Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire: Cultural Companions Coordinator (Part-Time)

Part of the National Organisation Muintir na Tire, Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire are an independent voluntary body who promote the welfare of the people of Cork County through the process of Community Development.We aim to unite people in a spirit of Community Service, neighbourliness and self reliance in working to the common good.We wish to foster an active local patriotism and love of Ireland's natural heritage and traditions.We seek to foster a sense of responsibility to the needs and problems of the local community and to devise programmes of action and development especially those based on co-operation.

Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire wishes to recruit a suitably qualified person for the role of Cultural Companions Coordinator

Cultural Companions.

Cultural Companions is an established Age and Opportunity Initiative operating in Dublin and other areas around the Country. The aim of Cultural Companions is to address the issue of social isolation amongst older people by facilitating their engagement in arts, heritage and cultural opportunities, and by providing volunteer companions for encouragement and support. Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire, Cork County Council and the HSE have come together to establish a Cultural Companions Network in Cork City and County.

Many of us would probably go to a lot more plays, films, shows, concerts, exhibitions or other events if we had someone to go with. There is a thriving social and arts scene out there to be enjoyed if only we had someone with the know-how, the transport or the shared interest to get us going. That is where Cultural Companions comes in.

The Cultural Companions Support worker will set up local networks of people interested in arts and culture that will accompany each other to events – like-minded people that meet up regularly to go out together either with one other person or as part of a small group. Its aim is to provide increased opportunities for older people to engage with Ireland's vibrant cultural and arts scene.

The Co-ordinator will work under the direct supervision of the Community Development Worker of Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire to implement the Cultural Companions Initiative and other parts of our work programme. The initiative will be developed and guided in conjunction with the Cultural Companion’s Steering Group.

This post is Part - time, temporary – Subject to on-going funding.

The Cultural Companions coordinator will be based in Cork City and there is an expectation that a minimum of 33 % of working time will spent be at the Cork City office. Remote working arrangements considered outside of this on request, in line with Muintir na Tire policies. Travel across Cork City and County is a key requirement of the job.

Experience and Skills Required


  • A recognised qualification in the following:
    Community Development or Arts Culture Heritage or equivalent.
  • Or at least 2 years’ experience of working as a Community Worker or Arts Culture Heritage worker in either a paid or voluntary capacity.
  • Experience in managing /working with volunteers, Leading and motivating others.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own Initiative
  • Experience of working from a community development approach & principles.
  • Experience of Fundraising and sourcing funding / Budgeting skills /
  • Excellent communication / media skills both verbal & written report writing skills
  • Proven ability to network
  • Open and innovative approach to work
  • Full Driving Licence and access to a car to use for work – throughout City and County

Desirable Criteria

  • A genuine interest in Culture and the Arts
  • A genuine enjoyment of helping people to develop
  • Knowledge of local development and the changing local development landscape, including knowledge of the work of Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire, Healthy Ireland, Creative Ireland, and Age Friendly Programmes.
  • A commitment to anti-discriminatory practice.

Job Specification

  • Development of local Hubs / Networks
  • Good Communication skills and ability to provide regular written program updates and reports
  • Focus on Social Inclusion engaging with those who may be isolated /lonely
  • Develop strong volunteer support for the programme.
  • A genuine interest in Culture Heritage and the Arts
  • Ability to work in a respectful and professional manner
  • To be punctual reliable and trustworthy.
  • Competency in computer programmes such as Word, Excel. Mailchimp and Survey Monkey
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times and comply with GDPR requirements.
  • Critical thinker and problem-solving skills
  • Participation in appropriate training events / programmes.
  • Critical Evaluation will form part of the project.

The Post will be for 3 Days a week –- Depending on the success of the programme and subject to funding, hours may increase over time – Initially a 12 month contract will be offered with a 3 month probationary period included

Salary will be €35,069 Pro Rata

This post is subject to Garda Vetting prior to appointment.

Applicants should send Cover Letter and CV by email only to

Closing date for receipt of applications is Date June 1st 2022

A shortlist will be drawn up before interviews are held.

Interviews will be held during week beginning 13th June 2022

Starting Date Tue August 2nd 2022

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
11th May, 2022
Expiry Date
1st Jun, 2022