Ann Marie Russell (service user of Saint John of God Dingle Service) presenting a cheque of €185 to Mikey Moriarty (Gairdin Mhuire). Proceeds of a coffee morning the Saint John of God’s group recently held as part of an active citizenship project. Refreshments were kindly gifted by the Grove Café, Spa Rd.
Some of the participants with the local Killarney Garda on their final day visiting the station and presentation of Certificates

Saint John of God Kerry Services Killarney group who would have been the first group in our services to have been piloted by the local Killarney Garda for the Streetwise Programme
the staff and service users would like to thank our local Community Guard Diane Collins for facilitating the 8 week programme and also, for her colleagues who kindly welcomed them to the Station yesterday for their visit.

Our school leaver’s Rehabilitative Training programme, SKILLS FOR LIFE is celebrating 10 years partnership with the Institute of Technology, Tralee this year.


The Saint John of God Kerry Service Walking group on their sunny weekend away in Kilkee.




The Charities VAT compensation scheme

• The Charities VAT compensation scheme takes effect from 1 January 2018 but will be paid one year in arrears i.e. in 2019 charities will be able to reclaim some element of the VAT costs arising in 2018

• Charities will be entitled to a refund of a proportion of their VAT costs based on the level of non-public funding they receive. For example, where a charity’s gross income for 2018 involves 30% funding from State/EU/international organisations and 70% privately sourced income including fundraising, subscriptions and donations, they may claim 70% of their VAT input costs for the year.

• A capped fund of €5 million will be available to the scheme in 2019. The scheme, including the amount provided in the fund, will be subject to review after three years. Claims under the scheme cannot be made until 2019 as it will take some time for Revenue to establish IT and administrative systems.

• Where the total amount of claims in a given year exceeds the €5 million capped amount, charities will be paid on a pro rata basis, e.g. where the total value of claims by all charities in 2019 amounts to €10 million, each charity will receive 50% of their claim.

• Qualifying charities must be registered with the Charities Regulator, have tax clearance, and provide a set of audited accounts for the year in which the claim is being submitted. For administrative purposes, claims valued below €500 will not qualify.

Kerry Services have completed a Seasons for Growth programme with 8 participants.The course was held at the centre in Monavalley over an 8 week period.The group comprised of men and women from Killarney, Killorglin and  Castleisland as well as Tralee. All enjoyed the programme and attended on a regular basis each week.

The group enjoyed lunch at the Meadowlands Hotel followed by a Presentation of Certs,presented by Brenda McNamara, Coordinator Day services 

We will meet for a final  reconnector  session in  March.

Front: Jimmy Moor, Breda O Sullivan, Mary Nelligan, Claire Rohan, Emer O Shea   
Back: Paul O Sullivan, Vincent Lacke, Lisa Cronin (Instructor) Terence O Sullivan, Mary Leen (Instructor)
Brenda McNamara presenting Terence O Sullivan with his cert.

The walking group take on the Abbeyfeale to Newcastle West old railway line for the first walk of 2018.
Despite the rain, a group of 11 walkers took to the January fresh air.
The monthly walking group is run by a group of volunteers, to whom we are very grateful.


Saint John of God Kerry Services will be celebrating over 3 decades in Kerry with their service users, families, volunteers, staff and invited guests in the Ballyroe Hotel on the 30th of November 2017 .  This year marks the opening of our Monavalley Centre  30 years ago (opening 1987) which was the start of providing training and support to individuals in key skills which enabled individauls to secure various types of employment.  The services have evolved over the decades to now providing services right across County Kerry, bringing the supports required for each individual back to their own local community.   Presently in Kerry, 312 individuals with a disability access these services which are located in 9 regions in the county and provide 34 varying types of services ranging from day service, residential and respite to the men, women and children attending .