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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



Minimum Age 0

Duration Minimum 3 months

The Bridge Camphill Community is currently seeking a highly motivated person to fill the following position.

Job Title:                   Special Needs Facilitator / Job Coach

Work Times:   9.30am  - 5.30pm Monday to Friday 35 hours

Pay Rate:                    €14.00 per hour

Job Purpose

To support the intentional community, in developing and formalising a person-centred culture, and to achieve a high quality of personal outcomes in a time of rapidly changing regulatory requirements, while maintaining its ethos and values.

The area of work will include a facilitative role for empowering people to expand their activities beyond the bounds of the community in line with the “New Directions” Policy. The successful candidate will demonstrate a willingness and flexibility to adapt within their role and take on additional responsibilities.

If you have a passion for empowering people with special needs and thrive on working in a job that requires many different skills sets, this might be for you.

General Job Description:

To provide residential, job coaching and lifestyle supports to adults with special needs, in an intentional community, by being part of a team of co-workers, volunteers and employees creating a positive living experience, and an environment and atmosphere within the home in which the needs of people can be met.

Key Requirements, Attributes and Qualifications for employees of The Bridge Community:

  • Level 5 or higher in health and social care or similar field
  • Excellent communication, people management and problem-solving skills, empathy and sensitivity to others.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and motivate a team to enthusiastically support individuals
  • Energy and enthusiasm, be highly motivated, reliable and  have a flexible approach to working hours
  • Good planning and time management skills
  • An openness to the Camphill Ethos and alternative  models of Social Care
  • An Understanding of HIQA Standards, Regulations, Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults and Duty of Care
  • Work experience in a related area such as personal assistant/carer, community development or social care and/or community regeneration
  • Experience in supporting people that display challenging behaviour
  • Full Clean Driving Licence.
  • This post is subject to Garda vetting

Please direct all enquiries to Deirdre Mallitte at 045-481597. 

Full Job Descriptions and Person Specifications attached below

Applications will only be accepted by email to with letter of application and CV attached.

Closing Date for applications will be 5pm Wednesday the 02nd October 2019

Candidates shortlisted for interview will receive notification by the 4th October 2019
 for interviews being held between the dates 10th October to the 15th October 2018

Camphill is an equal opportunity employer.



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:

  • An Tearmann
  • Coffeeshop/Bakery
  • 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 do come in and chat to Ben Gamble who will be happy to discuss with you.

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 Gese at 045-481597or 087-6390888 or call into the office and ask for Ben.

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