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How To Help

It is the policy of Stewarts Care to avail of the skills of volunteers in order to complement and enhance the range of opportunities and experiences accessible to Service Users.

Who is a Volunteer?

Volunteers are people in the community who share their time, energy and enthusiasm with or on behalf of the children and adults who attend Stewarts Care. No particular qualifications are required - just a willingness to make a reliable commitment. The role of volunteers will be that of a supportive, complementary nature alongside our staff.

Why Involve Volunteers in Our Service?

  • We believe in the distinctive contribution that volunteers can make to our service users.
  • Volunteers are a valuable human resource and can be involved either directly or indirectly with our service users, all of which contributes to our service delivery.
  • Direct involvement of volunteers increases integration of our service users in a two-way stream ie. some volunteers come 'into' our service users' home and working environments and interact there, other volunteers go 'out' with our service users to the wider community.
  • Volunteers raise awareness of our work, our aims and bring additional people and resources to us. Each volunteer has their own network of friends, families, colleagues and contacts - a positive volunteering experience is positive publicity for our service, our mission and persons with an intellectual disability.

Individual Volunteering Opportunities

There are many volunteering opportunities within Stewarts Care including:

Fundraising: We need volunteers to help organise and support fundraising activities and events. Supporters have helped raise money for Stewarts through cake sales, golf outings, marathons and workplace collections. There are many, many ways you can help raise money for our valuable services to the community.

One to One Support for Clients: Service users living in the community need the assistance of volunteers to help them in the transition from living in a residential campus setting to living out in the community. This involves befriending the service user and supporting them in everyday activities such as shopping, sport and social activities.

Providing Transport: Many of our service users living in the community have difficulty accessing our services due to a lack of transport. We need volunteers who can provide a lift to and from our services for these people.

Companionship: Some of our residential service users have few visitors and can be lonely at times. Volunteers can help provide companionship for these residents.  It can be as simple as sitting down and having a chat with them, playing cards or bringing them for a walk around our campus.

Teaching: Many of our service users like to participate in art, computers, creative writing and crafts. We need volunteers to help with these activities so that more of our residents can participate fully. You don’t have to be an expert to help – let us know what you can do.

These are just a selection of ways in which volunteers can help Stewarts Care's service users. If you think you can help please let us know.  Volunteers make a huge contribution to our Service and brighten up the lives of our service users in so many ways.

 

Interested in Volunteering?

If you'd like to volunteer with Stewarts we would be delighted to hear from you.

Visit our contact page here and fill in the form and we'll come back to you as soon as possible or alternatively feel free to contact us via email at:

Email: Volunteering@StewartsCare.ie