Youth Groups Starting Soon

SYS

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.


Read/Download/Print the SYS Flyer for more information

OYG Creative

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.

Read/Download/Print the OYG Creative Club Flyer for more information

Sports

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.

Read/Download/Print the Sports Club Flyer for more information

Music Club

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.


Read/Download/Print the Music Club Flyer for more information

We have fun classes and activities for youths. Ages 8-18 can join, just email us at youth@ozanamhouse.ie or call us on (01)8742804.

Registration for OYG and SYS 2022

Registration for OYG and SYS groups is open in 2 weeks time and takes place at Ozanam House at the dates and times below. Activities start soon afterwards.

Places are filling up fast, so don’t delay!

Tuesday 13th September
Sports OYG 11-3pm
Sports OYG 23-5pm
Senior Youth Service5-7pm
Wednesday 14th September
Creative Club 11-3pm
Creative Club 23-5pm

For more information on OYG and SYS grinds, music, sports, creative and teenage activities for ages 8-18, just email Jade at youth@ozanamhouse.ie or call us on (01)8742804.

Our SYS Youths Have Returned

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.

Walking back via the Cliff Walk
Relaxing at the Wall
Baking Cookies
Sampling the Lasagna and Playing Some UNO
Having Fun on the Slide


We have lots of fun and educational activities for youths. Ages 8-18 can join, just email us at youth@ozanamhouse.ie or call us on (01)8742804.

A Fun Week For Our Youth Groups Ahead

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! ???

Our Youth Groups Activities For This Week

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. 

Summer Project Assistant

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 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.

The 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.

We 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 & Qualities 

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish good relationships with children and young people 
  • 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 team 
  • 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

Training & Support 

  • 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.

Benefits  

  • 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

Contact

Kim Haugh

Email; admin@ozanamhouse.ie

Phone; 087 1836978

Ozanam Youth Programmes – Back Next Week

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?

“THE MOST FUN I HAVE ALL WEEK”

“I LOVE TO MEET NEW friends”

                  “OUR LEADERS REALLY LOOK AFTER US”

Youth Programnmes General Flyer 2018

Summer Projects 2018 – What It All Means to us…..

Nothing sounds and feels like summer more than the first day of the Youth Summer Project in Ozanam House. The den is full of volunteers in yellow t-shirts and on the other side of our door there are approximately 100 very excited children and their families waiting to start their summer of fun with us.

Summer project has its very own special type of magic to it, children tell each other stories about past projects as if they were the most fascinating and captivating tales. For weeks they have been trying to get top secret details of the plans out of me, asking me questions every time they got a chance. Who is coming back, where are we going, are we making slime, are we going back to Fort Lucan… On the first day of the project I have had parents tell me that children were up at 6am in the morning begging to go to Ozanam House already.

With the help and great work of the volunteers, so far we have been able to give a fantastic summer to up to 230 children and young people.

This year we have themes for each week of the summer project including Championship, Carnival and Science week. The young people got to do lots of activities related to each theme. It has been so much fun….we don’t want it to ever end!