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Training Opportunities

The Bridge Community provides an intensive training programme that is very valuable for people that are interested in pursuing a career in the social field. It covers varied subjects such as 

  • Living in Community
  • Responsibilities & Practical Issues
  • Working in Community
  • Epilepsy
  • Safeguarding Training
  • Personal Care
  • Helping people to manage their Finances
  • Health & Safety
  • Fire Marshall Training
  • Self advocacy/ decision making / duty of care
  • Manual Handling & People Handling
  • Relationship based support & Reactive Attachment disorders
  • Safe Administration of Medication Training
  • Nutrition & Food Safety
  • Epilepsy & Buccal Midazolam Training
  • Record Keeping
  • Fire Extinguisher &  Fire Safety Training
  • Dealing with Complaints / Family Contact
  • MAPA CPI (Crisis Prevention and intervention)
  • Camphill Ethos, Culture & History
  • Basic First Aid
  • Communication
  • Challenging Behaviour & Positive Behaviour Support
  • Sexuality & Relationships
  • Down's Synrome & Autism
  • Sign Language 

The Training Programme is spread out over 4 months and will include a minimum of 3 hours a week of training as well as some work on demonstrating your Learning. While this is currently not yet accredited the training gives all coworkers a very sound basis for work in this field.

Camphill Foundations Course

The Community will support people staying a second year in the community or people who have previous relevant experiences to join the Camphill Foundations Programme which is run by Camphill Communities of Ireland. This course gives a deeper insight into Anthroposophical Foundations of the therapeutic approach of Camphill and helps people to gain a basic level of understanding of fundamental concepts of this very different holistic view of the human being and the its practical implications.

Accredited Training & Third Level Learning Opportunities

The Bridge Community will consider to support coworkers that commit to a service of between 3-5 years to undertake accredited training and possible parttime third level college courses in relevant fields such as Social Care Assistant or Social Care Worker from their second year in the community onwards. This may include the covering of study fees. We do expect coworkers who consider such studies to continue in their role as lifesharing coworkers with people with disabilities. If you are interested please get in touch with as to explore such possibilities


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Jan 01 1970

Local Volunteer


Minimum Age 18

Duration Minimum 3 months

At the Bridge Community we always welcome new volunteers to join our dynamic team of volunteers. There are many ways in which people can volunteer in our community and many different areas, some of which are:

  • House Workshop
  • Garden Workshop
  • Farm Workshop

If you have a spare few hours a week and would like to become involved in some way in our community please fill in the application form

An awareness and interest in disability issues. The ability to work alongside adults with special needs, and volunteers while meeting the agreed developmental goals. Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity. Be highly flexible, honest and trustworthy. Excellent people, communication and problem solving skills.

Jan 01 1970

Volunteers for our Activities & Interests Programme and Befriending Programme


Minimum Age 18

Duration Minimum 3 months

-Do you have some time on your hands? -Would you like to make a contribution to a worthwhile cause? -Have you a sense of fun and are up to trying new things? If so we would like to hear from you. Our Activities & Interests Programme makes art, music, craft, literacy, sports, drama, dance, IT Skills and other topics accessible to people of all abilities in an informal and fun way. It is run with coworkers of the Bridge Community and the help of local volunteers who contribute their interest, knowledge, skill and enthusiasm in whatever way they can. If you think you might be able to contribute to a group of all abilities in one of these areas we would love to hear from you. We are looking for volunteers able to commit to Monday mornings from 9.30-12.30 for 2-3 months We are also looking for Volunteers for our Befriending Programme for a couple of hours a week in the evenings or at weekends, assisting with outings to museums, cultural centres, concerts, walking, playing cards, paired reading, going to the movies etc. We will try and pair you with someone with compatible interests.

All our volunteers need Garda Vetting and References. Don't worry if this is a bit daunting - We can guide you through these and give you hand filling out forms. For further information please phone Noortje at 087 3483064

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