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.
We offer a wide range of programmes that cater to the community of the North East Inner City. From our Childcare Centre for pre-school children to our Active Retirement and Men’s Groups for the elderly and our Youth Groups and Adult Education for everything in between.
Photography leader for Programmes
Overview of the Volunteer 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.
We are looking to document all of our programmes, with the Youth Groups in particular, as much as possible with a view to use for promotional material and social media. This will involve taking the pictures with a camera provided and editing the material using software like Abobe Illustrator and Photoshop. We are hoping that the leader will engage with the young people and show/teach them different techniques, possibly doing once off workshops.
- Taking pictures of the Youth Groups in action
- Properly cataloguing the material for use
- Editing any material that needs it
- To link in with the social media and design team for planning and production
- To review activities when necessary
- To link in with Group Coordinator to plan material
- To follow the policies and procedures of Ozanam House which can be found in the induction pack or in the office
with the Youth groups possible workshops. This will involve teaching interested
children how to use photographic equipment and software.
3-4 hours monthly, but subject to change.
This ongoing project will interact with the different programmes and it is planned to take place in the next term year; September 2019 to June 2020.
It is hoped for that the volunteer will stay with the programmes for a period. The exact times and dates of the workshop will be agreed between the volunteer and the Youth Work coordinator.
The hours of project engagement will vary and will suit the volunteer’s and the centre’s needs. The volunteer should consider committing to the time of the group above plus extra time for the planning and preparation of the classes/workshops.
Skills, Experience & Qualities Required
- Expertise and specific skill in photography
- 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
- Knowledge of mentioned software
- Previous workshop experience is desirable but not essential
Training & Support
- The volunteer will have an initial meeting with the Youth Work coordinator to receive a role-specific induction and to agree a timetable and schedule of duties in line with the volunteer role description
- The volunteer will receive support at all times from the programme team – coordinator, volunteers, leaders and assistants.
- Special support will be given by the programme coordinator in advance for planning the workshop.
- 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.