The Anne Sullivan Centre aims to facilitate adults who are Deafblind to pursue meaningful, active and fulfilling lives through a range of planned activities and individualised programmes. We recognise that volunteers make an invaluable contribution in supporting us acheive our aims. The Centre welcomes volunteers from all walks of life and backgrounds.
We aim to increase our use of volunteers to:
- Increase the variety of skills, activities and opportunities we can provide to our service users
- Ensure that our service meets the needs of our service users
- Develop an independent, public voice within our organisation to help ensure our accountability to our service users and stakeholders
- Increase contact with and participation in our wider community
Volunteers are not required to have any previous experience in volunteering or indeed in the area of disability. Volunteers are not paid for their involvement with The Anne Sullivan Centre but the organisation is committed to providing support and development opportunities for all volunteers.
Development and support
The Anne Sullivan Centre aims to:
- Provide a clear role description for each Voluntary role which will highlight the necessary skills, experience and availability required to fullfil it.
- Match volunteers with suitable roles and activities based on their skills and experience
- Offer full induction training in relevant areas, including policies and procedures
- Ensure that volunteers have access to support and supervision
- Create an environment where volunteers feel confident to discuss any issues or concerns and to share ideas on how the service can be improved.
Whatever your motivation may be, we are committed to ensuring that your volunteering experience will be a valued and positive one.
What the Anne Sullivan Centre asks of Volunteers:
- To respect and be committed to the values and aims of the organisation
- To treat staff and service users with respect and dignity
- Promote choice, independence and inclusion
- To demonstrate empathy and understanding to our client group.
- To be punctual and reliable and to give the organisation sufficient notice if unable to attend
- To attend essential training and support sessions
- To respect the confidentiality of service users and the Anne Sullivan Centre
- An ability to relate well to people
- An interest in learning sign language and augmentative communication
- A patient and understanding personality
- An interest in supporting People with Disabilities to live full and active lives
Interested in Volunteering ?
Please click on the following links for more information about our current volunteer opportunities:
Volunteer Activity Supporters
If you require an application form please contact Stephen on email@example.com or 0864034578
All our voluntary positions are subject to Garda clearance and reference checks
*The Anne Sullivan Centre reserves the right to terminate a volunteer’s involvement with the organisation, if they feel the volunteer has not acted in accordance with the values and aims of the organisation.
Please feel free to donate to this worthy cause. Donations to the Anne Sullivan Foundation are currently used to support our Outreach Service, the development of services for people who are Deafblind and wish to continue living in the community and the maintenance and development of our existing facilities. Staff employed by the Anne Sullivan Centre, including senior management, are paid strictly in line with the HSE consolidated pay scales.
There are 2 ways to donate:
Option 1 – Bank Transfer You can donate to the Anne Sullivan Foundation by bank transfer. Our bank account details are: Sort Code: 93-23-61 Account Number: 13244527 Account Name: Anne Sullivan Foundation for Deaf/Blind People Bank Address: AIB Bank Sutton Dublin 13 Registered Irish Charity CHY 9900
Option 2 – Donate with Credit Card Using a bank card (VISA/Mastercard) – You can donate securely by clicking the Donate Now button below Registered Irish Charity CHY 9900
Thank you for considering fundraising on behalf of the Anne Sullivan Foundation. We rely on as much support as possible from individuals and local communities to support our ongoing work to improve the lives of people who are Deafblind in Ireland. Now more than ever, the Anne Sullivan Foundation needs to fundraise in the community to help raise vital funds to develop programmes for the growing population of people who experience a combination of vision and hearing loss. Running races – 5k, 10k, marathon, ultra-marathon, sponsored cycling events, table quizzes and coffee mornings are all a great way to raise funds but we are interested in hearing all of your ideas! We want your fundraising to be enjoyable as well as being safe and legal, so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure you have all of the information you need. Once you have done this you can set up an event and share if with friends through www.idonate.ie
We are currently seeking to recruit for the following vacancies:
Intellectual Disability Nurse
Scope of Responsibility
We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced sessional Nurse with a specialism in Intellectual Disability to work within the Anne Sullivan Centre.
The position reports to the Residential Services Manager.
- To meet with all the service users regularly to assess their therapeutic and nursing requirements
- To work within the multi-disciplinary teams to provide ID nursing expertise for each of our service users
- To review and advise the Key Workers on appropriate interventions that will meet the needs of our residents.
Undertake duties as may be assigned by the Residential Services Manager.
Education and Experience
A recognised third level qualification in Intellectual Disability Nursing and at least 2 years’ post qualification experience suited to a residential care facility.
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal, with experience of Alternative and Augmentative Communication Systems
- A knowledge and understanding of therapeutic interventions required in residential care services for people with intellectual disabilities and/ or dual sensory impairments
- Commitment to providing the highest level of quality nursing care and practical support to our residents
- Empathy and respect for others
- A high capacity for responsibility together with excellent organisational, time management skills and an ability to prioritise
- Flexibility to adapt to change.
Hours of Availability (Work)
The position is for sessional work which we would anticipate would be about 4 – 6 hours per month.
If you are interested in becoming part of our professional team please apply by submitting your completed application form to Gráinne Gibbons at email@example.com. Closing date is Friday 14th April 2017.
Night Residential Support Worker (RSW) – Relief Panel
Scope of Responsibility
The Night Residential Support Worker (RSW) is responsible to provide care for the service users of the Anne Sullivan Centre (ASC) for waking nights.
The position reports to the Residential Services Manager and Team Leaders.
Care of Service users
Ensure that the life and experience of each service user reflects the core values of the ASC and person centred care plans and that all service users:
- Experience dignity and respect
- Share ordinary places – going into the community
- Make choices
- Have the opportunity to make a contribution and learn.
Demonstrate empathy towards service users:
- Get to know each service user in your care
- Pay attention to each service user in your care
- Pay attention to the ‘cues’ in their behaviour – read them
- Be patient – slow down.
Review and put into practice the details of the personal care plan for each service user.
Review, regularly, all protocols of care for each service user in your care.
Understand and facilitate service users’ needs through the use of appropriate communication systems.
Establish, through continuity of work with service users, trust relationships with service users.
Act as advocate for service users – within the ASC and in the community – who have difficulty in expressing their needs.
Adhere to all ASC Policies, Procedures, Employee Handbook, and working practices.
Health, Safety and Hygiene
- Adhere to the procedures and policies as outlined to maintain operation of each house to the appropriate standards.
- Adhere to Health & Safety standards and ensure that the health and safety of each service user is central to day-to-day activities.
- Maintain a high level of hygiene and cleanliness of houses at all times.
- Maintain the highest level of work practice within the house.
Physical Aspects of Supporting Service users
Assisting service users who have reduced mobility.
All RSWs will be trained in the Management of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA) to ensure staff can respond effectively to disruptive and challenging situations.
Communication and Team Work
- Ask questions to check when unsure of protocols.
- Share information with the team that has a direct impact on service users.
- Be clear and factual in communications.
- Prepare daily logs in the EPIC system using clear and precise language that others can interpret and understand.
- Provide support to the team and focus on building effective working relationships.
- Share information and is inclusive and participative with the team.
- Provide input and make suggestions.
- Show consideration and respect to other team members and colleagues.
- Respond to conflict in a calm way by endeavouring to defuse the situation.
Reach out to more experienced RSWs and learn from them.
Demonstrate a desire to improve and learn.
Accept feedback from the team and learn from your experiences.
Participate in staff training and development program.
Liaison with Other Professionals
Work collaboratively and supportively with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure that highest level quality of care to address the specific needs of each service user.
Manage all such relationships with the highest level of professionalism to ensure that the needs of each service user are met.
Undertake duties as may be assigned by the Residential Services Manager or Team Leader to support the care of service users.
Hours of Availability (Work)
As a Relief RSW hours worked will be based on the roster requirements and your availability which we expect that you will have on a regular basis. The position works for a 12 hour waking shift from 8pm – 8am on a roster schedule that is drawn up on a six week cycle.
Qualification and Experience
- Ideally a Degree in Social Care or equivalent degree or experience suited to a residential care facility
- A minimum of FETAC level 5 in Social Care or a related discipline is essential.
- Ability to demonstrate the skills required to work with people who have a dual sensory impairment and an intellectual disability.
How to apply
Please submit your completed application form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Anne Sullivan Centre is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
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