Terms of Volunteering

Breakhouse volunteers with a kids group in for respite care

  • Accommodation is provided in the respite houses. Volunteers share bedroom with one other volunteer.
  • Bathrooms are shared.
  • There is a living/TV room, available to all volunteers.
  • Kitchen. Volunteers make their own meals and shop for their own food. Money is provided for food.
  • Oratory. There is a small oratory in the house, which may be accessed by all volunteers.
  • Volunteers have responsibility for keeping these rooms clean.


  • Three meals a day.
  • Money provided for food.
  • Volunteers must shop and cook own meals.


  • Each volunteer must open a bank account in Ireland, into which a weekly allowance of sixty-five euro is paid.


  • Training is provided at intervals throughout the volunteers stay in the house.
  • All volunteers must attend training sessions in:- Health and Safety;

    – Manual Handling;

    – Fire Safety;

    – Food Hygiene.

  • – Child Protection Training

Supervision and support:

  • Each volunteer is assigned a supervisor, and weekly meetings take place between supervisor and volunteer.
  • For volunteers on a three-month contract, there is a trial period of one month. For volunteers on a twelve-month contract there is a trial period of 3 months. At the end of the trial period, there is a review before any further commitment is given.
  • CASA have a policy on supervision and support, which can be made available to volunteer on request on arrival.
  • Potential volunteers will usually be required to attend a trial break.


  • In twelve months the volunteer gets 30 days holidays.10 days at Christmas and 4 weeks during the year split into 2-week segments. Holidays are set by the respite house.

Useful Information

Passport/visas: European Union citizens do not require a visa, but you do need your passport. If you are a citizen of the United States or Canada, you don’t need a visa for the first 90 days of your stay in Ireland. For information on visa requirements, you should contact the Irish Embassy in your own country. We will give you a letter stating you have a volunteer position.

Transport: Both our houses are situated 30minutes from city centre by bus. Good bus and rail service to city centre.

Location: Both houses are situated in North County Dublin. Malahide and Swords. Malahide is on the Coast. Both are busy towns. The houses are in residential neighbourhoods.

ยป Roles of Volunteers

If you are interested in applying for a position as a volunteer, please complete the applicationForm

– Download Volunteer Application form

If you have any questions please submit them via email: anna@casabreakhouses.ie