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 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. Volunteers will principally be involved in working with children from 0-14 years old, using an 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, volunteers will be expected to prepare a meal for 10 adults and 12 children. Volunteers are provided with purpose-built accommodation and transport.
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