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SpunOut.ie’s motto is ‘By Young People, For Young People.’ By volunteering with SpunOut.ie, you’re helping to make sure that the content we have on the site, and the work we do offline, is what young people want and need. You can help young people across Ireland to get informed about issues in their lives, and to feel supported, empowered and less alone.
Our volunteers play a key role in the organisation, by helping to make sure that SpunOut.ie truly is by young people, for young people
Content contributors create content for the SpunOut.ie website. This can be articles, videos or podcasts. The content created is posted on the SpunOut.ie website for young people across Ireland to see. You’ll see all the articles, videos and podcasts created by our content contributors in our Opinion section.
By sharing articles, videos or podcasts on SpunOut.ie you can help other young people in Ireland feel supported and empowered. You do not need any experience to apply for this role. We’ll help with every step of the way with resources, training and one-to-one support.
Many of the articles on SpunOut.ie are created by SpunOut.ie’s staff writers. They put a lot of time and energy into researching the topics, writing about them in an accessible way and having them reviewed by professionals.
Before the articles are posted on the site, the SpunOut.ie proofreaders review them to make sure they’re easy to understand, informative and what young people want to know about.
Our proofreaders provide feedback directly to the SpunOut.ie content team, who then update the articles or videos based on this feedback. This can be done in your own time and at your own pace.
The Action Panels guide the work of SpunOut.ie by highlighting what issues young people need more information on. You can find out more about the Action Panel role here.
Both the content contributor role and the proofreader role can be done in your own time and at your own pace. There is no minimum time commitment, although we find people get more out of the roles if they aim to send in at least three pieces of content per year, and/or aim to review 20 pieces of content per year. These roles can be done from home, a cafe, or anywhere else, you do not need to come into the SpunOut.ie office.
What is the induction process like?
All our volunteers go through a short induction training programme. This is to help you get ready for your volunteering role so you feel comfortable, confident and excited about volunteering with us.
From the first Tuesday of the month, you’ll receive a weekly email with some videos and resources for you to look at. It will take between 1-2 hours to view the videos and review the resources. This should be completed by the end of the week to move onto the next part of the training.
The induction training lasts four weeks for content contributors and two weeks for proofreaders.
As a SpunOut.ie volunteer, we have a number of supports and opportunities to help you with your role.
Throughout the year, we also run a number of free face-to-face and online workshops for our volunteers. In the past these have focused on inclusive and accessible language, writing for the website, developing your content ideas, destigmatising mental health, climate change and climate justice, and LGBTI+ inclusion, among other topics.
Our Head of Volunteering Heather Barry is here to support you throughout your volunteering role. You can get in touch with Heather at any time if you need support or information. Heather’s job is to help make your volunteering experience the best it can be.
Network of young people
We have over 200 volunteers in SpunOut.ie who you can get to know throughout your volunteering experience. We encourage our volunteers to work together on projects they’re interested in, support our volunteers to get involved in exciting external opportunities, and to support each other while involved with SpunOut.ie.
Our volunteering roles are open to anyone aged 16-25 and living in Ireland. You can apply for either or both of the roles.
We offer work experience and placement opportunities to young people aged 16 to 25. It can be hard to get placements that really help us learn and grow. In SpunOut.ie we offer placements to:
We offer placements for those with specific interests and experience so as to ensure that both the individual and organisation get the most out of our time together. Informal interviews will be carried out with those interested. Unfortunately it’s not possible to offer a placement to everyone who contacts us.
Placements come with full supervision, a learning development plan and other great training opportunities.
A cornerstone of SpunOut.ie’s mission is to ensure that all content we publish is factually accurate, in line with best practice, relevant to our audience, and sensitive to the most correct and respectful language on any given issue. To assist us in making sure this part of our mission is fulfilled, SpunOut.ie engages the input of people and organisations who have subject matter expertise to vet and proof our content for accuracy and relevance.
If you are interested in becoming a voluntary subject matter expert for SpunOut.ie, please email us at email@example.com.
Organising an event or running a race is the perfect way to raise funds and awareness about SpunOut.ie in a fun and engaging way that suits you. The easiest way to collect funds is by creating a fundraising page for SpunOut.ie by using JustGiving.com.
Over half of Irish young people say they look to online sources for advice before talking to someone about a problem. SpunOut.ie helps young people through the most difficult of problems, including mental health and addiction.
Around 80,000 Irish young people come to SpunOut.ie each month for advice and support.
We're always looking for volunteers to participate in mini-marathons, full marathons and other challenge events to raise funds to support the young people we work with. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up at JustGiving.com