Giving dignity in adversity

 For over 5 years Helping Hand Waterford has provided hot meals, food, sleeping bags, toiletries and tents to the homeless and vulnerable here in Waterford City and County. We have supported all those who need a hand up, not a hand out.  Join us today to learn all about volunteering and donating options.



Helping Hand Waterford, located in the heart of Waterford City, is a charitable organisation dedicated to helping those in need. We are a non-denominational organisation that aims to help and support those who find themselves on the margins of society regardless of age, religion, gender or nationality. Our volunteers engage with everyone with a smile, a kind word and are always non-judgmental. 

With the dedication of our volunteers and partners, we strive to improve the lives of everyone who needs help within our community. We provide a drop in center serving hot meals, food, tea and coffee's 5 nights a week in St. Patrick's Gateway Centre.

In addition to providing hot meals, we also provide sleeping bags, tents, toiletries, clean clothing and advocacy support to all homeless, rough sleepers and those in need.



Over the coming months Helping Hand Waterford will bring you news of our Service and updates on our activities, developments and information.

May 2021:


Helping Hand Waterford is always looking for new volunteers to join with our existing teams and volunteers in supporting both what we do, and the clients we help.  As the number of clients using our services increases, we must recruit volunteers so no one goes un-noticed or unsupported. Most of our client base would be predominantly male, and we urgently need to bring new male volunteers on board to reflect this.

So if you, or anyone you know is considering a role in volunteering, for two hours a week, we would love if you or they would get in touch by email at or messenger via our Facebook pages, or call us on 089 239 9882.


Due to the recent Public Health concerns re: Covid-19, Helping Hand Waterford has continued to meet the needs of the homeless and those people and families who are in emergency accommodation. Throughout this outbreak, Helping Hand Waterford has maintained a service, Monday to Friday at St, Patrick's Gateway Centre providing meals to those who have attended our service. We operate five days a a week and our new opening times, are 7pm to 8pm, Monday to Friday. Helping Hand Waterford is committed to fulfilling our service and serving those people who, in these times, need extra support and care. We would like to thank all those people, communities and businesses that support us in the work we do, now more than ever. Helping Hand Waterford will continue to reach out to those who need a helping hand.


We are currently providing Service, 5 nights a week, Monday to Friday.  Our opening hours are from 7pm to 8pm with our Volunteers on duty, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at St. Patrick's Gateway Centre.

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Over the last few weeks and months Helping Hand has been very busy, both in terms of numbers using our services, but also in the display of generosity and support from the people of Waterford City and County. We cannot do what we do, without the generous support from communities, schools, businesses and philanthropic groups of Waterford. The outpouring of kindness, compassion  and generosity for families and individuals who have found themselves in dire and unfortunate circumstances has been both amazing and very humbling for us here at Helping Hand. Sometimes the phrase thank you, can be either be misused or does not impart the huge sense of gratitude required. However, we here at Helping Hand would like, on behalf of our clients, families and volunteers to say a massive and heartfelt thank you, to everyone who helped in their own way, the people of this City and County who felt alone and empty of hope. Thank you for making a difference to so many people.



Every night, Helping Hand Waterford provides a fantastic fare for all who come to us. A hot dinner, beverages and snacks to sustain their Spirits through the darkness and in all weathers.



Helping Hand Waterford works tirelessly to provide dignity, practical support and hope for all those on the margins of society.  We strive to provide dignity, hope and understanding to those who need it most, and we would love for you to become part of that change today.



Our Clients have a place to come to, to chat, laugh, be heard and most importantly be acknowledged.



We supply tents, sleeping bags, emergency blankets, clothing and toiletries to anyone who needs them.



Warm hearty meals, hot beverages, snacks, sandwiches and fruit.



Our Volunteers go to our Clients who cannot come to us, we support and help them on the streets, either in Waterford City or Dungarvan.


Working with our Clients we empower them to help support them in finding secure accommodation, statutory entitlements and services.



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"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together"

Vincent van Gogh


Helping Hand Waterford is always interested in promoting the charitable work we do. If you would like to stay informed about everything happening at Helping Hand Waterford, including the latest news, upcoming events, and fundraising activities, check out the latest below. We do our best to update our section with the newest and latest so you’re in the know.


The Big Hamper Hand Up: January to May 2021

As the Festive Season came to a close and the Covid Lockdown took hold, we at Helping Hand Waterford were receiving a huge number of requests for food hampers, for individuals and families right across our County. In true Helping Hand Waterford fashion, we put out a public appeal for various non-perishable items and we were blown away by people's kindness and generosity like never before. With the public's help, Helping Hand Waterford provided 300 food hampers throughout our communities, East and West, North and South here in County Waterford. That meant, that over 300 families and individuals could rest easy, that children or themselves would not go to bed hungry. These people, our people, could pay bills, pay for heating and electricity and support their families with dignity and pride. Thank you all. 

SleepOut to Help Out: Dungarvan 2020


December 2020

Helping Hand Waterford would like to thank the organisers of the Christmas SleepOut to Help Out in Dungarvan. The brave souls of Dungarvan, Joe, Daniel and Patrick, slept out over night, in freezing weathers to raise funds and highlight the plight of homeless people in our County. While Helping Hand Waterford is based in Waterford City, we have never neglected our responsibilities to everyone in the County of Waterford, from Ferrybank to Tramore, Kilmacthomas to Clonea, and from Dungarvan to Lismore, Helping Hand Waterford is here for everyone who needs us, whether its food hampers, tents, sleeping bags and advocacy, we are all there for each other.



May 2021

Helping Hand Waterford would gratefully like to thank the businesses, Community Groups, individual donors for their kind donations and help recently.  Our organisation is entirely run by volunteers, and every donation goes directly to providing our key services to our clients. Unfortunately, we receive no State grants or National Lottery funding, so we rely on fundraising and donations from everyone to keep providing the services we provide. We would be unable to do the work we do without your generosity.


Your Donation...

It costs approximately €750 euro to run our Services each month. For that we can provide 600 hot meals, 900 cups of tea, coffee and hot beverages every month.

Helping Hand
Helping Hand

It's never a hand out, its simply a hand up.

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Dinner Time

Its the meals that physically keep our Clients going, but its the interactions and friendships we form with everyone that makes what we do so special.

Standing out In a Crowd
Standing out In a Crowd

Helping Hand Volunteers are easily identified by their striking White Tabards with our logo on the back. This season's Must Have..

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Helping Hand

It's never a hand out, its simply a hand up.


Monday to Friday 7pm to 8pm

including Bank Holidays



St. Patrick's Gateway Centre,

Patrick St,



(089) 2399882

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