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Back Lane Hostel


Vacancy for EVS Volunteer in Ireland

  • Depaul Ireland provides accommodation and key services to people who many others struggle to work with street drinkers, women in prison, families who others have given up on, those with behavioral, self-harm and addiction problems. We work in Dublin and Belfast to provide accommodation, outreach and training services to homeless and disadvantaged people.

    One of our host projects is "Backlane Hostel" Back Lane provides emergency and long term accommodation for 60 men with complex support needs who are experiencing homelessness. It offers a 24/7 professional support service

    Services offered:
    -Private accommodation
    -One-to-one professional support
    -Practical and holistic assistance
    -Harm reduction addiction support
    -Referral, advocacy and case management
    -Independent living skills development
    -Volunteer-led activities
    -Resettlement support

    Back Lane is an STA (supported temporary accommodation) to 42 men on a 6 month basis and long term accommodation (accommodation for life) to 18 service users over the age of 18. This service accepts people with drug, alcohol and mental health issues. 
    The EVS volunteer will work alongside, and be part of a large team of full time staff and numerous part time volunteers and student placements. This will add to the basic service the staff can provide for service users.

    The service has essentially two sides. Long term (generally older service users) and short term (generally younger service users). The task of the volunteer would be to engage these groups individually or in small groups, to undertake some social activities.

    This can include activities in the project itself or also away from the project. In all such activities Volunteers will be supervised either by their supervisor or by project staff.


-Our aim is to open new possibilities for the project and its residents through the inclusion of volunteers. While the project staff often need to focus on the basic service provision (Keyworking), the volunteers can concentrate solely on additional activities which will be of great benefit to the residents. 1. Short term Stay (STA) Where possible we will try to work towards moving our residents away from homelessness. This includes an elaborate program of resettlement work. The volunteer could take an active role in this work. They could help to establish links with possible move on options, accompany residents to the local authorities as well as help them to prepare for moving out of the hostel.The very fact that the volunteers are not trained specialist workers (like the fulltime staff) helps to motivate the residents to actively work on their own reintegration. 2. Long Term Stay (LTA) Some of the residents in the hostel are of quite advanced age and have experienced homelessness for a long time. With such a lifestyle almost inevitably comes the fact that most residents have been socially excluded and alienated from society. The task of the volunteer would be to engage some of these, individually or in small groups, to undertake some social activities. These can include activities in the project itself or also away from the project. Simply by acknowledging such individuals, through arranging meetings with them on a regular basis they can regain respect they have lost. Volunteers are advised not to expect too much from residents in relation to their activities at first. Getting to know our residents and building a good relationship with them is essential. Volunteers need to be motivated and be inspiring to residents who can be apathetic, resistant to change or simply do not know what interests them. We hope that this can be achieved by volunteers bringing some interests and skills of their own to help inspire our residents. Activities can range from arts & crafts workshops, photography, organising outings, music & singing, storytelling and any group or one to one activity that will be of interest to the residents. Getting to know residents will take time and is key to build good relationships to instill the confidence in them to participate and socialize.


Due to the nature of our work and the client group we work with there will be some specific requirements of the volunteer. We would be looking for volunteers who have: -An understanding of issues around homelessness. -An interest in working with disadvantaged individuals, and can see the positives in them as well as the support they need. - Empathic and non-judgmental. - Ability to use initiative and be flexible and open to new situations - Creative in coming up with and running activities for residents –As a lot of the volunteers' activities will centre on communication it would be favourable if our volunteers had a basic knowledge of English. They should choose the project because of the unique experience and development they will gain.


We select volunteers according to the Youth in Action Guidelines. This means that we look for volunteer candidates aged between 18 and 30 years and who are legally residing in a Programme Country or in a Partner Country. We seek a balance of varied ages, genders and nationalities amongst our EVS volunteers. In order to fairly assess each candidate’s suitability for each project, we ask each candidate read the Depaul Ireland EVS volunteer information and then complete the Depaul Ireland EVS application form requested at You will find additional info on our website. The deadline for volunteer applications is Friday 31st January 2014. The application materials are sent to the project management teams in order for them to score the applicants and select volunteer candidates. We will then contact the shortlisted applicants by email to organise a time to do a short interview via phone or skype. The Volunteer Coordinator then makes contact with the volunteer candidate and their sending organisation to initiate the grant application process. We will submit our grant application for the 17th March 2014 deadline Volunteers are also required to produce 2 work/study related references, a relevant police clearance from the country that they are travelling from and information relating to medical history if appropriate.

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Universitat d'Alacant
Carretera de Sant Vicent del Raspeig s/n
03690 Sant Vicent del Raspeig
Alacant (Espanya)

Tel: (+34) 96 590 9379

Fax: (+34) 96 590 3464

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