Who we are & What we do?

  • COPE Galway
  • Bridge House
  • Fairgreen House Staff
  • Osterly Lodge

COPE Galway has been providing Social Services in Galway since the 1970s. Originally called Galway Social Service Council, the organisation was established by the Galway Diocese. In 1996 the organisation became a limited company and the name changed to Galway Social Services Limited. In 2000 the name was changed to COPE and in 2008 the organisation was re-launched under the name COPE Galway, to signify that all the services are provided in Galway city and county.

COPE Galway employs over 100 people in a wide variety of roles including social care professionals, childcare workers, community support workers, chefs, cleaners and administrative support staff. Our employees are supported in their work by a committed team of over 150 volunteers. We could not deliver the full range of services without the generous support of these volunteers.

Together our dedicated team work towards our vision of improving the quality of life in a home of your own for People affected by homelessness Women & Children experiencing Domestic Violence, and Older People.

And we could not continue to provide these vital services without the on-going and generous support of the local Galway community, and our funders.

COPE Galway is a local Galway charity and our services include:

Homeless Services

  • Fairgeen Hostel - providing emergency accommodation for men experiencing homelessness
  • Osterley Lodge - Hostel providing emergency accommodation for women on their own and women with one or more children experiencing homelessness
  • Teach na Coirbe – Day services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness including single people and families; Family Support Services work with families in need of emergency accommodation, at risk of homelessness and through the provision of resettlement and on going tenancy support.
  • Tenancy Support and Resettlement Services based in Ruxton Court, Dominick St, Galway
  • Towards Independence Project – A step down transitional accommodation service for homeless men who are moving on from emergency accommodation  and preparing for independent living.

Domestic Violence Services

  • Waterside House provides emergency accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic violence. An outreach service is provided from this centre and one-to-one and group work with the children of the women using the refuge and outreach services.

Services for Older People

Community Catering – Meals preparation and delivery service for older people living in the community with the objective of assisting them to live their life independently and in their own homes.  if that is what they wish.  Meals can also be provided to anyone who, through disability or injury, is unable to prepare a hot meal for themselves. The service operates from premises in Ballybane.
  • Sonas – Drop in Day Centre with practical support, advocacy, and health promoting activities based in Walter Macken flats, Mervue. Home visits to clients who are unable to attend the day centre to counter social isolation and provide practical support.  This includes hospital and nursing home visits.
  • Community Support Worker - Social contact and support to older people living in isolation in the community. Facilitating the development and running of lunch clubs for older people in a number of locations across Galway City.



Our Logo

 A human figure at the centre of love, life and vitality (Human figure is white at centre of hearts).The human figure represents the individual or individuals at risk. The hearts represent the wider Galway community; informed, caring and active



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