

He has represented many charities like Crumlin Children’s Hospital and the Chernobyl Children’s Trust. This is a charity set-up in Ireland, but works with many community groups in Belarus, as well as the Children’s Oncology Centre.  At the age of 75, Eugene is still going strong. He hopes to complete one of the caminos, he has already completed several, later this year.

Thank you Eugene for coming in to share your stores and inspire us all.


Our Centre Administrator and Adult Education Development Officer Kim attended the ‘Love Education’ Event in Liberty Hall last week.

This was an event organised by ‘The City of Dublin Education and Training Board’ to showcase the benefits of adult education in our community. Some wonderful stories were shared by members of the local community who have grown and developed so much from attending courses in Ozanam House and in other services in the area including LYCS, DALC, HACE and the Larkin Centre.

There are so many great courses and supports on offer in our centre and in our community and it was great to see and  hear about the benefits adult education plays in people’s lives.

Keep an eye out for our new ‘Love Education’ taster courses coming in September.

Parents Breakfast Club

Last week we added an extra dimension to our new parents morning that we host once a month in our centre.

Parents in our childcare centre come together once a month for an informal breakfast, a chance to meet each other, have a chat and explore what additional supports we can offer.

This month we were joined by ATD 4th world (All Together in Dignity) who gave us a presentation on the ‘Poverty Stone’ which is located beside the famine memorial in Dublin’s Docklands. 2018 marks the 10-year-anniversary of the Human Rights and poverty Stone being laid in Dublin.

The original stone was placed in Paris in 1987 near the Eiffel Tower. The idea was the brainchild of Fr Joseph Wresinski, a man who grew up in poverty, and was to commemorate those that suffered and died in silence due to poverty.

This presentation lead to some really interesting conversations about poverty, justice and how best we can support one another.

In the pictures below, our staff and parents write a word or name associated with basic Human Rights or poverty on a small stone which will then be placed in the Docklands with many others on October 17th (International day for the eradication of poverty). These stones will serve as a reminder to Dublin’s citizens that poverty knows no borders, is timeless, enduring and is a global issue.

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Ozanam House Ezine May

Dear Friends,


 ‘ Ozanam News’ our volunteer e-zine will let you all know the most up to date news in Ozanam House!

 If anybody has any ideas/suggestions for our e-zine, please let us know.  Alternatively if your email address has changed or you do not wish to receive updates from Ozanam House please do inform us.


  1. Summer Project 2018

It is that time of the year again…. the buds are back on the trees, the sun is trying its hardest to shine…. and we are hoping that you will be interested and able to join our Summer Project Team this year.


Having volunteers who have been on the project before or who know the centre makes such a HUGE difference to the success of the summer.

We would love to have you on board so if you are interested in coming back on board this year please let us know BY MAY 18TH .

See our Video below for a sneak preview of what to expect…..

Or our Photo Library from previous projects….    OZANAM SUMMER PROJECT



Volunteer Appreciation Night – ‘Ozanam House Volunteer Dinner Party’ – June 14th at 7pm in Ozanam House

This year we are celebrating all of the great work of you our volunteers by inviting you to a ‘Dinner Party’ here in Ozanam House on June 14th at 7pm. We will be cooking you some delicious main dishes and are inviting you to bring along a Starter or Desert if you wish. We will be sending you our more information and a special invitation closer to the date.


Training for Volunteers

The following training is scheduled for all of our volunteers in the centre over the coming weeks and months. These sessions are all free of charge and are planned to enhance your skills while working here in the centre. If you would like to reserve a place just contact us.

First Aid Training:

This is a very beneficial and popular training session. It will take on Saturday May 12th 10am to 4pm. This will book up quickly so get in touch soon if you are interested.

Promoting Positive Mental Health

A very informative session will take place on Saturday 26th May 10am to 1pm where we will look at some of the issues people face, tools to skills and good practices when facing issues and details of supports available.

Child Protection Training:

Everyone working with people under 18 must undertake this training every 3 years. Our next sessions will take place on May 24th, June 14th and June 20th .

Vulnerable Adult Training: –

We will be running another session on Thursday 8th November  6-9pm. A very informative session and a requirement for anyone working with adults in the centre

Induction for new volunteers:

Next induction training sessions will take place from 6-8pm on May 2nd , May 24th and June 6th here in Ozanam House

Restorative Practice:

This is an innovative approach to positive behaviour management and forms part of our policy in the centre. Anyone working with children, young people or adults will find this training invaluable. We will be running this training again soon so keep an eye out for dates.


If there is any specific or particular training you feel you would benefit from that would enhance your volunteer experience in Ozanam House please let us know.


  1. Fundraising
  • Ozanam Come Dancing

HUGE thanks to everyone who supported our ‘Ozanam Come Dancing’ annual fundraising event in Liberty Hall on March 9th last. It was an incredible night of fun and entertainment and of course fundraising. Our 22 amazing volunteer dancers  helped us to raise an unbelievable €50,000 for the centre. Thanks to everyone involved, our dancers, sponsors and supporters on the night.

See picture gallery here: http://blog.ozanamhouse.ie/category/fundraising-events/ozanam-come-dancing-2018/


  • COLT Bike ride in aid of Ozanam House – One of our corporate partners are currently running a fundraising event in aid of the centre with 2 staff undertaking a sponsored bike ride from Milan to Rome in Italy. You can support their efforts here: http://www.svp.ie/coltcharitybikeride2018


Join Our Team!

Sports Coordinator

Required for July Summer Project


Ozanam House Resource Centre is a community project operated by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and located at 53 Mountjoy Square West, Dublin 1.


We provide childcare, youth programmes, adult education and community programmes for the elderly. During the summer months we run in house Summer Projects for children aged 6 to 13 years.


As part of our summer project team 2018 we would now like to recruit a dynamic individual for the following paid position:


Sports Coordinator


The successful candidate will plan, organise and lead all sports activities during the summer project 2nd – 27th July, 10.00am – 4.00pm daily.


Applicants should possess the following:

  • Experience of planning and coordinating sports activities and programmes
  • Experience of working with this age group in a similar setting
  • Proven organisation and planning skills and the ability to work well under pressure
  • Proven communication skills and team leading skills
  • An interest in supporting young people and their families


 If you are interested in applying or would like more information, please contact us by MAY 11TH   at:    01-8742804    or     admin@ozanamhouse.ie                 

Calling All Former Volunteers

Dear Friends,

It is that time of the year again…. the buds are back on the trees, the sun is trying its hardest to shine…. and we are hoping that you will be interested and able to come back to Ozanam House and join our Summer Project Team again this year.


This year our summer projects, both senior and youth projects are being coordinated by our long time Volunteers, Eireann and Nino and they are hoping that you will be able to once again share your expertise and your energy to assist them in running a successful project in 2018.


Having volunteers who have been on the project before makes such a HUGE difference to the success of the summer.

Your knowledge, skills and experience as well as the confidence that you bring has such a positive impact on the projects and is a big support to our coordinators and to those volunteers who will be joining us for the first time.

We would love to have you back!


We are trying to have our team confirmed and in place by MID MAY this year so if you are interested in coming back on board this year please let us know asap.


I have attached a ‘Returning Volunteer Interest Form’ that you could fill in and send back to us or just drop us a line letting us know when you are available and we will do the rest.


In the meantime if you have any questions or queries just let us know

Phone us on: 01-874-2804

Or email: admin@ozanamhouse.ie

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Join Our Summer Team 2018


Dear Friends,

If you have skills you wish to share, if you want to have a unique and fun experience, to develop your skills further, greatly enhancing your CV and also to make a really big difference in the lives of young people in the Inner City then get in touch NOW:

Ozanam House is a community project operated by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and located in Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1.

Throughout the year we run childcare, youth, adult education and community programmes.

Each summer we undertake a large number of summer programmes for young people of all ages and we engage as many volunteers as possible in making this happen. Volunteers are asked to give a minimum of one week to the project of their choice. Full Training is provided in advance of the start date.

Summer Projects 2018

During the summer months the centre is taken up with our Summer Projects, with 200 children and young people involved in action packed, activity based programmes.

We run 2 summer projects as follows:

1)   SENIOR Youth Service   –  

       13 to 18 years   –   18th June to 13th July    Monday to Friday  – daytime hours (normally 12pm-5pm).

2)   YOUTH Summer Project   –  

       6 to 12 years   –   2nd   July to 27th  July     Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 4pm.

As you can imagine they are all great fun, very energising and also very rewarding as we engage vulnerable children who otherwise would not have any activities or holidays during the summer. The children and young people engage in action packed programmes which include arts and crafts, sports, film making, cookery, weekly excursions, photography, fashion design, swimming and much more.

See our Photo Library from previous projects below for a sneak preview of what to expect….


So, if you have skills you wish to share, if you want to have a unique and fun experience, to develop your skills further, greatly enhancing your CV and also to make a really big difference in the lives of young people in the Inner City get in touch BY MAY 18th 2018:


Phone              01-8742804

Email                admin@ozanamhouse.ie

Web:                www.ozanamhouse.ie  

find us on Facebook – ‘SVP Ozanam House’


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