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Walk/Run/Befriending - alongside Refugees & Asylum Seekers

Sanctuary Runners Sligo

About Sanctuary Runners Sligo

The Sanctuary Runners enable Irish People to run alongside, and in solidarity with, those in Direct Provision thereby fostering friendship, positivity and respect while bringing greater awareness to the system in which asylum seekers live. A non-profit organisation run solely by volunteers we aim to use sport, and running in particular, to build bridges between communities and to show we are all equal.

What's Involved

We meet at Park Run at Doorly Park once a month on a Saturday Morning at 9:30. We walk, run, jog, walk, and make friends. As a volunteer when you are available on a Saturday you will be part of a volunteer team who brings together Irish people and asylum seekers in Direct Provision enabling them to run on the same Sanctuary Runners team.

Upcoming dates:
15 February
7th March
4th April
9th May

We are non-political and our focus is on humanitarianism and positive action. The positive impact of physical exercise and the normality brought by running shoulder-to-shoulder with others benefits asylum seekers and Irish runners alike.Let your feet do the talking and show Solidarity.

We want to build a wave of positivity in which people, no matter their nationality, religion, gender or legal status, can show respect and dignity to each other and become friends and running mates.Also To have a bit of craic, laugh and show the real us!!!

What's required for this position

Friendly, open and fun! We want the sanctuary runners to see the real Sligo Community and get fit and healthy at the same time. Fit enough to walk/jog 5km.

  • Hospitality/ Befriending
  • Personable Skills

Level of English required for this role:
Fluent English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: Flexible

Hours required: 1hrs

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
Doorly Park, Sligo

Screening details for this role:

  • Informal Interviews

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Initial induction and training

Age restrictions:
Over 18

Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

Running is a great equalizer. The Sanctuary Runners provides people residing in Ireland with the chance to show we do care. It empowers all in a positive, healthy and human way.

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Contact person: Sally Donnelly
  • Organisation: Sanctuary Runners Sligo
  • Email:
  • Phone: 0876725220.
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