SHINE Volunteer Recruitment

SHINE Spina bifida • Hydrocephalus • Ireland • Nurturing • Empowerment 

formerly known as Summer Project 

Every year we run 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.

Primary Aim 

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.

Volunteering Opportunities

Care and Activity Volunteer - you are responsible for encouraging and supporting participants to take part in fun activities, you work alongside nursing staff and occupational therapists in promoting independence skills and carrying out personal care duties, while making the week a fun one for all. Click here for role description

Volunteer Liaison Officer - you are responsible for liaising between the participants and the SHINE team. This role is exclusively for independent members of SBHI who have spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus who can be seen as a role model to participants. Click here for role description

How do you apply?

  • Fill in the application form online by clicking HERE
  • 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 the Friday and Saturday prior to participants' arrival on each week

Alternatively, to print off application form and complete by hand, please click here for the SHINE volunteer application form


SHINE Volunteer testimonials

I had an amazing time volunteering with SBHI. I learnt an unbelievable amount from the participants, they are amazing people and such fun to be around.

It was a really wonderful experience! I suppose the most rewarding part of volunteering there is seeing the progress of the participants and watching them achieving their goals and dreams, and the feeling that you have made a difference in someone's life. That camp is simply a brilliant thing to do.

Couldn't pick a day that was better than the last. Met a great bunch of lads and will definitely be here next year. 

You live in a bubble of kindness and gentleness for Sunflower Week. Oh, and there is never a dull moment! I loved every minute. The camps are organised extremely well. The co-ordinators, liaison officers, nurses, occupational therapists, and volunteers are so passionate and enthusiastic. You feel at home straight away amongst all the caring staff.

I really enjoyed the week. I met so many wonderful people and would love to come back again. 

A week on SHINE summer camp is like no other. Prepare to be challenged, to laugh like never before, and above all else to make some genuine lifelong friends! SBHI is a friendly and helpful organisation - they will not only ensure that you have a memorable week, but also some wonderful memories too.

This has been such a wonderful week! It has opened my eyes and my mind to the ways of others and I have learned so much! Safe to say, I've never laughed as much in my whole life! Best week in the summer! Great week. Be back next year for more!

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