Volunteering Opportunities


Barnardos volunteers play a key part in the delivery of our services. In addition, they raise funds; provide office support, and a variety of professional expertise at all levels in the organisation to help us achieve better outcomes for children. Without their dedication and generosity, we could not do the work we do.

Simply by giving of your time you will make a difference in a vulnerable child’s life and will be helping us to achieve our vision – an Ireland where childhood is valued and all children and young people are cherished equally.

The following are the volunteer opportunities we currently have available.

For more information or to register your interest in any role please contact 
Suzanne Connolly, Barnardos Volunteer Service, tel: 01 708 0431 / email: volunteers@barnardos.ie



Roots of Empathy Instructors – Waterford, Tipperary and Cork

Barnardos are currently seeking Volunteer Roots of Empathy Instructors, for the 2018/19 academic year, for a number of primary schools based in Waterford City, Co. Tipperary and Co. Cork.

The Roots of Empathy programme is an evidence-based programme that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children by raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. The programme revolves around a baby, the baby’s family, a class of primary school children, their teacher, school and community, and a Roots of Empathy Instructor. Each brings something different to the programme, and the programme's success depends on the ability of everyone to work in tandem. Volunteer Instructors deliver all aspects of the Roots of Empathy curriculum in the classroom, throughout the school year, and build respectful relationships with the participating family, classroom teacher and students. Full and comprehensive Instructor training and support throughout the year is provided by Barnardos.

For further information on this volunteer role see the Roots of Empathy Instructors volunteer role description.

Event Volunteers Required for the Finglas Family Fun Day – Friday, 27th July 2018 

Barnardos are delighted to be involved in the Finglas Family Fun Day, which is taking place on Friday, 27th July. The Finglas Family Fun Day is an exciting event, which it will be packed with outdoor fun and play for families living in the Finglas area.  Volunteers are required from 11am to 3.30pm, to support the following:

  • Assisting at the soft play area with the under-5s
  • Helping out with the arts, crafts and face painting areas
  • Assisting with the sports and games areas
  • Managing queues so everyone can take part
  • Providing encouragement and smiles during the day!
  • Helping with the post event clean up

Benefits of Volunteering at an event with Barnardos:  You have fun and are part of a vibrant and enthusiastic volunteer team, all the while you are supporting Barnardos. Also by volunteering at an event it helps you to gain new experiences and it is also an excellent way to meet new people.

If you are interested in volunteering at this event please contact Suzanne on 01 7080431 or 0868570112 Email: volunteers@barnardos.ie

Warehouse Fashion & Stock Assistance Volunteers, Ballycoolin, Dublin 15

Fashion and Stock Assistant Volunteers assist us in our warehouse, located in Ballycoolin, Dublin 15, with the management of brand new stock, which is donated to us, to be sold through the Barnardos Shops. Volunteers for our warehouse need to have an interest in or experience in stock management, have a flair for fashion, an eye for what sells and enjoy working a part of a team. The warehouse operates Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, flexible volunteer hours are available.

For further information on this volunteer role please see our Warehouse Fashion & Stock Assistance role description

Barnardos Volunteer Van Helper, Ballycoolin, Dublin 15

Barnardos has 7 shops throughout Ireland and one central warehouse based in Ballycoolin, Dublin 15. The aim of our network of shops is to sell donated stock (both brand new and preloved) to raise funds which will be used to provide support services to children and families nationwide who require it. A volunteer van helper is required to  assist the Barnardos Transport Supervisor who works from our central warehouse, to drop off Barnardos clothing bags to households and collect the filled bags of donated stock at a later date. The van also, from time to time, collects and distribute stock between our 7 shops nationwide. The volunteer needs to be available for 1 full day each week, Monday to Friday.

For further information on this volunteer role please see our Volunteer Van Helper role description.

Volunteer with our Fundraising Team

Volunteer for Fundraising Events

We are always looking for volunteers to help us with fundraising efforts. We know that not everyone can commit to volunteering on an ongoing basis so we have a register for weekend and evening volunteering opportunities on a more flexible basis. Once you register with us, we will keep you informed of upcoming fundraising events (e.g. fun runs, marathons, our Buckets for Barnardos Collection Day etc.) and if you can help us out you let us know! To register pop us an email (volunteers@barnardos.ie) to get more information.

Contacting us

If you have any questions or queries about volunteering with Barnardos please contact:

Barnardos Volunteer Service, Christchurch Square, Dublin 8
Telephone: 01 4530355, Email: volunteers@barnardos.ie




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