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Image of Helium Arts Volunteer, Adam laughing with participant, Ruth during a Helium Arts workshops

Helium Arts volunteer Adam Stapleton with Participant Ruth Cotter, Cork working on her exhibition pieces for the ‘Helium Arts Youth Showcase’ 2023, which is a multi-location exhibition series showcasing artworks created by young people living with lifelong physical conditions, with events taking place in Cork, Limerick, Galway and online this November and December. Photograph by Eamon Ward


Join our Volunteer Team!

We are currently recruiting volunteers to join us in facilitating our 2024 Workshops. The workshops will take place  in a number of different locations throughout the year including Ennis, Mallow, Cork City, Limerick City, Galway City and Dublin City. We have opportunities to work with different age groups also including ages 8-12 and ages 13-16.

Register Your Interest

We also have a number of work placement / volunteering opportunities in our Outpatients Hospital Programme.

For more information, email volunteer@helium.ie


Volunteers must be 18+. Full training will be provided and all volunteers must complete the full induction process including Garda Vetting.

Volunteers are a huge part of what we do, bringing fun and creativity to our young participants. Your enthusiasm and energy makes a big difference!

What You’ll Do

  • Support and assist our professional artists delivering art workshops to children and young people living with lifelong physical health conditions. 
  • Provide one-to-one support to children and young people taking part in workshops.
  • Give back to your community.

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A Helium Volunteer hanging colourful pictures on a structure made by Helium Arts Participants

When and Where?

Ages 8-12

Easter Camp
Ennis + Mallow: 26 -28 March
Spring Saturday Sessions
Cork City, Limerick City, Galway City, Dublin City: 6 April – 18 May
Summer Camp
Cork City, Limerick City, Galway City, Dublin City: Mid July
Autumn Camp
Cork City, Limerick City, Galway City, Dublin City: End of October
Winter Saturday Sessions
Cork City, Limerick City, Galway City, Dublin City: 9 November – 14 December

Ages 13-16 

Cork City, Limerick City, Galway City, Dublin City

Saturday Monthly Meet-Ups – 23 Mar, 20 Apr, 18 May, 15 Jun, 21 Sep, 19 Oct, 7 Dec
Summer Camp – 2-4 Jul
Autumn Camp – 30 Oct-1 Nov

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Image of Helium Arts Volunteer, Isabella helping pour glitter on a project with a participant

About the Volunteer Role

Working with artists, your role as a volunteer will be to assist them in ensuring that all children have the best possible experience during their time participating in Helium Arts activities. The right volunteer will be friendly, intuitive, proactive and have experience and enjoy working with children.

Volunteers will embody Helium Arts ethos and behave accordingly. The children who participate in Helium Arts workshops are living with long-term health conditions, some of whom may never have participated in mainstream extracurricular activities. As a Helium Volunteer, along with supporting the artist, one of your key responsibilities is to enable the children to have a fully participatory and inclusive experience during their time with us. This could mean anything from helping them use materials, engaging with them one-to-one, encouraging interaction with their peers and most importantly, having fun!

Responsibilities can include but are not limited to

  • Assisting the artist in setting up the workshop space
  • Always ensuring a safe, secure, and fun environment
  • Assisting children to fully participate with activities
  • Keeping a vigilant eye on all participants, ensuring everyone is feeling included
  • Taking note of comments and feedback from children during the workshop
  • Assisting with clean-up, after the workshop
  • Chatting with parents before and after the workshop, helping Helium Arts build positive relationships while also reflecting on sharing informing the pre and post activity, of key moments in the child’s time with us


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Please apply if you have…

  • Experience working with children in any of the following: Arts and Education, Health and Social Care, Youth Work and Disability.
  • A strong interest in volunteering and the arts.
  • A positive and active sense of team spirit, curiosity and drive.
  • Good problem solving abilities.
  • Fluent English.
  • Ability to have fun!
  • Willingness to “roll up sleeves” and help where needed to ensure the project meets its goals, including early arrival to set-up and tidy-up before departure.


Apply Now

If you would like to find out more about volunteering with Helium Arts, please contact volunteer@helium.ie


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About Helium Arts 

Helium Arts offers free, specially designed art workshops for children and young people (age 6-15) living with a lifelong physical health condition – supported by professional artists, volunteers and on-site medical care.

Conditions include diabetes, epilepsy, chronic asthma, juvenile arthritis, heart conditions, spina bifida, cystic fibrosis, allergies, rare and complex conditions and more.

Our aim is to bring positivity to these children’s lives and give them an opportunity to explore their creativity, make new friends, learn new life skills, grow in confidence and self-esteem, and have fun!

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