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Volunteer Expression of Interest Form

Thank you for choosing to volunteer with ALONE.


ALONE is a national organisation supporting older people to age at home. We have a number of volunteer opportunities available Nationwide.


Volunteer opportunities with ALONE

Volunteers are involved in every aspect of the organisation, from the Board to our front line services. Without volunteers ALONE simply could not carry out its work. Volunteers play an essential role and contribute highly to the overall success of our work. We aim to always keep standards of volunteer support high while expecting the most from our volunteers.


We work to have roles available in all departments to ensure volunteers are integrated into the staff team. We aim to give opportunities to those who may not want to visit weekly but want to contribute their time in other ways. Below is a list of volunteer opportunities that are available. 


If we cannot support your request to volunteer directly, we will refer you on to an organisation that provides a similar service to ALONE. We support these organisations through Befriending Network Ireland.

 

Visitation Support and Befriending Role

Support and Befriending visitation volunteers provide companionship to an older person who would like extra social contact through a weekly visit. Volunteers can also help with practical supports such as helping access information, filling out forms or with phone calls and appointments.

 

Telephone Support and Befriending Role

Telephone Support volunteers provide companionship to an older person who would like extra social contact through a weekly or daily telephone call. Volunteers can also help with practical supports such as helping access information and other services. The service is free, confidential and informative. 


National Support Helpline Role

The purpose of the line is to provide a trusted number that older people can ring when then need help. You will be the first point of contact on our support line, by being warm, friendly and professional you will provide a listening ear, information and support for older people, many of whom feel they have nowhere else to turn. Please note these calls can be very challenging at times and includes issues regarding mental health and suicide ideation.

 

Specialist Skills

Volunteers can offer their specialist or professional skills in a voluntary capacity. This can be for a particular project or on an ongoing basis. These roles may include: administration support, finance, maintenance, gardening, driving, IT support, or legal advice.

 

Other volunteer opportunities

Volunteers participate in time-defined projects with ALONE organised by other bodies or agencies. These include corporate volunteering opportunities, student placements and other volunteer referral programmes. In these cases, a special agreement must be in effect with the body or agency that identifies responsibility for management and care of the volunteers.

 

What happens when you register your interest?

  1. You will receive an email of thanks and be set up on our database
  2. You will receive a follow up email with an application form and paperwork required.
  3. If required, you will be asked to begin the Garda Vetting process.
  4. You will be asked to complete our training module.
  5. You will contacted for a short interview over the phone.
  6. Once all of the above steps are completed, you will be through the recruitment process and ready to go as an ALONE volunteer.

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If you sign up in an area where ALONE currently does not have a Service hub, you may be referred on to one of our partner organisations further on in the recruitment process.
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