Our Senior Youth Group (SYS) is a chance for young people to come together in a safe environment. They will learn various life skills as cooking and baking healthy meals and focusing on the importance of physical activity for mental health. It’s a chance for young people to socialise with friends and those outside their schools. Over the year we will be completing different workshops and programmes run by Aoife Lee for 4 weeks where we will cover modules such as better learning to manage your emotions and reacting to situations. Empowerment and self belief. Managing your inner critical voice and building self compassion.
OYG Creative Clubs takes places on Wednesdays and are designed for participants to enjoy all things creative. We offer a wide variety of creative activities on rotation each week including: Drama, Arts, Crafts, Lego, and Music. Our groups are facilitated by experienced staff and volunteers as we aim to create a fun and safe environment for participates to be creative. We also aim to create pathways for participants to explore their create interest beyond our weekly group.
OYG Sports Clubs takes places on Tuesdays and offer participants the chance to engage in a variety of sport on rotation each week including: Basketball, rugby, GAA and Football. Participants will get an opportunity to take part in sport specific workshop each week facilitated by experienced coaches including Community Sport Development Officers. Our aim is to provide a safe and fun environment for participant to try out as many sports as possible and to create pathways for participant to join local sport club in any/all the sports they take part in.
The aim of our Music Club is to introduce music into the lives of the young people in our community. Our aim is to help children to express themselves and build their self confidence in an enjoyable musical environment. Although the focus of classes is on learning music we also want participants to meet new friends, develop a positive peer group and to have fun.
The SYS groups took in a few activities recently including a walk around Bray beach and up to Bray Head, a trip to Jump Zone in Sandyford and having a competition cooking up lasanga and baking cookies.
This week, we are starting a little project with our younger youth groups to stay connected. Postcards have been connecting people across the world since the late 19th century and once again they are a fab little way to say hello to our loved ones. We are going to be sending two cards from us; one with a little message from our leaders and a blank one the children can design and write on and pop it back in the post box. Any cards returned to us will be going up on our Grenville Street windows to see next time the children pass our side entrance! Very excited to get some cool art and messages from the children!
The weekly quizzes and general hang out with the older teenagers have been as fun and enjoyable as they usually are in the centre. It’s amazing to see the young people’s resilience and perseverance in such difficult times. This week, we are going to be starting a photo competition called ‘Moments of Joy’. It’s so important to take a moment in our days to notice all the beautiful and joyful things in small moments from getting an ice cream for a friend or taking a beautiful sunset in. Everyone is welcome to join the competition and send us beautiful photos.
Our Violin classes are flying along with their fantastic online lessons. They started learning new blues pieces and created a virtual Blues Café, where they share their music. However, they have also started imagining and working on some decorations, menus and layouts for an actual Blues Café, for when we go back to Ozanam House. We hope to invite our parents and friends to come along for some jam sessions in the Café! Below are two pieces from our beginner’s class!
This Saturday we are going to be celebrating the bank holiday weekend by dressing up for the classes and doing a mini home music festival! Hope everyone dusts their flower crowns down in time!
We have been working with the young people and volunteers through our online platforms on Instagram and Zoom. This varies day by day from giving them up to date current information on what is happening while promoting their continued adherence to physical distancing. In the last few weeks, we have done quizzes, arts and baking projects with the young people. We have also been building our online relationships with the youth group members and adjusting to the new way of communicating through social media. Checking in on them every few days and having a catch-up. Currently, we are doing Friday hangout sessions with young people and volunteers from our senior services once a week.
For the younger children, we have been sending activity packs and activity project ideas to the parents to do with children. Our violin classes have adapted greatly to working through Zoom and have learned new skills they would have not otherwise. Parents are becoming involved in helping children tune their violins and go through their notes, providing learning and bonding for both.
For the next two weeks, we will be continuing the work we have been doing so far. Sending another batch of activity packs to younger children, our violin classes are looking at ways of possibly doing an online Zoom concert or possibly putting a video together of everyone playing their pieces, this is something that will take a bit of work from all parties. One of our volunteers is going to be doing an art project for Instagram as well as inviting our Instagram followers to do a photography project with us, something that could easily be done while out for a walk. Hopefully, our Zoom hangout will grow and we will be looking at different online games and projects we could do during the call.
House Resource Centre is a community centre based on Mountjoy Square in the
north inner city and operated by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, one of
the largest charitable and voluntary organisations in the world.
centre offers various educational (adult and youth), community, youth and
childcare programs that are aimed at addressing social exclusion as well as the
many needs of the local community in Dublin’s north inner city. The centre now
offers 600 programme places to 500 people per week where our youngest member is
2 and our eldest is 96. We also engage 80 active volunteers who share their
time and skills each week for the benefit of others.
One of our biggest and most successful programmes is our summer projects where we engage up to 200 children and young people on an action-packed activities programme throughout the months of June, July each year.
engage as many volunteers as possible to facilitate this activity programme,
mentoring the children, facilitating activities where skills allow and acting
as role models to the children throughout.
Key Roles and Responsibilities are:
1. Coordinator Assistant
Assisting the Coordinator with all aspects of planning and preparation for the summer projects in the weeks leading up the start date in July and throughout the 4 weeks of the project in July
Working as part of the summer project team with volunteers, students and managers, Assisting the Coordinator with identified tasks and roles throughout the 4-week project in July
Working directly with the children and young people supporting them in all aspects of their daily activities and routines while aiming to build a bond with the young people and the volunteers
Utilising and sharing your skills to ensure that the time you offer the programme is quality time
Acting as a role model to the children and young people, supporting them in all areas of their learning and development
To learn about youth work and good youth work practices with the help and support of the team through development meetings with the team
Using policies and procedures in working with the children
Taking part in daily briefing sessions and end of day debriefs with volunteers Continuous on-going supervision as agreed with the coordinator
Skills, Experience &
Excellent communication and interpersonal
skills, with the ability to establish good relationships with children and
Strong commitment and enthusiasm to children
and young people and an understanding of the factors affecting their lives
Interest and commitment to developing the
capacity to provide reliable support to children and young people in times of
stress and act with integrity, respect and support
Good organizational skills & Admin skills
for admin assistant role
Good level of energy and fun as well as an
accepting and non-authoritarian approach
Ability to work independently and as part of a
Reliability, patience, resilience and
flexibility Ability to treat children
and young people’s concerns with respect, tact and sensitivity
Ability to be aware of own limits, to admit it
and to ask for support Previous
experience is desirable but not essential
Volunteers will attend an induction/information night in the centre prior to starting and will get a general information pack to become familiar with the centre and our policies and procedures
A Child Protection (safeguarding vulnerable children) Training session will be provided. This training will inform the volunteer of the protection and welfare of children under the Children’s Act 1997 and best practices when working with young people in this environment.
The volunteer will attend specific summer project training focusing further on the details of the project itself and the role of the youth leader/mentor with lots of practical tips and guidance on all areas of the summer project
Daily and ongoing individual supports will be provided throughout your time on the project
Support & Supervision
Daily debriefing meetings occur throughout the placement where the volunteer will have an opportunity to review the day and get support and advice from training and qualified staff members in the centre. More formal supervision will be provided weekly if and where necessary.
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 chance 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 develop friendships and meaningful relationships with like-minded peers
Opportunity to build up valuable work experience Opportunity to be a part of a dynamic and progressive team
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?