Working in partnership with Ulster Rugby

One in four people experience a mental health problem in any one year.

That’s someone in every family, workplace and friendship circle. In the UK it's around 14 million people.

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That's why we are working in partnership with Ulster, to bring communities together to improve mental wellbeing.

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Extern transforms lives as the leading social justice charity across the island of Ireland. We believe another chance can change a life. Each year we speak up for and support more than 25,000 adults, children, young people and families.  

Volunteers can help us enable them to overcome their challenges and empower positive change.

By contributing your time and skills, together we can help offer even more life-changing supports to the most vulnerable in our communities.

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Please check back regularly to find out which volunteer roles we will be recruiting for next. If you have any questions please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator [email protected]

Find out what it's like to volunteer with Extern

Why volunteer with Extern?

Extern recognises that volunteers are a core part of our team, with a distinctive but complementary role alongside our paid staff.

We benefit from the skills, experience and enthusiasm which they bring to our organisation.

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We believe that volunteers should benefit from their experience too, and we are committed to supporting our volunteers.

Volunteers complement the work we do, and can often bring fresh ideas to our ways of working. In fact, many of our current staff started off volunteering many years ago and didn’t want to leave the organisation!

What sort of skills or qualities are required to be an Extern volunteer?

We are on the lookout for people who are friendly, respectful and reliable, and who support our values of being caring and non-judgmental.

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Each of our volunteer roles has a role descriptor outlining the responsibilities and key tasks, as well as the skills and experience needed for each role. We provide a range of appropriate training too – but the most important thing is to have a positive, professional and enthusiastic attitude towards volunteering.

What kinds of roles are available for volunteers with Extern?

We regularly review our volunteer roles to ensure our needs are met and that we are continuing to offer meaningful opportunities.

What are the benefits of volunteering with Extern?

Anyone choosing to volunteer with Extern can expect to receive a thorough training and induction programme, delivered by our award-winning Practice Development Unit. You can also expect to feel supported and encouraged throughout your volunteering journey. 

Our volunteers feel a great sense of pride in the work they do, and feel they have made a real difference in their community.

Our volunteers tell us that by volunteering with Extern they have gained valuable experience, built up meaningful relationships and have grown in confidence too.

What steps do I need to take next?

If you’d like to simply register your interest or find out more about our processes you can contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator [email protected] who will be happy to provide more details on how to become a volunteer.

After applying, we will review your application, assess your suitability for the role and arrange an informal interview with one of our managers.

Our Volunteer Co-ordinator will also keep in touch throughout and guide you through each step of the way, including your Access NI/Gardai checks and gathering of references.

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When volunteer recruitment officially opens you will be directed to make an application through our GetGot portal.

  • After applying, we will review your application, assess your suitability for the role and arrange an informal interview with one of our managers.
  • Our Volunteer Co-ordinator will guide you through each step of the way, including the relevant vetting checks such as Access NI/Gardai checks and gathering of references.
  • Once your vetting checks are complete, you will be booked on to the comprehensive Volunteer Induction Training Programme (currently being offered by video link).
  • The last step will be to complete your induction into the project you will be volunteering with.
  • The Volunteer Co-ordinator and your new Volunteer Supervisor will guide you through each step of the way.

When could I expect to start volunteering?

We recruit volunteers during set points throughout the year, in line with our training calendars.

From official application, we aim to have our successful volunteers completely vetted and booked onto training within 8 weeks. Once training has been completed, you can expect to be inducted into your role and project within

The timescales can vary depending on the necessary vetting checks, including gaining references and the relevant AccessNI or Garda check, but our Volunteer Coordinator will stay in touch and guide you through the entire process.  

If successful, following the necessary vetting checks, you will receive the appropriate training, and then link in with your Volunteer Supervisor who will support your induction into your new role and provide support for as long as you wish to volunteer with us.