Here is some additional information about volunteering with Inspire.
How old do I have to be? Due the nature of working with vulnerable adults, the minimum age is 18.
Can I volunteer if I have a disability? Yes. Whether you have a physical or mental disability, we can find a role for you. Many people with some form of disability already volunteer with us and many with a mental illness find it helps on their journey of recovery. Inspire is committed to equality and diversity and recognises that a diverse group of volunteers brings fresh ideas and experiences.
I am claiming benefits, can I volunteer? Yes, you can volunteer and further information is available via the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection website.
Will I be covered by insurance? As with Inspire's staff, our insurance policies cover volunteers for any activities that you undertake on our behalf.
How much time do I need to commit? In general, there is no minimum time commitment and we can be flexible to suit your needs. All volunteers are afforded a three-month settling-in period to see if volunteering is for them. If you work or study full-time, we have evening and weekend opportunities. Any amount of time you can give will be hugely appreciated.
Will I need to have a Gardaí vetting check? Some, but not all, roles require volunteers to undertake a Gardaí vetting check. Having a criminal record will not bar you from volunteering with us but it may limit the things you are able to do.
Will it cost me anything to volunteer? No. Out-of-pocket expenses are offered to volunteers.
What skills do I need? We aim to match your skills and experience with a suitable role but the key to volunteering with Inspire is enthusiasm, a sense of fun, the ability to listen and to be possessed of a non-judgmental nature.
Why should I volunteer with Inspire? People volunteer with Inspire for many reasons. It might be they want to give back, if they have been supported by Inspire in the past, or they are seeking to hone the necessary skills to pursue a career in health and social care. Others volunteer to build confidence, meet new people, improve their CVs and have fun.
What support will I receive? You will receive a full induction, appropriate training enabling you to carry out your role, opportunities to network with other volunteers and the chance to attend Inspire events throughout the year. A dedicated supervisor will carry out regular support and supervision with you.
If you still have a question about volunteering, please contact our volunteer coordinator on 042 938 5736 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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