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 home sharing families for children and adults who have an Intellectual Disability.

Contract Families

This scheme recruits local people to provide a minimum of 10 nights per month (maximum of 20 nights) to children and adults with more complex needs.

Shared Living

This provides full-time living arrangements for adults who have Intellectual Disability, with home sharing families. A second home sharing (respite) family may support this arrangement if necessary to give the main family a break. An annual retainer and expenses are paid to hosts.


For Ability West:


Angharad langford,

Home Sharing Coordinator,

Ability West


Kieran Keon,

Head of Social Work,

Ability West

Blackrock House, Salthill, Galway, County Galway.


Blackrock House: 091-540900

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For the Brothers of Charity (Galway):


Tom Gilmartin,

Home Sharing Coordinator


Audrey Reilly

Team Leader, Family Support Services



Family Support Office:  076-1064382


If you are interested in becoming a Home Sharing 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 (one evening per week) Training course usually starts in September. Dates yet to be confirmed for this year.



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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