Dublin Simon Community is a charity organization which addresses the issue of homelessness in Ireland. It was founded by a group of Trinity and UCD students in 1969, who began by providing much-needed soup and sandwiches to people who were sleeping rough in Dublin city centre. In addition to the Soup Run, which still goes out 365 nights of the year, Dublin Simon Community provide many services which aim to help those who are sleeping rough on the streets, people who are in their own accommodation but at risk of homelessness and those who are at any of the stages in between.
Dublin Simon Community offers an extensive full-time volunteering programme, providing excellent opportunities for an insightful experience. Currently the Dublin Simon Community have up to 60 full-time volunteer placements throughout our Housing, Emergency, Treatment and Support Services. The approach to full-time volunteering has an emphasis on reflective practice and both formal and non-formal learning.
What we provide?
In-depth induction On-site and off-site training DIT accredited Certificate in Volunteering Support and supervision Guidance and mentoring
We also provide:
- Accommodation (where required)
- Weekly allowance Mentoring and Career Development support
- Staff and volunteers engagement activities
Who are we looking for?
All applicants must be 18+ Ideally we are looking for people with qualifications in the field of social care or a field related to the specified placement. Previous volunteering and/or relevant employment experience is an advantage. However, this list is not exclusive as we are always interested in meeting people with skills that would be transferable, relevant and beneficial to the Dublin Simon Community and to this sector.
The minimum duration of a full-time volunteer placement is 9 months