Community Engagement


Building a Positive Future

Community engagement is a way of developing working relationship between the participants attending Deonach and the communities they live in. For many participants, they can be isolated, excluded and have little sense of belonging to where they live.  Positive involvement is a way of ensuring that our participants have access to valued social settings and activities, feel that they are able to contribute meaningfully, and develop functional capabilities that enable them to participate fully in their communities.

We offer a real way for participants to engage within their community.  We explore pro –social activities and programmes whereby participants can give something meaningful back.  

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Art & Crafts

We create a safe space for ideas and self-expression through art. Our professional artists offer one-to-one and small group training in painting, sculpture, ceramics, mosaic, woodcraft and furniture restoration. Personal skills such as co-operation, communication and patience are practised. Technical skills are developed through exposure to a wide range of art processes, tools and materials. For individuals who want to further their education, we offer certificates in Art and Craft and Pyrography. Through our involvement with community art projects, exhibitions and charitable art fairs we engage positively with our local community and the wider art world.



I am the woodwork tutor here at Deonach. Amongst many other projects, we make wishing wells, hanging flower baskets, and monks’ chairs and of course the participant’s own designs. I aim to assist participants to reach goals to re-enter the workforce or Further Education. I hope to impart the confidence and skills so they may progress into fields that may not have previously been accessible to them. My job is very rewarding. I enjoy seeing the trainees achieve their goals.


We have a working allotment in Friarstown in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. We engage participants in the process of growing food, using organic practices. We facilitate participants creativity in planning, developing and completing projects onsite. E.g. design and build a composting system using reclaimed wood or rearrange the layout of the allotment to be more ergonomic. To deliver a QQI level 3 qualification in outdoor vegetable crop production. To encourage participants to engage with the allotment community on site, fostering positive interactions.


The Mosaic can bring balance between patience and concentration, serenity, relaxation and reflection. The mosaic is educational.  It is an art that is practised in team as an individual. The mosaic is a decorative assembly where small regular or irregular elements resistant material call Tesserae are juxtaposed, fixed on a support and lightly cemented to form decorative art. 

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