Why should I volunteer?
We are a volunteered based organisation. Volunteers play a key role in helping Friends of the Elderly reach out to lonely and isolated older people. Volunteering is a great opportunity to put your own skills and talents to good use for a great cause. It is also an opportunity to gain new experiences and meet new people.
Who can apply?
Individuals over the age of 18 who have some spare time. You must first take part in our volunteer training and you will also need Garda Vetting and reference checks before you can become a volunteer. From time to time, there may be one off opportunities for under 18’s to participate in specific events under our schools programme. This will be promoted in the active roles listed below.
I have a disability; can I volunteer with Friends of the Elderly?
Yes. We welcome applications from volunteers from a diverse backgrounds and abilities. We strive to create a diverse and inclusive volunteering programme and we are committed to ensuring equality of access to opportunities and equality of treatment of all volunteers.
Our ability to support potential volunteers with disabilities can vary depending on the role. Please discuss any specific support needs you may have with the volunteer coordinator at [email protected]
Is volunteering very time consuming?
Depending on what type of volunteer you become the time you give varies upwards from 1 hour a week. For example if you decide to volunteer at a social event you can volunteer for a minimum of 3 hours per week if you occasionally help at day trips you could be involved for up to 8 hours on the day. However, if you wish to volunteer for our visiting volunteer we ask for a commitment of 1-2 hours per week for the period of 1 year.
What training / support will I receive?
All volunteers, regardless of which area of the organisation they choose to volunteer in will receive ongoing training and support. All will receive induction training. This information will inform them of the work of Friends of the Elderly in general as well as their role as volunteer within the organisation. Each volunteer also has regular support from his/her supervisor.
Do I need particular experience to volunteer?
No necessarily, it depends on the role within the organisation. Any specific experience required will be listed in the volunteer role description. However, in general, you will receive all the training you need once accepted as a volunteer.
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