The RehabCare Volunteer Programme is an opportunity for people aged over 18 to volunteer in a RehabCare service, undertaking tasks to support people with disabilities to participate actively in the community. Since September 2006, Volunteering opportunities have been available in our services throughout Ireland
RehabCare provides a range of health and social care services for adults and children together with the older person and those who are marginalised throughout Ireland and in the UK. Over 3,000 people benefited from RehabCare services last year. Click here for further information on RehabCare.
The volunteer programme supports our goal to facilitate people who are disadvantaged to participate in the life of their local community in ways that match their choices, aspirations and needs.
Your own skills and interests will help you decide what kind of activity you would like to do. Service Users in RehabCare have a whole range of interests, and might welcome support from a Volunteer in anything from learning to cook, attending a soccer match, coaching in a sport, reading, gardening, doing the shopping, etc. Volunteers can work with groups of people or individuals. If you have a specific talent or interest, perhaps you could teach that to others, or support someone else in learning a new skill, getting fit, or just having a social chat with someone once a week.
RehabCare also welcomes volunteering support with projects in the areas of administration, research and fundraising.
The RehabCare Volunteer Programme is structured to ensure adequate training, development and supervision of Volunteers, allowing Volunteers to use their own skills and interests to augment RehabCare's services to people with disabilities.
RehabCare welcomes Volunteers who can commit an agreed regular amount of time, such as one hour a week or two hours per month. Each centre has a variety of opportunities on offer and will discuss these with you. At present, Volunteer opportunities are only available Monday-Friday, from 9am to 5pm. RehabCare hopes to extend this later.
Click here to view a list of centres nationally that are currently involved with the RehabCare Volunteering Programme. If you aren't sure of your nearest location, fill out and submit the online Enquiry Form and the nearest centre will be in contact with you.
There are four ways to apply:
Following this, a RehabCare representative will contact you by telephone and arrange an informal meeting at which the detailed application form can be filled in and you can discuss volunteering options.
All RehabCare volunteers must apply to the Garda Síochána for clearance; this will be explained to you at interview. Once a volunteer registration letter is signed with RehabCare, volunteers will then begin an Induction Programme suitable to the activity they will be engaged in, including any relevant training, introductions to RehabCare and to relevant service users.
Thank you for your interest in RehabCare.