Volunteer with our patient support services

Volunteers are at the heart of what we do  

Every year in Ireland almost 9,000 people die from heart disease and stroke and a further hundreds of thousands are living with a heart condition or the life-long effects of a stroke.

The Irish Heart Foundation is a community of people who fight to protect and care for every heart affected by heart disease or stroke in Ireland and support those living with these life-changing conditions.

Volunteers are at the heart of what we do and we couldn’t do it without your support.

At the Irish Heart Foundation we offer a range of support services to help improve the quality of life and well-being of people and their carers after a heart event or stroke.

From simply phoning someone for a chat to providing vital peer support or driving a vulnerable stroke patient to their support group, your act of kindness can make a real difference.

We are always looking for volunteers to help us with our patient support services.

“ I find ringing members weekly for a social chat so enjoyable I really look forward to it, it’s one small way to give back but it is hugely rewarding”

Anne Battle – Roscommon , Community Group and Befriending Volunteer Roscommon

Volunteer roles

Listed below are a variety of roles we are currently recruiting for.

If you think you’re the perfect fit for one or any of these positions, please email ihfvolunteer@irishheart.ie listing the role you are interested in, why you’re interested in that particular role, and your availability.

Thank you.

Patient Support Telephone Volunteers

Patient Support Telephone Befriender – This role involves phoning someone who is living with heart disease or stroke for a social chat.

Patient Support Peer-to- Peer Volunteer – Do you have personal experience of heart disease or stroke or have you cared for someone living with cardiovascular disease? You could become a peer-to-peer volunteer who rings a member of our heart or stroke support groups for for a peer-to-peer chat.

Patient Support Heart Volunteer – This role involves a volunteer phoning a member of our heart support network to inform them of the information and support services available through the Irish Heart Foundation.

Patient Support E-Volunteers for our online supports

Patient Support E-Volunteers – This role involves helping to moderate the Irish Heart Foundation private support groups on Facebook or assisting our Patient Services Coordinators with our online support sessions mainly via Zoom.

Content Assistant – This role involves helping the leaders of our Facebook support groups by researching content for the pages.

“ I enjoy advocating for young stroke survivors, having our voices heard and helping to drive change for the better to live well after stroke”

Tammy Tallon, Young Stroke Survivor Group Dublin, Irish Heart Foundation Volunteer Champion

Other Volunteer Areas:

Patient Support Community (Group) Volunteer – This role involves assisting with our face-to-face in person support groups in the community. These Volunteers are the face of the Irish Heart Foundation at a community level and may also assist by representing the Irish Heart Foundation with cheques collections, campaigns etc.

Patient Support Community Driver – This involves collecting members and driving them to their support groups, collecting them afterwards and bringing them home. community.

Patient Support Administrator –This volunteer will come into the Irish Heart Foundation office in Rathmines to help with Patient Service administrative work/special projects.

Irish Heart Foundation Champion – A Heart, Stroke or Carer champion who wants to give back and help advocate for the needs of others through our work. This will include attending conferences, joining focus groups, assisting with media coverage or helping with national campaigns and advocating at local level to TDs etc. Volunteers will be assisted and supported by our Advocacy Department.

Get in touch

If you think you’re the perfect fit for one or any of these positions, please email our volunteer department listing the role you are interested in along with a short note on why you are interested in that particular role, and your availability.

Thank you for your kind support 

Martina Greene, Patient Services National Volunteer Manager, Irish Heart Foundation.

email: ihfvolunteer@irishheart.ie

Additional information

Volunteers must:

Mandatory Training includes: 

Other Training that may be required:

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