Volunteers Needed for Northern Irish Peacebuilding Non-Profit

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Volunteers Needed for Northern Irish Peacebuilding Non-Profit

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  • DescriptionHi! I’m Keith. I live in a small town in NW Ireland where I used to run a B&B and publish a community tourism magazine. Recently, I started a new project in a nearby town in Northern Ireland. It’s a residential community facility that focuses on peacebuilding and education. The project has lots that need doing and I’m sure we can accommodate you and your interests. We have site work, painting and cleaning etc as well as some writing, researching and office work (social media, fund-raising etc). We typically have between 10-15 volunteers with us at any one time - with varying ages, nationalities and levels of English proficiency. We're a great place to come to if you'd like to improve your English and often have a mix of beginners, intermediate as well as fluent and native speakers.

    The community centre needs a small team of volunteers to help repair, clean, tidy, cook and help with some admin as well as a carpenter & plasterer. If you have something you would like to do or are specifically trained in, we will do our best to work with that.
  • LocationUnited Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Fermanagh and Omagh

  • Work
  • Type of work Building
    Charity work
    Cooking / Shopping
    General maintenance
  • Hours per day Monday to Thursday, 9:30am to 5pm with lunch and tea breaks in-between.
  • Work requirements: Short term (0-3 months)

    Maintenance: Preference for people with carpentry experience. However, we have plenty of other projects such as painting to do for those that are less experienced in this area.

    Housekeeping/Cleaning: We have large premises and lots of volunteers around so there is always something to do in this department!

    General help: As a non-profit with two large premises and lots of upcoming projects there is always something to do, and we are happy for you to try your hands at something new or show us your expertise in areas that you're comfortable with.

    Long term (3 Months+)

    Social Media Manager: Develop our social media presence on platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. This position would involve regular updates on the progress we are making as well as video projects advertising our current volunteers programme and upcoming Leaders Programme. Maintenance and updates to our website would also be entailed.

    Post-Graduate Peace Programme Outreach Volunteer/Researchers: Are you interested in Irish history, Conflict Studies, and/or Reconciliation programmes? As a researcher, you would be able to assist in the Leaders Programme through both ethnographic methods and secondary scholarly research, providing a well-grounded and academic structure to a course we hope will produce leaders capable of creatively and sensitively engaging with the Northern Irish peace process. This role will also consist of contacting similar organisations to ours and establishing relationships with them so that we may maintain a network of like-minded groups dedicated to peace.

    Skilled Manual Labourers: Our main campus is the cornerstone of our project. Officially opened by President Bill Clinton, the building not only functions as housing for volunteers, but also contains an impressively-sized gallery space on the ground floor which is planned to be used for local community events and exhibitions. If you have any skills relating to carpentry, tiling, painting, plumbing, or as an electrician, your expertise would be put to great use in maintaining and improving the Centre.

    Catering: Our living space is entirely in-house, with volunteers performing cooking and cleaning duties on a rotational basis. If you have a knack for cooking, you could provide consistency in fellow volunteers’ meals by helping to cook lunch and dinner during the work week. There are no restrictions regarding what you may choose to prepare as our kitchen has any equipment or appliance you would need.

    Fundraising: As a non-profit, we rely on donations and government support to operate. As a fundraiser, your responsibilities would include writing grant applications to both state and privately funded grant providers as well as contacting potential donors to help support our work.

    Admin/Accounts Assistant: Working alongside myself in a personal assistant role, aiding with the day-to-day tasks of running as well as helping keep financial accounts up to date and liaising with our accountant.
    The timescales above are just guides and preferences. If you like the sound of our profile, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Send a message to inquire.
  • Duration of stay: Minimum of two weeks.
  • Maximum number of helpers: 12
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English
  • Has pets? N/A
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: We currently live and work on tasks in the very large premises that we are restoring. One of the floors used to be a hostel and at the moment each Workawayer has their own room. However, this is subject to change and sharing a room is a possibility, depending on the number of volunteers that are here.

    We have meals together and, if you are asked to cook, we welcome you to try a recipe from your country. You help with washing up and keeping the place tidy. At weekends you usually provide for your own meals.
  • Additional info
    Ireland is a beautiful green country but can be wet [at times] - wait a minute, it's dry ... nope, it's raining! Because you may do some outdoor tasks, please be sure to bring
    1. Suitable clothing & footwear (That you don't mind getting dirty!)
    2. A warm waterproof jacket
    3. We recommend bringing underlayers/thermal clothing as we head into the winter.
    4. Your own laptop, especially if you plan to help with office-based tasks.