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Sundial House

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 behavioural, 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 "Sundial House"
Sundial House is a specialized long term accommodation service for vulnerable men, women and couples who have entrenched alcohol use issues, and a history of extended periods of rough sleeping and long term homelessness. This key low threshold service in Dublin works with people who have complex support needs and provides structured alcohol management support onsite 

Services offered:
-Private quality accommodation
-One-to-one professional support
-Practical and holistic assistance
-Harm reduction addiction support
-Support for nursing and care needs
-Advocacy and case management
-Referral, advocacy and case management
-Volunteer-led activities
-Life skills development programme

The Long term Housing project (accommodation for life) at Sundial House provides Low threshold housing for people who have experienced extended periods of street homelessness and have entrenched alcohol use issues. The aim is to provide a holistic harm reduction response to the presenting needs of those housed. The project supports a continuum of care approach and has been purpose built to ensure high quality accommodation.

The project accommodates 30 people, men and women, singles and couples in spacious en suite accommodation, there are both single and twin rooms. (26 long-term beds and 3 rooms with enhanced care facilities) The service has ample communal areas and one to one space on each of the five floors, serviced by a lift to allow for accessibility to all levels. The project is staffed on a 24/7 basis. Meals are provided at the project and there will be a moderate service charge. Laundry facilities and garden balcony’s are available to service users.

All service users are appointed a key worker to ensure they can access all the services they require and receive the appropriate support. A care plan is developed between the service users and worker, which is monitored and reviewed. The care plan covers life skills, budgeting, drink harm reduction, detox access and health

Tasks

-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. Volunteers are advised not to expect too much from residents in relation to their activities at first. All residents are permitted to drink alcohol on the project in accordance with a low threshold and harm reduction model and it can be difficult to engage them when they are under the influence of alcohol. 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, health & beauty, 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. Volunteers will have the opportunity to develop a project which is of particular interest to them, such as a cultural project or a basic skills group. We can support the volunteer in developing this, but will allow them to take the lead in it, thereby improving their organisational and development skills. Primarily the volunteer will spend their 30-35 hour working week at activities in the hostel. At the start of the placement the volunteers’ time will be structured around orientating to a new city, living arrangements as well as training and induction. Volunteers will receive a full induction and training course specific to EVS volunteers.

Criteria

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.

Procedure

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 reads the Depaul Ireland EVS volunteer information and then complete the Depaul Ireland EVS application form requested at lisa.byrne@depaulireland.org. You will find additional info on our website. with any questions. 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 March 17th 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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