S.O.S. Kilkenny is a voluntary non-profit making organisation working in and
for the people of the Diocese of Ossory and County of Kilkenny. Each year the
fundraising committee organise a number of fundraising events. These include the
popular Golf Classic each summer, the annual church gate collection, to annual
door-to-door envelope appeal, Castlecomer bingo, the women's mini-marathon and
the Christmas and Summer fares. S.O.S. receive a generous donation annually from
the Castlecomer Wellington Race committee. S.O.S. also welcome any help with
fundraising ideas. You can make a difference too by donating to the service
which will help to improve the variety of services that each person may receive.
There are many ways to donate to S.O.S Kilkenny Ltd. There is a standing order
form that can be made available to you. You can also send a cheque or postal
order to the Accounts Department, S.O.S. Kilkenny Ltd. Callan Road, Kilkenny.
There is also the option for people to support S.O.S. by direct debit
contributions using the standing order form.
Tax Relief on Donations to S.O.S Kilkenny Ltd.
Tax relief on donations to S.O.S Kilkenny Ltd. means that we can now make your
generosity go further. Donations of Ä250 and over, allow us to benefit from
Tax Relief that increase the value of your donation, at no extra cost to you.
The Tax Relief applies in any one tax year, so your donation may be made in instalments. The
donor must complete a www.revenue.ie/pdf/chy2.doc
form telling what their RSI number is and what tax relief applies to them.
Alternatively, company donations can now be treated as an ordinary business
expense entitling the company to reclaim tax paid.
S.O.S. is a registered charity - No. 9858
S.O.S. will keep personal details confidential. These details will only be used
to enhance our services to supporters and keep our records up to date.
S.O.S provides a range of service for adults with
intellectual disabilities in and around the city and county of Kilkenny. S.O.S
offers a wide range of career opportunities that enable staff to make an
important contribution to the lives of those who live and work within S.O.S.
These careers range from -
.........Health and Social Care Professionals
.........Support Services Staff
In return for
commitment and dedication, S.O.S offers a unique working environment, excellent
training and career opportunities and a supportive workplace. S.O.S promotes a
culture of quality, pride and innovation all of which contributes to S.O.Sís
For information on working within S.O.S
Mr. Billy Tobin, HR Manager, S.O.S Kilkenny Ltd, Callan Rd, Kilkenny.
Volunteer Programme in S.O.S
Set up in March 2009 - Co-ordinated by the S.O.S. social work department.
The programme is run as a 'buddy' system with each volunteer linked with one
specific service user only. The role of the volunteer is to accompany the
service user on recreational or social activities at times that will be suitable
for both parties. These outings are primarily in the evenings or weekends.
Activities could include walking, going for a drink, going to the cinema,
shopping etc. We have some volunteers
who do specific tasks within the day service e.g prayer meeting.
The Application Procedure for Volunteers -
Training & Supervision is provided by the social work
Home Share S.O.S.
Offering a person with a disability a break in a friendly home environment. Home
Share is a new scheme currently underway in S.O.S. where a person with a
disability receives planned, short-term breaks from a designated (host) family
in a friendly home atmosphere.
The Aims of Home Share are:
To support a person with a disability to
enjoy a break or a holiday in a family environment
To give families/carers a break from the constant care and responsibility
To give people in long stay residential services an opportunity for breaks in a
To give host families an opportunity to share their home with a person with a
Why Home Share?
Home Share will provide another option for S.O.S service users when respite or
care is required in addition to, or instead of, current S.O.S respite
Who can get involved?
Any service user in S.O.S can apply for this new scheme. Any family who is
interested in sharing their lives and their home with a person with an
intellectual disability can get involved.
Before any breaks starts, the host family will be matched with one particular
S.O.S service user (guest) only. The agreement between both parties is voluntary
and either party may leave the scheme at any time.
What commitment is expected from the
The host family will inform S.O.S of their
availability, however a minimum of 5 breaks a year is generally required.
There will be flexibility in relation to the length of stay, depending on what
the host family can offer and the needs of the guest. It could be a day, an
overnight, a weekend, or as long as is mutually agreed.
What's involved for guests?
Prior to a guest staying for the first
There will be consultation with the guest and their family about the proposed
host family ∑ Meetings will be facilitated between the guest, their family and
the host family. ∑
The first break will not take place until the guest is happy to proceed and
spend time alone with the host family
What's involved for host
Prior to a guest staying for the first
There will be an initial information meeting where hosting will be explained in
There will be a detailed assessment of the family ∑
Garda clearance will be required for each adult living in the hose ∑
2 References will be required for the parent's in the house ∑
When the family is approved to provide breaks and they have been matched with a
particular guest, then relevant training will be provided with further training
offered if needed.
Meetings will be facilitated between host families and the guest and their
family, so that the host family will get to know their guest on a gradual basis
and build up a good relationship prior to any break commencing.
What about Expenses
S.O.S. service users (guests) will pay the
same rate as currently paid for respite (this may be changed in the future) Host
families will be paid a nominal allowance to cover the additional expense of
having a guest to stay.
Please contact S.O.S if you would like
more information or please pass this information to anyone who may be interested
in getting involved in this scheme:
Senior Social Worker 056 7764000