Opportunities for Longford volunteers with Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI)

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Opportunities for Longford volunteers with Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI)

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI) is currently offering volunteering opportunities to Longford people who wish to help improve the quality of life for people with a disability.

Each summer, SBHI runs its SHINE (Spina Bifida • Hydrocephalus • Ireland • Nurturing • Empowerment) programme which encourages participants to develop their independence and social skills in a fun and safe environment. SHINE also offers valuable respite for the participants, their parents, and/or carers.

SHINE takes place over five separate weeks in different venues and each week is tailored to meet the needs of specific age groups. In the region of 100 participants attend SHINE every year, along with a dedicated team of volunteers and staff.

To make this summer’s SHINE programme a successful one for our members, SBHI is currently recruiting Volunteer Liaison Officers and Care and Activity Volunteers.

Members of the public -men and women, aged over 18 years, have the opportunity of being involved in SHINE as Care and Activity Volunteers - you are responsible for encouraging and supporting participants to take part in fun activities, you work alongside nursing staff and occupational therapists in promoting independence skills and carrying out personal care duties, while making the week a fun one for all.

Volunteer Liaison Officers are responsible for liaising between the participants and the SHINE team. This role is exclusively for independent members of SBHI who have Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus who can be seen as a role model to participants.

Anyone interested in volunteering can apply online at www.sbhi.ie/ shine_volunteer_recruitment or phone Louise or Helen on 01 457 23 29.

All short-listed applicants must attend an interview, scheduled for March and April each year; must sign the terms and conditions agreement at time of interview; undergo a Garda background check, and participate in training.