Barnardos Loughlinstown Parent & Toddler Group Volunteer Role

The Barnardos Loughlinstown Parent & Toddler Group operates every Friday morning in the Barnardos building at Barnardos Loughlinstown Family Centre, Loughlinstown Drive, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. A volunteer with an interest and experience in early year’s development, play and positive parenting is required for this group.

What: The Barnardos Loughlinstown Parent & Toddler Group
Time: Every Friday, from 9.45am to 12.30pm
Where: Mulhuddart, Dublin 15

The Barnardos Loughlinstown Parent & Toddler Group operates every Friday morning in the Barnardos building at Barnardos Loughlinstown Family Centre, Loughlinstown Drive, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. A volunteer with an interest and experience in early year’s development, play and positive parenting is required for this group.

This volunteer would need to be available each Friday, from 9.45am to 12.30pm. For further information on this volunteer role please see our Loughlinstown Parent & Toddler Group volunteer role description below.

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

Volunteer Role Description

Volunteer Title: Loughlinstown Parent & Toddler Group Volunteer

Description of Service:
The Loughlinstown Parent & Toddler Group operates every Friday from 10am to 12 noon in the Barnardos building at Barnardos Loughlinstown Family Centre, Loughlinstown Drive, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. The service is community based.

The aim of the group is to:

  • Provide a safe welcoming environment for children and their families to play together
  • Promote children’s well being and development through play and positive interactions with significant adults
  • Parents and carers will receive peer support and also support and advice from Barnardos staff in relation to child development and parenting
  • Children and families will be supported with specific needs and referred to relevant agencies

Outline of Volunteers Tasks and Responsibilities:
A volunteer with an interest and experience in early year’s development, play and positive parenting is required for the Loughlinstown Parent and Toddler Group 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 play 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 project we are seeking a minimum commitment of one session a week (Fridays from 09:45am to 12:30pm) for at least a 6 month period. The service will not operate during the month of August.

Person Specification:

  • Friendly and polite
  • Confident (dealing with general queries – following training)
  • Patience to deal with the various requests that can arise
  • Flexibility
  • Awareness of confidentiality in relation to service users
  • Understanding of child development
  • Have the capacity to work in a disadvantaged community
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to respond in a positive and age-appropriate way to children’s needs and behaviour
  • Ability to show initiative
  • 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
  • To have a sense of humour
  • 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)

The application process, references and Garda Vetting