Volunteering

volunteer-422598_640The parish is in great need of volunteers across a wide range of roles. Many of these do not involve unsupervised access to members of vulnerable groups so the requirements are minimal in terms of paperwork.

Some roles are so-called “regulated” and, for these roles a little bureaucracy is required.  The parish is compliant with all applicable policy and legislation in this area which goes under the umbrella term “PVG” (Protection of Vulnerable Groups). See tables below for lists of regulated and non-regulated roles.

For a regulated role, the process is as follows:

  1. Read an explanatory letter
  2. Complete a combined application and declaration form
  3. Part-complete a ID verification form
  4. Complete the correct PVG scheme form (either existing or new member)
  5. Get a passport and a photo driving licence and a piece of official correspondence with your address on it (ideally more than one).  Other combinations of documents are possible but this definitely works
  6. Arrange to meet Paula Collar or Fionnbar Lenihan (parish safeguarding coordinators) to check your forms, verify your ID and forward your paperwork to the Archdiocese

The relevant forms are made up into packs and can be found in a drawer in the parish rooms.  Any one on the parish council will be able to direct you.  Another option is to download the forms (apart from the PVG form itself) from this link, complete them as above (the PDF forms can be completed on screen if your typing is better than your handwriting!) and finish off with the parish safeguarding coordinator.  The process is actually relatively painless and quick.

Regulated Roles – PVG Required

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Role, Status
Safeguarding Officer, REGULATED Role
Catechist, Regulated Role
Catechism Class co-ordinator, REGULATED Role
Liturgy team co-ordinator, REGULATED Role
Liturgist, REGULATED Role
Pre-school Liturgy, REGULATED Role
Eucharistic Minister + Home Visits, REGULATED Role
Sacristan, REGULATED Role
Passkeeper, REGULATED Role
Nativity Play, REGULATED Role
Drivers of less Mobile Parishioners, Regulated ONLY if NOT by PRIVATE arrangement
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For a non-regulated role, simply complete the single form available from this link and bring it to anyone on the parish council who can arrange for your interview and appointment.

Non-Regulated Volunteer Roles

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Role, Status
Drivers of less Mobile Parishioners, PVG is not required when transport is by PRIVATE arrangement
Newsletter Production Team, PVG not required
Website Manager, PVG not required
Eucharistic Minister in Church only, PVG not required
Reader, PVG not required
Bidding Prayer, PVG not required
Leader of Music, PVG not required
Singer in Choir, PVG not required
Musician, PVG not required
Florists, PVG not required
Sunday Teas & Coffees Teams, PVG not required
Altar Servers, PVG not required
Prayer Group, PVG not required
Parish Ecumenical Representative, PVG not required
Manage CTS Books, PVG not required
Children’s Library (new), PVG not required
Cash Counting Teams, PVG not required
Parish Rota administrator, PVG not required
Christmas and Easter Altar Preparation, PVG not required
Laundry of Altar Cloths, PVG not required
Brass Polishing, PVG not required
Remembrance Book Scribe, PVG not required
Manage Photocopier Contract, PVG not required
Manage Cleaners Contract, PVG not required
Church Cleaner, PVG not required
Data Protection co-ordinator (new), PVG not required
Volunteer recruitment and support (new), PVG not required
Communications co-ordinator (new), PVG not required
Church keyholder co-ordinator (new), PVG not required
Parish Rooms Pastoral, PVG not required
Parish Rooms Hire, PVG not required
Parish Annual Special Services (new), PVG not required
Parish Social Event Organiser (new), PVG not required
Parish Council, PVG not required
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