Help us restore a community centre in Fermanagh and Omagh, Northern Ireland



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    Hi! I’m Keith. I live in a small town in NW Ireland where I used to run a B&B and publish a community tourism magazine. Recently, I started a new project in a nearby town in Northern Ireland. It’s a residential community facility that focuses on peacebuilding and education. It’s not a commercial business, but a “not-for-profit” that needs lots of volunteers!

    The project has lots that need doing and I’m sure we can accommodate you and your interests. We have general restoration and cleaning that needs doing for the centre as well as some possible writing and researching. However, we have a particular need for anyone with experience in:

    Carpentry - Timber flooring

    Electrician - Fitting LED lights

    Copywriting - Historical & Cultural Research

    Since 2012, hundreds of volunteers from many countries have helped our projects. We are very grateful for their help and friendship. Many have become our good friends and the reviews show most had an excellent time. Some people come for two weeks; most come for two or three months and some stay a year or come back for a second, third or even fourth visit!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will get a good experience of Irish culture, history, politics, nature, arts and community interests. I will help you improve your English. I also attend a local church, and you can come, if you like.

    You can provide you with a Certificate in Voluntary Service for your CV, so potential employers distinguish you from other applicants!

    There is usually a multicultural presence in the group with people from all over the world volunteering with us.

    On your days off discover Ireland. Volunteers often go together to places. I can help you plan trips; Galway, Derry, Belfast and UNESCO world-heritage site, The Giants' Causeway, Slieve League cliffs – Europe’s highest sea cliffs, all make excellent trips.

    Contact me today if you would like to volunteer with us!

    Thank you!


  • Help


    The community centre needs a team of about 6 volunteers to help repair, clean, paint, tidy, cook and help with some admin as well as a carpenter & plasterer. Volunteers normally help 4 days a week. The hours can vary. If we are busy one day, you can take time off another day. If you have something special you need to do, we will do our best to work with that.

    Our priorities change, so you need to be the sort of person who can cope with change! In the years I have managed volunteers, those who have the best time are positive, friendly and open. They work together, help each other, and know how to enjoy themselves.

    Ireland is a beautiful green country but can be wet [at times] - wait a minute, it's dry ... nope, it's raining! Because you may do some outdoor work, please be sure to bring
    1. Suitable work clothing & footwear (That you don't mind getting dirty!)
    2. A warm waterproof jacket
    3. We recommend bringing underlayers/thermal clothing as we head into the winter.
    4. Your own laptop, especially if you plan to help with the office-based work.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

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  • Accommodation


    We currently live and work in the very large premises that we are restoring. One of the floors used to be a hostel and at the moment each workaway has their own room. However, this is subject to change and sharing a room is a possibility.

    We have meals together and, if you are asked to cook, we welcome you to try a recipe from your country. You help with washing up and keeping the place tidy. At weekends you usually provide for your own meals.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We know that volunteers want to experience Irish culture and see the country, so we encourage you to travel on your days off to explore Ireland. Galway, Donegal, Belfast and UNESCO world heritage site, The Giants' Causeway, Slieve League cliffs - the highest sea cliffs in Europe, all make excellent trips for your free days, either at the weekend or during the week. I have plenty of experience with tourism and can help you plan your trips.

    There is a good bus service to Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry. Belfast airport is 1 ½ hours and Dublin airport 2 hours away.

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Can host digital nomads

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  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Approx 25 hours per week over 4 days. Monday to Thursday.

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