Our Wonderful Volunteer Leaders – What a Difference they Make

The young people are not the only ones full of excitement and joy for the summer project. This year we have had the highest number of returning volunteers coming back as youth leaders for the duration of the project. This is thanks to the success and pure enjoyment from the previous years. The volunteers can see the positive impact they are making on the lives of these children.

Both our returning and new volunteers bring their dedication, time, energy, skills and experience to each and every day they are in Ozanam House. They make a lasting impact on the lives of the children and young people and even through some of them are only taking part in the project for few days or a week,  children and young people see their energy and the positive attitudes they bring. They are the ones who take part and lead activities each and every day, they facilitate the fun and joy the children and young people are having and look forward to every summer. None of what we are trying to do in Ozanam House would be possible if we didn’t have our amazing volunteers.

With the help and great work of the volunteers, so far we have been able to give a fantastic experience to 235 children and young people this Summer.

 

Summer Projects – Role of the Volunteer

A safe place where people learn and grow,

that serves our needs and enriches our lives

in a supportive, fun and caring environment

SUMMER PROJECT volunteer

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.

Overview of the Volunteer Role

One of our biggest and most successful programmes is our summer projects where we engage up to 280 children and young people on an action-packed activities programme throughout the months of June, July and August each year.

 

We engage as many volunteers as possible to support our staff in this activity programme, mentoring the children, facilitating activities where skills allow, accompanying the children and young people on weekly trips and acting as role models to the children throughout.

 

Tasks

  • Attend the Induction Training, Child Protection Training session and Summer project Training Days
  • Working directly with the children and young people supporting them in all aspects of their daily activities and routines.
  • Utilising and sharing your skills to ensure that the time you offer the programme is quality time
  • Supporting the staff in their role of providing quality care for the children in our service
  • Acting as a role model to the children, supporting them in all areas of their learning and development.
  • To work as part of the summer project team with volunteers, students and managers.
  • To learn about youth work and good youth work practices with the help and support of the team through daily meetings with the team
  • Using policies and procedures in working with the children. Youth Leaders will get to know all of the centres policies and procedures over the first few months of work with the help and support of staff.

 

Time commitment

We ask Volunteers to commit to a minimum of ONE WEEK in one of the following projects

  • Senior Summer Project
  • to 18 years –   17th June to 12th July    Monday to Friday from 12:00pm to 5pm.

Specific training for this project takes places

Thursday  13th June  5pm-9pm (please save the date)

 

  • Youth Summer Project

6 to 12 years   –   1st   July to 26th July          Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 4pm.

Specific training for this project takes places

Saturday   22nd  June  10am-4pm

OR

Saturday    29th  June 10am-4pm (please save the date)

 

  • Childcare Summer Project

4 to 8 years   –   30th July – 17th August     Monday to Friday from 1:00pm to 5pm.

Specific training for this project takes places

Saturday   22nd  June  10am-4pm

OR

Saturday    29th  June 10am-4pm (please save the date)

 

Our expectation is that volunteers commit to a minimum One week of a project. This allows for relationships top form and for consistency across the project with Children and young people seeing the same faces every day. These relationships and this consistency is vital to the success of the project.

In addition, the Volunteer must make themselves available for training in advance of the project:

  • Induction Training – 2 hours (evening)
  • Child Protection Training – 3 hours (evening)
  • Summer Project Training – 1 day (Saturday)

 

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 facilitated activities in specific arts and crafts, cooking or in sports on a given week. The time commitment for these volunteers will vary and be agreed in advance with the co-ordinator.

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
  • Interest and commitment to developing the capacity to provide reliable support to children and young people in times of stress and act with integrity, respect and support
  • Good organizational skills
  • Good level of energy and fun
  • An accepting and non-authoritarian approach
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Reliability, patience, resilience and flexibility
  • Ability to treat children and young people’s concerns with respect, tact and sensitivity
  • Ability to be aware of own limits, to admit it and to ask for support
  • Previous experience is desirable but not essential

 

Training & Support

  • The volunteer will attend an induction/information night in the centre prior to the project starting and will get a general information pack to become familiar with the centre and our procedures
  • A Child Protection Training session will be provided. This training will inform the volunteer of the protection and welfare of children under the Children’s Act 1997 and best practices when working with young people.
  • The volunteer will attend specific Summer Project training focusing further on the details of the project itself and the role of the volunteer with lost of practical tips and guidance on all areas of the summer project
  • Daily and ongoing individual supports will be provided throughout your time on the project

 

Support & Supervision

Daily de-briefing meeting occur throughout the summer project where volunteers review the day and get support and advice from training and qualified staff members in the centre

 

Benefits

  • General happiness and satisfaction
  • Personal and professional development in terms of confidence, patience, adaptability.
  • Learn new skills (decision-making and finding alternatives, leadership skills, communication skills, organizational skills, behavioural competencies …)
  • The change to contribute towards the development of children and young people to enhance the sense of self-worth and belief
  • Opportunity to use and develop skills and talents
  • Opportunity to bring ideas on board and develop the centre
  • Opportunity to work in a relaxed atmosphere
  • Opportunity to develop friendships and meaningful relationships with like-minded peers
  • Opportunity to build up valuable work experience
  • Tea and coffee will be provided for all volunteers

 

Contact

 

Kim Haugh

Email; admin@ozanamhouse.ie

Phone; 01 8742804

All Go in Our Youth Groups

Anyone who has been to Ozanam House might have found tiny cutouts of different characters from Christmas, St Patrick’s day and Easter Treasure Hunts. They are so well hidden that children taking part in our annual Easter Egg hunt found some from last years hunt, causing a little bit of confusion on the final egg count!

 

In recent weeks, we have been busy celebrating the power of positivity. Our youth groups got busy making positivity posters, gratitude jars and taking part in body positivity workshops. While everyone had a great time decorating their amazing jars with everything they could find in the arts presses, they also got to fill those jars with all the incredible things they are grateful for and make them happy. Some of them chose to leave their jars in Ozanam House so the leaders could write nice things for them every week to make them happy.

 

Our senior youth groups took part in body positivity workshops to learn ways of loving and accepting all bodies. This is especially important at their age as social pressures can be extremely challenging and difficult for many of them.

As the weather is picking up and we are getting closer and closer to summer both young people and children in our groups have started making their wish lists and activities they want to be doing during the summer project and it is getting everyone very excited.

 

 

 

Last Month’s Fun in the Active Retirement Group

Every year, the active retirement group goes to the Third Age Centre in Summerhill in County Meath. About 200 people from different groups gather for a roast chicken dinner followed by an afternoon of music from the showband era and lots of dancing. This is always a very enjoyable afternoon – the dance floor is full from the get go and there is much talk of sore feet on the way home on the bus

We always celebrate birthdays in the active retirement group with a card signed by everybody and a cake with candles. One of our members is a sprightly seventy-six today.

In March, we met first of all in the Muse Café in Easons for a light breakfast before making our way to the Wax Museum. Everyone enjoyed the outing and had a lot of fun posing with popular characters.

We Are Now Recruiting for Our Summer Project 2019

We are now recruiting for our Youth Summer Project 2019.

Time commitment

We ask Volunteers to commit to a minimum of ONE WEEK in one of the following projects

  • Senior Summer Project
  • to 18 years –   17th June to 12th July    Monday to Friday from 12:00pm to 5pm.

Specific training for this project takes places

Thursday  13th June  5pm-9pm (please save the date)

 

  • Youth Summer Project

6 to 12 years   –   1st   July to 26th July          Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 4pm.

Specific training for this project takes places

Saturday   22nd  June  10am-4pm

OR

Saturday    29th  June 10am-4pm (please save the date)

Get in Contact Today

Recruiting Fundraising Committee Members

Ozanam House is now recruiting Fundraising Committee Members.

Overview of the Volunteer Role:
Things are busier now than ever in the centre especially with over 500 people using the centre each week. The demands on the service keep growing. Unfortunately our challenge more than ever is to try and keep the funds in place to maintain the service and this challenge is growing each year especially in this difficult funding environment. The contact and association with companies and individuals from the private sector therefore really does make a huge difference to the lives of those we support.To reach our full potential and to achieve our goals in the centre we are constantly seeking financial support from the public and private sector. Over the past few years we have been successful in acquiring sponsorship from companies such as McCann Fitzgerald and Diageo, however we are now in a position where we need to take this link with the private sector to a new level, to research and target further companies with an interest in community investment and to complete relevant application forms where appropriate. We are therefore seeking individuals with the necessary skills, interest, contacts and drive to further develop our fundraising ambition in the centre.There will be numerous roles on this committee for individuals with different skills.Committee Tasks: 

  • To promote a culture of fundraising throughout the volunteers, staff and service users extending the input our members have in the fundraising efforts in the centre.
  • To identify companies with Corporate Social Responsibility, Community Social Programmes and Staff Charity funds and source the right contacts within these companies.
  • To develop from this activity a list of companies to target in 2016 and beyond.
  • To contact and follow up with these companies organising meetings/presentations/ donors luncheons in the centre.
  • To develop these relationships and present Ozanam House as a potential partner in the CSR programmes and other fundraising programmes within these companies.
  • To support fundraising events during the year promoting the centre and those involved in it.
  • To develop, update and deliver power-point and other digital presentations.
  • To develop and update documentation for specific targets.
  • To review the packaging of Ozanam House and how we are presented to the private sector.
  • To develop flyers and other pieces of information.
  • To establish a forum within corporate sponsors/partners and present this package to them.
  • Other general responsibilities in the context of the role as agreed in the fundraising committee meetings.

Skills, Experience and Qualities Required and Utilised by Fundraising Committee:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Written word and presentation skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Administrative skills
  • Creative design skills
  • Digital media skills
  • Good networking abilities
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Good powers of persuasion
  • Creative thinking
  • Effective problem solving
  • Positive and energetic attitude and strong desire to meet goals and commitments
  • Strong empathy with the vision and ethos of Ozanam House

Time commitment: 
The volunteers are expected to commit to 2 hours of work per week to fulfil their tasks. This time can be spent in the centre or at home and the timing is flexible. An exception is the committee meetings. The volunteers need to attend to the committee meetings which will take place in the centre every 6 weeks. These meetings are scheduled according to member’s availability.

The volunteers should commit to a minimum period of 12 months.

Induction and Follow-Ups: 

  • The fundraising committee member will have an initial meeting with the manager of Ozanam House, Tony Rock, to assess the suitability for the role and where applicable and to agree a timetable and schedule of duties in line with the volunteer role description.
  • The volunteer will attend an induction/information night in the centre prior to his/her first engagement and will get a general information pack to become familiar with the centre and our procedures.
  • It is planned that a team of 6-8 volunteers, committed to the fundraising committee, would meet once every 6 weeks to organise, develop and implement the action plan for the centre.
  • Ongoing support can be expected whenever necessary.
  • General volunteer meetings, for all volunteers of the house, will take place twice a year, in May and Novembers volunteers of the Fundraising Committee can attend if they want.

Benefits

  • Personal and professional development
  • Learn new skills in networking and fundraising
  • Support our community resource centre in helping planned programmes and projects happen
  • Opportunity to make a great difference – one that is positive and rewarding – to your life and your community
  • Opportunity to work in and learn about a community resource centre
  • Opportunity to build up valuable work experience
  • To have lots of fun and an enjoyable time in a dynamic and progressive team

If you have great fundraising skills and ideas, and are interested in this role, please contact us now!

Phone: 01-8742804
Email: admin@ozanamhouse.ie

Recruiting Events Committee Members

Ozanam House is now recruiting members for its Events Committee.

Overview of the Volunteer Role:
Things are busier now than ever in the centre especially with over 500 people using the centre each week. The demands on the service keep growing. Unfortunately our challenge more than ever is to try and keep the funds in place to maintain the service and this challenge is growing each year especially in this difficult funding environment.

To reach our full potential and to achieve our goals in the centre we hold three fundraising events each year in March, June and October. Our biggest success so far has been ‘Ozanam Come Dancing’ held in March each year. This year we managed to raise €36,000 for our youth summer projects.

We succeeded in bringing a number of companies from the private sector on board this year and the funds raised show the benefits of this association. A huge amount of work goes into this event as well as other events we run during the year like our football/ruigby forecast competition we run in June in line with World Cups and European championships, bag packing and car raffles to name a few.

To achieve this we require the support of our events team who work together to bring these events to life. Hence we are constantly seeking new volunteers for our Events Committee. There will be numerous roles on this committee for individuals with different skills.

Committee Tasks:

  • To find and plan the venue if/where applicable
  • To plan, direct, support and control the events
  • To plan, develop and implement advertising for the events
  • To utilise networks to engage more representatives from the private sector in our events
  • To source companies and sponsors
  • To support event organisers and direct them in their work
  • To oversee the event on the night taking on various roles as agreed at committee meeting
  • Other general responsibilities in the context of the role as agreed in the event committee meetings

Skills, Experience and Qualities Required and Utilised by Events Committee:

  • Flexibility
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Very good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Administrative skills
  • Graphic design skills
  • Digital media skills
  • Social media skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Creative thinking
  • Effective problem solving
  • Positive and energetic attitude and strong desire to meet goals and commitments

Time commitment:
The time commitment is flexible where more hours are required in the weeks and months leading up to the organised events. During this time of planning and preparation for the events the volunteer is expected to commit to 2 hours of work per week to fulfill their tasks. This time can be spent in the centre or at home and the timing is flexible.

In lead up to the events there will be regular meetings every two weeks. The volunteer should commit to at least one event from the planning phase till the event night which will be approximately a period of four months.

Induction and Follow-Ups:

  • The events committee member will have an initial meeting with the manager of Ozanam House, Tony Rock, to assess suitability for the role and where applicable and to agree a timetable and schedule of duties in line with the volunteer role description.
  • The volunteer will attend an induction/information night in the centre prior to his/her first engagement and will get a general information pack to become familiar with the centre and our procedures.
  • In the lead-up to the events there will be regular meetings every two weeks.
  • Ongoing support can be expected whenever necessary.
  • General volunteer meetings, for all volunteers of the house, will take place twice a year in May and November, volunteers of the Events Committee can attend if they want.

If you have great fundraising skills and ideas, and are interested in this role, please contact us now!

Phone: 01-8742804
Email: admin@ozanamhouse.ie

Monday or Wednesday Volunteer – Active Retirement Group

Monday / Wednesday Volunteer – Active Retirement Group

About the Active Retirement Group:
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 well being.

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 coordinator deliver a quality and professional programme to the members.

 

Tasks for Friday Volunteers:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Time Commitment:
Volunteers are expected to attend for one day a week – either a Monday or Wednesday – from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
It is also our expectation that volunteers will commit to working with the Active Retirement Group for a minimum of one year.

Recruiting Fundraising Volunteers – Special Events

Ozanam House is now recruiting Fundraising Volunteers.

Overview of the Volunteer Role:
Things are busier now than ever in the centre especially with over 500 people using the centre each week. The demands on the service keep growing. Unfortunately our challenge more than ever is to try and keep the funds in place to maintain the service and this challenge is growing each year especially in this difficult funding environment. The contact and association with companies and individuals from the private sector therefore really does make a huge difference to the lives of those we support.

To reach our full potential and to achieve our goals in the centre we are constantly seeking financial support from the public and private sector.

Tasks:

  • Attend and assist in our bag packing fundraising weekends
  • Attend and assist in our big fundraising events, such as Ozanam Come Dancing.
  • 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 times and locations of our fundraising events can vary. All fundraising events are scheduled well in advance, and volunteers are given plenty of notice.
The volunteers should commit to a minimum period of 12 months.

If you have great fundraising, social and people skills and are interested in this role, please contact us now!

Phone: 01-8742804
Email: admin@ozanamhouse.ie