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31/08/2017 and end on 30/08/2018
provide services to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Galway. Volunteers work alongside qualified members of staff in our residential services and their role is to support staff in maintaining the high standard of care provided by the organisation. Working alongside qualified members of staff will allow volunteers to gain an insight into the area of Social Care. The volunteering opportunity is particularly beneficial to volunteers who are thinking of pursuing a career in Social Care. The day to day work in our services gives volunteers an insight into the issues surrounding homelessness, including a greater awareness of the causes of homelessness and the impact it has on individuals.
Volunteers are at the core of the Galway work and they have played a vital role since the beginning. We are committed to ensuring volunteers are valued and respected by all in the organisation and are valued members of our teams. We ensure that each volunteer is supported and trained to the highest standard. We recognise the vital and important role each volunteer contributes to our Community.
Our Full Time Volunteers are involved in a variety of activities during the course of their voluntary work. The ranges of activities the volunteers are involved in provide many learning opportunities, which focus on non-formal learning. This ensures the most beneficial learning experience for the volunteers. Activities include assisting residents with life skills, accompanying residents on appointments, assisting with house work, maintaining administration records, assisting with cooking, arranging leisure activities for residents, working as part of a team and supporting residents with social and educational activities. Full-time volunteers are actively encouraged to participate in and contribute to team meetings. The main element in the volunteering role is to develop positive working relationships with the residents. Volunteers are also involved in the organisation of day trips for residents, accompanying them to the cinema and encouraging residents to engage in social activities. All such activities are supported through supervision, mentoring and training.
All volunteers are encouraged be innovative and create new activities to engage the clients and to learn from the new experience themselves. Any suitable activity they wish to explore will be supported and assisted by the whole team and they will have the opportunity to plan the activity from start to finish. At the end of the activity the volunteer will meet with their supervisor and evaluate the activity. They will discuss what went well, what did not go so well and what they would do differently if they were planning the same or similar activity in the future. They will document their findings and use this as a learning experience. Some examples could include cooking a cultural meal in which the residents are actively involved, holding arts and craft classes or music workshops.
We encourage and include each volunteer in different activities with the view to giving them a wider range of experiences. Previously we had a volunteer with an interest in journalism and writing and they were encouraged to facilitate a group with clients to produce a Galway Newsletter which shares information with everyone in the organisation. This involved teaching clients basic computer skills. For the volunteer this was an opportunity to develop their own skills, gain confidence and share their skills with others.
3.1 The financial support in form of Individual Support/pocket money for the mobility period has a minimum amount of EUR €6,500.
3.2 The participant shall receive a financial support from EU funds for 12 months. The total amount for the mobility period shall be determined by multiplying the number of days/months of the mobility with the rate applicable per day/month for the receiving country concerned. In case of incomplete months, the financial support is calculated by multiplying the number of days in the incomplete month with 1/30 of the unit cost per month.
3.3 The reimbursement of costs incurred in connection with special needs, when applicable, shall be based on the documentation such as invoices, receipts etc. provided by the participant.
3.4 The financial support may not be used to cover similar costs already funded by European Union funds.
Responsibilities of the volunteer
Each volunteer is provided with a placement agreement as part of their induction when they arrive. This agreement outlines the volunteers’ responsibilities and the terms and conditions of the placement.
Volunteers are expected to respect and work to the values, ethos and aims of the organisation. They are expected to familiarise and adhere to the organisations policies and procedures. As we work with a vulnerable client group volunteers must have very clear boundaries while working with our service-users. Volunteers must treat service users, staff and other volunteers with respect and in a non-discriminatory way. If for any reason the volunteer is unable to attend work they must contact their Team Leader or supervisor giving adequate notice. The volunteer must be reliable when scheduled to attend work.
The volunteer is expected to attend the supervision and mentoring sessions as agreed. As these sessions are put in place to support the volunteer it is vital that the volunteer prepares prior to the meeting and actively participates. Volunteers should also avail of the informal supports available within the organisation for example, staff members and the Volunteer Coordinator to help them grow both personally and professional and it is also an opportunity to seek clarity prior to their next supervision or mentoring session. If the volunteer is experiencing particular difficulties they are to be honest and realistic and not to be afraid to ask for help.
During the first 6-8 weeks the volunteers probationary review will be arranged by the Volunteer Coordinator.
Each volunteer is expected to attend this meeting, come prepared and to participate throughout the meeting.
As the volunteer will be working closely with staff members and other volunteers they must be a team player.
Volunteers are expected to complete tasks to a high standard and not be afraid to ask for help or clarity During their time with Community the volunteer will have access to confidential information and it is vital that they adhere to the confidential policy at all times. The organisation will provide breaks, annual leave rest breaks between shifts, however it is the responsibility of the volunteer to take their breaks, request annual leave and ensure they have the correct rest break.
Practical arrangements and accommodation
Bikes are also provided for each volunteer. All volunteers are entitled to 175 hours annual leave entitlement with an additional 9 Public Holidays each year. This entitlement will be on a pro rata basis for shorter placements.
All our 10 volunteers live in a large semi- detached 6 bedroom house. All volunteers share a bedroom with one other volunteer of the same gender. In the volunteer house there is a comfortable living room, a large kitchen, dining room, utility room and washroom. The volunteer accommodation is located in Riverside which is a quiet residential suburb of Galway City Located approximately 2 kilometres from the city centre. There are 3 large supermarkets within five minutes’ walk of the volunteer accommodation; in addition the area is well serviced by amenities such as a public park, playing pitches and two bus routes.
How to apply
Building Bridges Association members will have preference, please enroll to the association here.
We will study carefully all application and selected candidates will be invite for Skype interview. The selection of volunteers will take place in the coming weeks.
For the selection of the volunteers we will need:
– Europass CV with picture (made in the last month) with skype name included
– Motivational letter, writing that your sending organisation will be “Building Bridges”. We ask all candidates to send a specific letter of motivation – why they want to volunteer with us rather than just a general EVS one. The volunteer is chosen according to his/her motivation and interest to the project and to the activities. It will be paid special attention to cover letters.
Remember to write in the motivation letter that your sending institution is “Asociación Building Bridges”.
All documents written in English you can attach below with subject “EVS Cork Emma . YOUR NAME. YOUR SURNAME”