Orchard Services

Orchard Services comprises of 6 Residential Houses – 3 of which provide integrated day programmes, 3 sets of apartment blocks, 2 supported independent programmes and 4 stand alone Day Centres.

The residential houses/apartments provide full-time residential accommodation for a maximum of six individuals per house and a maximum of 2 individuals per apartment. The residential services are managed by Social Care Leaders and individuals are supported by Care Assistants and Social Care Workers. One of the houses is supported by a Nurse due to the medical needs.  We aim to provide a homely environment for the people we support, encouraging them to make real choices over the day-to-day issues that are a part of all our lives. We aim to facilitate service users to take part in the activities that matter to them, such as keeping in contact with family, pursuing social interests, and engaging with and contributing to their local community in and around Gort.

Each individual in receipt of Disability Allowance, Blind Pension or similar payment will contribute a specified amount towards accommodation and daily expenses of the household, e.g. Utility Bills, food and on-going maintenance.

Orchard Residential Services are Designated Centres under HIQA regulations. These are Gort Supported Living Services and Coole Services.  For more information on these services please contact the Team Leader to view the Statement of Purpose or to request a copy of the HIQA report.

Please click on the link below for more information on HIQA.


The day centres, Hawthorn Retirement Programme, Ivy House, The Harvest Studios, Dolmen Centre, Unit 3 Bolands Lane, Orchard Centre and Ashbrook House are located in Gort and Kinvara, and provide day programmes for adults with an intellectual disability. The aim of each Service is to offer a varied and stimulating day programme for all adults who attend. We promote a positive environment where each individual feels secure and happy in a modern, person-centred Day Service. Activities are planned on an individual basis, with the emphasis on new challenges and opportunities. We promote independence and freedom of choice to enhance each individual’s quality of life.

Individuals in the Day Centres are invited to partake in a variety of programmes supported by Care Staff, Supervisors, individuals on various employment schemes and volunteers.  Some of the programmes provided are grant funded by the following schemes; Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board, Galway County Arts Council, Tus-Community Work Placement Scheme and Community Employment Schemes, the last two of which are ran by the Department of Social Protection.

Dolmen Centre Kinvara Delivers a community based programme supported with the assistance of GRETB Tutors


Unit 3 Bolands Lane. A Programme for service users with high support needs

Orchard Centre Activation Programme providing a combination of community activities and arts and crafts programmes

Hawthorn and Ashbrook retirement programme provides community activities and home based therapy programmes.

 The Harvest Studios   This programme concentrates on employment options further education and microenterprises

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For admission / application information please click on the link below – link to admissions policy.

Policy on Admissions, Transfers and Discharges (2015) (1)

For information on how to make a complaint please contact the Team Leader or click on the following link.

Complaints Management Policy (2003-06 reviewed 2015) (1)

Research Projects involving Orchard Services:  None at present.

Please refer back to the website for further general information on the Brothers of Charity Galway Services.

Area Manager – Margaret Kearney – 091-631530

Service Coordinator – Michelle Carter – 091-631530