Find out more about volunteering

About Volunteering

Do you want to support Future Champions in your community?

Our volunteers play a vital role in Special Olympics Ireland and even just 1 hour a week will give a meaningful contribution.

Special Olympics Ireland is a volunteer-led sports organisation for children and adults with an intellectual disability. We welcome your involvement and contribution as a volunteer to help change the lives of Special Olympics athletes in their local communities across the island of Ireland.  As a volunteer, you enable athletes to achieve and win not only in sport but in life too.   

Volunteering is fun and rewarding! You will receive personal satisfaction in the knowledge that you are contributing to your community, enhance and use your skills for the benefit of others and enjoy the camaraderie of being part of the Special Olympics family. 

Who can volunteer

Individuals, families, work colleagues – anyone can apply to volunteer. There is a place for volunteers of varying ages, abilities and interests.

For some specialised roles we look for experience and qualifications but for most roles we ask you just to bring your energy, good humour and common sense.  

How to become a volunteer

If you are thinking of volunteering, take a look at the volunteer vacancies available here and decide what will suit you. 

Once you have registered your interest in a role online, a volunteer officer from your local Special Olympics office will call you to bring you through all you need to know.

Volunteer requirements

  • Must be 15 years or older to apply 

  • All applicants 16 years or older will be facilitated to complete vetting (through NVB in the Republic of Ireland and through AccessNI in Northern Ireland) 

  • Safeguarding requirements must be satisfied by all applicants and existing volunteers

  • Volunteer registration must be completed before volunteering begins (registration includes online induction)