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FEAD Programme Volunteer

Role: FEAD Programme Volunteer

Where: Galway

When: 1 hour in evenings. Approximately 2 to 2.5 hours during daytime. Days: Last Monday of each month.

Vision and Mission

COPE Galway believes in the principle of every person having a home which meets their needs. Our vision is an improved quality of life, in a home of your own for people affected by homelessness, women & children experiencing domestic violence and older people. We believe communities have a very important role in assisting us with our mission. Volunteering is one very important way in which our community can help us in our work.

Service Description:

The FEAD (Fund for European Aid to the most Deprived) programme is an EU-wide programme to help people take their first steps out of poverty and social exclusion.
The Department of Social Protection (DSP) is the managing authority of FEAD in Ireland. FEAD Ireland is co-funded by European funding and Irish exchequer funding.
DSP is responsible for the implementation of the FEAD Programme in Ireland.

The food items consist of non-perishable foods which are easy to transport and store at ambient temperatures.

Main tasks:
  • Collection of food products from FoodCloud hub depot in Oranmore and outward to COPE Galway services and partnership organisations.
  • Accept responsibility for the food safety in transit.
  • Ensure safe and responsible driving practices at all times, in keeping with the legislation.
  • Work within the Cope Galway Code of Practice & in accordance with Cope Galway Volunteer Policy.
Health & Safety
  • Ensure that health, safety and hygiene standards are maintained to the highest level.
  • Advise your insurance company of your volunteer work if applicable. A template letter for your insurance company will be provided.
  • Report any accidents or incidents that occur during your volunteering.
  • Ensure safe and responsible manual handling procedures when lifting and carrying goods
Person specification:
  • Have an appreciation and empathy for the needs of clients of COPE Galway.
  • Be of good character and suitably motivated & organised, good team worker.
  • Qualified driver with full driving licence & insurance
  • Friendly, enthusiastic manner
  • Ability to demonstrate respect and empathy to clients

Level of English required: Fluent

Induction and Training
  • The volunteer will receive induction training prior to starting the role.
  • The volunteer will be supervised by the Manager/Designated Person
Support and Supervision:

The volunteer will be supervised by the Manager/Designated Person.

  • The opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of the clients who use our Services
  • The opportunity to gain practical experience in this volunteer role
  • The volunteer agrees to fulfil the role as outlined in the volunteer role description
  • The volunteer agrees to abide by Cope Galway’s Policies and Procedures
  • The volunteer will abide by COPE Galway’s Confidentiality Statement
Recruitment process:
  • Submit an application for the role
  • Screening – once the application form is received and the applicant is considered a suitable match for the role, the applicant will be invited to an Interview
  • The interview will take place in the relevant service. Successful applicants will be offered the volunteer role subject to 2 Reference Checks from Irish referees and Garda Vetting
  • Induction and Orientation will be provided prior to commencement
  • Trial period – volunteers commencing with COPE Galway are subject to a trial period


How to Apply

1. Download and complete the Volunteer Application Form.

Download Volunteer Application Form

2. Submit your completed Volunteer Application Form. You can send your completed form to our volunteer team by email, post or submitting online.

  • Email: volunteer@copegalway.ie
  • Post: Volunteer Co-ordinator, COPE Galway, Calbro House, Tuam Road, Galway.


Online: Submit your application using the form below.
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