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Summer and Long Term Volunteering


How you can volunteer

Glebe House recruits volunteers from home and abroad to participate and help out with its many programmes, in Strangford throughout the year.

Natasa from Serbia, Makiko from Japan
and Mareike from Germany,

Volunteers work together as a team on the programmes and are helped by the programme staff and other experienced people.

Volunteers are needed throughout the year. There is a simple application procedure and after a few weeks applicants will be notified if they have been successful. People interested solely in volunteering for Summer residentials are recruited in the spring each year, for placements beginning in June and finishing in September. Volunteers are an essential part of the Glebe House programmes. They come from all walks of life and over the years we have taken volunteers from many countries worldwide.

what we look for

All volunteers must be over 18 years, but there are no upper age restrictions, we are happy to accept anyone who feels they are capable of taking on the challenge of volunteering. We are interested in receiving applications from people who have enthusiasm, motivation and energy for the work of Glebe House. If they are working with children and young people, volunteers should be prepared for a hectic but enjoyable experience. We are also wanting volunteers to help with the general running of the organisation doing a variety of tasks. Past experience can help, but is not essential, as Glebe House provides training and support to help you learn the ropes and gain experience.

Elena from Italy and Natasa from Serbia,

volunteer activities

Volunteers will have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of activities including, arts and crafts, donkey rides, indoor & outdoor games, drama, nature trails and environmental work, team building, community relations and trips out in the local area.

children and young people's programme

The young people who take part in our programmes come from areas of Northern Ireland where there is social and economic disadvantage. All our programmes are cross-community. Most children are between the ages of 7 and 13 years old, but we also run programmes for teenagers. We have a policy of equal opportunity and social inclusion so a certain number of the young people who come to Glebe House may be disabled. The programmes run for periods varying from weekends, midweek and during July and August, 6 day residentials.

further information

  • Volunteers must be over 18.
  • You can volunteer for days, evenings or longer periods.
  • We meet all out of pocket expenses involved in volunteering.
  • We provide training and support.
  • We adhere to the principles of our Volunteer Policy.
  • You can work with children, teenagers or adults.
  • You can do manual or practical work.
  • You can help us with driving.
  • You can help with administration tasks.
  • You can help with fundraising activities.
  • You may have something else to contribute, so why not call us.

    Summer Volunteering

    Each year, during June to August, Glebe House runs and supports a number of summer holiday programmes for various groups from around Northern Ireland and the Rep of Ireland.
    To help with this very busy holiday period, volunteer work placements are available.
    Full board and accommodation is provided, and some financial support can be given.
    All volunteers get time off during this period and are not expected to participate in every programme.
    Volunteers can get the opportunity to work in a number of areas including:
    Working with children and young people, providing arts and crafts activities including painting, mural work, screen printing, model making and other art activities, helping with group activities and games, nature walks, swimming, donkey rides and much more.
    Assisting the staff in maintaining a standard of cleanliness throughout the Centre.
    Volunteers work as part of the programme staff team, working with groups residing at the centre for the duration of their stay.
    This would usually involve working with both children and adults, or youth groups.
    Glebe House also recruits local volunteers each year who assist with the above and are also available for a few days at a time, either midweek or at weekends, working directly with a group staying overnight or helping out with other tasks.
    All volunteers work alongside the programme Staff.
    The volunteers get the ideal opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills from a diverse group of people
    Regular training is provided to help introduce new volunteers to our guidelines and procedures.

    Beda from Germany with Makiko from Japan
    with Sargent and Jack

    Summer volunteering

    Glebe House residential Centre is now recruiting Volunteers for its Summer Children’s holiday programmes.
    We are looking for volunteers who will be available for placements from mid June until end of August.
    For periods of 2 to 8 weeks.
    We seek volunteers, who are interested in working closely with children and young people on our summer residential programme.
    The Summer programme begins in mid June and runs until 31st August, with one week children’s residential holiday programmes.
    The volunteers will not be expected to take part in all of the residentials and will be allocated time off as necessary.
    These posts are geared to the needs of the Glebe House children's programme and the volunteers will be fully involved in every aspect of it, organising and joining in games sessions, organising and going on trips out, taking part in and running on site activities.
    The volunteers will also share responsibilities for, child care, supervision and the associated routine's of running the residential holiday.
    Volunteers should be willing to work full time, in a residential capacity at our Centre in Strangford, Co Down, Northern Ireland.
    The volunteers do not need to have any previous experience but do need to be well motivated and willing to learn, they should have the ability to cope well under the sometimes hectic and very busy programmes that Glebe House provides.
    The work of the summer volunteer is varied but at times is quite demanding.

    All volunteers must be over 18 years old.
    Can speak English to an acceptable degree.

    All volunteers from outside the EU member states require a visa to do voluntary work in the UK.

    Email to for an application form.

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Glebe House is now looking to recruit volunteers to help with our Programmes. We are looking for volunteers to help out over the summer period between June and August. We need volunteers to help on Weekend residentials at Glebe House and for day and evening activities. We are also seeking people who might be interested in helping out at Glebe House for a few hours during the day on a variety of activities. Anyone who is interested, young or not so young and with some time to spare and who would like to try something different. Please contact, Diarmaid at Glebe House on 028 44881374. All out of pocket expences will be covered.
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Harmony Community Trust, Glebe House, 23 Bishopscourt Road, Strangford, Co. Down, BT30 7NZ
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