Services in County Dublin

Cheshire Home Share

This is a new  short-breaks host family scheme for people with a physical disability. It is run by Cheshire Ireland in the South Co. Dublin area.
Contact: Verena Maehr, Cheshire Home Share Co-ordinator, Cheshire Ireland, Central Office, Block 4, Bracken Business Park, Braken Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18.
Phone: 087-2516962  or  01-2974127

Breakaway & Second Home

These are family based short break schemes for children and adults, run by Cheeverstown House. They cover Templeogue Bridge, south as far as Brittas, Co Dublin.

Contact: Philomena Redmond (Break Away) and Eileen O’Mahony (Second Home),
Templeogue, Dublin 6 W.

Tel: 01-4993700
Email: or

Extraordinary Friends

A new pilot scheme for children and adults. It is organised in partnership with Cheeverstown House, administered by Inclusion Ireland, and funded by HSE Dublin Southwest. It has two programmes, a children’s host family programme and an adult’s social programme.

Contact Gerry O’Connor at Cheeverstown House, Kilvare, Templeogue, Dublin 6W

Tel: 01 499 3700 / 4993765


Break Away – Children

Providing family-based respite for children in South East Dublin and North Wicklow.

Contact Beata Drewniak, St. John of God Carmona Services, Dunmore House, 111. Upper Glenageary Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

Tel: 01-2852900

Break Away – Adults

Providing family-based respite for adults in South East Dublin and North Wicklow.

Contact Dr Tomy Philip, St. John of God Carmona Services, Dunmore House, 111. Upper Glenageary Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

Tel: 01-2852900 Ext: 163


Break Away

Providing family and community based short breaks to children and adults with Intellectual Disability in Dublin South West. The scheme is being reviewed and changes are imminent. The name will be changed and there will be two separate schemes; one for children and another for adults. This new initiative is likely to be finalised by 2011.

Contact: Philippa McKeown, St. John of God Menni Services, Islandbridge, Dublin 8.

Tel: 01-6741569


St. Michael’s House Schemes

St. Michael’s House run a number of schemes in the greater Dublin Area and surrounding counties. The Contract Family Short Break Scheme is a new initiative in St. Michael’s House. This scheme has recruited host families with experience in the area of disability, to facilitate short holiday breaks to children with enhanced needs, in the carer’s own home. Family Based Respite / Host family Scheme provides short breaks to children and adults. The breaks take place in the host family’s home. The Shared Living Scheme is all about ordinary families, who are committed to building a long term relationship and a stable home environment for a person with an Intellectual Disability.

To find out more about any of the above schemes:

Contact: Fidelma Kelly, Social Work Department, St Michael’s House, Adare Green, Coolock, Dublin 17

Phone: 01-8770500

Email: or

Family Based Respite Application Form – SMH

Family based respite info leaflet – SMH

Walkinstown Association

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Contact: Kevin Barnes, Walkinstown Association, 1 Longmile Road, Walkinstown, Dublin 12.
Phone: 01-4650388

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