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New Helium Arts Volunteer Listings – Summer 2016

There are 100,000 children and teenagers living every day with the effects of chronic and serious illness in Ireland. Helium Arts brings positivity to these children’s lives through award-winning, age-appropriate participatory arts programmes.  Our programmes empower children to express their experiences in new and imaginative ways, and in turn help them to rise above negative emotions. Our vision is that all children whose lives are restricted by illness are enabled to use their inner creative resourcefulness.

Here’s a short video, telling the story of our organisation and the children we work with:

As we work to expand our creative projects, fundraising efforts and internal organisational systems, we are recruiting a range of volunteer positions to work with us during this exciting period for our organisation.

1. Christmas Campaign 2016 – Organising Team – Various Roles

Following the exciting launch of our first Christmas fundraising and awareness-raising campaign in 2016, we are looking to recruit a team of volunteers with a range of skill-sets to join the organizing team for our Christmas campaign in 2016. Details of last year’s campaign are available at:


To apply, please email a short cover letter outlining relevant experience for the position you would like to apply for and why you are interested in being apart of this campaign to: and CC

Include: contact details – email and telephone and an up-to-date C.V.

Closing date: 29th July, 5pm. Interviews will held on Wednesday August 3rd


The Organising Team will be required to meet twice monthly between August and December, usually in Dublin city centre (Skype may also be possible from time to time). Between meetings, follow-up tasks should be completed in volunteers’ own time. Average time required per week will be five to eight hours – at times and days convenient for the individual volunteer working remotely.

As a volunteer on this campaign, you will use your initiative and creativity to impact not only the success of the campaign, but to make a real difference in Helium Arts’ fundraising efforts, enabling the organisation to bring positive experiences through the arts to more children living with illness throughout Ireland in 2017.


DESIGN PRODUCT/PACKAGING – CREATIVE TEAM (1 design product/packaging + 1 artist)

As a Product and Packaging volunteer you will be creative with an eye for shape and colour to improve the product and packaging of our Christmas faun. You will help to create the card and package things together.

PR/COMMUNICATIONS (2 volunteers) 

As a PR and Communications volunteer you will be part of defining the PR and communication strategy for our Christmas project (brand management and product image, media coverage, social media strategy, relevant content for website, photo gallery…).

As part of this position, you will build partnerships with companies where feasible to further support the sales strategy for the campaign and contribute to a launch event and the communications around this, including securing a public figure to increase awareness.

You will contribute to the updating of social media pages around the project and coordinate a social media competition.

MARKETING/SALES (2 volunteers).

As a Marketing and Sales volunteer you will develop a marketing and sales strategy with expertise in brand management.

You will work alongside Helium’s core team to develop an effective strategy relevant to the target market for our Christmas campaign. You will undertake creative activities to engage corporate employees and teams in getting behind the campaign and contribute to securing a sponsorship partner based on research / connections already in place. You will also contribute to the key messages for the campaign and ensure that they are placed in relevant marketing streams.

SALES SUPPORT (2 to 5 volunteers).

As a Sales Support volunteer you will visit the different shops where the faun will be on sale to educate the sales representatives about our Christmas campaign, the story around the faun and our organisation and motivate the reps to sell as many fauns as possible. This will include the development of tools for sales representatives, based on those already in place from Helium’s previous campaigns.

2. Writer/Journalist

Role Overview

Helium Arts is looking for a volunteer with excellent writing skills to capture 4-6 stories from participants based upon recorded testimonials. Some interviewing with participants may be required. Each story should be impactful and be told in various lengths: 100 words/200 words/1 sentence. Stories will be available on Helium Arts website and help to tell our story of how the arts makes a positive difference to the lives of teenagers and children living with illness in Ireland. Stories to be completed by the end of August.

How to Apply

Please send a short Cover Letter, outlining why you are interested in working with Helium Arts, and relevant experience for this role, along with an up-to-date C.V to

Closing date for receipt of applications: 29th July 2016

3. Arts Administrator – Unpaid Internship

Role Overview

This is an unpaid internship, to take place over three to four days per week, working from a base in Dublin city centre and remotely from home. The administration intern will play a crucial role in realising the mission of Helium Arts and increasing the reach of our programmes, creatively supporting children living with illness around Ireland. We support volunteers to develop knowledge, skills, and opportunities that will be useful for them in their current and future roles.

Role Requirements

  • Coordinate the implementation and upkeep of Helium’s CSR system
  • Respond to general inquiries
  • Assist core and project staff in administration relating to fundraising, programmes and special events/campaigns


Skills & Experience – Through Voluntary or Paid Positions

  • Strong administrative and organisation skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Initiative, enthusiasm and a problem-solving approach to new challenges
  • Effective time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritise competing demands
  • Ability to handle information in a confidential, sensitive manner with due care, respect and discretion.
  • Commitment to and experience of work both within a team and independently
  • Ability to follow instructions and guidance and to work independently when appropriate


How to Apply

Please send a short Cover Letter, outlining why you are interested in working with Helium Arts, and relevant experience for this role, along with an up-to-date C.V. to and

Closing date for receipt of applications: 12th August 2016


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Helium Arts is a registered charity and compliant with the requirements of the Charities Regulator, the national regulatory authority for charities in Ireland


CHY Number: 19236
Registered Charity Number (RCN): 20075200
Companies Registration Office: 486621


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