Host Family support is an important part of our services. It provides the carer with a break and the service user with a holiday.
There is no magic ingredient to become a Host Person or Host Family. All that is necessary is a commitment and the time to share with a person in your own home
We offer three exciting initiatives that give you the opportunity for a rewarding and fulfilling experience.
Option 1: Host Family
Host Family is a Family Based Respite Scheme whereby people in the community are recruited and trained to offer short breaks to children and adults who have a learning disability Payment plus expenses covered.
Option 2: The Contract Family Short Break Scheme
We are looking for people to work from home in the greater Dublin area. You must be available to offer 10 – 16 nights respite per month, to children and adults with greater needs. Experience in the area of learning disability is essential.
Financial remuneration a minimum of E14,000 per annum.
Option 3: The Contract Family Short Break Scheme - Nurses Required
St. Michael's House is looking for two nurses to work from home in the greater Dublin area. Must be available to offer 10 – 16 nights respite per month, to children with medical needs. Financial remuneration a minimum of E20,000 per annum.
Host families undergo an assessment, Garda and reference checks, and are provided with ongoing support, training and financial allowance.
For more information contact:
Fidelma Kelly, Team Leader
Social Work Department, St. Michael's House, Adare Green, Coolock, Dublin 17. T: 01 8770550 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bernie O Reilly, Social Worker
St Michael’s House, Willowfield Park, Goatstown, Dublin 14
T: 01 2990500. E: Bernadette.email@example.com
Additional Respite supports include:
- A break for carers \ A holiday for service users
Respite provides carers with an important break from their role, while at the same time allowing service users to have a holiday with their peers. We receive an average of 3,500 requests for respite a year.
How to I request respite?
To request respite, liase with your family member's Head of Unit or Social Worker, who will coordinate your request.
Community Respite: A home from home
- In the community
- Small groups: up to five service users per house
- Planned programme of social activities
- Flexible schedules: Monday to Friday, weekend or tailored to meet the family's needs
Holidays: A holiday with friends
- Different types of holidays for groups of friends organised by their units, including school holiday camps