Ossory Youth values the contribution volunteers make to the organisation and the resources they provide to enable youth work to take place both in rural communities and in the city. Ossory Youth have a Volunteer Policy which outlines the commitment of volunteers to young people and to the organisation. The policy outlines a number of ways in which Ossory Youth supports and values volunteers.
The volunteer leaders that operate the youth clubs in rural areas are the youth workers that young people see and build relationships with; these volunteers provide the service to the communities. Ossory Youth believe in the concept that all young people should experience the same standard of youth work regardless of whether they are working with paid or voluntary leaders. For that reason, we believe in putting time into working with our volunteer leaders.
Youth work in rural areas is delivered in partnership with organisations and volunteers. The organisation could not promote the service without the volunteers to so many young people; volunteers could not provide youth work opportunities for young people without assistance from the professional youth worker. This partnership is essential for a sustainable service.
There are so many ways you can volunteer. We believe that both volunteers and young people benefit the most when the volunteer is in a role that matches their interests and skills. We would like to help you find a role where you enjoy and feel confident!Why Volunteer?
Probably the best secret in the world is that VOLUNTEERING IS GOOD FOR YOU. When you give you also get back here are some of the gets:
- Making new friends.
- Making connections that can lead to a job or career.
- Seeing more of your community and world.
- Building confidence and self-esteem.
- Exploring what you want to do with your life
- Feeling satisfaction at getting things done and helping others.
- Meeting people who could be role models.
- Using your mind, body, and creativity
- Fighting boredom.
- Spending time doing what you really care about.
- Gaining an edge on getting into college
- Feeling like you’re part of a community
- Having fun!
Ossory Youth have a number of volunteering opportunities. These include:
- Volunteer as a youth club leader in your local club
- Volunteer with any of our youth groups based in the city
- Become a mentor and work one on one with a young person
- Volunteer in our youth café
- Volunteer on a specific project that utilises your skill set and talents.
Volunteers bring their specialist knowledge and experience to their role, which is of huge benefit both to young people and to the organisation. The time commitment is a key factor in determining the role of the volunteer. Some volunteers will be available for 2 or 3hrs a week and may continue to work with young people for a number of years, while others are able to give more hours over a shorter period of time such as a Summer programme. Ossory Youth are also engaged in international programmes, therefore the work of the volunteers may include travelling abroad with a group and this is a longer-term commitment.
So what is the next step?
Once you have decided that you would like to register as a volunteer the first step is to complete and return the relevant paperwork, which is the Volunteer Application Form and the Garda Vetting invitation form. Both these forms are available from any staff member by dropping into the office or calling 056-7761200. Or you can download them below. You must also submit identification as outlined in the verify identity form (see below)
Once you have passed the recruitment process all volunteers will receive training. Read more
They will then be placed in a suitable role and will receive support and assistance and most importantly are never alone.