Meet Our 2018 Local Service Agencies

COPE Galway

Waterside House: Waterside House is a refuge for women and children experiencing Domestic Violence. Our service offers short term crisis accommodation and support to women and children. We also offered an outreach service to women and their children who do not need crisis accommodation

Teach Corrib: COPE Galway Day Centre and Family Support Service (Teach Corrib) provides a range of services targeted toward people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This includes the provision of information and referral to accommodation and mainstream services and assistance in securing welfare payments and long term accommodation. Food and access to washing and laundry facilities are also available.

Osterley Lodge: Osterly Lodge is a 12 bedroom hostel that provides emergency accommodation and support to homeless women and children.Women and children stay in the service from 1 night to several months.We also provide Day Services for women who are rough sleeping or staying in tourist accommodation due to homelessness.

Fairgreen Hostel: Fairgreen Hostel are an emergency accommodation provider, that provides accommodation for up to 26 men experiencing homelessness.We work with men aged 18 plus, who present with a variety of issues including substance abuse, mental health difficulties, relationship breakdown, and financial pressures. During the winter months, we provide a “cold weather response” to ensure people do not sleep rough in severe weather.We increase our capacity from 26 to 35from December to March.

Tenancy Support Services: Tenancy Support Services provides tenancy support to adults who have come through homeless emergency services and who are moving into their own independent accommodation in the community.


Galway Simon Community: Galway Simon Community is a registered charity that works with people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the west of Ireland. We provide a range of accommodation and support services that are designed to meet the needs of each individual.

Our main focus is to prevent people from becoming homeless through the work of our Community Support Team and Resource Centre in Ballinasloe. These services work to keep people in their own homes or to resettle them to a new home through mainstream housing.

We provide over 70 places in our housing services to people who want to move on from emergency accommodation. These services include 5 supported houses which provide a home for up to 35 people and are staffed on a 24 hour basis, 27 shared accommodation units with regular staff support and 11 apartments which give people the opportunity to live independently within the community.

All of our clients are supported by our Health and Wellbeing Team which offer support in the areas of health, addiction, life skills, training and much more. This team consists of a Registered General Nurse, Addiction Counsellors and an Occupational Therapist.


Eglinton Asylum Seekers

Accommodation Center


Eglinton Asylum Seekers Accommodation Center

Over 200 asylum seekers, including over 80 children, live in Galway’s two direct provision centres at Eglinton Hotel, Salthill and Great Western House, Eyre Square.



COPE Galway first got involved with Galway Giving Tree in 2010. In that first year, Galway Giving Tree collected gifts for children using Waterside House - our refuge for women and children experiencing domestic abuse. From the outset, the commitment of Florinda and her other Elf (Chris) was obvious and they collected over 100 gifts for the children. In 2012 the team at Galway Giving Tree again collected gifts for children in Waterside House and also Teach Corrib, our Day Centre for families at risk of homelessness. We were overwhelmed by the success of the programme and they collected over 600 gifts for children in our services. Gifts were distributed to children at a Christmas Party in the services and the delight of the children was a just reward for all the hard work of Florinda and the team. We are looking forward to working with Galway Giving Tree again this year.


I would encourage other agencies to get involved with the program and encourage companies to sign up as host businesses or sponsors as it is a great way for the people of Galway to support children in our community.

-Fintan Maher, COPE Galway