Our organisation & the programme
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 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 3 and our eldest is 94. We also engage 75 active volunteers who share their time and skills each week for the benefit of others.
One of the programmes referred to above is our Youth Programmes. These programmes are broken into 3 categories:
- Youth Clubs: social activity and youth work-based clubs for age-specific groups (6-12 and 13-18 years).
- Music Club: lessons in guitar, violin, piano, singing and dance.
- Academic Support Groups: providing tuition, guidance and support to junior and leaving cert students
Musical Drama Teacher
Overview of the Role
We try to nurture and build on the unique skills our volunteers possess and bring to the centre and we do this through supporting them to facilitate sessions with the youth groups.
Our Music Club offers affordable music lessons to children and young people from ages 6 to 14 years old. We offer a range of classes throughout the day with Guitar, Violin, Piano, Singing and Dance classes.
We cater for absolute beginners and intermediate level students, and we provide all musical instruments needed.
It is open on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm, throughout the academic year.
We now need a teacher of ‘musical drama’ to teach this class to the children.
This class includes singing and drama, theatrical skills and music. The class will run for one hour during the club times above.
- To prepare these classes in advance
- To source any materials required to undertake the classes, these will be funded by the centre
- To ensure the room and space are prepared and ready for the participants in advance of the class starting
- To lead and teach the class with the support at all times of the programme team – class leaders and assistants
- To review activities with the Youth Groups coordinator implementing changes where necessary
- To follow the policies and procedures of Ozanam House which can be found in the induction pack or in the office
September 2019 to June 2020
The volunteer should consider committing to the time of the classes/workshops plus extra time for the planning and preparation of the classes/workshops.
Skills, Experience & Qualities Required
- Expertise and specific skill in a musical theatre, singing, drama and/or dance
- Fun and Energy when teaching your skill to a group of young people
- Ability to relate well to young people and enjoy dealing with them
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Good organizational skills
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Self-confidence towards other people
- Patience, resilience, tolerance and flexibility
- Previous teaching experience is desirable but not essential
Training & Support
- The volunteer will have an initial meeting with the co-ordinator to receive a role-specific induction and to agree on a timetable and schedule of duties in line with the volunteer role description
- The volunteer will receive support at all times of the programme team – class leaders and assistants.
- Special support will be given by the programme coordinator in advance for planning the classes.
- Personal and professional development
- Sharing knowledge that can help others enrich their lives
- Learn new skills (e.g decision-making and finding alternatives, leadership skills, communication skills, organizational skills, behavioural competencies)
- 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 use and develop skills and talents
- Opportunity to bring ideas on board and develop the centre
- Opportunity to work in a relaxed atmosphere and learn about a community resource centre
- Opportunity to develop friendships and meaningful relationships with like-minded peers
- Opportunity to build up valuable work experience
If you have a skill or qualification in an area that you feel will benefit Ozanam House
please contact us!
A meeting will be arranged