Volunteer

How can you help? – Individual Volunteer

We have many different roles / opportunities to become involved as a volunteer with Cheeverstown. From supporting people out and about within their local community, to driving, gardening, admin or many more activities that help in the work of Cheeverstown. If you are interested or just want to learn more about our volunteering programme please get in touch. People often tell us about the benefits of becoming involved, often it’s the small everyday shared experiences that really make a difference in people’s lives, as Ghandi once said “The Best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others”

Volunteer Application Form

How can I help as a group or organisation?

Corporate Social Responsibility
We have organisations that offer their staff teams to commit to volunteering days with us e.g. it may be gardening, painting, general tidy-up days or Alternatively if you have skills that you could share with us on an on-going basis we would love to hear from you.

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Diversity
We encourage diversity and inclusion from different ethnic, religious, age and gender backgrounds from within the community. Cheeverstown is an equal opportunities organization. We believe the volunteering has a positive impact on both the volunteers and Cheeverstown. All volunteers are asked to complete a diversity questionnaire, this helps us to monitor the range of people who were becoming involved as volunteers within Cheeverstown. By monitoring diversity we can identify gaps and areas which are underrepresented, and activity work towards including all groups within our volunteer programme. We will review the findings on an annual basis and publish findings on our web-site.




What Volunteers tell us?

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“The sense of developing a friendship thorugh activities, I am always get a great welcome from everyone, and i can see at first hand the great work that staff do on a daily basis”
- Nick

Maji“Volunteering is more than doing a good deed. The main reason I volunteer is because of what volunteering gives me, not because of what I give. Volunteering makes my world bigger through new friendships; it gives me a sense of satisfaction and pride.”
-Marijke
clara“Volunteering is the best thing I’ve ever done. I volunteer with the Advocacy Committee – a committee established to advocate for service users by service users. The committee provides a central forum for its representatives to identify priorities and formulate agreed actions. I’ve met some great people and hope that through my volunteering I have made a small change in some people’s lives for the better – Now that is very rewarding! Volunteering has also encouraged me to put myself out of my comfort zone through meeting people I may not have otherwise met. I will sum up my volunteering experience with the following:”

“Just because you can’t do everything, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do something.”
-Clare

ciara“I would recommend volunteering to anyone who has ever considered it or wondered what it might be like. You get to meet wonderful people and be involved with families that you wouldn’t otherwise have the pleasure of meeting. Without fail I finish my two hours of volunteering in better form than when I started. For the very little I put in I get so much back, in the form of smiles and laughter. You can’t put a price on that.”
- Ciara
joe“We now have a terrific team who now not only help to rejuvenate the gardens but also ‘adopt’ a garden”
- Joe

karo“I can still remember The First Time I went out with lads from Cheeverstown, the way they made me feel… again. That bunch of cheering and laughing strangers reminded me how simple life can be. Their joy for little things made me realize how much I have in my own life already and how those little things do make me happy. I had ‘lost’ that feeling for a while, and that probably was my reason to get involved with volunteering again.”
- Karolina

Diane“I was unemployed at the time and volunteered with Cheeverstown. I have enjoyed the experience so much that I have decided to go to college and make a career in this area healthcare.“
- Diane
Christopher“It is the best thing happened to my life. Cheeverstown changed me a lot. I have met a lot of new peoples here. I really liked the way people treated me. They appreciated me even if I did a small work. Thanks to Gerry O’Connor who really helped me a lot to get going with my volunteering work.”
-Christopher

moniMy name is Moni and I am a 25 year old volunteer from Germany.
I’ve been working at Cheeverstown, Airton Centre for almost half a year and I have enjoyed it so much. Due to my social work studies in Germany I had to do an internship for a Semester. Doing this internship abroad was the best decision I could have made.
In Germany I’ve already worked with people with special needs. Doing this kind of internship in Ireland, was such a great experience for me. There are lots of positive aspects.
On the one hand I was able to improve my English skills and get to know the Irish culture. On the other hand I’ve learned a lot about working with people with special needs. People that haven’t worked with people with special needs might say: I couldn’t do it. It is so difficult. But they have never tried.
I think that volunteering or working in an organisation like Cheeverstown does not only change the opinion about people with disabilities, it also helps seeing life with other eyes. I have learned so much from my group, for example being happy about even small things. I am very grateful that I’ve had the possibility to get to know all these amazing personalities and I absolutely recommend volunteer work like that. I promise it is worth a try.
-Moni

 

Volunteer role description

  • Supporting individuals and groups to participate within the community
  • Admin/IT volunteers
  • Gardening
  • Driving
  • Fundraising



For More Information About Volunteering Roles download our roles descriptions

  • Benefits of Volunteering
  • Become more connected to your community
  • Meeting new people
  • The opportunity to do somethign you love
  • Developing and learning new skills
  • Training
  • Exploring a career path
  • Work experience that may be added to your C.V

Diversity

We encourage diversity and inclusion of different ethnic,religious_age and gender groups of the community in our organisation. Cheeverstown is an equal opportunities organization. We believe that the volunteering has a positive impact on both – the volunteers and Cheeverstown.

All volunteers are asked to complete a diversity questionnaire, this helps us to monitor the range of people who were becoming involved as volunteers within Cheeverstown. By monitoring diversity we can identify gaps and areas which are underrepresented, an activity work towards including all groups within our volunteer programme. We will review the findings on an annual basis and publish findings on our web-site

Gerry O’Connor
Socialisation Co-Ordinator

Diversity Form

Diversity Survey Report-2015