Community Partners

Below is a list of just some of the University of Limerick's Community Partners. Many of our community partners have current volunteer opportunities posted here.

Doras Luimni is an independent non-governmental organisation based in Limerick that supports the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and all migrants. It was founded in 2000. Our vision for Ireland is: A society where equality and respect for the human rights of migrants are social norms.
Our mission statement is:To promote and protect the rights of all migrants, including asylum seekers, refugees and migrant workers. Our role is to support migrants on a personal level, while engaging in advocacy with them and for their collective interests.
Our core values are rooted in the human rights framework, with a belief in equality and nondiscrimination in both public and private life. We believe that it is a moral imperative to be welcoming towards new communities arriving in Ireland, and to extend particular support to the most vulnerable amongst them.

Headway provides support and services to people affected by brain injury. Founded in 1985, we also work to heighten public and political awareness of acquired brain injury and the impact it has on individuals, families and carers. Our mission is: To bring about positive change in the lives of those affected by an acquired brain injury.

We have a range of community based rehabilitation services for people affected by ABI, including rehabilitative training, day rehabilitative services, psychology, therapy and family support, information, outreach, community access and employment services.

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) was founded in 1889.  For over 100 years, the ISPCC has been Irelandís leading independent charity advocating for the rights, well being & protection of children.The ISPCC exists to:
  • Ensure all children are given the chance to feel love and happiness
  • Stop discrimination and exclusion of children
  • End cruelty and injustice to children
Childhood is the phase in an individualís life that witnesses the greatest amount of physical, social and emotional development. The Society has an established history of providing child-centered community based services to children which aim to promote the protection of every childís right to a safe passage through childhood.

There are just over 1 million children in Ireland. Each year, the ISPCC engages with hundreds of thousands of them through a nationwide network of ten regional offices in Castlebar, Cork, Drogheda, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Monaghan, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow.

Le Chèile Mentoring

The Le Chéile Mentoring Project was established in March 2005 to provide a Mentoring service to children and young people aged 12-18 years engaged in Young Persons' Probation.  It was set up to meet the needs of the Mentor (Family Support) Order under the requirements of the Children's Act 2001. Le Chéile has since expanded to encompass a Parent Mentoring service for Parents of Young People who are involved with YPP and also in piloting the Strengthening Families Programme on behalf of Probation.

Le Chéile is a child-centred, non-judgemental service which recruits and trains volunteers from local communities to act as Mentors to Young People and families involved with Young Person's Probation.


Limerick Regeneration Agencies

The objective of the Limerick Regeneration Agencies is to improve the quality of life for residents within key Limerick City locations. This is to be achieved through the creation and implementation of a Programme for a radical new landscape, which, among other things, will incorporate quality-designed modern homes, improved community facilities and integrated services.

The Limerick Regeneration Agencies welcome ideas, suggestions and submissions from any organisation, body or individual in relation to the Regeneration Proposals. The two Limerick Regeneration Agencies were set up by the Irish Government on June 15th, June 2007. The sponsoring Department is the Department for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

PAUL Partnership 
PAUL Partnership is the local area based, multi sector, partnership company for Limerick City. Established in 1989 as a local response to the issue of long term unemployment, the Partnership is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status run by a board of voluntary directors. The directors represent the community /voluntary sector, statutory sector, social partners and elected representatives
The purpose of the Partnership is to promote social inclusion through service delivery, brokerage, and policy input. PAUL Partnership works with its various partners to develop capacity in communities, in this way to bring about sustainable change and help individuals be part of the social and economic life of a thriving city.
Funded by the Irish government and the European Union, currently the Partnership manages a range of programmes including; the Local and Community Development Programme, the Local Employment Service and Jobs Club, Incredible Years,Equality for Women, Community Employment, and the Mid West Food Partnership. It facilitates strategic initiatives, supports the development of community capacity and participates in a wide range of organizations both locally and nationally.

Rape Crisis Midwest was founded in 1980 and provides support, information and counselling services to survivors of rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse and incest. The types of support provided include crisis, long term and telephone counselling, court accompaniment and group services. We also engage in ongoing education and training courses.
Our Limerick office is based at Phoenix House, Punchís Close, Rosbrien Road, Limerick. We also have offices based in Nenagh and Ennis.
Our confidential freephone numbers are as follows:
Limerick and Ennis Service Ė 1800 311511
Nenagh Ė 1800 541122
For more information, email or log on to

A positive student experience is an important strategic goal of the University of Limerick and the very broad, interesting, fun and exciting range of volunteering opportunities for students on campus shows that everybody working in the University is committed to this goal.

Volunteering on campus is a great way to meet other students and staff across the campus wide community, discover the fun services and supports available to students on campus,  and a fantastic opportunity to be involved in ULís dynamic, innovative and creative on campus and outreach work.    

Your campus community need you and you need your campus community! Have a browse we are sure there is a volunteering opportunity that you would really enjoy.  

The Northside Learning Hub was founded in October 2007.  The Hub is an innovative and creative project based on a campus located on the north side of Limerick city on the banks of the river Shannon overlooked by Thomond Park.  The Hub works with young people, the wider community, partner schools and third level colleges to add value to the social and educational experience of young people and their families living in the surrounding area.  The Hub specifically aims to:

- Increase participation and engagement in learning by providing an informal, welcoming facility
- Foster the healthy and positive development of young people and their families through a range of focused educational and health initiatives
- Serve as a central hub whereby resources that support learning in a non formal environment can be focused towards the community
- Harness the power of technology to engage learners and bring learning to life

To find out more about the Northside Learning Hub and to explore some of the projects that have been completed please visit our site at

ULSU is here on campus to provide advice and representation to you, the student. In addition we aim to accomplish a number of activities to enhance your student experience and to maintain a positive relationship with the local community.

We need you to volunteer your time with us. If you are pro-active, enthusiastic and youíd like to come and part-take in student-led campaigns, drop in! You can do this in a number of ways; by becoming a class rep, by advising us on ents, by involving yourself in on and off campus villages and estates. You can fundraise for charity, sit on a club or society committee, help with litter cleanups, coach a club team, contribute to An Focal, advise a society group, poster on campus, assist in running events, carry out surveys and knock on doors with your Union. By guiding and promoting your Unionís message you ensure that what your Union is doing what students want.
Email or drop in to see Paul and Liz upstairs in the SU Building, for Clubs and Socs.

Limerick Volunteer Centre supports volunteering in Limerick City and County. We provide information and advice to people interested in volunteering and to organisations looking for volunteers. You can register online at and search for available opportunities throughout Limerick City and County.