A Big Welcome Back to Our Childcare Children

We finally got to welcome back the Children from the Childcare Centre last week and it was fantastic. It was a testament to the amazing work all our Childcare Centre staff have put in over the last few months during this difficult time. Also, all our staff in Ozanam House have put in place and adhered to new measures aimed at keeping the staff, volunteers, service users, members and visitors safe during their time in Ozanam House. Here we have the Koalas have a great time.

Our Childcare Centre Has Also Been Very Busy


  • Story videos: This week we started making story videos to be sent to the children and their families. The children have absolutely loved receiving these. We are currently sending 2 videos per week but hope to increase that.
  • Online classroom chats: This week they also started hosting classroom chats with preschool and afterschool classes which have also been really successful, the children were delighted to see each other and their teacher. 
  • Facebook videos: We have started making activity videos for our Facebook page ‘SVPOzanamHouseChildcare’ for the children to access and follow activities with their teachers. So far they have been reached by many people on our page.
  • Resource packs: We are continuing to send out resource packs to every child every week. Our preschoolers feel very important getting their school homework and the afterschoolers are enjoying getting a fun activity pack that is NOT school work. 

Find Out What Our Pre-Schoolers Have Been Up to This Week

Our pre-schoolers have been busy this week learning about elephants. All of these facts and activities can be found in the document below. This is part of the remote support structure our amazing Childcare Centre have been working on recently.

Ozanam House, as always, is here for all our service users and the wider community of the north inner city.

What Our Childcare Centre Has Been Doing During the COVID-19 Measures

We’ve been researching and sending out resource packs each week. One for preschool and one for after-school. We’ve tried to have an educational element to the preschool packs and have been operating from a weekly theme such as Easter for the most recent one. Because the schools are sending work for the Afterschool groups we’re trying to make these ones more fun. Both packs include colouring pages, things to make and do, mindfulness activities, exercises and other activities.

We’ve been trying really hard to make sure that the families should have the things they’ll need at home and are sending what they’d be missing in the packs. For example, the preschool children all received a child’s scissors in one pack for cutting activities.

We’ve also been making direct contact with parents on the phone to check in on them and see if there are any supports they need that we could provide or where we may need to link them into other community supports. I’m sure that they’ll all be happy to know that we’re busy planning for when we reopen too!!

Some of our Easter activities can be found here;

Afterschool Sports Activity Volunteer

A safe place where people learn and grow,

that serves our needs and enriches our lives

in a supportive, fun and caring environment’


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.

Some examples of these programmes and projects are a childcare centre providing pre-school and after-school care, youth programmes including homework clubs, youth clubs and summer projects. The centre also provides a suite of adult education programmes, such as computers, cookery, dance and dressmaking and various community programmes for the older generation including an older Men’s group and an active retirement group.

Overview of the Volunteer Role

To run sports activity workshops for afterschool children 4 to 8 year olds.  Classes will take place Tuesday and Thursday between 3pm and 5pm.  We are looking for a volunteer to focus on sports activities to keep the children engaged in physical activities.

  • To agree with the programme coordinator a workshop plan in advance
  • To confirm equipment needed and set up before the workshop
  • To prepare these class in advance
  • To ensure the room and space are prepared and ready for the participants in advance of the class starting
  • To lead the class/workshop with the support at all times of the programme staff – class leaders and assistants
  • To review activities with the programme 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





Time commitment

Afterschool sports activity classes will run on Tuesday and Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
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 offers consistency to the children and offers the volunteer the opportunity to develop that class well over time.


Skills, Experience & Qualities Required

  • Interest and knowledge in sports and fitness
  • Fun and Energy when teaching your skill to a group of people
  • Ability to relate well to 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 an advantage 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 a timetable and schedule of duties in line with the volunteer role description
  • The volunteer will receive support at all times of the programme staff – class leaders and assistants.
  • Special support will be given by the programme coordinator in advance for planning the workshop.



  • Personal development
  • Sharing knowledge that can help others enrich 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