Find out more about volunteering

About Volunteering

Supporting athletes in your local community is fun and rewarding.

Volunteers play a vital role in Special Olympics at all levels 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, develop , learn new skills, make friends and realise their full potential. 

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, over the age of 15, 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

You can check out a sample of the roles available here.

Then, simply find a club near you and follow the links to register your interest with them.

Once complete, the club contact will get in touch to talk you through the process.

Find a club near you here.

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)