Befriending volunteers visit community residences in the Dublin 7 area. We meet every week and share conversations and cups of tea with residents, many of whom experience an on-going struggle with their mental health. Joining our Befriending Service is a chance to extend the hand of friendship to people living in the inner city who may feel excluded or have few social outlets.
The criteria for selection is:
- Be 21 years or over
- Be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in wanting to meet and befriend people with a mental health need
- Be willing to volunteer 4 hours a month for a minimum of one year
- Not expect to receive any payment of any kind
- Be willing to be an active participant in the support framework which the Sanctuary provides
Befriending volunteers will undergo an interview screening process and, if accepted, will receive on-going support and supervision from the Sanctuary, including a basic introductory training in the area of mental health.
All volunteers are subject to the normal Garda Vetting procedures.