A safe place where people learn and grow,
that serves our needs and enriches our lives
in a supportive, fun and caring environment’
OZANAM HOUSE RESOURCE CENTRE
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.
SUMMER PROJECT VOLUNTEERS
Commitment: Flexible with a minimum of five days required during the project
Hours: Project runs from 10.00am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday throughout the Month of July.
During the month of July Ozanam House is bursting at the seams with the happy voices of 250 children from the North Inner City who attend our highly successful Summer Project. We are seeking volunteers who enjoy the challenge of working closely with children from the age of 6 to 13 in a fun, safe and structured environment.
The Ozanam House Summer Project is an activity based project with some excursions included each week. These activities include Arts & Crafts, Cookery, Computers, sports and games, swimming, Karaoke, violin and guitar classes, treasure hunts, drama, sign language and singing amongst others. We engage 250 children from the local community. Our children are divided into groups of 20 and each group is lead and supported by up to 5 volunteers each. Our volunteers act as mentors and friends to the children, encouraging and supporting them throughout the project.
Induction Training – Introduction to the centre and all aspects of the project
Child Protection Training.
Summer Project Training Day – Team building / programme details / behaviour management / planning and Scheduling.
Sense of fun and enjoyment
Previous experience engaging young people and advantage but not necessary
Good communication skills
Understanding of community development
Support & Supervision
Daily debriefing 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.
- 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