Welcome to CORE Ireland, where compassion drives our mission. As a community-driven mental health charity, we offer free adult mental health recovery education alongside our outreach program and Nourish food bank services. We provide meaningful work experiences and enriching volunteer roles. Join us as we embark on a journey towards wellbeing and empowerment.

CORE Ireland Our Story

Our Mission

At CORE Ireland, our mission is to make a positive impact on the lives of the most vulnerable members of our society. We believe that everyone deserves to feel cared for and valued, and we are committed to creating a safe space for people to find friendship and fellowship while making a difference in their community. We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who share our passion for service and want to make a positive change.

Our Community

We believe that the strength and power of Core Ireland comes from our members and volunteers. Each bringing their unique personality, perspectives and ideas, helping to change and develop the organisation. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive and supportive community where people can connect with like-minded individuals.

Our Volunteer Opportunities

CORE Ireland offers a diverse range of volunteer opportunities tailored to various interests and schedules such as course co-facilitation, community outreach programs,  fundraising events, foodbank coordination, office administration and social activities. Together, we work to help those in need.Our volunteers uncover their own hidden strengths and abilities, find a sense of purpose and fulfilment, and have fun.

Joining Core Ireland

Joining CORE Ireland is easy. Simply fill out our online form, and we will get in touch with you to discuss the opportunities available. We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, and we look forward to working with you to make a positive impact on the community.

Experience the Joy of Giving Back

At CORE Ireland, we believe that everyone has something to give. Whether you have a few hours to spare each week or a few days a month, we welcome you to be a part of our community. Join us today and experience the joy of giving back to the community while making a positive change in your own life.

More about our founder, Bernard Kenny.

My journey to CORE Ireland began with a simple invitation from a friend to volunteer at a homeless shelter. Little did I know, this one-night-a-week commitment would grow into a life-changing passion. After years of helping others, I knew I wanted to make an even bigger impact by pursuing social work. Fast forward to today and I am a

proud member of numerous organisations and committees dedicated to improving mental health services and helping those in need. My volunteer work has led me to where I am today, with a vast network of contacts and experiences that I draw upon every day to make a difference through CORE Ireland.

What inspired the creation of CORE Ireland?

As someone who has volunteered extensively, I can attest to the fact that giving back to others is an incredibly fulfilling experience. In fact, I often found that I was at my best when I was doing something for someone else. After completing my education in social sciences, I wanted to create a platform that would allow others to experience the same benefits of volunteering that I had. And so, CORE Ireland was born.

At CORE Ireland, we believe that everyone has something valuable to offer their community. We strive to create an environment where individuals can give their services for free and feel a sense of purpose and fulfilment. We believe that volunteering not only benefits the community but also the individual, by helping them discover their strengths and abilities, and by fostering friendships and connections with like-minded individuals.

So, if you’re looking for a way to make a meaningful impact while also growing as a person, come join Core Ireland. We cannot wait to see what unique contributions you will bring to our community.

How did CORE Ireland come to be?

CORE Ireland was born out of a desire to combat the issue of anti-social behaviour in Navan. As someone who was deeply concerned about the community, I volunteered to investigate potential solutions. After speaking with organizations around the country, I found inspiration from one in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, which had faced similar problems. With a small group of like-minded volunteers, we started tackling the issue head-on. We began by organizing litter clean-ups, repairing homes, and doing small community projects.

Through these initial projects, we soon realized that food poverty was also a major problem in our community. We began collecting food that local supermarkets would otherwise throw away and distributing it to those in need. As our efforts gained momentum, we decided to take our mission to local schools. We asked students to bring in one food item per month to create awareness about struggling families, particularly children. The response was overwhelming, and we soon expanded our efforts to national and secondary schools, as well as local businesses and groups.

Now, Core Ireland has become a powerful force for good, with members from all walks of
life coming together to make a positive impact on their community. We are not just fighting
anti-social behaviour and food poverty – we are also helping to reduce food waste and create a sense of unity and purpose among our members. Join us today and become a part of something truly special.

What achievements made by Core are you particularly Proud of?

I take great pride in the amazing accomplishments of CORE Ireland. Watching it grow and
expand has been incredible! The Nourish Project is particularly special to me. It began as a
simple idea, but now we deliver up to 40 hampers a week! The donations we receive are so appreciated, and it warms my heart to see how grateful the recipients are. I’m also thrilled about our collaboration with the National Learning Network (NLN). This organisation does outstanding work, and we partner with them to provide work experience for some of their members. The volunteers we have gained through our partnership with NLN are priceless, and we are so grateful for their contributions to Core Ireland’s success.

I take great pride in the amazing accomplishments of CORE Ireland. Watching it grow and
expand has been incredible!