Barnardos First Friends Programme Volunteer Roles Ballyogan and Dun Laoghaire

Barnardos is currently seeking volunteers with an interest and experience with children and in particular in early year’s development, play and positive parenting for their First Friends Programme

What: Barnardos First Friends Programme Volunteer Roles
When: September 2019 - June 2020
Where: Ballyogan, Dublin 18 and Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Barnardos is currently seeking volunteers with an interest and experience with children and in particular in early year’s development, play and positive parenting for their First Friends Programme. These roles are based in Ballyogan, Dublin 18, on Thursday mornings and Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, on Friday mornings.

The programmes will start in September 2019 and run until June 2020. The volunteer is required for this programme in Ballyogan on Thursday each week, from 9am to 1pm and in Dun Laoghaire on Friday each week from 9am to 1pm.

For further information on these volunteer roles please see the role description.

To register your interest in this volunteer role call Suzanne: 01 7080431 or email: volunteers@barnardos.ie

Volunteer Role Description

Volunteer Title: First Friends Programme Volunteers - Ballyogan, Dublin 18 and Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Description of Service:

Volunteer with First Friends Programme based in the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus, Ballyogan Road, Dublin 18. The programme in Ballyogan runs every Thursday from 10am to 12pm but with set up and tidy up the time for volunteering will be 9.00 – 1.00pm.

Volunteer with First Friends Programme based in Mounttown Community Facility, Lower Mounttown Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. The programme in Dun Laoghaire runs every Friday from 10am to 12pm but with set up and tidy up the time for volunteering will be 9.00 – 1.00pm

  • The aim of the groups are to:
  • Provide a safe welcoming environment for children and their parents to play together.
  • To enhance the quality of attachments between children and their parents.
  • To improve the participating parents understanding of child development issues using the PEEP programme.
  • To promote positive parenting skills.
  • To link children and families in with other support services where appropriate.

Outline of Volunteers Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • A volunteer with an interest and experience with children and in particular in early year’s development, play and positive parenting is required to assist with:
  • Preparing a child centred environment.
  • Welcoming parents and children to the service
  • Interacting in a positive and friendly manner with both parents and children.
  • Planning and supporting activities.
  • Supporting parents to build friendships.
  • Assisting in the preparation of refreshments for parents and children (light snacks).
  • Helping set up/tidy up toys and equipment.
  • Participating in the planning and reviewing of programmes.
  • Assisting project staff to ensure a high standard of health and safety and good practice
  • Feeding back and completing with staff, when required, incident forms if any issues arise regarding child protection or health & safety.
  • Facilitating staff to promote the parent child relationship of service users.
  • Facilitating staff in encouraging parents to actively play with their children.
  • Playing with the attending children in a child led manner.

Training and Support Plan:

  • The service will provide induction, and hands on follow up training with volunteer as required.
  • Where possible the volunteer will attend training as provided centrally in Barnardos, and where linkages are available locally to other training providers.
  • Supervised by project staff as assigned.

Time Commitment:
As we try to ensure consistency of service to families and children attending the service we are seeking a commitment of one session a week (Thursday from 9.00am to 1.00pm) from September 2019 until the end of June 2020.

Person Specification:

  • Ability to interact with parents attending the group and the ability to assist the parents to build friendships with each other.
  • Ability to respond in a positive and age appropriate way to children’s needs and behaviour.
  • Willingness to play with children at their level, to sing nursery songs, to read stories and to engage in messy play (with paint, glitter etc).
  • Understanding of child development.
  • Awareness of confidentiality in relation to service users.
  • Ability to show initiative.
  • Have the capacity to work in a disadvantaged community.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • A willingness to learn and experience new ideas.
  • A willingness to accept and comply with Barnardos ethos, policies and procedures.
  • A willingness to share experience, expertise and a willingness to accept support.
  • Friendly, confident and polite.
  • To have a sense of humour.
  • To have patience to deal with the various requests that can arise.
  • To be flexible.


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