Volunteering Opportunities

The Sanctuary – Befriending Volunteers

The Sanctuary befriending programme is looking for volunteers who wish extend the hand of friendship to others by carrying out regular visits to people living in long term mental health care in the Dublin 7 area and who may be experiencing social exclusion. 

What it involves?

Befriending volunteers visit community housing in the Dublin 7 area.  Volunteers meet every week for an hour and share conversations with residents.  Volunteers are asked for, 1 hour a week (4 hours a month) during one year.

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 1 hour a week (4 hours a month) on this programme for a minimum of one year
  • Befrienders will not receive payment of any kind
  • Befrienders will 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, supervision and training in the area of mental health from the Sanctuary.
  • All volunteers are subjected to the normal Garda Vetting procedures

“Becoming a Befriending volunteer has proved to be a very rewarding experience and I feel enormous gratitude and a sense of privilege that I am able to make a small difference in people’s lives by visiting a residence on a regular basis.  Some residents do not receive any visitors other than our little group of volunteers who visit each week.  We chat, we laugh, we drink tea and eat biscuits and cake each Weds evening with men and women who are in our community but don’t have much actual contact with it. The residents (and staff) very much appreciate our visits and this is what makes it so worthwhile for myself and the other volunteers. Even though it is just for one hour each week it means so much to all of us who are involved.  Giving our presence and attention to those in need in our community are small but great gifts to give.  For those of us who want to ‘give something back’ this is a great way to do it” – Pat Cannon, volunteer befriender at The Sanctuary.

You can learn more about our befriending programme and application forms can be download directly HERE

Tel. 01 6705419 or Email. sanctuaryvolunteer@gmail.com