Volunteers and Safeguarding
Mountaineering Ireland's programs and initiatives are facilitated by an amazing group of experienced, qualified and committed volunteers.
From belaying a beginner climber at a youth climbing club to mentoring an alpine novice on a rocky ridge, volunteers can help develop the next generation of climbers and mountaineers.
If you would like to become a volunteer or are in a club with youth members please read through the information below.
Mountaineering Ireland follows safe recruitment procedures in the case of all volunteers working with youth. To view our Safeguarding Policy, please click here
Recruitment of Volunteers
Mountaineering Ireland follows a volunteer recruitment process to ensure that all volunteers provide referees to vouch for their character and credentials, and undergo a background check.
Garda Vetting - PLEASE NOTE THAT JOINED THE GARDA E-VETTING SYSTEM IN SEPTEMBER 2016 AND ARE NOT ACCEPTING ANY PAPER GARDA VETTING FORMS FROM NOW ON.
In the Republic of Ireland background checks are carried out by the National Vetting Bureau of which Mountaineering Ireland is an authorised organisation.
Mountaineering Ireland administers all Garda Vetting applications on behalf of Mountaineering Ireland volunteers who are resident in the Republic of Ireland.
The Garda Vetting forms and process were updated in April 2016 so please disregard any previous application forms you may have and use the links below instead.
Step 2: Once we have received your validated ID and completed form, we will invite you to complete the online garda vetting process via the National Vetting Bureau. Please ensure that you write your email address clearly on the validation form as this will be used to contact you regarding garda vetting.
Please return the all completed validation form to:
Garda Vetting Authorised Liaison Person,
Irish Sport HQ,
National Sports Campus,
In Northern Ireland background check are carried out by Access NI.
Mountaineering Ireland is a registered organisation with Access NI.
Mountaineering Ireland administers all Access NI applications on behalf of Mountaineering Ireland volunteers who are resident in Northern Ireland.
Re: Access NI,
Youth Development Co-Ordinator,
Tollymore National Outdoor Centre,
Safeguarding for Volunteers
Mountaineering Ireland is committed to increasing participation in our sport and to the concept of life long activities for all. Central to this is the development and application of best practice in safeguarding.
Mountaineering Ireland is committed to ensuring that appropriate levels of behaviour, practice and conduct are adhered to by young participants, officials, coaches, trainers, mentors, parents/guardians and clubs.
As a volunteer with Mountaineering Ireland it is really important that you are aware and knowledgeable of the Mountaineering Ireland's safeguarding policy.
Mountaineering Ireland Safeguarding Policy
The Mountaineering Ireland Safeguarding Policy complements the joint Irish Sports Council and Sport Northern Ireland Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children's Sport.
The Mountaineering Ireland Safeguarding Policy should be adopted and implemented by all Mountaineering Ireland clubs that provide opportunities for young people.
Alternatively contact the Mountaineering Ireland office to receive a printed copy.
Mountaineering Ireland National Safeguarding Officer
For any matters relating to safeguarding please contact Mountaineering Ireland National Safeguarding Officer - Paul Kellagher.
Paul can be contacted by emailing: email@example.com
. Alternatively contact the Mountaineering Ireland office to request to make an appointment to meet.
Training for Volunteers
There are a variety of training options available for volunteers. Mountaineering Ireland would like all volunteers to be up to date with current best practice. Training for volunteers is available in three main areas; safeguarding, leadership awards and coaching awards.
If you are a prospective volunteer or a current volunteer who would like to receive some training in the areas set out below please contact Mountaineering Ireland to see how we can help. You can also check out the Mountain Training Course Calendar
to find a training course.
Below is a brief selection of supervisory awards which may be relevant to Mountaineering Ireland volunteers. For a full listing of supervisory awards please go to the Mountain Training section of the Mountaineering Ireland website: Mountain Training
Single Pitch Award
The Single Pitch Award is relevant for volunteers who assist young people climbing at single pitch crags. The remit of the Single Pitch Award also includes climbing walls.
Climbing Wall Award
The Climbing Wall Award is relevant for volunteers who assist young people at indoor climbing walls and outdoor artificial climbing structures.
Mountain Leader Award
The Mountain Leader Award is relevant for volunteers who lead young people in the mountains and hills, in summer conditions.
FUNdamentals of Climbing workshops are relevant for volunteers who supervise, instruct and coach young people in any aspect of climbing movement.
There are three FUNdaments of Climbing workshops, with each workshop building on the themes and content of the previous.
The Level 1 Climbing Coach Award is relevant for volunteers who coach young climbers to improve their climbing performance.
The Level 1 Climbing Coach Award is applicable to all styles of climbing.
Training grants are available to help with the cost of training undertaken by volunteers. Training grants are available for clubs and individuals undertaking certain eligible formal training schemes.
For more information on training grants please click on the following link: Training Grants