Recruitment and Training
If you are interested in volunteering witht the project, please complete a volunteer application form.
At this point you may be asked to attend a suitability interview where we will give more information on volunteering with Le Chéile. If you are successful at this stage, we will ask you for details of two people who can act as referrees, and you will be required to have a Garda background check which will be completed by us.
Our Vetting Procedure
Due to the nature of the volunteering work, all applicants who are successful at interview stage must be vetted. You are required to have a Garda background check which will be completed by us. The Garda Vetting will include all successful or unsuccessful prosecutions as well as pending prosecution. A criminal record may not disqualify you from volunteering, but will be judged on a case-by-case basis.
We will also ask for the details fo 2 people who can act as referees for you.
Finally we ask you to supply proof of identification.
Induction Training, Ongoing Training, Support and Supervision
All volunteers receive a full induction training before becoming a Mentor. Throughout your time volunteering with Le Chéile, you will be fully supported and supervised in your work. All active Mentors receive fortnightly telephone contact from their supervisor.
You will also attend case supervision, held every 6-8 weeks. This is done on a small group basis where you will meet other mentors to discuss your cases in confidence.
In addition, there is regular ongoing training throughout the year. Previous ongoing training modules have included Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Introduction to Motivational Interviewing, Mentoring Restoratively and basic First Aid.
Finally, Le Chéile recognises the commitment of our volunteers with social events through the year.