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Longterm Volunteering

Camphill as a longterm way of life - Joining community in later life

Mature Volunteers - Volunteering as a Career BreakWhile many people, who volunteer in the Bridge Communities are in their early twenties and take a year out before going to university some are deciding to come to Camphill later in life as part of a career break.

Older co-workers often decide to stay for longer and become a very important part of the life of the Bridge Community.

They are usually able to take responsibility for others and can contribute their life experience to the different work areas in the community. While such a jump into the community in later life can initially take some adjustments those that continue and persevere often find that it is the kind of lifestyle they were looking for. Community can offer a lot that has become scarce in the world at large. It is a meaningful lifestyle with a strong sense of purpose and a shared striving for doing the good, sometimes intense, sometimes funny but rarely booring.

When people decide to stay longer they are usually joining our longterm group and become part of carrying the life in our community and the responsibilities involved.

There is many a story of people in Camphill who came for a year and enjoyed their stay so much that they decided to stay for longer, sometimes for 2-3 years, sometimes for 10-20 years or more.

This is often a gradual process of connecting to Camphill and of course depends on the individual.

Volunteering as a family lifestyle choice

Family VolunteeringFamilies form the heart and life of many house communities - Couples or single people and their children can really help in creating an atmosphere that is homely and engenders life.

I remember when my children were small and Justine, a girl with down syndrom used to play with them sometimes for several hours while I was doing other things around the house like trying to put a sunday dinner for 12 people on the table. My children grew up in this environment where there were always people around that they could relate to and where their social context was so much larger than just their Mom and Dad.

Many of the people with special needs appreciate the fact that there are children around and it helps people to connect to something that is more important than their own woes and troubles.

Yet we would be able to have three meals a day together with our children, something that many people who commute to work every day can only dream of.

Sometimes people ask me whether we think that our own family suffers living together with a house of many other people.

It is important to create moments in everyday when we are just our smaller family but that does not necessarily have to become a polarity.

I feel that it has enriched our family life and helped our children to be open-minded and tolerant and good communicators. They were able to grow up with a lot of space outside where they could run and be in a safe environment and if they wanted to they could quickly pop into wherever it was I was working and say hello or help a bit and get involved

Mischa (houseparent in the Bridge Community)

Interested?

Why not contact us and we will gladly answer your questions about volunteering as a family...

Specific Needs for Workmasters

The following are openings and needs for live-in volunteers who are a little bit older (at least 25) who would like to take responsibility for a workshop with People with Special Needs and involve themselves in the life of the community on a more ongoing basis

Click below or on the right for current vacancies

Vacancies

Jul 01 2017

Short term volunteer

Co-Worker / Vocational

Minimum Age 18

Duration Minimum 1 year

We are looking for motivated, energetic and responsible volunteers interested in joining our life sharing community to live and work alongside adults with special needs. You will join a vibrant young team of about 12 -14 young adults between the ages of 18-24 from many different countries. The role involves living in a household in the community together with adults with special needs, supporting them in their day to day needs and work life. This role would best suit empathetic, caring and responsible people with a strong sense of commitment. Good English is essential and preference is given to those who can commit for the full year. Please do get in touch with us personally to explore more about the role, we are very happy to answer any questions that you may have. You can make contact by email or phone - Contact Ben Gamble on 00353 45 481597 or 00353 85 1311608.



A keen interest in adults with special needs is required. An interest in social care, art, music, farming/gardening, homemaking or a specific craft is an advantage. English language is a key requirement. Full training and induction into the role will be provided as well as mandatory external training. Reflective supervision is provided on a one to one basis at regular intervals.


Jun 01 2017

Short term co worker

Co-Worker / Vocational

Minimum Age 0

Duration Minimum 3 months

The Bridge are looking for dynamic young people to join our lifesharing community working alongside adults with special needs.  The role involves living in a household together with people with special needs and supporting them in their day to day needs and worklife. This role would best suit empathetic, caring and responsible people with a strong sense of commitment. Please do get in touch with us personally to explore more about the role, we are very happy to answer any questions that you may have. You can make contact by email or phone. We look forward to hearing from you.

 



English language is a key requirement for the role. Full training and induction into the role will be provided as well as mandatory external training. Reflective supervision is provided on a one to one basis at regular intervals.


May 01 2017

Long Term Residential Volunteers / House Parents in a life sharing household

Co-Worker / Vocational

Minimum Age 25

Duration Minimum 2 years

 

We are looking for House Parents, and we welcome applications from single people or couples, prepared to join us as enthusiastic and responsible co-workers, with an interest in Camphill life and preferably some experience in community living, although this is not essential. The house communities are at the heart of life at The Bridge. We need people who can help us carry the responsibility and consciousness of our community and to participate in all aspects of our daily life, working as part of a wider team with our dedicated employees, volunteers, younger residential volunteers and social care professionals.



English language is key requirement. Full induction and training into the role will be provided as well as mandatory external training. Reflective supervision is provided on a one to one basis at regular intervals.


May 01 2017

Short term volunteers

Co-Worker / Vocational

Minimum Age 18

Duration Minimum 1 year

Male and Female Volunteers We are always looking for motivated, energetic and responsible volunteers interested in joining our life sharing community to live and work alongside adults with special needs. You will join a vibrant young team of about 12 -14 young adults between the ages of 18-24 from many different countries. The role involves living in a household in the community together with adults with special needs, supporting them in their day to day needs and work life. This role would best suit empathetic, caring and responsible people with a strong sense of commitment. Good English is essential and preference is given to those who can commit for the full year. Please do get in touch with us personally to explore more about the role, we are very happy to answer any questions that you may have. You can make contact by email or phone - Contact Ben Gamble on 00353 45 481597 or 00353 85 1311608.



A keen interest in adults with special needs is required. An interest in social care, art, music, farming/gardening, homemaking or a specific craft is an advantage. English language is a key requirement. Full training and induction into the role will be provided as well as mandatory external training. Reflective supervision is provided on a one to one basis at regular intervals.


May 01 2017

House Coordinators/House Parents

Co-Worker / Vocational

Minimum Age 25

Duration Minimum 2 years

We are looking for House Parents, and we welcome applications from single people or couples, prepared to join us as enthusiastic and responsible co-workers, with an interest in Camphill life and preferably some experience in community living, although this is not essential. The house communities are at the heart of life at The Bridge. We need people who can help us carry the responsibility and consciousness of our community and to participate in all aspects of our daily life, working as part of a wider team with our dedicated employees, volunteers, younger residential volunteers and social care professionals.



English language is key requirement. Full induction and training into the role will be provided as well as mandatory external training. Reflective supervision is provided on a one to one basis at regular intervals.


Jan 01 1970

Social Care House-Coordinator

Employed

Minimum Age 18

Duration Permanent Contract

The Bridge Camphill Community is currently seeking a highly motivated person to fill the role of Social Care House Coordinator

Job Description:

To manage and support the smooth running of a household for adults with special needs and co-workers in an intentional community by leading a team of volunteers in creating a positive living experience and an environment and atmosphere within the home in which the needs of people can be met. This role will involve:

  • Inducting volunteers in the practical aspects of their roles and coaching / modeling desired ways of working on an ongoing basis.
  • Creatively supporting people to develop and pursue their aims & goals and engage in their leisure interests as well as coaching and leading volunteers in appropriate ways to support people to achieve the same
  • Overseeing and supervising supports in individuals personal and intimate care and ensuring that they are provided to the highest standard in a person centered approach
  • creating a warm, homely and inviting home both atmosphere and appearance, conducive to the development of adults with special needs
  • Ensuring that all issues in relation to health & safety, food, nutrition, cleanliness & hygiene, record keeping, keeping of proper accounts and compliance with Camphill’s policies and procedures are met to the highest standards at all times
  • Engaging constructively with the management Group and communicate any issues or concerns proactively.

Mission Statement

“Camphill Communities of Ireland work to create sustainable communities where children and adults of all abilities, many with special needs, can live, learn and work with others in healthy social relationships based on mutual care and respect. Most communities are a home for both people with special needs and volunteers. Members of the community share responsibility for the tasks and cultural activities of day-to-day life. Camphill is inspired by Christian ideals and the impulse of community building as articulated by Rudolf Steiner and is based on the acceptance of the spiritual uniqueness of each human being.”

Job Purpose

The jobs purpose is to support the intentional community, in developing and formalising a person centred culture, and to achieve a high quality of personal outcomes in a time of rapidly changing regulatory requirements, while maintaining its ethos and values.



Key Requirements, Attributes and Qualifications for employees of The Bridge Community:

  • Excellent communication, people management and problem solving skills, empathy and sensitivity to others.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and motivate a team to enthusiastically support individuals
  • Energy and enthusiasm, be highly motivated, reliable and  have a flexible approach to working hours
  • Good planning and time management skills
  • An openness to the Camphill Ethos and alternative  models of Social Care
  • An Understanding of HIQA Standards, Regulations, Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults and Duty of Care
  • Work experience in a related area such as personal assistant/carer, community development or social care and/or community regeneration
  • Experience in supporting people that display challenging behaviour
  • Full Clean Driving Licence.
  • This post is subject to Garda vetting 

Jan 01 1970

Local Volunteer

Day-Volunteer

Minimum Age 18

Duration Minimum 3 months

At the Bridge Community we always welcome new volunteers to join our dynamic team of volunteers. There are many ways in which people can volunteer in our community and many different areas, some of which are:

  • An Tearmann
  • Coffeeshop/Bakery
  • House Workshop
  • Garden Workshop
  • Farm Workshop

If you have a spare few hours a week and would like to become involved in some way in our community do come in and chat to Ben Gamble who will be happy to discuss with you.



An awareness and interest in disability issues. The ability to work alongside adults with special needs, and volunteers while meeting the agreed developmental goals. Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity. Be highly flexible, honest and trustworthy. Excellent people, communication and problem solving skills.


Jan 01 1970

Social Worker

Employed

Minimum Age 0

Duration Permanent Contract

The Bridge Camphill Community is currently seeking a highly motivated person for the role of  Social Worker

Job Purpose

The jobs purpose is to support the intentional community, in developing and formalising a person centred culture, and to achieve a high quality of personal outcomes in a time of rapidly changing regulatory requirements, while maintaining its ethos and values.

Job Description:

The social worker at the Bridge Community will have a significant role within the community in leading, guiding and facilitating the development of responsive, innovative and individualised solution focused approaches to support the people with special needs and their families.  This will involve keeping abreast of good practice issues, current trends, legislation, research to support and shape development of approaches to guide and inform responsive solutions to people’s life choices.  As part of the senior management team, they will take co-responsibility for the overall running of the Bridge Community. 

The role will involve:

  • Admissions to the community – dealing with correspondence, liaising with families and referral agencies and other services,  initial assessment / interview process and ongoing responsibility for management of the waiting pool
  • Reviews - Organizing, facilitating and recording of reviews for every resident and day attendee in the community on an at least annual basis (or more frequently if required) with goals and elements of person centered planning for the future and evaluation of goals achieved. This should include a pre interview with people on a one to one basis as well as a review with relevant people (houseparent’s and work masters)
    • Involvement in workshop reviews and timetable meetings where relevant
    • Involvement with basic health reviews as part of the Well Being meeting
  • Needs Assessments - Conducting and reviewing needs assessments in conjunction with House Coordinators and  Key-workers on at least an annual basis
  • Risk assessments and Enabling Plans  - Conducting and reviewing Risk assessments and Enabling Plans in different areas and activities for individuals in the community in conjunction with House Coordinators and  Key-workers on at least an annual basis
  • Behavioural Support Plans -  Drafting and reviewing (at least annually) of behavioural support plans in conjunction with House Coordinators and  Key-workers
  • Engaging with Multidisciplinary Supports and other Professionals – Engaging multidisciplinary supports in conjunction with House Coordinators and  Key-workers on behalf of individuals and attend multidisciplinary meetings with outside professionals such as external social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, the health board or other agencies on the behalf of individuals in the community
  • Safeguarding - Acting in the role of designated officer in relation to safeguarding issues. Dealing with allegations of abuse in line with Camphill policy - reporting to and liaising with the NCMT, HSE, Tusla, HIQA, the Gardai and families. Conducting preliminary screenings - draft Safeguarding Plans and write Preliminary Screening reports as required.
  • Complaints and Feedback – Acting as the complaints officer in relation to complaints and feedback from service users and families. Involvement with complaints or disciplinary procedure where these involve someone with special needs (also as third party)
  • Advocacy & Consent- Being an advocate for individuals in the community where the need arises and support people in issues around informed consent where necessary. Engage and liaise with independent advocacy services on behalf of individuals where this is required
  • Self Monitoring Work Areas – The Role involves self auditing of key work performance in relation to key areas of responsibility

Mission Statement

“Camphill Communities of Ireland work to create sustainable communities where children and adults of all abilities, many with special needs, can live, learn and work with others in healthy social relationships based on mutual care and respect. Most communities are a home for both people with special needs and volunteers. Members of the community share responsibility for the tasks and cultural activities of day-to-day life. Camphill is inspired by Christian ideals and the impulse of community building as articulated by Rudolf Steiner and is based on the acceptance of the spiritual uniqueness of each human being.”



The ideal candidate will have:

  • Qualification a third level degree in Social Work
  • Registered as qualified social worker with Coru
  • At least 3 years recent experience working as a Coru registered Social Worker
  • Experience of working with vulnerable adults/children
  • Experience in the areas that challenge and positive behavioral supports, including behavior support plans.
  • Proven ability to manage and priorities case workloads, meet deadlines and work in a pressurised environment
  • Full Clean Driving Licence.
  • This post is subject to Garda vetting

Please direct all enquiries to Ben Gamble at 045-481597.  Full Job Description and Person Specification are available on request. Applications will only be accepted by email to thebridge@camphill.ie with letter of application and CV attached. Camphill is an equal opportunity employer.

Closing Date for applications will be 5pm on Friday 5th May 2017

Candidates shortlisted for interview will receive notification by the 9th May 2017
 for interviews being held between the dates   11th May to the 17th May 2017


Jan 01 1970

Social Care Workers

Employed

Minimum Age 18

Duration Permanent Contract

The Bridge Camphill Community is currently seeking a highly motivated person to fill the role of Social Care Workers

Job Description:

To manage and support the smooth running of a household for adults with special needs and co-workers in an intentional community by leading a team of volunteers in creating a positive living experience and an environment and atmosphere within the home in which the needs of people can be met. This role will involve:

  • Inducting volunteers in the practical aspects of their roles and coaching / modeling desired ways of working on an ongoing basis.
  • Creatively supporting people to develop and pursue their aims & goals and engage in their leisure interests as well as coaching and leading volunteers in appropriate ways to support people to achieve the same
  • Overseeing and supervising supports in individuals personal and intimate care and ensuring that they are provided to the highest standard in a person centered approach
  • creating a warm, homely and inviting home both atmosphere and appearance, conducive to the development of adults with special needs
  • Ensuring that all issues in relation to health & safety, food, nutrition, cleanliness & hygiene, record keeping, keeping of proper accounts and compliance with Camphill’s policies and procedures are met to the highest standards at all times
  • Engaging constructively with the management Group and communicate any issues or concerns proactively.

Mission Statement

“Camphill Communities of Ireland work to create sustainable communities where children and adults of all abilities, many with special needs, can live, learn and work with others in healthy social relationships based on mutual care and respect. Most communities are a home for both people with special needs and volunteers. Members of the community share responsibility for the tasks and cultural activities of day-to-day life. Camphill is inspired by Christian ideals and the impulse of community building as articulated by Rudolf Steiner and is based on the acceptance of the spiritual uniqueness of each human being.”

Job Purpose

The jobs purpose is to support the intentional community, in developing and formalising a person centred culture, and to achieve a high quality of personal outcomes in a time of rapidly changing regulatory requirements, while maintaining its ethos and values.



Key Requirements, Attributes and Qualifications for employees of The Bridge Community:

  • Excellent communication, people management and problem solving skills, empathy and sensitivity to others.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and motivate a team to enthusiastically support individuals
  • Energy and enthusiasm, be highly motivated, reliable and  have a flexible approach to working hours
  • Good planning and time management skills
  • An openness to the Camphill Ethos and alternative  models of Social Care
  • An Understanding of HIQA Standards, Regulations, Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults and Duty of Care
  • Work experience in a related area such as personal assistant/carer, community development or social care and/or community regeneration
  • Experience in supporting people that display challenging behaviour
  • Full Clean Driving Licence.
  • This post is subject to Garda vetting 

Contact The Bridge

Address  Main Street
Kilcullen
Co. Kildare
Phone   +353 (0) 45 481597
Email  thebridge@camphill.ie

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