Residential opportunities

Residential Volunteer Opportunities in Ireland.
South Dublin County Volunteer Centre


The Barretstown CAMP FUND LTD

Barretstown Castle
Ballymore Eustace
Co Kildare
telephone: (045) 864 115
facsimile: (045) 864 197
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www.barretstown.org
Barretstown provides a medically endorsed programme of arts, adventure and fun activities
for children serious illnesses. By facing new challenges in a supportive environment, these
children rediscover their self-esteem, improve their self- image and find new skills to help
cope with their illness - all adding up to 'serious fun'. Volunteers are needed for periods of
up to 12 days from spring to autumn to organise and participate in a range of activities anto-
day care.


Camphill Communities of Ireland

www.camphill.ie
Camphill is an international movement working with children,adolescents and adults with
special needs. Camphill seeks to promote caring, life sharing communities where people of
all abilities choose to live, learn and work together, recognising the unique contribution made
by each person. Each community has its own distinctive purpose and character. Volunteers
who wish to get fully involved in the life of the community on a long-term basis are
encouraged to apply.

Camphill Community Ballybay
Robb Farm, Corraskea
Ballybay , Co Monaghan
telephone: (042) 974 8197 
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BALLYBAY: Founded in 1993, this is a small rural border community of adults. There are 3
main houses offering a warm home environment. Much of the work is land based and there
is also a weavery, candle workshop and bakery. It is well integrated into the local
community.

Camphill Community Ballytobin
Callan
Co Kilkenny
telephone: (056) 7725114
facsimile: (056) 7725849
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BALLYTOBIN: Established in 1979, this is a large and dynamic community whose main
focus is trying to meet the needs of special children. Included in the facilities are family-
centred houses, farm, garden, renewable energy centre, school, therapy buildings and
social/cultural hall.

The Bridge Camphill Community
Main Street
Kilcullen
Co Kildare
telephone: (045) 481 597
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BRIDGE: Founded in 1991 as a mid-size integrated urban community with 4 houses.
Working life is centred on a busy coffee and craft shop, market garden, fresh food outlet and
weaving workshop. Local support is good. Development plans for an associated rural
community are afoot.

Camphill Community Callan
The Granary

Bridge Street

Callan
Co Kilkenny
telephone: (056) 775 5880

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CALLAN: From modest beginnings in 2001, this community is developing on 3 sites, both
urban and rural. One emphasises responses to the needs of adults with challenging
behaviour. The initiatives are strongly integrated with the community development efforts of
the town.

Carrick-on-Suir Camphill Community
Castle Street
Carrick-on-Suir
Co Tipperary
telephone: (051) 645 080
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CARRICK-ON-SUIR: Started in 1996 as a medium- sized urban community, offering a variety
of living and working opportunities to its adult members. Common work activities include
home care, life skills, farming, gardening, weaving, leather crafts, Cultural and recreational
life is shared closely with the local community.

Camphill Community Dingle
Doonsheane
Dingle
Co Kerry
telephone: (066) 9152841 
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www.camphilldingle.org
DINGLE: Camphil Community Dingle is a small, rural community with adults with special needs. It is part of the Camphill communities of Ireland. It started at the end of September 04.

Camphill Village Community Duffcarrig
Gorey
Co Wexford
telephone: (053) 9425911
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DUFFCARRIG: Established in 1972 as a working community for adults with a variety of
emotional disturbances, mental and physical disabilities, living in 7 family-like households.
There is a laundry, craft workshops, bio-dynamic farm and garden and there are plans for a
tea and coffee house. In this large community there are an increasing number of older
people.

Dunshane Camphill Community
Brannockstown
Co Kildare
telephone: (045) 483 628 
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DUNSHANE: Established in 1995 as a centre for young adults, either living its 3 houses or
attending on a daily basis. A beautiful courtyard is at the heart of the cultural and therapeutic
life of the mid- sized community, which also has craft workshops and a small farm/garden.

Grangemockler Camphill Community
Temple Michael - Grangemockler
Carrick-on-Suir
Co Tipperary
telephone: (051) 647 202
facsimile: (051) 647 253
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GRANGEMOCKLER: Founded in 1988 and now a thriving community of some 50 people,
oriented around the land and the environment. There are 4 life sharing house communities
and several day places. The social and cultural life is modest and occasionally exhilarating.

Camphill Community Greenacres
1A Farmhill Park 
Goatstown, Dublin 14
telephone: (01) 298 7618
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GREENACRES: This is a small new community in an urban setting, focusing on integrating
the ecological, social, economic and spiritual aspects of life. The large house and garden
plays host to numerous courses and cultural activities and is also
used by members of other communities looking for a city break.

KCAT Art and Study Centre
Mill Lane
Callan
Co Kilkenny
telephone: (056) 7755115
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KCAT: Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent was founded in 1996 to facilitate the artistic
development of individuals with a range of disabilities. The centre aims to create an
environment in which artists and students from different backgrounds can work together as
creative equals.

Camphill Community Kyle
Coolagh
Callan
Co Kilkenny
telephone: (056) 7725737
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KYLE: This is a medium sized community with 3 main houses and a small unit for a person in
care. There are a variety of workshops, farm, garden, weavery, bakery, pottery and wood
workshop. Much work is house based geared towards the individual needs of people. There
is an active evening and weekend social life.

Camphill in Thomastown
Jerpoint House,
Thomastown, Co Kilkenny
telephone: (056) 775 4132
facsimile: (056) 775 4286
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The Watergarden,

Ladywell
Thomastown
Co Kilkenny
telephone: (056) 772 4690 
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THOMASTOWN: This small adult residential community is based in Jerpoint, some 4 km
from the town, living in 2 main households with farm, garden, food-processing workshop
and candle workshop. It is complemented by The Watergarden, an all-ability coffee shop,
gift shop and garden centre (plus pottery and basket workshop) fully integrated with the local
community. There is also a project to support people with special needs.


CASA Breakhouses

(Caring And Sharing Association)
15 Ard na Mara
Malahide
Co Dublin
telephone: (01) 845 4841
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www.casabreakhouses.ie
CASA runs 2 break houses in Dublin, offering respite care to people with disability. CASA
aims to provide a friendly, family-like atmosphere, where members with disability and
volunteers partake in daily activities and social outings together. CASA
requires both short and long term volunteers, from 2 months to 1 year.


Cheshire Ireland

Central Office
Block 4 Bracken Business Park
Bracken Road
Sandyford Industrial Estate
Dublin 18
telephone: (01) 297 4100
facsimile: (01) 205 2060
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www.cheshire.ie
Cheshire Ireland provides supported accommodation, respite and community services to
adults with physical disabilities. We currently operate 18 centres around the country with
new accommodation and respite services in the course of development. The Cheshire ethos
is one of supporting people in their individual choices as to how they lead their lives. There
are many opportunities to become a volunteer within Cheshire Ireland.


Friends of the Elderly

25 Bolton Street, Dublin 1
telephone: (01) 873 1855
facsimile: (01) 873 1617
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www.friendsoftheelderly.ie 

Friends of the Elderly is part of the international federation of The Little Brothers. It provides
full- time internships (normally for international volunteers) of 1 year on behalf of older
people.


Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation

Glencree
near Enniskerry , Co Wicklow
telephone: (01) 282 9711
facsimile: (01) 276 6085
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www.glencree.ie
This autonomous organisation seeks to work together with those trying to build peace.
Volunteers usually come to Glencree for a year, starting in September, and undertake both
practical work (in kitchen and garden etc.) as well as programme work on peace issues and
with community groups. Shorter placements, including weekends, can be arranged.


Groundwork

Irish Wildlife Trust
Sigmund Business Centre
93a Lagan Road
Dublin Industrial Estate
Glasnevin, Dublin 11
telephone: (01) 860 2839
facsimile: (01) 830 8914
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www.groundwork.ie

Groundwork, a branch of the Irish Wildlife Trust, runs conservation work camps for
volunteers aged 18 and over (due to insurance restrictions) in national parks in Killarney National Park. Work involves clearing  non-native rhododendron from ancient woodlands.
Camps run between June and September; the cost of accommodation and food. Stipend of €30 per week.


JVC - Jesuit Volunteer Communities

20 Upper Gardiner Street
Dublin 1
telephone: (01) 8880606/ 086 124 3836
facsimile: (01) 855 5624
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www.sli-eile.com
JVC offers volunteers the opportunity to work with marginalised members of society
including young people at risk, homeless and disabled people, and those with addiction
problems and HIV/AIDS. Volunteers make a 10 month commitment (September to June) and
need to be open to the 4 values of JVC: simple lifestyle, community, exploring faith and
working for justice.


Kingsriver Community

Ennisnag
Stoneyford
Co Kilkenny
telephone: (056) 772 8287
facsimile: (056) 772 8287
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This small community looks for volunteers who are able to commit a minimum of 6 months
to caring for its 6 disabled residents; cooking, organic gardening, light maintenance, crafts
and organising. The community also provides training and supported employment for non-
residential people.


L’Arche

L’Arche Ireland is part of an international organization founded by Jean Vanier. L’Arch is
both a faith community and a voluntary agency that provides a support service for people
with intellectual disabilities. At the core of L’Arche is the relationship between persons who
have intellectual disabilities and those who choose to support them in Community. L’Arche
believes that this relationship is one that is mutually transformative, a sign of hope and a
powerful witness in our world. In addition to communities in Kilkenny, Cork, Dublin, there is
one in Belfast in Northern Ireland.

L’Arche Ireland
Secretariat

Cluain Aoibhinn

Fairgreen Lane

Callan

Co. Kilkenny
telephone: (056) 772 5283
facsimile: (056) 772 5538
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L’Arche Cork
Le Cheile, Togher, Cork
telephone: (021) 431 8880
facsimile: (021) 431 8883
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L’Arche Dublin
Seolta
8 Warrenhouse Road
Baldoyle, Dublin 13
telephone: (01) 839 4356
facsimile: (01) 839 5897
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L’Arche Kilkenny
Cluain Aoibhinn,
Fairgreen Lane, Callan, Co Kilkenny
telephone: (056) 772 5628
facsimile: (056) 772 5946
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Simon Communities of Ireland

28-30 Exchequer Street , Dublin 2
telephone: (01) 671 1606
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www.simoncommunity.com
Dublin Simon Community
P.O. Box 581,
Dublin 1
telephone: (01) 671 5551
facsimile: (01) 671 5524
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Simon has communities in Cork, Dublin, Dundalk and Galway, providing emergency shelters
and long- term residential houses for homeless people. Full- time voluntary workers (over 18)
are required for a minimum of 3 months to undertake work, which can be demanding, both
emotionally and physically. Volunteers from abroad must have excellent spoken English.

Cork Simon Community
PO Box: 76
Togher
Cork
Ireland
telephone: (021) 432 1166
facsimile: (021) 432 1349
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Dundalk Simon Community
Seatown House
Seatown Place,
Dundalk,
Co. Louth
telephone: (042) 933 9583
facsimile (042) 933 9583
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Galway Simon Community
Unit 18 Tuam Road Centre 
Tuam Road,
Galway
telephone: (091) 381 828
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Society of St Vincent de Paul

91/92 Sean MacDermot Street

The Sunshine Fund 

4th Floor SVP House

Dublin 1
telephone: (01) 819 8433 
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www.svp.ie
SVP organises holidays for underprivileged children and young people from the Dublin area.
Voluntary 'stewards' are required during the summer months for the week-long Sunshine
House Holidays in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, and the Teenhols at an outdoor educational centre
in Birr, Co Offaly.


Voluntary Service International

30 Mountjoy Square
Dublin 1
telephone: (01) 855 1011
facsimile: (01) 855 1012
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www.vsiireland.org
VSI publishes its guide to International Voluntary Work Projects (cost on its website). This
lists volunteer projects of between 10 days and 4 weeks held each summer throughout
Ireland and internationally. The work including arts / culture, practical, environmental, people
with disabilities & children. There is a small placement fee. Food / accommodation provided.

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