The SVP Summer

Mid-May to Mid-September

What we do

Each year, Kerdiffstown facilitates around16 weeklong holiday breaks throughout the  summer months. Committed teams of SVP volunteers from the greater Dublin area, and indeed throughout Ireland, in liaison with the team here at Kerdiffstown organise every aspect of the holiday week to the finest detail. This includes identifying and booking individuals to come together as a holiday group, financial arrangements, transport and logistics, accommodation allocation, coordination of daily activities, menu, live entertainment and all individuals’ specific needs. 

Each week our guests are accompanied by a number of volunteer stewards, including a head steward, who oversees their general hospitality and care. Full meals, board and transport are provided to all guests coming for the week and we provide a range of optional activities and services with something to suit everyone.

These activities include;

  • Hairdressing
  • Pamper days and beauty treatments
  • Bingo!
  • Chiropody
  • Games and competitions
  • Flower arranging
  • Jewellery classes
  • Card-making classes
  • Men’s Shed workshops
  • Massage treatments
  • Art Classes
  • Line Dancing
  • Knitting and Crochet
  • And much, much more…

We also provide a purpose-built Nurses Station with professional nursing staff on hand each morning (Mon-Fri), and all our staff are trained in first aid.
Guests can also simply relax and enjoy the friendly atmosphere or perhaps stroll through the grounds, visiting our grotto, the river walk and the ruins of an old church and burial ground and they may even bump into some wildlife from time to time!

Some points of note

 

  • Guests arrive on Sunday afternoon and depart the following Saturday morning. Transport is by bus and is provided to and from Kerdiffstown with pre-arranged pick up and drop off points in the general area of where each week’s group is from.
  • All meals are freshly prepared by our qualified kitchen team at Kerdiffstown.
  • The live entertainment each night is arranged by the week’s head steward for the guests in our entertainment hall and bar area. And there’s plenty of room for dancing!
  • The hall also has a purpose built audio/visual system where film screenings can be displayed for guests as well as music concerts and presentations
  • We have a full-site public address system for ease of communicating information to all our guests
  • A beautifully furnished chapel to seat around 50, with sacristy and vestry.
  • A games room with a full-size snooker table, pool, darts and table football.
  • An enclosed courtyard with BBQ facilities, crazy golf and water features, with a range of outdoor games and equipment including bowls and croquet
  • A fully stocked St. Vincent de Paul charity shop open throughout the summer.
  • A souvenir gift shop/cafĂ©, and residents’ bar.

Why we do it

Just like in 1844 when the Society was founded by Frederic Ozanam, many people today still experience times of hardship and need. With a practical and direct approach to dealing with such issues, Frederic and his volunteers believed that Christian help and friendship were the best means of achieving social justice, inclusion and fellowship among peoples.

The SVP mission remains true to this; we still endeavour to help people who experience the various and multiple forms of poverty which affects their everyday life.

Working through one-to-one contact by a unique system of home visitations, we are able to identify at first hand the needs of the individual or family. In many cases, and particularly for the older members in our communities, we simply need a break. We need to get away to a place where we feel safe, be welcomed without prejudice, where we can rest, relax, have fun with friends, old and new, be treated with dignity and respect, and above all, be loved.
Kerdiffstown is such a place. We’ve been doing this for almost 50 years and we are pretty good at it.

Our mission statement at Kerdiffstown is simple: Kerdiffstown is an experience of peace, joy, warmth and friendship. Everyone has a right to the Kerdiffstown Experience.

How to apply

If you or someone you know would be interested in coming to Kerdiffstown for one of our summer weeks, you can

  • Get in touch with your local SVP Conference. Contact information for SVP Conferences can be found by calling the SVP National Office on 01 8386990 or visit the local SVP office page
  • The local office will put you in touch with your local visitation Conference and the volunteers will spend time discussing your holiday break request and the conference along with the head steward will take it from there.
  • Alternatively, you can contact the Kerdiffstown centre directly on (045) 866 337 or email kerdiffstown.east@svp.ie and we will point you in the right direction. If you prefer to post a letter, our address is Kerdiffstown Holiday Centre SVP, Johnstown, Naas, Co. Kildare, W91 YR70 and remember to enclose your contact details.

Home

Our beautiful centre dates back to the 15th Century & is set on a 30-acre estate of fine Kildare park-land just 20kms from Dublin, outside the historical town of Naas. Find our contact details & where we are located.

History

Charting the story of the House, the estate, the Kerdiff family, subsequent owners, the Dominicans right through to SVP involvement.

 

Autumn - Spring

Targeted secondary links to corporate away-days, day conferencing facilities, weddings and special events, community/charity groups, schools, sports clubs, etc.
 

Magic Moments

Tales of Kerdiffstown – feedback, anecdotes, testimonies from past guests, stewards, volunteers, Conference, staff on the uniqueness and magic of Kerdiffstown.

Donations/Fundraising

Fundraising ideas, targets for particular items to donate to – e.g. activities equipment, statues, facilities improvements, etc.

 

Volunteering

Ways to get involved (stewarding, house volunteers – hospitality/admin support, Corporate Social Responsibility)