Dublin & Galway-based volunteer advocates needed for Independent Advocacy Programme

Posted On: April 15, 2014

The Irish Refugee Council is looking to recruit Dublin-based and Galway-based volunteer advocates for the Independent Advocacy Programme!

Please email Samantha@irishrefugeecouncil.ie with CV and cover letter by 1 May 2014.

The Independent Advocacy Programme centres on supporting separated children in finding their own voice by matching children with advocates who act as mentors.

The objective of the project is to promote the young person’s integration into Irish society and his/her understanding of the asylum process. The pilot project includes advocates in Dublin, Waterford, Limerick and Cork who will each act on behalf of two young people.  We have recently secured further funding which will allow us to expand the project to include six advocates.

  • Advocates are matched with one young person to work with for one year.
  • Your role is to befriend, provide information and support!
  • You will be expected to meet every second week at the start and the decide on a frequency that suits you and your young person.
  • You will have a budget to do ‘fun things’ with your young person. The two of you will decide on activities together!
  • The IRC provides regular training, optional group meetings and group events.
  • The ideal advocate will love working with young people, be able to commit to at least one year, have a desire to explore things new and old with a new friend!
  • An interest in asylum or migration is also a plus!
  • All applicants are subject to our Child Protection Policy, which includes vetting.
  • There is a stipend for travel, phone usage and activities with young people.

We look forward to working with you!

For more information on the Independent Advocacy Programme click here