Saturday, 7 November 2015

Vacancy for Social Care Manager (Person in Charge)

Social Care Manager (Person in Charge)
A Social Care Manager (Person in Charge) is required to fill this full time post. You will need a strong management and leadership background, experience of working with people with intellectual disability offering person-centred support. You will require a sound understanding of regulatory requirements; have skills to lead the safe support to residents within a complex residential environment. You will have strong business skills and be qualified in social care. You will need to be committed to personal development and working as part of a team.
The post provides the opportunity to work as part of a committed team, a competitive salary and access to collaborative and learning work within a leading national organisation. This is a full time salaried position which will average around 40 hours per week and may include being on call at evenings and at weekends. All appointments will be subject to Garda Vetting.
The community provides Residential Life-sharing Services, Day Opportunities and Support Services, Transition Training, Housing and Supported Living for a total of 28 people with special needs. Camphill is an organisation with a strong voluntary ethos and includes many voluntary and vocational coworkers some of whom also live in the community. The Bridge Community is located in the town of Kilcullen, Co. Kildare and prides itself on the integration and inclusion within the town and enjoys a strong relationship with the wider community.
For a Job Description and Person Specification, go to:
Closing Date for applications will be Friday 20th of November 2015.
Candidates shortlisted for interview will receive notification by Friday 27th of November for first round of interviews being held from the 8th to the 10th of December.
Only candidates shortlisted for interview will be contacted. Camphill is an equal opportunity employer.
In case of any further information please contact Ben Gamble at 045-481597.

Congratulations to Mischa

Congratulations to Mischa on receiving a Kilcullen Community Award last night. 

As was reported in the Kilcullen Blog, the nomination was in recognition of someone who has made 'a huge contribution' to Kilcullen over the last two decades and more. Apart from his work with the Camphill Community, which has helped break down barriers between those with special needs and the other residents of Kilcullen, Mischa has been involved with many other aspects of the town, especially in the areas of music and drama, 'a man of many talents and always willing to share those talents'.

For his own part, Mischa thanked the community of Kilcullen for making him and his friends in the Camphill project so welcome. "I think the town very willingly reached out to encompass all of us, and naturally included people, and this wouldn’t have happened in every town. It was something magical." He accepted the Award, he said, on behalf of all those in Bridge Camphill.

We are justly proud of this achievement in The Bridge.

For a full report of the night, please go to:

Photo and report credit to Brian Byrne of the Kilcullen Blog

Thursday, 13 August 2015


  •  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 and 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 or email

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Vacancy for Programme Co-ordinator for Transitional Training Programme

The Bridge & Grangebeg Camphill Communities are looking for a PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATOR for their Transitional Training Programme for School - Leavers with a Learning Disability.
# Have you got experience in working with young adults with a learning disability?
# Do you get excited by supporting people to reach their potential and make the transition from school to adulthood?
# Do you have some experience in teaching or coaching?
The ideal candidate would have experience and skills in the following areas:
- Experience with Challenging behaviour, Autism and Learning Disability and Self Advocacy
- Experience with Educational programmes for learning disability and modular delivery of learning outcomes
- Job coaching and facilitating community placements
- Literacy / numeracy work
- Experience with Life skill coaching
- Interest in art crafts drama music sport or PE
- Good Time Management skills
- Ability to encourage and energise others
- Be interested in The Values and Ethos of the Camphill Approach.
- Full Cleaning Driving Licence
This post is subject to Garda Vetting
Hours: The post is part-time for 20 -24 hours per week with occasional extra hours when required for holiday cover. This role will require flexible approach to working hours.
Rate: 16 Euro per hour
Contract: Permanent
For more details contact Ben Gamble, The Bridge Camphill Community, Main Street, Kilcullen.
Phone 045 / 481597 or e-mail
For a detailed job description & person specification AND TO APPLY ON-LINE please visit:
Closing Date for applications will be the 5th August 2015

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

New Coffee Bar area in An Tearmann

For those of you who have the time to spend watching the world go by in our lovely coffee shop An Tearmann, we've just had fitted a new coffee bar / seats.
Clever brain child of Deirdre and Jo and the handiwork of Sean and Ciaran - another great team effort.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Villager Holiday to Liverpool and Chester

This is the time of the year when the Villagers go on holidays. A few of us have just got back from a visit to Liverpool and Chester. Great fun!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

2015 Mini Project Day

We had a brilliant 'Mini Project Day' on 2nd June - planting flowers, creating a raised bed in the shape of St Bridget's cross, harvesting rhubarb, etc. Followed by a BBQ behind Isserin. Here is a flavour of the day in pictures.

Dublin Mini Marathon

So proud of our guys who who took part in the 2015 Dublin Mini Marathon. They battled through heavy rain, never loosing heart! Sirka did a magnificent 6 kilometers!

Sunday, 29 March 2015

'Beating the Bounds' on Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday we always 'Beat the Bounds' at The Bridge. This year was no exception. Despite a fairly cold a windy morning we followed the bread cockerels to each corner of our land and sang a song. Great fun!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

The Bridge St Patrick's Day snake rides again

Although the Kilcullen St Patrick's Day was sadly cancelled this year, the Community got together during the evening to mark the day with a meal, followed by music and a quiz. We also gave our famous St Patrick's Day snake a little outing:

Sunday, 8 March 2015

2 internships in An Tearmann coffee shop / bakery

We are advertising 2 Internships for Coffee Shop / Bakery assistants via 'Job Bridge' Ireland and would love to hear from you if you think you or a friend fit the bill. Check out:
If you enter 'Kildare' under location and then 'Hotel and Catering' under Categories, you should find the details

Coffeeshop/Bakery Assistant
Ref. INTE-916115

The intern will gain practical experience in cooking, waitressing, stock taking, ordering supplies, Haccp, and food preparation. The intern will receive formal/informal training in the following, Manual Handling, food preparation to Haccp standards and customer service. Safeguarding for Adults with special needs and any other relevant training necessary. On completion the intern will have attained skills in customer service, food hygiene and preparation, and working alongside adults with special needs. 

Skills Requirements
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. 

Please Note:
This is an Internship. An allowance of €50 per week will be paid in addition to your current Social Welfare payment.See eligibility criteria above.


The Organisation will assign a mentor to support you during the Internship.

Duration.                         9 Months 
Number of Positions.    2
Contract Type.               Other
Days, Hours & Start Date.  Days per week: To be Advised 

Hours per day: Not specified
Hours per week: 30
Start Date: TBC 
Experience Required:         No Experience Required

Education Requirements:  Intermediate Certificate - None required

How to Apply
Email - Cv and letter of motivation to the Ben Gamble at the Bridge Community email address: 
Contact arrangements must be followed exactly as stated by the employer as they are the preferred method of contact.

Bridge Camphill Community
The Bridge Camphill
Main Street
Co Kildare

Phone.  045 481597

Friday, 6 March 2015

Dissapointing News: A Kilcullen Diary: No St Patrick's Day Parade this year

A Kilcullen Diary: No St Patrick's Day Parade this year:

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

No St Patrick's Day Parade this year  ;-(

It looks like there won't be any St Patrick's Day Parade in Kilcullen this year, as Kilcullen Scouts have no plans to organise it, writes Brian Byrne.

The Scouts inaugurated and have run the very successful parade for the last two years, but have opted out this year because they're not in a position to handle it.

"It's very disappointing," says Mischa Fekete of the Bridge Camphill Community, whose St Patrick and an accompanying 'snake' have been a popular feature among the many local business and clubs floats which entertained hundreds of Kilcullen people and visitors on each of the previous two parades.

"We had just started practicing a new drums performance to add something different to the event, but now we'll have to rethink. It would be great if another organisation or club in the town would take over the parade's operation."

Both recent parades attracted a very strong support from all clubs and other groups in Kilcullen, and last year ended with music from local bands and outside musical groups.

A plan to provide a topical film show for children after this year's parade was also in train. That may still go ahead anyhow. But there's no doubt that there will be disappointment that such a promising annual event might disappear so soon after its beginning.

"It'd be a pity for the town if it slips away," one local publican told theDiary today. "It brings people around."

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

A Kilcullen Diary: Get the boots out, for Camphill

A Kilcullen Diary: Get the boots out, for Camphill:
Right, it's the beginning of March and winter hibernation is officially over, writes Brian Byrne, and maybe it's time to polish up the walking boots again.

And a couple of walks that might be worth considering to help fundraise for Camphill Communities of Ireland are available.

The first, and closest to home, is trek along The Wicklow Way, either 10km or 17km depending on how you figure you might more easily manage. It's on 19 April, and the cost is €100.

The CCoI is also working up a trek along part of the Camino De Santiago to take place in October. If you're interested in either event, email Joe Lynch or call 045-483735. A sign-up page for the Wicklow Way Challenge will shortly be available on

In Kilcullen we're very aware of the very good work that the Camphill organisation does for people with special needs. Across the country in 17 locations, that work is replicated for some 275 people in a range of ages.

It's work that requires funding, despite the very high volunteer element of the Camphill model.

So, have a think about one or other of the above. Both promise to be fun events too. 

Monday, 23 February 2015

Long term voluntary life-sharers needed

We are looking for long term voluntary life-sharers
Are you looking for a life change? Do you feel energised by supporting others? Are you looking for an authentic lifestyle where people can live and grow together?
We are currently seeking couples or families or individuals who would like to join our community as long term life-sharers. Maybe you know someone else who might be interested?
Working and living at the Bridge Camphill Community alongside people with special needs is a uniquely rewarding and challenging role. In the heart of picturesque Ireland we are an inclusive community that aims to work and live alongside one another to support each other in living purposeful and meaningful lives.
We are about 40 people living together of whom half have learning difficulties situated in the centre of the small town of Kilcullen, 30 miles from Dublin. We live in 5 houses on a 9 acre farm site which includes a popular local nature trail. We also run a coffee shop, weavery workshop and organic grocers. We grow a range of fruit and vegetables using organic principles and rear livestock and poultry.We are looking for a couple or family or individuals who would like to live with us. They may have a special interest, or would like to experience a simpler yet richer way of life, working with and for people with learning difficulties.
Responsibilities will include:
# Developing a family home and community environment that is inclusive, well run, safe, welcoming and enables all individuals to feel at home and have a voice in decision making.
# Working alongside people with special needs in the workshops such as gardening, cooking, coffee shop, house-keeping, weaving, bread-making, animal husbandry.
# Working with people with special needs and their families to identify and develop areas of interests, aims and goals.
# Supporting other volunteers in developing best practice in the work and life of the community. This may be in the areas such as inclusion, communication, training, financial management and health and well-being.
# Contributing to the cultural life of the community, organising events, workshops, outings and festivals.
Ideally applicants may have had experience working or living with vulnerable people and show flexibility, patience and empathy as well as a willingness to learn.
For more details about The Bridge Community and the voluntary opportunities here please visit our website:
or phone Ben Gamble on 00353 45481597 for an informal discussion

Thursday, 19 February 2015

New Bird Boxes for the Nature Trail

Work has been progressing on installing new bird boxes around our Nature Trail. Started last summer by the Co Workers who put together their own bird boxes as part of the Mini Difference Day, more boxes have created in the last few weeks. As Spring is now well under way, these are now appearing all around the site; indeed some have already been seen with birds in them. We hope that we will hear the sound of baby birds in the coming months!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The pigs grow up and take it easy

The pigs that were born last April started out as energetic bundles of fun:

Have now reverted to type:

They are clearly enjoying their teenage years!