Volunteers create the magic for children and families living with serious illness.

Find your best fit

Find your best fit

We require over 2100 volunteers each year to help run our programmes. We offer volunteer opportunities as part of our Residential Camps and Outreach programmes. You need to be 19 years or over to volunteer. Volunteers are a huge part of the heart and soul of Barretstown. You play a leading role in providing the magical, transforming experience we give our campers and their families.

Camp Calendar - Autumn 2022

Camp Date Details
Family Day Camp Aug 28th Family Day Camp
Family Day Camp Sept 3rd Family Day Camp
Family Day Camp Sept 4th Family Day Camp
Family Day Camp Sept 9th – 11th Family Day Camp (Ukraine)
Autumn 1 Sept 16th – 18th Family Camp (Oncology)
Autumn 2 Sept 23rd – 25th Family Camp
Autumn 3 Sept 30th – Oct 2nd Family Camp
Autumn 4 Oct 7th – 9th Family Camp
Autumn 5 Oct 14th – 16th Family Camp
Autumn 6 Oct 21st – 23rd Family Camp (Oncology)
Autumn 7 Oct 28th – 30th Bereavement Camp
Autumn 8 Nov 3rd – 6th Brother & Sister Camp
Autumn 9 Nov 11th – 13th Family Camp
Autumn 10 Nov 18th – 20th Bereavement Camp
YA Programme Nov 25th – 27th Young Adult Programme
Charity Partner Camp Dec 1st – 4th Family Camp
Autumn 11 Dec 9th – 11th Family Camp

Residential Camp Volunteer Opportunities

Family & Bereavement Camps run over weekends and the commitment is 3/4 days. Children & Teen camp commitment vary from 4 to 8 days. Volunteering is residential with all meals provided. Volunte ...

Volunteer Cara

Cara is the Irish word for “friend”. As a Cara your role at camp is to look after the daily ...

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Volunteer as part of our Outreach Programmes

Outreach Programmes

These programmes bring the joyful spirit of Barretstown to children and families beyond our gates throughout the year. We run Hospital Outreach Programmes, Camp in Schools and Camp on the move.

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What should I expect?

How we support you

Training is provided for all volunteers. As a new volunteer you will work along trained staff and returning volunteers for guidance. You will always work as part of team with plenty of support. At camp you’re active all day helping our campers get the most out of their experience through encouragement and support in all aspects of camp life while having serious fun.

Quote from a Family

Just wonderful people.The volunteers are such great role model for the kids. My 11 year old daughter said that she wants to volunteer at Barretstown when she is old enough. I think that this is just incredible that not only is she having a wonderful experience she is also meeting people who give up their time to help others and is moved to consider volunteering herself when she's old enough. What a great endorsement of the cara programme

How you make a difference

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Barretstown. Volunteers play a lead role in providing the magical, transforming experience we give our campers and their families.

Quote Volunteer 2020: It’s hard to describe what exactly you do there. You’re given the role of “Cara” (friend in Irish) and basically you’re just that. After the first time I volunteered I knew I was coming back – it was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had

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