Deloitte ‘Impact Day’ in Ozanam House

We were absolutely delighted to have have our corporate partners Deloitte Ireland on board yesterday to give the house a fresh look and a lick of paint as part of their staff ‘Impact Day’. What a amazing job they did. Without our corporate partners like Deloitte Ireland, Ozanam House would not be able to provide the services we do. A deep felt thank you to Sarah and the Deloitte Staff that participated yesterday and we look forward to working together again in the future.

Watch the Video here:

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Active Retirement Group on the Shannon!

The Active Retirement Group have spent the summer visiting some amazing places and having some great days out, enjoying the sun and each others company. One of the highlights was a day trip on the Shannon.

On 20th July, we had an early morning start for our outing to the West – visiting Strokestown House and Carrick on Shannon. After a welcome cuppa and snack upon arrival in Strokestown, we had a very informative and engaging tour of the House and the Famine Museum. Following our drive to Carrick on Shannon, we had a wonderful lunch in Cryans Hotel. Our day ended with a leisurely and relaxing cruise on the Shannon with the Moon River Cruise during which we were entertained with music and jokes.

 

 

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:

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.

Tasks

  • 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.
  • GRINDS CLUB –
  • 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

Benefits

  • 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
Email: admin@ozanamhouse.ie

Meet Our New Youth Work Coordinator; Elaine

Our new youth Group coordinator Elaine was kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule to chat to us about her plans for the Youth Groups, her thoughts on Ozanam House and some of her experience working with youth groups;

 

What are your plans for the Youth Groups?

My plans are to continue with the good work that is already in place at Ozanam House, and to promote evidence based programmes through informal education means. To engage with young people from the community, and to develop their capacity.

Are you looking forward to them starting up again?

Yes, I really enjoy getting to know young people and forming relationships.  Having those discussions of what the young people would like to be involved in, so that we can plan programmes together.  To have an understanding of what it’s like to live in their Community.

Are you enjoying working in Ozanam House so far?

Yes, there is such a lovely atmosphere in Ozanam House, everyone has been really helpful. They have really made me feel welcome in the Ozanam House family. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience of working within the community, and I shall be linking-in with staff and volunteers for their support and advice. There is also a lot of laughter and fun in the building and it’s a joy to come to work.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you got into youth work?

I live in Bray were I was employed in my local community centre, on a Community Employment Scheme; I was employed as an After School Worker. I really enjoyed it; so much that, that I applied to NUI Maynooth University. I achieved a BA in Community & Youth Work an Honours Degree and a Master in SOCIAL SCIENCE (RIGHTS AND SOCIAL POLICY). Through my attainment in University I was employed by Bray Youth Services/Cross Care as a youth worker. I loved working there, but now I’ve been given an opportunity of a new path, a new role as Youth Work Coordinator at Ozanam House, which I am so happy about.

 

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.
Tasks

  • 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.

Benefits

  • 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

Our Remarkable Volunteers’ Amazing Experiences

Kevin (Youth)

How long have you been volunteering?

Two or three years now with the Summer Project and then I continued on into the Youth Groups and I’m doing the Summer Project again.

 

How did you hear about Ozanam House?

My sister told me about it. She did it for a week or two. I was starting college and she told me about Ozanam House, it would be a bit of experience for me because it kind of tied in with what I was studying, which was social work.

 

What was been your favourite moment so far?

I don’t know if I can pick one. There has been so many so far. I suppose getting to know kids and building a relationship with them.

 

Rachael (Youth and Childcare)

How long have you been volunteering?

This is my second week now and I will be doing three weeks of the Childcare project as well.

 

How did you hear about Ozanam House?

Through college. I was doing some of the Homework Clubs with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society through college and they sent out an email about Ozanam House and the Summer Project and I thought it sounded like a great idea.

 

What has been your favourite moment so far?

Probably the first time they played Bingo. They love it. Most of them are about eight. You call out a number, say 66. They all start screaming “oh, I’ve 67” or “I’ve 65” and they just get so into it. You look around and see all these little faces outraged that a certain number has not been called. That has been my favourite moment so far.

 

Alannah (Childcare)

How long have you been volunteering?

I actually volunteered two summers ago for a week. This my first time doing the full three weeks of the childcare project.

 

How did you hear about it?

I heard about it through my college, St. Patrick’s, now DCU. They sent an email, I think it was the Student Union.

 

Have you any favourite memories so far?

Probably St Anne’s Park. We went there yesterday and they really liked that.  They played on the swings and stuff. I think the trip days are they best. They really like that. They get so excited when they see the bus. They know they are going somewhere.

 

Keena (Youth and Childcare)

How long have you been volunteering?

This year is my first year. I did three weeks of the Youth Summer Projects and two weeks of this.

 

Do you find there was much difference?

With the Youth Summer Project is just more hectic. There is a lot going, but it is definitely very fun. This is more calm and you get to spend more time with the kids, which is nice.

 

How did you find out about Ozanam House?

Through college as well. One of the lecturers sent out an email, in St. Pats’s as well.

 

Any favourite memories so far?

I enjoyed all the trips. we went to Skerries and Marlay Park and places like that. They were all fun. It was great to spend time with the kids and experience new places I had never been before.