Muscular Dystrophy Ireland: Youth Respite Worker [Eastern Region]

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Muscular Dystrophy Ireland
75 Lucan Road,
Dublin 20

Youth Respite Worker [Eastern Region]

Job Description

Location: MDI Office, 75 Lucan Road, Chapelizod, Dublin 20.
Reporting to: Head of Services

Job Purpose:

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI) offers a range of support services nationally to persons affected by neuromuscular conditions and their families. The holder of this position will deliver a Youth Respite Service and coordinate summer camps provided by MDI to its members.

Key Responsibilities:

Youth Programme

  • Maintain and develop a programme of activities for youths and young persons in the H.S.E Eastern Region (Dublin, Kildare & Wicklow)) with a personal and social development focus, encouraging integration and independence.
  • Develop a social programme for young adult members in the H.S.E Eastern region.
  • Provide activities/workshops/youth clubs for siblings of young people who are members of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland.
  • Provide transport for members attending youth activities e.g. youth club, workshops etc.
  • Work with other organisations and clubs to advocate on and encourage accessibility for MDI’s members.
  • Support the development of youth activity in the Eastern Health Service Executive region.
  • Support the development and implementation of policies appropriate to all regions.
  • Seek opportunities for ongoing provision of activities such as art, music courses, etc
  • Organise outings to special events.

Holiday Programme

  • To coordinate the MDI annual residential spring / summer camps for young members under 25 years of age e.g. 11-14yrs, 15-17yrs, and 18-25yrs.
  • To attend the annual residential spring / summer camps as outlined above.
  • To line manage designated staff during spring / summer camps.
  • To maintain records and budgets for spring / summer camps in accordance with organisational policies and procedures


  • To provide transport as part of the youth services programme i.e. youth clubs, school tours, social outings, spring / summer camps etc.
  • To drive the MDI mini-bus to the safest standards as set by the organisation.
  • To ensure the safety of all passengers and other road users.
  • To maintain the MDI mini-bus to the safest standard possible.
  • To liaise with the Transport Coordinator to ensure that the mini bus complies with all health and safety regulations.


  • Support the recruitment of volunteers to work with the camps as per organisational policies and procedures.
  • To liaise with local youth groups and any other identified service areas, as appropriate.
  • Provide induction and supervision to volunteers, if required.
  • Assist in the supervision of staff involved with youth groups and summer camps e.g. volunteers & student placements.


  • Provide respite through the youth service for MDI members in their own home, clubs and on residential camps as and when required.
  • Assist with personal care on residential camps and youth activities as and when required.


  • To work as part of a multidisciplinary team with local MDI staff e.g. Family Support Worker & Driver.
  • To work as part of a multidisciplinary team with National MDI staff e.g. fundraising, PR, Administration, Information support etc.
  • Provide monitoring data and service evaluations as required by the Head of Services.
  • Participate in national fundraising initiatives.
  • Any other duties that may be required by the organisation to full fill the needs of the post.

Person Specification

Essential Requirements:

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience of working with young people and or delivering youth services to marginalised groups in society.
  • A recognised Youth Work Qualification.
  • Proven ability to plan projects and activities.
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • 1 – 2 years’ experience of organising and managing people.
  • Proven ability to work on own initiative.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent administration and time management skills.
  • Computer literate (Microsoft Office Suite).
  • This post requires flexibility which includes evening and weekend work.
  • Due to the nature of this post a Full, clean drivers licence is essential.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience of working with people with disabilities
  • Familiarity with the Irish social, educational and medical systems
  • Relevant 3rd level qualification
  • Experience of report writing
  • Experience of compiling statistics

Key Behaviours

  • Organised and focussed.
  • Empathy.
  • Diplomacy.
  • Determination, flexibility and a sense of humour.
  • Commitment to the aims and goals of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland.

Terms and Conditions

  • Full Time Position - 40 hours per week
  • Probation period 3 months
  • Pension scheme available (after 6 months service)
  • 21 days annual leave (pro rata)
  • This post is subject to Garda Clearance
  • Salary €27,274
  • Due to the nature of MDI’s youth service, flexible working is a key feature of this role, resulting in occasional evening and weekend work.
  • Being available to attend a number of week-long camps is a key feature of this role.
  • This role will be based in the MDI Head Office, Chapelizod, Dublin.
  • The above position is subject to availability of ongoing funding

Applications to
Closing date -  Close of business 5th April 2019

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