#113: Quaker Cottage

 Belfast, Northern Ireland

Quaker Cottage aims to provide a safe and caring environment to actively promote increased self-esteem, greater family understanding and cooperation, improved social and life skills, enhanced development, and mutual understanding and respect.

Website: http://www.quakerservice.com/

Job Descriptions

Quaker Service seeks voluntary staff to live and work at Quaker Cottage, a cross-community family support center situated on the side of Black Mountain, overlooking West Belfast. Quaker Cottage is a very special day center that provides care and support for disadvantaged families referred by social services. Typically, the families have experienced some form of trauma in their lives or have difficulty coping with day-to-day living. All participant families live in areas most affected by the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Quaker Cottage aims to provide a safe and caring environment to actively promote increased self-esteem, greater family understanding and cooperation, improved social and life skills, enhanced development, and mutual understanding and respect.

Quaker Cottage seeks:

  1. A Children’s Program Volunteer to work with children from 0-18 years old, using a very individualized and effective model of child care. All of these children come from areas which have experienced a high level of violence, and much of the behavior that they display is negative. An attitude of tolerance and understanding is imperative. The working week is Monday to Friday. Other tasks include cooking, cleaning and minibus driving. Volunteering at Quaker Cottage is rewarding but it can also be physically and emotionally difficult. Commitment to giving 100% to the children is key. Experience with children is helpful; love for them is essential. Volunteers must have experience in minibus driving or be willing to learn. One week in six, the child care volunteers will be expected to prepare a meal for 10 adults and 12 children.
  2. A Teenage Program Volunteer to further develop and deliver the group and individual work with young people in the 13-25 age range, under the direction of the Teenage Program group worker. The volunteer’s work will often involve face-to-face work with groups of young people including project-based work, one-to-one sessions, and group/individual trips out. The work involves some administrative tasks, day-to-day running of the center, and mini-bus driving, and will include three evenings per week and occasional weekends. A knowledge of young people or group work is desirable. Quaker Cottage seeks volunteers with enthusiasm and a genuine passion for young people.

Volunteers are provided with purpose-built accommodation and transport.

Quaker Cottage project form

Teenage program volunteer job description


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