How are volunteers involved?

Volunteers support many projects and persons at AVISTA locations across the country both directly and indirectly, from administration to gardening, from developing meaningful friendships and enjoying social activities to supporting projects directly, all skills, talents and ideas are welcomed.

Current Opportunities

We are in the process of determining future volunteering opportunities – please check this space for updates.

Opportunities for Volunteers

Volunteers are involved in all aspects of our work, such as family days, music, horticulture, computers to community engagement projects, such as book and camera clubs, garden regeneration projects, Tai chi and much more.

Corporate Volunteering

 

Many organisations, as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, support their employees in volunteering endeavours. Opportunities on offer from Avista can provide public and private employers the ability to work with persons with intellectual disabilities.

Since 2021 we have welcomed employees from Google, SAP, Lily Pharmaceuticals, Kellogg’s, Alexion, L’Oréal, BT Ireland, SSE Airtricity, Liberty Insurance, Volunteer Ireland, and Citrix.

Organisations looking to volunteer with Avista should contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator to arrange an introductory meeting.  This meeting will give you the opportunity to learn more about Avista and discuss ways your organisation can get involved. We welcome organisations that are interested in once off projects or those looking to establish long-term partnerships.

Application Process

In order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the people we support – all who apply to be AVISTA volunteers will have to be pre-screened prior to the start of their work. This involves completing:

  • An application form.
  • A Garda Vetting form.
  • Furnishing the names of three referees, none of whom should be related to you.

On receipt of successful references and a Garda Clearance form, a volunteer role will be offered.

FAQ

I don’t have any experience can I still volunteer?

AVISTA believes that everybody has something to give, no particular qualifications are needed just a willingness to commit your time and a desire to get involved.

How many hours will I have to do?

The time required as a volunteer is very flexible, from 1- 2 hours per week or 2 hours per month, we will work with you and the people and/or project you are supporting to determine the time required.

How do I apply?

The first step is to register an interest and our Volunteer Co-ordinator will be in contact with you to set up an informal meeting.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact (01) 8245400 or email us at info@avista.