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Volunteer

Our volunteers do amazing work, bringing fun and creativity to the general public at events across the country. Your enthusiasm and energy can make a big difference!

LOCATIONS

It is an exciting time for Helium Arts as we are expanding our reach to more children across the country and running our programmes in a number of new venues.  New venues means we need new volunteers!  We are looking for people across Ireland in the following locations:

2022 Autumn Camps (1-3 Nov 2022)

  • Castlebar, Mayo
  • Roscommon
  • Ennis, Clare
  • Nenagh, Tipperary
  • Galway City
  • Mallow, Cork

2022 Winter Workshops (12 Nov – 17 Dec 2022)

  • Cork City
  • Limerick City
  • Galway City
  • Ennis, Clare
  • Castlebar, Mayo

TIME COMMITMENT

We run both 3 day camps and a series of workshops which run every Saturday for 6 weeks.  Consistency is key to the enjoyment of a lot of the participants of our programme.  So, we ask for volunteers to commit to a full camp (3 consecutive week days) or to a minimum of 3 workshops out of 6 (Saturdays). 

The time commitment is as follows: 

Camps: Either 3 full days – approx 10am – 5pm OR 3 Mornings OR 3 Afternoons

Workshops: 3-6 consecutive Saturdays – Either full days OR mornings OR afternoons 

WHAT YOU’LL DO

  • Support and assist Helium Arts artists delivering art workshops to children living with lifelong physical health conditions  
  • Provide one-to-one support to children taking part in workshops

HOW TO APPLY

To apply please fill in an application form here 

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.

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

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

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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

About Helium Arts 

Helium Arts is an award-winning Irish charity giving children and young people with lifelong physical health conditions the chance to shine.  Run through a series of arts-based workshops, we create safe and inclusive spaces that inspire creativity, spark friendships, and improve mental health and well-being.  Our creative workshops are open to children and young people aged 6-18 years.  We are recommended by hospitals across the country.

All workshops / camps are…

  • Free of charge
  • Delivered by professional artists
  • Inclusive and accessible
  • Overseen by paramedics
  • Supported by volunteers

We give children the space to….

  • Be themselves and have fun
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Learn new skills in painting, crafting, filmmaking and more!

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We would love to keep in touch to tell you about what's happening in our creative programmes supporting children and teenagers managing long-term health conditions across Ireland to access a meaningful creative and social outlet. We will also send you details from time to time on our events, fundraising activities, funding and sector news.

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Contact Us

info@helium.ie
+ 353 (0) 44 93 96 960

 

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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Address

Helium Arts
Top Floor
22 Pearse Street
Mullingar
Co. Westmeath
Ireland
N91 VYP0

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