Cork Life Centre appeals for volunteers

Cork Life Centre appeals for volunteers
The Cork Life Centre is currently looking for volunteers. Picture: Dan Linehan

"If you’re passionate about something, particularly if you’re passionate about working with young people, then come along and talk to us."

That's the message from Director of the Cork Life Centre Don O’Leary, who is appealing for volunteers to teach in all subject areas at both Junior and Leaving Certificate.

The Cork Life Centre, located on Winter's Hill in Sunday's Well offers young people who have fallen through the cracks of mainstream education an alternative setting in which to learn.

"This is an annual appeal from the Life Centre because we depend on volunteers to keep it open and to ensure our students get the services that they need from within the centre, educational and otherwise," Mr O'Leary explained.

"If someone comes to me and says they want to do woodwork, art, home-ec and science – great. 

"There’s no problem in that. 

"Of course, they have to do English, Irish and Maths but beyond that, I say do what you’re comfortable with doing and do what makes you happy," Mr O'Leary told The Echo

The Life Centre is looking to hear from anyone who is passionate about a certain subject and passionate about working with young people.

"You don’t have to be a teacher trained teacher.

"For instance, the person who teaches Japanese here is not a teacher but his degree is in languages and he was in Japan as an interpreter for three years," Mr O'Leary said.

"A lot of our teachers in the past in woodwork and construction haven’t come from a teaching background but have come from an employment background so they would have been carpenters working in the job and are passing on their skills to young people."

The Cork Life Centre also offers a range of extra circular activities from stone sculpting to horticulture for young people to pursue if they so wish.

Anyone looking to volunteer would have to be Garda vetted and undergo some training.

"Normally, we’d prefer it if someone had two days, a couple of hours a day. 

"The reason is it gives people a better opportunity to get to know the young people. 

"You get the best out of it yourself too, but we’re delighted of any support," Mr O'Leary said.

For further information contact the Cork Life Centre on 021-4304391 or email corklifecentre.volunteers@gmail.com

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