The Irish Foster Care Association puts a high value on the work of our volunteers. Our programmes would not succeed without the amazing and ongoing volunteer work taking place all over the country in our branches and regions, through our support workers and telephone helpline volunteers. The Association aims to encourage an open and communicative relationship that promotes continuous self-development and a supportive volunteer working environment to help you to realise your career potential and maintain a high level of volunteer job satisfaction. As a volunteer you will play an essential role in helping us to realise our objectives.
There are many areas in which you can become a volunteer within IFCA. Please read IFCA’s Volunteer Code of Good Practice Guide before you apply to volunteer within IFCA.If you are interested in any of the below roles please click on the relevant link for more information:
- Branch and Regional Committee Officer
- Regional Representative
- Peer Support Group Facilitator
- Support Worker
- Telephone Helpline Volunteer
Recruitment and Selection
Volunteers are a very important asset of the Irish Foster Care Association; they play an important part in executing the work of the Association. IFCA recognises that it is crucial to recruit volunteers with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to work on its behalf.
All potential volunteers must adhere to the following recruitment and selection process:
- Receive a written, clear definition of the volunteer role.
- Complete the appropriate written application form or depending on the role, be nominated by a committee i.e. Branch and Regional Team Officer
- Partake in an informal interview
- Have the ability to commit to a minimum of 2 years in the role.
- Depending on the role it may be necessary to undergo the following:
- Garda vetting. All IFCA volunteers who may have contact with children in their roles must have up to date Garda Vetting and must inform the IFCA CEO of any allegation, current or past together with details of the status and/or outcome of any Garda and/or Tulsa investigation which may impact on IFCA.
- Reference checks from two non-family referees
IFCA also acknowledges the importance of valuing and supporting its volunteers and training and remunerating them appropriately for the jobs they do. IFCA provides appropriate processes of supervision and appraisal to enable volunteers to perform their roles efficiently and consistently and realise their potential. All potential volunteers must undergo the following training process:
- General induction training i.e. who is IFCA, Volunteer Code of Good Practice Guide etc.
- Job Specific Role training
- Ongoing job specific training. Depending on the role, for example:
- Branch and Regional Committee Team Development Training
- Support worker and Helpline training i.e. Certificate in counselling and psychotherapeutic skills & practice
- Peer Support Group Facilitator training
- Depending on the role, ongoing supervision.