Volunteers are integral to the work of the Centre. The centre came about as a result of the dedication and commitment of a group of local volunteers and now in excess of 60 volunteers are involved with Hospital FRC. From management level to direct work with groups and individuals volunteers are active alongside paid staff in directing and progressing the work of the organisation.
Every volunteer is provided with a copy of the volunteer handbook to read and must complete application form and undergo Garda Vetting. The handbook is updated regularly and is overseen by a Volunteer Forum made up of a group of volunteers and one member of staff.
Principles of Volunteering with Hospital Family Resource Centre
Volunteering benefits the community in which volunteers are living and they join the centre of their own free will. They undertake the activities as assigned to them free of charge with the exception of reimbursement of travel and other general expenses incurred in the line of their work. Volunteering is seen as a way to involve people in a process of community development that will help enhance the life of the community and tackle issues of poverty and social exclusion in the area. Volunteers do not replace paid workers and are seen as a key player in achieving the aims and objectives of the Centre. Volunteering promotes the participation and representation of those who are socially excluded. Volunteering also promotes Human rights and Equality.
Why Hospital Family Resource Centre needs Volunteers
Hospital Family Resource Centre require volunteers for a number of reasons:
- To ensure community ownership of the Family Resource Centre.
- To actively work with groups, individuals and families including older people, youth, children and people with disabilities.
- To fulfill the aims and objectives of the Centre
- To avail of the skills, knowledge and experience of the volunteer.
Members of the Volunteer Forum
Mary McGrath – Project Coordinator
Maureen Browne – Rainbows, Recreation for Older People (Hospital)
James O Donoghue