Residential opportunities

Below are a list of organisations national & international  who have need for residential volunteers on an occasional basis. Food, accommodation and 'pocket money' are usually provided. Please contact organisations directly. Included are e-mail addresses etc...

L'Arche Communities
L'Arche is a worldwide federation of faith communities where people with and without learning disabilities live together. In l'Arche, joys are celebrated and struggles are experienced in a loving and caring way. Assistants are welcomed from every country, but applications from Ireland are needed in particular. People who are searching for a deeper meaning in their lives often come to l'Arche. They are attracted by community living and by a life where spirituality is central. Assistants soon discover the wisdom and unpretentiousness of the person with a learning disability. L'Arche is a challenging place to live; personal illusions and weaknesses are confronted and strengths are built upon. The communities are Roman Catholic in identity, but welcome people of all denominations and those with no religious affiliation.

Webpage www.larche.ie

L'Arche Ireland
Senior House
All Hallows College
Drumcondra
Dublin 9
tel: 01 8373785
fax: 01 8373459
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L'Arche Cork
Le Cheile
Togher
Cork 4
tel: 0214 - 318880
fax: 0214 - 318883
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L'Arche Dublin
3 Carrickhill Walk
Portmarnock
Co Dublin
tel: 01 8169931
fax: 01 8464187
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L'Arche Kilkenny
Cluain Aoibhinn
Fair Green Lane
Callan
Co. Kilkenny
tel: 056 - 25628
fax: 056 - 25946
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L'Arche Belfast
Administration Office
27 Old Irish Highway
Newtownabbey
Co Antrim
BT37 9LE
tel: 048 90800777
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The Barretstown Gang Camp
The Barretstown Gang Camp runs short-term therapeutic activity programmes for seriously ill Irish and other European children between 7 and 16 years old. Volunteer 'caras' (friends) are needed for the Spring and Autumn (minimum 3.5 days) and Summer (minimum 10 days) sessions to organise and participate in a range of activities and to be responsible for the day-to-day care of the children.



The Barretstown Gang Camp
Barretstown Castle
Ballymore Eustace
Co. Kildare
tel: 045 - 864115
fax: 045 - 864711
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www.barretstowngc.ie



Camphill Communities of Ireland
The Camphill Communities offer those in need of special care a sheltered environment in which their educational, therapeutic and social needs can be met. The nine communities in the Republic of Ireland were all founded through the initiative of parents of children with various disabilities and special needs. 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 (usually 6 months - 1 year or more) are encouraged to apply. Some further details on the different communities are found below.

Webpage: www.camphill.ie

BALLYTOBIN: established in 1979 for children (now also adults) with multiple disabilities and disturbances, in a farm setting with family centred houses, in which children undertake a mixture of classroom work, art, craft and individual therapy.
Ballytobin
Callan
Co. Kilkenny
tel: 056 - 25114
fax: 056 - 25849
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CARRICK: founded in 1996 as a small, urban community catering for adults with special needs.There are craft workshops, residential houses and plans for accommodation for those who require independent, yet supported living, in a beautiful location in the town of Carrick-on-Suir. There is also a farm on the outskirts of town.
Carrick
Castle Street
Carrick-on-Suir
Co. Tipperary
tel: 051 - 645080
fax: 051 - 645569
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DUFFCARRIG: established in 1972 as a working community for adults with a variety of emotional disturbances and mental and physical disabilities,living in 7 family-like households.
Duffcarrig
Gorey
Co. Wexford
tel: 055 - 25911
fax: 055 - 25910
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DUNSHANE: established in 1995 as a training college for young adults in need of special care, both living in one of its 3 houses and attending on a day basis.
Dunshane House
Naas
Brannockstown
Co. Kildare
tel: 045 - 483628/483717
fax: 045 - 483833

GRANGEMOCKLER: founded in 1988 and placing special emphasis on integrating with the local community, with 3 houses catering for 43 residents, including 21 adults with special needs.
Grangemockler
Temple Michael
Carrick-on-Suir
Co. Tipperary
tel: 051 - 647202/212/120/263
fax: 051 - 647253
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JERPOINT BARN/THE WATERGARDEN: founded in 1992, composed of a household of 12 adults in Jerpoint who undertake domestic work, weaving and vegetable gardening, plus a garden and coffee shop in Thomastown.
Jerpoint Barn/The Watergarden
Thomastown
Co. Kilkenny
tel: 056 - 24844/24690
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KYLE: developed in 1989, as a small rural community for some of the Ballytobin residents reaching adulthood.
Kyle
Coolagh
Callan
Co. Kilkenny
tel: 056 - 25458/25737/25016/55001
fax: 056 - 25848
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ROBB FARM: founded in 1993 as a therapeutic environment together with a rich social life for adults with special needs, which is strongly integrated into the local community.
Robb Farm
Corraskea
Ballybay
Co. Monaghan
tel: 042 - 974 8182
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THE BRIDGE: founded in 1991 as a sister community to Dunshane, providing living and working situations for those leaving the training college environment. 'An Tearmann' operates as a coffee shop, incorporating a book and craft shop and a weaving workshop.
The Bridge
Main Street
Kilcullen
Co. Kildare
tel: 045 - 481597
fax: 045 - 481519
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Caring and Sharing Association
CASA runs a breakhouse, located in Malahide Co. Dublin, which provides respite care for disabled adults and children. CASA aim to provide a family atmosphere in which people with disability and helpers/companions enjoy day to day activities and social outings together. Volunteers are needed on a short and long term basis. Minimum 6 weeks.

Caring and Sharing Association
Carmichael House
North Brunswick Street
Dublin 7
tel: 01 - 872 5300
fax: 01 - 872 5370



Conservation Volunteers Ireland
CVI organises weekend and week-long conservation breaks throughout Ireland. Volunteers normally stay in hostel accommodation and undertake a range of practical conservation tasks, such as tree planting and dry stone walling. A cost of ?16 upwards covers all transport, accommodation and food.
Conservation Volunteers Ireland
65a Harold's Cross Road
Dublin 6W
tel: 01 - 495 2878
fax: 01 - 495 2879
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www.cvi.ie

 



Friends of the Elderly
Friends of the Elderly is part of the international federation of The Little Brothers. It provides 6 month - 1 year full-time internships (normally for international volunteers) to work with, and on behalf of, older people.
Friends of the Elderly
25 Bolton Street
Dublin 1
tel: 01 - 873 1855
fax: 01 - 873 1617
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www.friendsoftheelderly.ie
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Galway County Association
The Galway County Association seeks female volunteers to be a flatmate to a person with learning disabilities for around one year (the commitment is Sunday evenings to Friday mornings). Accommodation, electricity and use of all facilities is free.

Galway County Association
Blackrock House
Salthill
Sligo
tel: 091 - 528122
fax: 091 - 528150
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homepages.iol.ie/~gcamhc



Glencree Centre for Reconciliation
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.

Glencree Centre for Reconciliation
Glencree
near Enniskerry
Co. Wicklow
tel: 01 - 282 9711
fax: 01 - 276 6085
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www.glencree-cfr.ie



Groundwork

Groundwork, a branch of the Irish Wildlife Trust, runs conservation work camps for volunteers aged 17 to 65 in national parks in Killarney (Co Kerry) and Glenveagh (Co Donegal). Work involves clearing non-native Rhododendron from ancient woodlands. Camps run between June and September; the cost of ?20 (1 week) and ?30 (2 weeks) covers accommodation and food.

Groundwork
Irish Wildlife Trust
107 Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2
tel: 01 - 676 8588
fax: 01 - 676 8601
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homepage.eircom.net/~groundwork



JVC - Jesuit Volunteers
JVC offers those aged 20-35 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 four values of JVC: simple lifestyle, community, exploring faith and working for justice.

JVC - Jesuit Volunteers
20 Upper Gardiner Street
Dublin 1
tel: 01 - 676 8556
fax: 01 - 676 8553
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www.jesuit.ie/jvc



Kingsriver Community

This small community looks for volunteers who can commit a minimum of 6 months to caring for its 6 disabled residents, cooking, organic gardening, light maintenance, crafts and organising social activities. The community also provides training and supported employment for non- residential people.

Kingsriver Community
Ennisnag
Stoneyford
Co Kilkenny
tel: 056 - 28287
fax: 056 - 28287
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Knockadoon Camp
Knockadoon Camp was set up in 1926. It is a children's summer camp in Ballymocada, Co Cork, with a Catholic ethos. The camp is run solely by volunteers. Each week, it caters for around 100 children with their teachers and leaders, providing a venue where they can interact, learn and enjoy themselves.

Knockadoon Camp
St Malachy's Priory
Anne Street
Dundalk
Co Louth
tel: 042 - 933 4179
fax: 042 - 932 9751
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Lucan Youth Centre
The residential Lucan Youth Centre is owned by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Its major emphasis is reconciliation between young people of different religious/cultural traditions. Volunteers (aged 20+) are particularly welcome during the summer programme of activities and camps, to help in all aspects of the running of the centre. Opportunities are also available for placements of up to 1 year.

Lucan Youth Centre
Primrose Lane
Lucan
Co. Dublin
tel: 01 - 628 0393
fax: 01 - 621 9846
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Simon Community
Simon has communities in Cork, Galway and Dundalk providing emergency shelters and long-term residential houses for homeless people. Full-time voluntary workers, aged 18 and over, are required for a minimum of 6 months to undertake work which can be demanding, both emotionally and physically. Volunteers from abroad must have excellent spoken English.

Simon Community
National Office
28-30 Exchequer Street
Dublin 2
tel: 01 - 671 1606
fax: 01 - 671 1098
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http://www.simoncommunity.com



Sisters of Our Lady of Sion
The Sisters of Sion are a religious group of Roman Catholic women whose vocation is to promote understanding between Christians and Jews. They seek volunteers to work for 6 months or more (30 hours a week) undertaking a range of tasks in their conference and retreat centre, including household duties, gardening, office work and companionship. Occasional provision can be made for shorter stays.

Sisters of Our Lady of Sion
Bellinter House Conference Centre
Bellinter
Navan
Co Meath
tel: 046 - 21241
fax: 046 - 29126
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www.bellinter.net



Society of St Vincent de Paul
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.

Society of St Vincent de Paul 
Head Office 91-92 Sean McDermott Street 
Dublin 1
tel: 01-8198431/0 [Sunshine]
tel: 01 - 454 0317/9 [Teenhols]
 



Voluntary Service International
VSI publishes its guide to International Voluntary Work Projects each Spring (cost ?5). This also lists work camps of between 10 days and 4 weeks held each summer throughout Ireland. Most work is practical, environmental or with children. A small cost covers all food and accommodation.

Voluntary Service International
30 Mountjoy Square
Dublin 1
tel: 01 - 855 1011
fax: 01 - 855 1012
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homepages.iol.ie/~vsi


Volunteer Development Agency
The Volunteer Development Agency produces a very good guide to Residential Volunteering Opportunities in Northern Ireland, covering all types of voluntary work.



Volunteer Development Agency
Annsgate House
70-74 Ann Street
Belfast
BT1 4EH
tel: 028 - 9023 6100 (from Republic of Ireland: 048 - 9023 6100)
fax: 028 - 9023 7570 (from Republic of Ireland: 048 - 9023 7570)
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www.volunteering-ni.org

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