About the Centre
Clare Lodge opened as an accommodation centre for people in the International Protection process in December 2019. The centre will eventually be home to 64 single people. Arrivals will move into the centre on a phased basis while their claims for asylum are being examined.
Clare Lodge previously accommodated international protection applicants (also known as asylum seekers) from circa 2001 to 2009. After 2009, Clare Lodge operated as a hostel for a number of years. It then underwent a major refurbishment in 2019.
The centre facilitates independent living for residents. This means that all residents have access to cooking facilities and an in-house food hall where they can get their groceries using a cashless points-based system.
Qualified food hall staff are responsible for providing any necessary guidance and supports for residents, including cookery classes. The centre also features a canteen/dining area; reception area; rooms where residents can socialise and a large communal recreational space.
Ennis Accommodation Centre has an onsite laundry facility and also provides an outsourced service for larger items, when required.
Investing in the local community
Following a call for expressions of interest for accommodation that was placed in the national media last year, Clare Lodge in Ennis was offered to the Department of Justice and Equality by Bridgestock Care.
Bridgestock Care manage the centre. They employ up to 15 locally based staff, who oversee management, reception, catering, housekeeping and general maintenance of the centre.
There is a team on site 24/7. Bridgestock Care has committed to sourcing all supplies from within the locality wherever possible.
Becoming part of the community
Integration has hugely positive effects for both communities and centres alike by increasing friendships and understanding, while also building a richer multicultural community.
A Friends of the Centre group has been established in the Ennis Accommodation Centre. This initiative brings residents, community and voluntary groups together with a view to increasing integration opportunities and providing for the development of greater community linkages with the local residents and the centre.
If you are interested in getting involved and becoming a Friend of the Centre, please click here
In addition, a local Activities Co-ordinator will be responsible for actively encouraging integration initiatives and opportunities for all residents. They will develop strong collaborative working relationships with sporting, cultural and community projects and groups in the area that can cater for the recreational needs of all of residents.