Tuesday 18 December 2018

Looking to volunteer in 2018? This children's charity is looking for 1,700 people

Tim O'Dea, director of development, Barretstown; Karen O'Connor, general manager, service delivery, Datapac and Dee Ahearn, CEO, Barretstown.
Tim O'Dea, director of development, Barretstown; Karen O'Connor, general manager, service delivery, Datapac and Dee Ahearn, CEO, Barretstown.
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Is one of your 2018 goals to volunteer for a good cause? Barretstown children's charity is looking for more than 1,700 people to help deliver its services.

The charity, which runs medically-endorsed camps and programmes for children with serious illnesses and their families, has increased its camper numbers by 106pc in the last five years.

Some 6,000 children will benefit from the charity this year.

Volunteers or 'caras' as they are known are particularly needed for weekend camps during Barretstown’s busy months of April and May.

During the summer months there are places available for volunteer interpreters and chaperones to support the children and teens who come from across Europe and the USA and volunteer nurses and doctors are also needed during the summer to facilitate Barretstown’s medical centre.

Full or half-days of volunteering are also available all year round at Barretstown’s Hospital Outreach Programmes in Dublin, Cork and Belfast.

“The overall goal of Barretstown each year is to serve more and more children with serious illnesses and their families, a feat that would not be possible without the help of our volunteers," Dee Ahearn, Chief Executive at Barretstown, said.

“The children who avail of our services are forced to grow up too quickly, losing out on a big part of their childhood as they struggle with adult issues. Our volunteers play an integral part in giving them some of that childhood back and supporting their families as they begin to rebuild their lives.

“We welcome anyone looking for a new experience in 2018 to consider volunteering at camp.”

For more information about volunteering for Barretstown, or to submit an online application, please visit https://www.barretstown.org/volunteers/.

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