What do we do?

What work will the Corps do?

The Corps is being set up to respond to various extreme weather events as well as responding to calls for large groups of people to volunteer at community events such as concerts, environmental events, sporting events and community events. Roles may include community clean-ups, tree-planting, stewarding, crowd control, snow clearing plus much more.

It is expected that much of the work will be outdoor and include some physical activity so volunteers will be expected to bear this in mind when volunteering to be part of the corps.

What is the time commitment?

There is no ongoing weekly/monthly commitment to the corps. Members will be contacted at least 2 weeks before an event to see if they are interested in participating in a particular event (with the exception of bad weather events where emergency call ups will be made. Members of the Corps will be expected to participate in at least one event locally each year.

How does it work?

Local not-for-profit organisations in South Dublin County will apply to the Corps Central Office (in the volunteer centre) for the services of the Volunteer Corps. Once it has been established that the project has the necessary supports (including clear volunteering roles, insurance, co-ordinator), then the Volunteer Corps members will be contacted (by text and email) to inform them of an upcoming event.

Once they indicate their availability and willingness to participate, they will be informed of the venue, contact person, roles and times etc…

What will you get out of the Corps?

The Volunteer Corps is a real opportunity for the citizens of South Dublin to give back to their community and make their community a better place to live in.

You will also:

  • meet new people,
  • gain new skills,
  • add to your CV,
  • have a different perspective on life.
  • Feel good!

Is there any training involved?

There will be a half day information session for each person who is interested in participating in the Corps. This will occur every 6 months. At this session you will find out more about the corps and get your questions answered.

Is the Corps suitable for everyone?

The Corps is open to all citizens of South Dublin County (16 or over) who are interested in participating. However, due to the out-door and manual nature of some of the work,
not everyone will be physically able to participate. Please bear this in mind when applying.

What background checks are carried out?

Those applying will be asked to submit the name of 2 referees which will be followed up on by phone interview.

As some of the work may involve working with younger people, Garda Vetting may be required also. Please note, however, that we are anxious to support all our citizens to become involved and so some offenses in the past may not necessarily make you unsuitable for the Volunteer Corps. Please ask for a copy of our Garda Vetting policy for more information.

Who do I get more information from/answer to?

The Corps is a project of South Dublin County Volunteer Centre and South Dublin County Council. The volunteers will be managed by a staff member in the Volunteer Centre who will take both applications from organisations for the Corps and inform members of the Corps of upcoming projects and events. Other supports in terms of funding, HR support will also come from South Dublin County Council.