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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 Autumn / Winter Programme – taking place throughout November and December 2023!

Our workshops are taking place in multiple locations, including Limerick, Ennis, Cork, Mallow, and the newly added venue in Loughrea, Galway. Given this expansion, we are excited about the opportunity to welcome new volunteers, particularly from the Loughrea and Cork areas, to join our volunteer team.

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 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

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

When and Where

  • Autumn Camps 1-3 Nov

Volunteers needed for 3 consecutive days during the school mid-term break in Cork, Limerick, Mallow and Ennis

  • Winter Saturdays 11 Nov-2 Dec

Volunteers needed every Saturday for 4 weeks (11 Nov, 18 Nov, 25 Nov and 2 Dec) in Cork, Limerick and Loughrea in Galway

  • Meet Ups for Teenagers

Volunteers needed on the last Saturday of every month from October to December in Cork, Limerick and Galway.

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


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.  All volunteers must be over 18 years of age.

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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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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