We can already feel the energy levels rising in the centre; our Youth Programmes kick-off again next week. We cater for all and offer a wide range of services to all ages, including our Music Club on Saturdays. If you want to know why it’s a good idea for your children to join, why not read the words of the kids that have already taken part?
“THE MOST FUN I HAVE ALL WEEK”
“I LOVE TO MEET NEW friends”
“OUR LEADERS REALLY LOOK AFTER US”
Nothing sounds and feels like summer more than the first day of the Youth Summer Project in Ozanam House. The den is full of volunteers in yellow t-shirts and on the other side of our door there are approximately 100 very excited children and their families waiting to start their summer of fun with us.
Summer project has its very own special type of magic to it, children tell each other stories about past projects as if they were the most fascinating and captivating tales. For weeks they have been trying to get top secret details of the plans out of me, asking me questions every time they got a chance. Who is coming back, where are we going, are we making slime, are we going back to Fort Lucan… On the first day of the project I have had parents tell me that children were up at 6am in the morning begging to go to Ozanam House already.
With the help and great work of the volunteers, so far we have been able to give a fantastic summer to up to 230 children and young people.
This year we have themes for each week of the summer project including Championship, Carnival and Science week. The young people got to do lots of activities related to each theme. It has been so much fun….we don’t want it to ever end!
Last week, we competed in a Scavenger Hunt around the building, but first, we had our traditional circle time. We discussed our energy levels, our moods and what our favourite activity at the beach was. Some of our favourites are counting crabs, throwing stones into the sea and snorkelling.
After learning the rules of the Scavenger Hunt, the children were on their way exploring. The Scavenger Hunt took place in many different rooms in this old Georgian house. The goal of the game was to crack the code and count the number of objects hidden around the rooms. These were pictures of slush puppies, ice creams, etc. They had to be quick though, they had five minutes to count all the objects and break the code.
This activity helps develop a number of skills in the children. The groups have to cooperate as a team to complete the different tasks. It also creates healthy competition as they had to complete the objectives within the time-frame, although everyone was a winner. Something that is very important and something we always try to do is to get the children familiar with Ozanam House itself. Using the entire house for different games is a great way of getting the children comfortable with their environment and their community.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
find us on Facebook – ‘SVP Ozanam House’
Volunteers Urgently Required
Ozanam Youth Group 1 – Tuesday or Thursday 5-6.30pm
Ozanam Youth Group 2 – Wednesday 5-6.30pm
Contact Kim or Tony
If you haven’t volunteered before, and wish to find out more about Volunteering and the Ozanam Youth Groups, You can find more information in this post: http://blog.ozanamhouse.ie/2016/05/volunteer-roles-youth-programmes/