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Volunteering at Deloitte Ireland
Working towards our global ambition of positively impacting 100 million futures by 2030
Here at Deloitte Ireland, we partner with a number of organisations which allow our people to give back through volunteering their time and skills to the local community.
At Deloitte Ireland, we encourage our people to get involved in volunteering at many different junctures. Taking the time to volunteer can be an extremely rewarding experience and we strive to support our people in the best way we can.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been looking at new ways that we can support our current WorldClass charity partners. We have turned to a new way of volunteering; virtual volunteering, elements of which have in fact improved access to volunteering for both our people and the beneficiaries of our programmes.
Our volunteering programmes work towards our global WorldClass ambition and are centred around education, skills and access to opportunity. We believe in making an impact that matters in our local communities and feel that the best way to do this is by utilising the skills of our people. We partner with Age Action, the Early Learning Initiative, Junior Achievement Ireland, Solas Project, I Wish and Nurture Africa to provide volunteering programmes across our business.
As part of the fight against digital exclusion, we work with Age Action to bring their Getting Started computer training programme to the Deloitte offices on Earlsfort Terrace. This programme provides 1-to-1 learning allowing the learners to become comfortable with their chosen device as well as learn at their own pace.
To us, the Age Action Getting Started programme is more than just a volunteering opportunity, but a chance for our people to build relationships with the elderly in our communities and make a direct impact on their day-to-day lives.
Early Learning Initiative
The Early Learning Initiative works to address the problem of educational underachievement in marginalised communities in Dublin. By building upon tried and tested models of early years' intervention, it is their mission to work with communities in areas of greatest need to provide world-class parent and child learning programmes.
Through our partnership with the Early Learning Initiative our people volunteer in a Coding Club that takes place during the academic year with schools in the IFSC and surrounding areas. During this programme our volunteers teach children the basics of coding using age appropriate software and robots. Volunteers work with the ELI coding teacher to help the children build their robots, carry out tasks and play games.
I Wish is a community committed to showcasing the power of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths to female secondary school students. They run outreach activities, mentorship programmes, further education programmes and showcase events reaching a global audience.
Deloitte are the platinum sponsor for I Wish since 2020, collaborating with this progressive organisation to positively impact young girls lives through inspirational sessions from our STEM leaders at all levels throughout the business as well as a bespoke mentoring programme and pro bono support from our Creative and Events teams.
Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI)
Junior Achievement Ireland is an organisation which aims to encourage young people to stay in education, and is part of a worldwide organisation that reaches out to 10 million young people every year. We work with JAI to offer our people two programmes aimed at encouraging enterprise from a young age - these are the In Schools Programme and the Career Ready Programme.
The In Schools Programme gives our people a chance to volunteer in JAI's partner primary and secondary schools delivering classes on business and entrepreneurial skills.
In comparison, the Career Ready Programme is a one-to-one business mentoring programme which sees our people mentor JAI students for eighteen months.
Solas Project is an organisation with a vision to see an Ireland where all children and young adults truly know their self worth and can take full advantage of their potential.
Here in Deloitte Ireland, we currently recruit volunteers for four of Solas Project's programmes: Solas Business, Solas Sport, Solas College and the Compass Programme.
Solas Business is a development programme that aims to teach children life skills while encouraging creativity and entrepreneurship. This is where we come in, we help Solas Project reach these goals through corporate mentoring, enabling students exposure to a business environment.
Solas Sport aims to develop character through the vehicle of sport. Through sport, we work with Solas Project to develop confidence in each student by teaching them new skills in a different way.
Solas College introduces 6th class children to the idea of attending third level education. This programme begins with an interactive session sparking a conversation about third level education and culminates with a trip to a university campus in Dublin which aims to give the students a taste of student life with a campus tour, workshops and lunch in the college cafateria.
The Solas Project Compass Programme aims to support young people in prison in the hope to direct them away from re-offending and towards a better life. Our people engage in the Compass Programme by travelling to Wheatfield and Mountjoy prisons to take part in friendly, albeit competitive, football games with the prisoners.