Irish Foster Care Association: National Helpline Service Volunteers
IFCA National Helpline Service is now seeking Volunteers
Full Training & Support will be provided
Are you interested in working on a national helpline service based in Dublin? Can you give 4 hours one day a week?
The Irish Foster Care Association is the national organisation that supports foster families and the wider fostering community. We advance and promote best practice in foster care through support, learning and advocacy. Membership is broad based and includes foster and relative carers, social workers, child care workers, academics and others with an interest in or who are involved in foster care. For more information please visit our website: www.ifca.ie
How many hours would I be expected to volunteer?
Vacancies exist for Volunteers to work on our National Helpline Service. Volunteers will ideally work for up to 4 hours per week from our office in Village Green Tallaght, Dublin 24. The Helpline Volunteer will provide advice and practical information to foster carers and others on a range of matters related to fostering.
Do I need to have qualifications?
No specific qualifications are required, and training will be provided. Ideally applicants should have some knowledge of fostering, parenting or childcare; good telephone and interpersonal skills; a non-judgmental attitude as well as patience, and the ability to listen and empathise.
Induction & Training will be provided, and volunteers will receive regular supervision. All IFCA Helpline and Support Volunteers are obliged to attend an 8-12 session certified Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Skills course. It is a course as is specifically tailored to the support the work we provide. It will be a blended training approach, reducing the number of times attendance will be required in person at the training venue.
How do I apply?
Please forward a letter of application and CV by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Irish Foster Care Association, Unit 23, Village Green. Tallaght, Dublin D24F6XA
Applications will be short listed and invited to attend a semi-formal individual interview where we will go through your application form in greater detail in a relaxed atmosphere.
If you are successful at interview you will be asked to complete a number of important documents, including Garda Vetting.
All successful applicants will be given details of the next available training course.
Note: Participants will not be accepted as full volunteers until a final meeting with the Helpline Coordinator has been completed
If you have any questions about the role and volunteering with IFCA you can contact IFCAs Volunteer Manager- Bridget McDonagh, on email@example.com or 086-0787165/ 01-45 99474
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