Part Time Volunteering

Both volunteers and paid staff are central to the work of Cork Simon. The time and resources of volunteers is a unique dimension of the Community.

49 Years of Volunteering
Time. Experience. Skills.

Volunteers founded Cork Simon Community 49 years ago. Today over 800 volunteers work alongside our highly trained and experienced staff to reach out to and support people who are homeless in Cork or at risk of becoming homeless.

Our first volunteers in 1971 organised a nightly Soup Run – volunteers continue to operate the Soup Run every night of the year.

Volunteers remain at the heart of everything we do. They continue to help improve the quality and effectiveness of all our services for people who are homeless in Cork.

Part-Time Volunteers are involved in every aspect of Cork Simon’s work:

  • Volunteering in the Emergency Shelter.
  • Visiting people in houses and flats.
  • Getting involved in sports, arts and other activities with people.
  • Helping people develop life skills like cooking, literacy and numeracy.
  • Volunteering with Outreach team and Soup Run.
  • Gardening, painting and decorating.
  • Helping Cork Simon to raise over €2m.
  • Volunteering in the Office and helping with administration.

” I really learned how being there for just a few hours makes a difference. One thing that really stands out is the sense of inclusion the activities bring – they’re a stepping stone in the right direction, helping people to get back into society.”

Enda – a volunteer with our A-Team.

Volunteering at Cork Simon
What does it take?
We ask all Part-Time Volunteers to:

  • Under-go Garda Vetting before commencing volunteering.
  • Complete training session.
  • Give a long-term commitment.
  • Give a few hours per week.
  • Be respectful, understanding & patient.
  • Respect confidentiality.
  • Work as part of a team.
  • And, Believe in People.

“You come away feeling you’ve played some small part in edging that person a little bit closer by virtue of just being there and having the craic and having no expectations – you’ve provided a little space to this person and for that made their day a little better.”

Jason – a volunteer at one of our high support houses, spending time once a week with a resident.

Interested in becoming a Part-Time Volunteer?
Please get in touch

If you would like to find out more about part-time volunteering at Cork Simon Community, please contact Justé Kingston to discuss your interest on 021 4226 035.

Interested in Full-Time Volunteering?