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Clare Haven Services is a voluntary organisation set up in 1993 to provide support, information and refuge accommodation to women and their children who are being abused in their own homes.

Clare Haven was set up by two women, Mary and Colette, who through their experiences recognised the need for a support agency, emergency accommodation and a more holistic approach to helping women and children experiencing domestic abuse in County Clare. At this time if a woman living in County Clare needed a safe place, she not only had to leave her home but the county also. Starting off with a donation from a friend Mary and Colette founded Clare Haven House. The demand for the service was so great, that Clare Haven quickly grew and with the help and support of many statutory agencies and voluntary and community groups, we were finally able to open our own refuge in 2002.

The refuge can accommodate up to six families and we also have two transitional houses where women and their families can move to from the refuge, before they are re-housed. Clare Haven Services also has a drop-in centre in Lifford in Ennis and provides outreach clinics around the county for women in rural areas to access our service.

Clare Haven Services

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Clare Haven Services is a voluntary organisation set up in 1993 to provide support, information and refuge accommodation to women and their children who are being abused in their own homes.

Clare Haven was set up by two women, Mary and Colette, who through their experiences recognised the need for a support agency, emergency accommodation and a more holistic approach to helping women and children experiencing domestic abuse in County Clare. At this time if a woman living in County Clare needed a safe place, she not only had to leave her home but the county also. Starting off with a donation from a friend Mary and Colette founded Clare Haven House. The demand for the service was so great, that Clare Haven quickly grew and with the help and support of many statutory agencies and voluntary and community groups, we were finally able to open our own refuge in 2002.

The refuge can accommodate up to six families and we also have two transitional houses where women and their families can move to from the refuge, before they are re-housed. Clare Haven Services also has a drop-in centre in Lifford in Ennis and provides outreach clinics around the county for women in rural areas to access our service.

Contact Clare Haven Services

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Confidential 24 hour Help Line 065-6822435

Drop-in Centre:

Monday to Friday from 9a.m. to 5.pm.

Location:

Munster House,
Gort Road Business Park,
Gort Road,
Ennis,
County Clare

OFFICE Tel/Fax: 065 – 6842646
24 HOUR HELPLINE Tel: 065-6822435

Refuge accommodation is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – all year round.

email: clientcare@clarehaven.ie

Clare Haven Services receives statutory funding from:
Health Service Executive;  Ennis Town Council; Department of the Environment; Shannon Town Council;  Clare County Council; Kilrush Town Council;  Lottery funding and the Family Support Agency.

Charity Status Number: Chy 11859

Clare Haven Outreach Clinics

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Scariff

Clare Haven currently provide an Outreach Information and Support Services in Scariff on alternative Tuesdays from 9.30a.m. – 12.30p.m.

Kilrush

Clare Haven currently provide an Outreach Information and Support Services in Kilrush on alternative Thursdays from 10.00a.m. – 2.00p.m. Contact details above.

Shannon

Clare Haven provide Outreach Services in Shannon each Monday from 9.30a.m. until 5.00p.m.

Ennistymon

Friday 11.00a.m. – 3.00p.m.
For further details or if you would like to make an appointment, please contact our Client Care Team at 065-6842646 or email us at clientcare@clarehaven.ie .

INSIGHTS

Our Insights Educational Programme for women who have experienced Domestic Violence/Abuse will be commencing in Shannon and Ennis in the Autumn. This programme focusses on the woman herself and her power to make changes in her life. Further details may be had from our office at 065-6842646.

What is INSIGHTS?
This is a twelve week, three hours per week educational programme for women who are, or have been in abusive relationships. The programme focusses on the woman herself and her ability to make important life changes. Its aim is to help her understand the problem of abuse and its realities for the entire family. It will also help her identify lifelong patterns of abuse, set realistic goals and learn new techniques towards self determined change.

What do I need to do before joining the Programme?
An informal meeting with the course facilitators is required to ascertain your suitability and readiness to undertake this kind of programme. This will also provide an opportunity for you to discuss your needs in person.

How much will it cost?
At present the cost of the Programme is being met by Clare Haven through its fundraising department. All training materials and refreshments will be provided free of charge.

If you would like to attend our next INSIGHTS programme or if you would like more information on this educational programme, further details can be had by calling 065-6842646.

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME

Volunteers are needed in all areas of our service to assist us in providing accommodation, support and information to women and their children living with domestic violence and abuse. If you would like to become a volunteer with Clare Haven, please contact our Volunteer Unit at 065-6842646.

If you need any further information from Clare Haven please contact 065-6842646 (office); or 065-6822435 24 hour help line or you can e-mail us at chaven@eircom.net

Clare Haven Refuge

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Our refuge was officially opened by President Mary McAleese on Monday 15th April, 2002.

Clare Haven Refuge comprises six family ensuite units, a large dinning room, bright airy kitchen, a creche, laundry room, an outdoor playground and a cozy, comfortable women’s sitting room, (see picture). The reception, office and meeting rooms complete the complex.  At the back of the refuge we also have a beautifully landscaped garden, with a smaller contemplative garden for women to relax in.
Women and children are able to access the refuge in the knowledge that their safety is our paramount concern. The refuge provides not only a safe environment, but also one of  comfort and support, while giving each women the dignity that she is entitled to.
Each woman coming into the refuge receives one-on-one support. A careplan is drawn up with her to look at her practical needs such as housing, social welfare, schools for children, etc. As well as her practical needs she also receives emotional support from our experienced staff.  A crèche runs for two hours every morning and from the Autumn an arts and crafts session will run several times a week for children.
Clare Haven staff work tirelessly to support women who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse, and all support work is carried with the knowledge and permission of the women. At all times, it is the woman who decides what is best for her and for her children. If needed, a staff member will accompany a woman to court, legal aid, social welfare etc.

Clare Haven have also built two second stage houses:

  • a purpose built two bedroom bungalow with wheelchair access and
  • a three bedroom, two storey detached house.

The second stage houses are offered to women who have accessed the Refuge and are ready to live on their own, with minimal but available support from Clare Haven, but who cannot return to their own homes. The suggested period of staying in the second stage house is two years, when the woman would move on to live  independently, again with the help in accessing accommodation through Clare Haven House.