Dublin City Volunteer Centre: The Experience Bank – Community Ambassador

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Dublin City Volunteer Centre

Role title: The Experience Bank – Community Ambassador

DUBLIN CITY VOLUNTEER CENTRE – Volunteer Centre for Our City

Dublin City Volunteer Centre (DCVC)

We are the primary resource for both volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations in Dublin city. Our vision is ‘A Vibrant Irish Society where every person feels connected to their community through active participation in voluntary activities’.

We believe in the ethos of volunteering and that it is an important expression of civic engagement. Our mission is to promote the value of volunteering and increase the range and quality of volunteering in Dublin City.

Purpose of the Role:

Are you ready to move on from COVID lockdowns? Would you like to connect with people in your community again? Do you enjoy motivating people to take positive action?

Volunteer as a Community Ambassador with Dublin City Volunteer Centre!

As Community Ambassador, you will chat with mature people in your own social circles or in your local community to spark their interest in volunteering. We will train you to help people tease out what kind of volunteering they might be interested in and how their life experience or skills could be invaluable to a charity or community group. That way, you will empower them to embark on their personal volunteering journey.

This Community Ambassador Volunteer role is part of Dublin City Volunteer Centre’s new project called “The Experience Bank”. The project looks to connect older people with organisations who value mature volunteers and their skills and life experience.

Role Details:

We are looking for 10 Experience Bank Ambassadors to play a key role in rolling out this project in the community and to help “recruit” participants for the project.

As Ambassador, you will:

  • Share information about the project in your local community (i.e. your own social circles, local library, community events, active retirement groups, pre-retirement talks, men’s shed meetings, etc.)
  • Explain the project to potential participants/ volunteers and answer questions
  • Meet with 4-5 individuals to talk to them about their interests, life experience and skills to create a “profile” on the Experience Bank
  • Capture their information in a prepared template and help them to register with Dublin City Volunteer Centre
  • Encourage and empower people to participate in the Experience Bank and to become a volunteer

Time commitment:

  • January – March 2022
  • flexible, will fluctuate depending on phase of the project

Place of Volunteering

  • Dublin City/ your local community (to be discussed with you)

Support & Training

  • Two 2-hour training modules (Dates: early/ mid-December; in-person or on ZOOM, depending on restrictions at the time)
  • Ongoing support and supervision provided by project manager
  • Insurance cover
  • Travel expenses

Application process

  • Motivation statement
  • Informal interview

More about you

  • As this is a peer project, you will need to be aged 55 or over
  • You enjoy motivating people to take positive action
  • You have an interest in talking to people, possibly in a public setting
  • You have an interest in talking to participants one-to-one to tease out their skills and interests
  • You have an interest in how people engage with Irish society and the voluntary sector
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • Commitment to agreed event dates and meetings
  • An awareness of and commitment to the values and ethos of Dublin City Volunteer Centre
  • Willingness to attend online meetings/ training via ZOOM (we can help with the set-up).

What’s in it for you?

By volunteering on this project:

  • You will be helping to create meaningful opportunities for people 55+ to help others and help themselves.
  • You will help create more resilient communities in the COVID-19 pandemic recovery phase.
  • You will support and empower your peers to embark on their personal volunteering journey.
  • You will gain experience in the areas of personal development and community engagement
  • You will have the opportunity to gain new skills (i.e. communication skills, interview skills, engaging with the public)
  • You will be volunteering as part of DCVC and in a team of Experience Bank Ambassadors
  • DCVC will reimburse transport costs incurred by the volunteer during his/her volunteering upon submission of receipts/mileage form.

More about us

DCVC was formed in 2014 from a merger between Dublin City North and Dublin City South Volunteer Centres. The Centre serves the Dublin City Council administrative boundary area - a population of 550,000. We are part of the national volunteer infrastructure and a member of Volunteer Ireland. Some of our recent projects include:

“Experience Counts” is an extended research project and a campaign to engage more people aged 55+ in volunteering. Read the full report or the summary report.

Find out more about our work, our governance and our Vision and Mission on our website.

Information/ Application

To apply for this role, please email Franzi O’Donnell (project manager) at franziska@volunteerdublincity.ie with your answer to the following 3 questions:

  1. Why do you want to become involved in the project?
  2. What do you think can you offer to the project?
  3. What do you expect to get out of the project?

For more information, email Franzi or phone 087 707 1012.

Deadline for applications: 1st December 2021.

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
18th Nov, 2021
Expiry Date
1st Dec, 2021