Apply to be a volunteer
- Download and complete the Volunteer Application Form.
- Submit your completed Volunteer Application Form. You can send your completed form to our Volunteer Co-ordinator by email, post or submitting online.
Volunteer Co-ordinator, BOCSI – Galway Services, Woodlands, Renmore, Galway, H91 KN20
Read about some of the frequently asked questions below.
I don’t have any experience can I still volunteer?
We know that everybody has something to give, no particular skills are needed just a willingness to commit your time, a welcoming manner and a desire to get involved.
How much time would I need to give?
That is up to you – the time required as a volunteer is very flexible, from 1- 2 hours per week to 2 – 8 hours per month. We will work with you and your availability to find a volunteering opportunity that suits both you and the person/service you are supporting. We do ask for a commitment of at least 6 months if you are a Befriending Volunteer. This is because once you have established a relationship with someone in our services, it is important that this support is consistent and regular.
Will I receive training?
You will receive induction training before you start volunteering. This includes topics such as disability awareness, communication, health and safety and safeguarding.
Will I have support?
We have a dedicated volunteer co-ordinator to support our volunteers through the process of Garda vetting, induction, training, and matching with a suitable volunteering opportunity. We also provide ongoing support and training to all of our volunteers.
What do I get from Volunteering?
Our volunteers play a vital role in our work and in return, you will:
- meet new people
- become disability and accessibility aware
- share in our vision to include people who often, through no fault of their own, may live their lives at the margins of society
- be given the opportunity to share your experiences and time with others
Volunteers are active throughout Galway city and county (either in the home of a person or their local community).
You can choose a geographical location that suits you.
Irish speakers are always welcome for volunteering in South Connemara.