The Anne Sullivan Foundation: Support Volunteer

The Anne Sullivan Foundation

Volunteers to support people who are deafblind

Our Organisation

The Anne Sullivan Foundation ( ASF) and Centre (ASC) are based in Stillorgan Co Dublin. We provide residential, day and community support services to adults and children who are deafblind. Our aim is to support people who are deafblind to pursue meaningful, active and fulfilling lives by promoting independence, communication, equality and inclusive decision making.

Overview of the Support Volunteer Role

The Anne Sullivan Foundation wishes to recruit and train Support volunteers to expand our community Outreach service. Our support volunteers will be part of a team who support people who are deafblind in a variety of ways. A person who is deafblind may have varying levels of speech, sight and hearing but no previous experience supporting a person who is deafblind or knowledge of sign language is required for these roles. Volunteers typically meet people in their home or in the community. At present we are seeking volunteers who can provide support and befriending in the following areas:

  • In Dublin 12, a young man would love a weekly visit from a volunteer (preferably male) to accompany him on walks and for general company and conversation
  • In Greystones, a lady would like a volunteer for general company on outings and to help sorting financial papers and assistance with writing and correspondence
  • In Greystones, a lady would love a weekly visit from someone who can act as a walk companion and a driver for outings and help her in the home with some tasks such as light meal prep occasionally
  • In Urlingford Co Kilkenny we are looking for a volunteer to support a person who is deafblind to use his computer, phone, google home device and technology in the home. Occasional support is also required going out for walks and accessing the local community. This person uses a guide dog when out and about. He enjoys conversation and catching up on news.

Skills, Experience and Qualities required

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Some roles require driving and some roles require an interest in technology
  • A good level of spoken English or Irish Sign Language
  • An interest in supporting people with disabilities to live full and active lives
  • A commitment to the ethos of volunteering
  • A patient and understanding attitude

Time Commitment

During your time volunteering with the ASF, you will be asked to participate in training relevant to your role, some of which may be mandatory. Mandatory training will relate to the specific work a volunteer agrees to carry out, safeguarding and Infection prevention and Control totaling 4 hours.

Once trained the commitment expected will be approximately 2 hours per week depending on the particular needs of the person you are supporting. The times of volunteering will be agreed in advance and can be flexible around the person you are supporting and your own availability.


Training and Induction can take place online or in The Anne Sullivan Centre, Brewery Road, Stillorgan, Co Dublin.

Volunteering can take place in the greater Dublin area, Wicklow or Kilkenny ( either in the home of a person who is deafblind or their local community)

Benefits to the Volunteer

  • Personal and professional development
  • Opportunity to support people who are deafblind achieve their goals
  • Learn new skills including sign language, tactile sign language, augmentative communication and sighted guide mobility support
  • Induction and Training
  • Support and Supervision
  • Respect and acknowledgement as making a valuable contribution to the development of The Anne Sullivan Foundation Outreach service

Application Process

If you are interested in joining our team of Volunteers or would like to find out more about our service please contact Stephen Sheppard by email at

Closing date for applications is Friday 28th October at 5pm

All our Volunteer positions are subject to reference checks and Garda Vetting.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
21st Sep, 2022
Dublin, Wicklow or Kilkenny
Expiry Date
28th Oct, 2022