Volunteering (10)

Items on volunteering opportunities for members.



RSTA has received a request for volunteer translators from Sean Fallon,  RSTA  member and former RSTA National Secretary. Sean is the co-founder of the voluntary Anti-Bullying Campaign for schools.

The Anti-Bullying Campaign programme has been made available free of charge through the campaign website and has been implemented in primary and post-primary schools all over Ireland. The programme has also been offered "as Gaeilge" with translation of the resources provided by C.O.G.G. which is funded by the DES in order to give equal access to pupils in all-Irish schools.

Sean writes ". . .Because bullying is a universal problem in schools and because our programme works so well I am hoping  to make it available in other European languages beginning with French, German and Spanish . . . to do this I need to enlist volunteer translators who would translate even just a few pages from our programme. . . It occcurs to me that retired teachers of French, German, Spanish or other European languages may now have the time and the capability to translate a few pages from our website programme on a voluntary basis."

Can you help with this very worthwhile project? Take a look at the website at www.antibullyingcampaign.ie  to see the resources offered to schools free of charge.

If you would like to contribute to this very worthwhile programme by volunteering to translate some pages please contact Sean by email at: antibullyingcampaignforschools@gmail.com

Focus Ireland is looking for volunteers to deliver school talks on the issue of homelessness and to encourage schools to fundraise and raise awareness.  These talks aim to help develop students' understading of homelessness and also to break down stereotypes they may have about people who are homeless. Full induction and training will be provided.

You can link directly to the Focus volunteering page at: https://www.focusireland.ie/get-involved/volunteering-roles/ or send an email for further information/queries to   fay.white@focusireland.onmicrosoft.com 

July 2018

January 2016

The charity organisation Threshold Training Netwok seeks volunteers to help with a programme called The Head Out project which works with people who may feel isolated because of emotional distress or mental health issues.

Centrum Vitae (previously known as The Life Centre) is a small charitable school situated in Fairview, Dublin. Qualified teachers are urgently needed to provide tuition for the coming academic year 2015/16.

"The Centre caters for early school leavers aged 12 to 16 and implements a holistic aproach to their education and personal development via a one-to-one educational tuition . . ."

Click on the link below for full details about the school and the role of volunteers. Volunteer_Teachers.doc

Focus Ireland provides services for families at risk and/or experiencing homelessness nationally.  Educational attainment and attendance at school are recognised as key priorities for children in such families. The role of the volunteer will be to deliver one-to-one tuition to children and teenagers under the Education Matters programme. 

For details of the organisation and the volunteer role click here.

ARC Cancer Support Centres are lookig for compassionate, enthusiastic and committed people who are willing to spare some of their free time to help in our Drop-in Centres at Eccles Street and South Circular Road.  This is a vital service where those affected by cancer, their families and carers can call without appointment and chat in confidence to one of our trained volunteers in a relaxed atmosphere.  If you would like to make a real difference, please call Linda on 01 7078880 or email linda@arccancersupport.ie


The Umbrella Foundation is an Irish charity based in Nepal which is seeking volunteers from all backgrounds and particulalrly volunteers with experience in teaching teenagers. Their representative, Jack Hogan, has contacted RSTA and the link below outlines the work of the Foundation and gives links to their website and volunteer programmes.  umbrella.doc

Alone (www.alone.ie) is a charitable organisation which does wonderful work in "supporting, befriending and providing homes for older people in need".  They are seeking to fill the position of Maintenance Volunteer which "might appeal to someone who is retired and may have an interest in volunteering and DIY."

For full details of the position and contacts click here 


We are seeking a volunteer, ideally a retired teacher, to assist with our weekly quiz/discussion group.  The group runs every Thursday from 2.30 to 3.30 pm.  However, if we had a volunteer involved, we would like to extend the time to 4 or 4.30 pm.  We have a theme every week, however the quiz generally involves geography, history, music etc.  The quiz is relaxed, we promote sharing of personal experiences and memories and having a joke together while being intellectually stimulating for all. We have WiFi computer access which we plan to use more in the future.

We are also seeking volunteers for other groups:

Sonas Music Group for residents with dementia is run three mornings a week from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and on Tuesday afternoons at 2.45 pm.  A program is followed by the trained practitioner who is helped by an assistant.  This is an ideal role for a volunteer.  See www.sonasapc.ie for background information on the Sonas program.

Reminiscence Group on Friday afternoons. This relaxed group promotes remembering events past, general chat and, of course, tea and coffee!  We have various resources such as pictures and newspapers and are looking to build on this.

Other Groups throughout the week include art and crafts activities, a book club, a men's group and baking activities. 

Our timetable is flexible and, if a volunteer had other commitments, we have scope to move an activity time/day if needed.  We are interested in volunteers who would like to come on an on-going basis.  All volunteers would be supported fully by staff.  We would like the volunteer to enjoy the experience in addition to the many benefits they would bring to the lives of our valued residents.

For further information email Anna McMahon at: ot@kiltipperwoods.ie 

Location Information/Map: Kiltipper Woods is situated close to the M50.  Take the Firhouse exit (Junction 12) coming from South or North. It is serviced by the following public transport - Luas Red Line from Dublin city to The Square and the 54A, 49, 49A and 75 bus routes from The Square.

 Contact: Anna McMahon, Senior Occupational Therapist, Kiltipper Woods Care centre, Kiltipper Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Telephone: 01 4683440          Email: ot@kiltipperwoods.ie        Website: www.kiltipperwoods.ie 

Volunteer Ireland is the National Volunteer Development Agency. It provides support for over 20 Volunteer Centres in Ireland.  Their website at www.volunteer.ie provides information about volunteering opportunities and has a full listing of contact details for your local Volunteer Centre.  The local centres match individuals with volunteering opportunities in their area and provide support and training where required.

If you are thinking about getting involved in volunteering but are not quite sure how or where to begin Volunteer Ireland is a good place to start.