Help us restore a non-profit, community centre in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, UK


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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 site work, painting and cleaning etc as well as some writing, researching and office work [social media, fund-raising etc]. Get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate for you. Just now, we need a coupe of people who are experienced at painting walls and rooms.

    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! We do prefer if people can come for at least a month, even more.

    We typically have between 10-15 volunteers/workaways with us at any one time - with varying ages, nationalities and levels of English proficiency. Although the autumn is quieter, We're a great place to come to if you'd like to improve your English and often have a mix of beginners, intermediate as well as fluent and native speakers.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • 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. Although this is currently difficult with covid restrictions, the group do try to get out and explore new places as much as possible on the weekends.

    We do ask all new volunteers to take a short, online Food Hygiene course when they arrive at the cost of just £5. It's a recognised qualification and is at a large discount. We ask everyone to do this as we share the kitchen and want to maintain good health and safety standards :)

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

    Thank you!


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  • Help


    The community centre needs a small team of volunteers to help repair, clean, paint, tidy, cook and help with some admin as well as a carpenter & plasterer, alibg with research, admin & fundraising. 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 help together, help each other, and know-how to enjoy themselves.

    We are always looking for general volunteers so please get in touch. However, we will prioritise those who match the following roles:

    Short term (0-3 months)

    - Maintenance: Preference for people with carpentry experience. However, we have plenty of other projects such as painting to do for those that are less experienced in this area.

    - Housekeeping/Cleaning: We have large premises and lots of volunteers around so there is always something to do in this department!

    - General help: As a non-profit with two large premises and lots of upcoming projects there is always something to do, and we are happy for you to try your hands at something new or show us your expertise in areas that you're comfortable with.

    Long term (3 Months+)

    Social Media Manager: Develop our social media presence on platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. This position would involve regular updates on the progress we are making as well as video projects advertising our current volunteers programme and upcoming Leaders Programme. Maintenance and updates to our website would also be entailed.

    Post-Graduate Peace Programme Outreach Volunteer/Researchers: Are you interested in Irish history, Conflict Studies, and/or Reconciliation programmes? As a researcher, you would be able to assist in the Leaders Programme through both ethnographic methods and secondary scholarly research, providing a well-grounded and academic structure to a course we hope will produce leaders capable of creatively and sensitively engaging with the Northern Irish peace process. This role will also consist of contacting similar organisations to ours and establishing relationships with them so that we may maintain a network of like-minded groups dedicated to peace.

    Skilled Manual Labourers: Our main campus is the cornerstone of our project. Officially opened by President Bill Clinton, the building not only functions as housing for volunteers, but also contains an impressively-sized gallery space on the ground floor which is planned to be used for local community events and exhibitions. If you have any skills relating to carpentry, tiling, painting, plumbing, or as an electrician, your expertise would be put to great use in maintaining and improving the Centre.

    Catering: Our living space is entirely in-house, with volunteers performing cooking and cleaning duties on a rotational basis. If you have a knack for cooking, you could provide consistency in fellow volunteers’ meals by helping to cook lunch and dinner during the work week. There are no restrictions regarding what you may choose to prepare as our kitchen has any equipment or appliance you would need.

    Fundraising: As a non-profit, we rely on donations and government support to operate. As a fundraiser, your responsibilities would include writing grant applications to both state and privately funded grant providers as well as contacting potential donors to help support our work.

    Admin/Accounts Assistant: Working alongside myself in a personal assistant role, aiding with the day-to-day tasks of running as well as helping keep financial accounts up to date and liaising with our accountant.

    The timescales above are just guides and preferences. If you like the sound of our profile, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

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    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
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  • Accommodation


    We currently live and work on tasks in the very large premises that we are restoring. One of the floors used to be a hostel and at the moment each Workawayer usually has their own room. However, this is subject to change and sharing a room is a possibility, depending on the number of volunteers/workaways that are here.

    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 ...

    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 tasks, please be sure to bring
    1. Suitable 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 office-based tasks.

    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.

    I also help with a local Methodist Church and you will be very welcome if you want to come or get involved.

    Also, feel free to contact us if you have any questions about visas/right to volunteer in the UK or Ireland.

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

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  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • 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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