Volunteer Stories

Veronica Browne Volunteer Reading Tutor in St Finians National School, Finglas

When Veronica was asked what made her decide to volunteer, she said
“I had recently retired, and I was looking for something to do and I wanted to do something with a little bit of meaning. A friend of mine told me about Barnardos and the minute she said it I thought this is brilliant, this Wizards of Words programme sounds perfect and I haven’t looked back since, it is wonderful”.

Nora Bourke, Children Bereavement Service Helpline volunteer since 2004

"The title of one of the Barnardos’ booklets is 'Young Children grieve too'. As a person involved in education, I have spent many years observing the faces of grieving children, children traumatised or in deep shock. In the light of this,

it was a dream come true to become a volunteer on the Bereavement Helpline

and thus enable these children receive support. What I like to see is that the children's needs are met in a lovely bright child friendly environment. As a volunteer I am more often inspired by the wonderful insight parents and grandparents have and their ability to seek help while they themselves are grieving. We, volunteers have our own support system too, which is unique to Barnardos. While we are frontline support givers, we feel the strength of the support team behind us. The serious nature of bereavement is brought into perspective by mindfulness and some light hearted gatherings among ourselves”.

Lourdes Brennan, Shop Volunteer in Barnardos Carlow Shop since 2010

“I love going into the Barnardos shop because I am not only doing something worthwhile, but I also like and appreciate the friendships of all my colleagues there”.

Cathy Wyer, Children Services Support Volunteer since 2012 with Barnardos Finglas Early Intervention Service

“Whilst you might be tired at the end of a session, you will certainly be energised by being involved."

It is so lovely to work alongside the children, supporting them in their development and learning.

Denis McCarthy, Reading Tutor volunteer, St Ultans Primary School since 2014 

“Since retiring it has structured my week and helping others has its own benefit, I’d say to anyone who’s thinking of volunteering go for it, it’s a win win situation for all concerned”.

Philippa Jennings, Children Support Service Volunteer in the Carlow Family Support Service Parent and Toddler Group

Philippa told us why she applied to volunteer with Barnardos
Following completion of a childcare course and at the time when my own children were starting school I decided to volunteer with Barnardos. Over the years we have cared for many parents and their children. We aim to provide a supportive and nurturing environment where families can find both practical and emotional support through sharing experiences. As volunteers we too are afforded the same care that is shared with the families"