Summer Project Training

As our Youth Summer Projects are about to begin, we are doing lots of training before our volunteers can start. This is just a small sample of the work that goes on behind the scenes in preparation for the Summer Projects that our highly committed volunteers are involved in.  Our programme coordinators, Nino and Eireánn also put in a lot of planning and resources to make the projects run efficiently.

Fundraising Committee Member

Our organisation & programmes

Ozanam House is a community resource centre run by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, one of the largest charitable and voluntary organisations in the world. 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 that are aimed at addressing social exclusion as well as the many needs of the local community in Dublin’s north inner city. The centre now offers over 600 programme places to more than 500 people per week where our youngest member is 2 and our eldest is 96. We also engage 75 active volunteers who share their time and skills each week for the benefit of others.

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 The McGrath Group, McCann Fitzgerald Solicitors and Diageo, however, we are now in a position where we need to take this link with the private sector to a new level. We aim 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 2015 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 and events within these companies
  • To support fundraising events during the year, offering involvement to the companies we link with while promoting the centre and those involved in it
  • To develop, update and deliver powerpoint 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

 

Time commitment

The volunteers are expected to commit to 1-2 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 the committee meetings which will take place in the centre every 6 weeks. These meetings are scheduled according to the member’s availability.

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

 

Skills, Experience & 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 a strong desire to meet goals and commitments
  • Strong empathy with the vision and ethos of Ozanam House

 

Induction & 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 to agree on 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 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 progressive and energetic team

 

Contact Kim

admin@ozanamhouse.ie

01 874 2804

 

Events Committee Member

Our organisation & programmes

Ozanam House is a community resource centre run by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, one of the largest charitable and voluntary organisations in the world. 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 that are aimed at addressing social exclusion as well as the many needs of the local community in Dublin’s north inner city. The centre now offers over 600 programme places to more than 500 people per week where our youngest member is 2 and our eldest is 96. We also engage 75 active volunteers who share their time and skills each week for the benefit of others.

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 two fundraising events each year in March and October. Our biggest success so far has been ‘Ozanam Come Dancing’ held in March each year. This year we managed to raise €69,000 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 bag packing, world cup forecast competition 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
  • 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 seek the support of 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 a committee meeting
  • Other general responsibilities in the context of the role as agreed in the event committee meetings

 

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 fulfil 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 until the event night which will be approximately a period of four months.

 

Skills, Experience & 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 a strong desire to meet goals and commitments

 

Induction & 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 on 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 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

 

Benefits

  • Personal development
  • Learn new skills in organising events
  • To see behind the scenes of an event, get closer to the action and play a role in making an event possible
  • Volunteers are able to attend the event taking on various roles where applicable
  • 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 progressive and energetic team

 

 

If you are interested in finding out more please contact us by phone or email –details below.

Adult Education – Cookery Training Programme

Cookery Training Volunteers – Adult Education

About the Cookery Training Programme:
The courses we run in our cookery training room aim to provide people with simple and basic skills required to provide healthy meals for themselves and their families. They are based on the understanding that healthy eating does not have to be difficult or expensive.
Each class also includes some nutritional information with the aim of educating people about the foods we eat and the effect these foods can have on our general well-being.
These courses also involve a more practical approach on how to cook healthy food on a budget.

We are offering two types of courses:
Cooking for the family – Wednesday 7pm – 9pm &; Thursday 10:30am – 12:30pm
This is a more beginner’s orientated class to teach people basic cookery skills.

Come Dine with me – Thursday 7pm – 9pm
This class is a more developed class for people who can cook but would like to learn new dishes. It should help to enhance cooking skills in an informal and social cooking atmosphere.

The aim of this centre is to limit the use of fast food as the main elements in the diets of the community, offering them a healthier option in this regard while at the same time teaching them some useful culinary skills that will benefit them and their families throughout their lives.

Overview of the Volunteer Role:
To reach our full potential and to achieve our goals in the classes, we are constantly seeking new volunteers to share their cookery skills and to teach these classes in an informal setting. Our classes are focused on the needs of the individuals who take them. Each class has a team of 2 teachers who work together sharing tasks and lead teaching each week.

 

Tasks:

  • To use the recipe information already in place and/or to think of recipes with your teaching partner or together with the group and to share this with the group one week in advance.
  • To source and purchase the ingredients needed to undertake the classes, these will be funded by the centre.
  • To prepare the classes in advance.
  • Demonstrate the methodology of cooking each selected dish.
  • Participate in cooking and come to the aid of the participants.
  • Inform participants about healthy cooking, nutrition, cooking on a budget and shopping skills.
  • Introduce new members to the group and ensure all members are included and engaged in the activity.
  • 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) as well as the Cookery Centre Health & Safety Policies in place.
  • Other general responsibilities in the context of the role as agreed with the co-ordinator.

 

Time commitment:
Classes in the cookery centre run on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00pm, Thursday morning from 10:30am to 12:30pm and evening from 7:00 to 9:00pm.
The volunteer should commit to at least one of the classes mentioned above plus extra time for the preparation of the classes (the exact times and days of working will be agreed between the volunteer and the programme co-ordinator).
The volunteer should commit to a minimum period of nine months. This covers 3 terms with each term lasting 10 weeks. This offers consistency to a class level and offers the volunteer the opportunity to develop that class well over time.

 

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.

Friday Volunteer – Active Retirement Group

Friday 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:

  • Undertake shopping for bingo prizes. A weekly budget is available to buy 15 small prizes. This usually involves a trip to the local Aldi and some additional shopping in local stores.
  • Call out bingo numbers; Check bingo cards; Issue prizes
  • 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 contest of the role as agreed with the co-ordinator

 

Time Commitment:
Volunteers are expected to undertake shopping between 9.30am and 11am and call out bingo from 11.15am to 12.30pm.
Volunteers for the Friday role have the option of alternating every second Friday with another volunteer.

It is our expectation that volunteers will commit to working with the Active Retirement Group for a minimum of one year.

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

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 coderdojo.com.

 

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.

 

Time

 

The sessions will take place for two hours on Saturdays.

 

Skills

 

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.

 

Process

 

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 dojo.soy/letter-mentor-vid

 

Interested?

 

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 admin@ozanamhouse.ie

 

Ozanam Coder Flyer (Champions and Mentors[admin])