St Laurence Cheshire Home What we look for in a volunteer Genuine interest in the disability sector Flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of a busy work environment i.e. flexibility when it comes to both rota hours and job descriptions Driver’s licence and willingness to use Cheshire transport to take residents to venues outside the home What we offer volunteers A learning environment to develop skills in the disability area Support and supervision from staff and managers A volunteer contract and the commitment that the job that they perform is not a substitute for paid employees St Laurence Cheshire Home The second Cheshire Home to be established in Ireland, St Laurence's was officially opened in November 1963. At present there are 30 residents and three respite beds. Many of the residents have severe, long term physical disabilities. These disabilities are such that they prevent residents from leading independent lives in the community. St. Laurence supports residents to live a life of their own choosing. Residents are generally aged between 18 and 65 years. St Laurence provides a supportive environment and encourages maximum personal development. Residents go out to work in the community or take part in a daily activity programme in the Activity Room, if they so wish. There is also an independent living unit in St. Laurence. The ma Laurenc The m Home The b Home St Lau Staff There are 47 staff employed by St Laurence plus 4 CE workers. There are 6 volunteers (international) working for the organisation. Local community Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) is the second city of the Republic of Ireland and Ireland’s third most populous city after Dublin and Belfast. It is the principal city and administrative centre of County Cork and the largest city of the province of Munster. The 2006 population of Metropolitan Cork stands at approximately 274,00, while the greater Cork are stands at 380,000 in 2006. St. Laurence Cheshire Home is located in Glanmire which is on the edge of Cork City. It is on a dual carriageway leading to the outer suburbs. St Laurence Cheshire Home is approximately 5 km from Cork City. It takes about 50 minutes to walk to the city or it is a 5-7minute bus journey. There are several hotels and some private dwellings in the area surrounding the project. Cork's industries are generally in the area of pharmaceuticals, engineering and computers. Cork City offers plenty of activity for a European volunteer; swimming pools, cinemas, theatre, sports and lots of night time activity. Volunteers have found Cork an easy place for integration, there are plenty of international students attending University College Cork. TARGET GROUP : Cheshire Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and this extends to our policy on recruiting volunteers. The following recruitment criteria needs to be satisfied: - Volunteers should be 18 years of age at the time of their application. - Volunteers should have a developed understanding of physical disability and physical disability related issues. - Volunteers should have a genuine interest in working with adults with disabilities. - Volunteers will have to interact with a diverse range of staff. Additionally, although not essential for all placements, it would be highly desirable if volunteers were over 21 with a full driver's licence and were willing to drive Cheshire vehicles. St Laurence Cheshire Home Job Descriptions for Volunteers There are two types of Voluntary Places available. 1. Care Work and Community Support. 2. Activities and Bungalow Support. These vacancies arise throughout the year. Volunteers take up these places for between 2 and 4 months. Full job descriptions and timetables are available from Fiona O’Riordan at firstname.lastname@example.org Conditions of a Volunteer Placement St Laurence Cheshire Home offers - 1. Apartment. There is a 4 bedroom apartment located on site at St Laurence’s. Each volunteer has a separate bedroom. All bedclothes, sheets, towels etc. are provided. There is a fifth bedroom in the apartment that is used by Cheshire staff that are on sleep over shifts. There is also an office used during the day based in the apartment. The apartment has a living room which has a stereo, TV, DVD and video, phone, toaster, microwave, kettle and fridge. There is NO cooker or oven available in the apartment. If volunteers wish to prepare their own meals they can use the cooker/oven in the Activities Centre (downstairs from the apartment). There is a bathroom with both a bath and electric shower. There is no smoking in the apartment. There are no visitors or guests permitted in the apartment. 2. Food. Lunch and dinner are available from the catering department at St Laurence’s. There is a store room situated in the kitchen area that volunteers can use to stock up on breakfast food, fruit and snacks. 3. Laundry. There is a laundry room situated downstairs. Laundry will be washed and dried by the Laundry Assistant. 4. Allowance. Volunteers receive €40.00 per week to subsidise their expenses. 5. Internet Access. There are three computers that are connected to broadband in the Activity Room that volunteers can use. St Laurence Cheshire Home does NOT cover costs for 1. Flights for the volunteer. 2. Travel insurance. 3. Health insurance. 4. English Language Courses. How to apply for further information / voluntary place More information about Cheshire Ireland is available from the website – www.cheshire.ie If you want more information about St Laurence’s and the voluntary places available contact Fiona O’Riordan by either email – email@example.com Phone – 00 353 21 4822192 Fax – 00 353 21 4866833 Steps for Applying for a Voluntary Placement 1. Contact Fiona O’Riordan and request an application form and job descriptions for vacancies. 2. Complete Application form and submit with CV to St. Laurence’s. 3. If there is a suitable placement available, an offer of voluntary service will be made. 4. On acceptance of a placement, volunteers will need to agree to the terms of the Cheshire Volunteer Contract. 5. Volunteers will need to apply for police clearance from their country of residence and ensure that they provide the original certificate to the centre before commencement of their placement. 6. Volunteers arrange their flights and any insurance required.
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