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Exchange House Ireland

When was Exchange House Ireland founded?

We were founded in 1980.


What does Exchange House Ireland do?

Exchange House Ireland has over 35 years’ experience providing Traveller specific, professional, front-line family support, crisis intervention, education, training and children and young people’s services in Ireland.  This “best practice” model is funded by the Health Services Executive, Department of Social Protection, Department of Children and Youth Affairs, SOLAS, Pobal (Dormant Accounts Fund), the European Union and a variety of charitable trusts.

We hold the contract from the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention to deliver the National Traveller Suicide Prevention Service and are funded by the Genio Trust to deliver Ireland’s only Traveller specific mental health service.

Exchange House Ireland holds Quality Qualifications Ireland (QQI) accreditation, and is approved by FETAC to design, develop, deliver, quality assure and accredit education and training courses.

Annually, we work with over 8,000 Travellers, almost one quarter of the Traveller population in Ireland, making us the largest Traveller specific service provider in the country.


How did it come about?

We were established at the petition of the Eastern Health Board with the aim of providing family support to the Traveller community in the greater Dublin area.  


Why is it called Exchange House Ireland?

Exchange House Ireland was named after the street where the organisation had their first offices.


Where are you based?

Exchange House Ireland is based on Great Strand Street in the centre of Dublin City.  Click here to see a map to our offices.  There are also two After School programmes, one based in Labre Park in Ballyfermot, and the other in St. Oliver's Park in Clondalkin. We also have out-reach family support and youth services.


Can I just drop in or do I need an appointment?

Yes, you can drop in to our city centre office during our opening hours, but it is recommended to make an appointment to ensure you see the person you need to see.


Do I need a referral?

No. Some people are referred to Exchange House Ireland by various agencies, but some people are self referred.


What are your opening hours?

Our offices are open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, and 9am to 4pm on Friday.  The office is closed at weekends and bank holidays.





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