SHINE - Spina bifida • Hydrocephalus • Ireland • Nurturing • Empowerment
formerly known as the Summer Project
Every year SBHI runs SHINE, a residential Summer Independence Training Project which caters for teenagers and young adults from across Ireland with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus.
SHINE takes place over five separate weeks in different venues and each week is tailored to meet the needs of specific age groups. In the region of 100 participants attend SHINE every year, along with a dedicated team of volunteers and staff.
The primary aim of SHINE is to encourage participants to develop their independence and social skills in a fun and safe environment. SHINE also offers valuable respite for the participants, their parents, and/or carers.
How can you help?
In order to provide this invaluable service, we have many volunteer opportunities available.
Volunteer applications for SHINE are accepted from January of each year with the closing date in March. SHINE takes place during the summer months each year, with separate weeks in July and August.
Nursing Staff - Nurses work from the Saturday to the following Friday. The day shift is from 8:00am to 8:00pm and the night shift is from 8:00pm to 8:00am. Nurses may need to meet prior to SHINE to plan adequately for their week and involvement. Click here for role description / Or here for the application form
Occupational Therapist - your main function is to enable participants to participate in everyday life using meaningful and purposeful adaptations. Click here for role description
Chef - you are responsible for preparing and serving meals (lunch and dinner) to the SHINE team (approx. 50 people) in accordance with SBHI Kitchen Guidelines, maintaining health and safety standards at all times. Click here for role description
Kitchen Assistant - to assist the chef in preparing and serving meals (lunch and dinner) to the SHINE team (approx. 50 people) in accordance with SBHI Kitchen Guidelines, maintaining health and safety standards at all times. Click here for role description
Household Staff - to ensure all rooms and areas are kept clean and tidy in accordance with health and safety standards. Click here for role description
Bus Driver - you are responsible for driving participants, staff, and volunteers of SHINE to different activities and venues. Click here for role description
How do you apply?
For all roles, except nursing (see above), please complete this form -
- All short-listed applicants must attend an interview, scheduled for March and April each year
- All short-listed applicants must sign the terms and conditions agreement at time of interview
- All successful applicants must undergo a Garda background check
- All successful applicants must actively participate in the staff training (where relevant) which takes place on the Friday and Saturday prior to participants' arrival on each week