An Cosán - A Volunteer Policy

Our Mission: Our mission is to contribute to the development of a culture of learning and leadership through education and enterprise solutions for the challenges facing Tallaght West.

Our Vision: Our vision is a community free from all forms of poverty and inequality, rich in resources to support the development of the unique individual potential of every child, woman and man in Tallaght West.

Our Ethos: Ethos is defined as the distinctive spirit imbibed in the culture of an organisation.

At An Cosán, we believe that the ethos is both visionary and unique. When An Cosán was first founded, its ethos was one of partnership and a deep sense of 'spirituality' combined with a passion for natural justice. Over the years, in line with this ethos, a distinctive model of community education emerged, one which promoted the integration of emotional, intuitive physical and spiritual intelligences, alongside the academic. Our ethos remains true to this today, where we strive to create a culture in our organisation where everyone who uses our services and all who contribute to them whether on a paid or voluntary basis, feel valued and supported. We define our ethos as the values we hold, our customs and our practices and at the core of this lies a relationship model. In this, we seek to encourage relationships that are positive, supportive, loving and affirmative with all users and providers of our services. In practice, this means the provision of education, childcare and enterprise and an attention to the total needs of the individual: physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual. Although practices may vary in each operation at An Cosán, the underlying values are the same: the centrality of relationships with the individual and the community. We acknowledge that with relationships come differences of opinion and conflict. We are committed to addressing these positively as all our relationships must be founded on mutual respect, dialogue, responsiveness and support. We recognise conflict as a characteristic of diversity and an essential aspect of creativity.

At An Cosán our ethos is underpinned by the following two key principles

  • That we work with the community with a focus on supporting and developing every adult and child, who avails of our service, to develop their full potential.
  • That we acknowledge and support the development of each and every employee in a holistic manner so that they can contribute to the achievement of the above

Purpose of the Volunteer Programme

The purpose of the An Cosán Volunteer Programme is to fulfil the needs of our organisation and the expectation of our volunteers. A vital component of An Cosán is the involvement of our team of volunteers. There are all sorts of people who volunteer with An Cosán. Volunteers will require specific skills as per the roles opportunities.


An Cosán refers to Volunteering Ireland's definition of volunteering as follows.
Volunteering is the commitment of time and energy , for the benefit of society , local communities, individuals outside the immediate family, the environment or other causes. Voluntary activities are under taken of a person's own free will, with no payment, except for the reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses.

Principles of Volunteering

  • Volunteering benefits the community and the volunteer.
  • Volunteer work is unpaid.
  • Volunteering is always a matter of choice.
  • Volunteering is not compulsorily undertaken to receive a pension or government allowances.
  • Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environment and social needs.
  • Volunteering is an activity performed in the not for profit sector.
  • Volunteering is not a substitute for paid work.
  • Volunteers do not replace paid workers nor constitute a threat to the job security of paid workers.
  • Volunteering respects the rights, dignity and culture of others.
  • Volunteering promotes human rights and equality.

A Volunteer Application form can be downloaded and sent to

An Cosán
Kiltalown Village Centre
Jobstown, Tallaght
Dublin 24