Meet Our 2020 Local Service Agencies

COPE Galway

Modh Eile: Modh Eile 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. In 2018 we provided support to 457 women and 451 children in our previous refuge, Waterside House. Many families continue to need support emotionally and practically when they move on from our service. We encourage families to stay in touch with us for support and also for extra support around Christmas time as many families find it a struggle at this time of year to cope. 

Family Support Services & Family Hub: Family Support Service 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. During 2017 Family Support Service worked with 240 families.

Osterley Lodge: Osterly Lodge is a 12 bedroom hostel that provides emergency accommodation and support to homeless women. Women 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 accomodation 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 35 from 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 which works with people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Galway City and County. We provide a range of accommodation and support services that are designed to meet the needs of each person we work with.

Our main focus as an organisation is to prevent people from becoming homeless through the work of our Community Support Team, our Resource Centre in Ballinasloe and our dedicated Youth Service. These services work to keep people at risk of homelessness in their own homes or when this is not possible, they help to resettle them to a new home through mainstream housing.

We also have 79 places in our housing services for those who are homeless. These services include 5 supported houses which provide a home for up to 33 people, 27 shared accommodation units with regular staff support and 15 apartments which give people the opportunity to live independently within the community.

All of our clients are provided with the best possible care through the services of our Health and Well-being team. This team provides specialist support in areas including physical and mental health, addiction, relapse prevention, life skills and access to training, education and employment. 

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