Barnardos Volunteer Roots of Empathy Instructors - Dublin and Tipperary

Barnardos are currently seeking Volunteer Roots of Empathy Instructors, for the 2019/20 academic year, for a number of primary schools based in Dublin (Inchicore, Tallaght and Finglas) plus primary schools in Co Tipperary (mainly Carrick on Suir and Cahir and possibly other locations in Co Tipperary). The Roots of Empathy programme is an evidence-based programme that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children by raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. The programme revolves around a baby, the baby’s family, a class of primary school children, their teacher, school and community, and a Roots of Empathy Instructor. Each brings something different to the programmes, and the programme's success depends on the ability of everyone to work in tandem. Instructors deliver all aspects of the Roots of Empathy curriculum in the classroom, throughout the school year, and build respectful relationships with the participating family, classroom teacher and students. See Roots of Empathy website or the Barnardos website for more information.

Full and comprehensive Instructor training and support throughout the year is provided by Barnardos.

We are open to all candidates, however, a background knowledge and expertise in some but not all of the areas indicated below will enhance programme delivery:

  • Teaching children in a classroom setting
  • Child development and learning from Junior Infants to 6th Class
  • Infant development
  • Parenting education/support
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Community development
  • Youth Work

One of our Roots of Empathy Volunteer Instructors shared her experiences of volunteering in this programme “I absolutely love volunteering with Barnardos and Roots of Empathy and it is my favourite time in the week. It is less than 2 hours per week and my time is valuable and worth a lot and I feel so happy to give my valuable time to such an amazing programme”.

For more information or to register your interest please contact: Suzanne Connolly, Barnardos Volunteer Service, tel: 01 708 0431 or email


Dublin & Co Tipperary

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