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Sea Road Lunch Club Volunteer

Role: Sea Road Lunch Club Volunteer

Where: 6 Ely Place, Sea Road, Galway

When: 12pm - 3pm every Thursday

About COPE Galway

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:

COPE Galway’s Community Support Programme provides support to older people who live alone.  The overall aim of this programme is to prevent social isolation and promote healthy ageing through a community development approach.

Volunteer Role Description:

Overall purpose of the volunteer role in the Lunch Club is to support the running of the weekly Lunch Club for clients.  A lunch club provides a relaxed community space run by volunteers, where clients can meet, socialise and eat together. We require a suitable volunteer to assist at the Lunch and to create a warm and welcoming environment for the clients who attend.

Responsible to: Lead worker

Main tasks:
  • Setting up the room
  • Helping to cater the event and cleaning up
  • Taking time to chat with older people
  • Creating a welcoming environment
  • Promoting the lunch club in the local area
Person Specification
  • A friendly and out-going personality.
  • An interest in spending time with older people: taking time to listen, chat, support and ensure their needs are being met.
  • Ability to demonstrate respect and empathy to clients
  • An ability to create a warm, welcoming and relaxed environment.
  • Commitment to and interest in developing the Lunch Club to its full potential

Level of English required: Intermediate

Induction and Training

The volunteer will receive induction training prior to starting the role. Training will be if is deemed appropriate for the role.

Support and Supervision

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 role
  • The volunteer conducts him/herself in a professional manner and maintains a respectful and courteous manner in dealing with clients
  • Willingness to work within the values and policies of COPE Galway
  • The volunteer will maintain confidentiality in respect of all matters which come to their knowledge in the course of the volunteer role
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

First, you will need to download, save and complete the volunteer application form.

Download Volunteer Application Form


There are three ways you can submit your completed volunteer application form to us.
  • Email your completed application form to volunteer@copegalway.ie
  • Post or bring in your application form to Volunteer Office, COPE Galway, Calbro House, Tuam Road, Galway.
  • Submit your application using the online form below.

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