Services in County Galway

Home Share Galway is a support service developed jointly by Ability West and the Brothers of Charity Galway Services providing much needed short breaks to adults and children with intellectual disabilities throughout Galway city and county. Both organisations also independently provide supports and services to people with an Intellectual Disability and their families throughout their lifecycle.

The aim of Home Sharing for people with an intellectual disability is to have opportunities for self expression in all aspects of their lives. Home Share Galway strives to empower people with an intellectual disability to have dignifying relationships and to be included meaningfully in the life of their communities. The uniqueness of the scheme is that support is provided for individuals by families in the community in their own homes. People enjoy the opportunity of developing new relationships and being part of new communities whilst enjoying a short break.

The aims and objectives of Home Share Galway are:

  • To provide short breaks to adults and children with an intellectual disability
  • To provide a “natural” living option to adults with an intellectual disabilities
  • To respond to the needs of natural families
  • To strengthen family relationships
  • To give individuals & families greater control and choice in the support service they receive
  • To provide a break for the carer whilst being a positive experience for the person with the disability
  • To give service providers the flexibility to deliver services in ways that respond to the needs of respite users and their carers and families

Home Share Galway provides three main types of Home Sharing:

Home Sharing (Short Breaks):

This provides short-term day, overnight, and weekend breaks with local host families for children and adults who have an Intellectual Disability. Expenses are paid per session offered.

Contract Families

This scheme recruites local people to provide a minimum of ten nights per month (maximum of twenty nights) to children and adults with more complex needs. Placement fees are paid in addition to a monthly retainer.

Shared Living

This provides permanent living arrangements for adults who have Intellectual Disability, with host families. A second host family will support this arrangement if necessary. An annual retainer and expenses are paid to hosts.


For Ability West:

Contact: Kieran Keon, Social Worker or Audrey Reilly, Respite & Community Services Manager, Ability West

Blackrock House, Salthill, Galway, County Galway.


Blackrock House: 091-540900

Kieran  087-9277172
Audrey 087-6349384

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For the Brothers of Charity:

Contact: Sheelagh McInerney (Team Leader, Family Support Services)


Sheelagh:  087-9051570

Family Support Office:  076-1064382


If you are interested in becoming a Host Family, download, complete and send us the application form:

‘Home Share Galway’ – Home Sharing Family APPLICATION FORM

Brochure – Home Share Galway

Our next 6 week Training course starts on Wednesday October 5th 2016 from 7-9pm in Woodlands Centre, Renmore, Galway



DeafHear Project

This new and innovative project is aimed at adults who are deaf, whose first language is sign language, and who have additional needs such as intellectual disability, mental health issues, and/or social isolation.  The project is currently recruiting host families from the deaf community in Co. Galway, who are proficient in sign language. It is hoped that this project will extend to the whole country but for 2013 it will concentrate on Co. Galway.  Co. Mayo, and possibly Co. Roscommor, are likely to be included in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Contact: Séamus Moore, Social Worker/Team Leader, DeafHere, 9A St. Francis Street, Galway.

Tel: 091-564871
Mobile/Text: 086-7811348
Fax: 091-564873

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