About Us

The Mendicity Institution is the oldest working charity in Dublin. Established in 1818, it has been in operation for nearly 200 years creating opportunities for people experiencing homelessness, isolation and marginalization to live better lives.

We help people empower themselves so they can work their way out of homelessness and deprivation. We are inclusive, we are innovative and we provide quality service to all people who come to us.

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Lord Mayor Launches New Workshop

Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr opens a new Workshop building for the homeless staff of the Mendicity Institution   On Monday, the 15th May at 3.00pm, Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr visited The Mendicity Institution, Dublin’s oldest working charity, to open their new Workshop building.  Founded in 1818, The Mendicity Institution, based in Island … Continue reading “Lord Mayor Launches New Workshop”

Migrant Access Programme (MAP)

We are delighted to announce a new exciting service, Migrant Access Programme (MAP) created in partnership with New Communities Partnership to support migrants to access employment in Ireland. The programme  is a part of the European Social Fund Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020. MAP will offer participants an opportunity to obtain practical … Continue reading “Migrant Access Programme (MAP)”

New Workshop with Thanks to the Heart to Hand Foundation

We are very grateful for the amazing volunteers from the ‘Heart to Hand’ foundation, who have built a Workshop in a day! Thank you to Pat, Kieran and the team for making it possible for our Workshop staff, long-term homeless, to have a safe and warm place to work.

Window and Flower Boxes Now Available!

Our window and flower boxes, hand painted and carved by Dublin’s homeless in the Mendicity Workshop are now available in Urban Plant Life in Cork Street, the Holistic Centre of Ireland in Rathmines and Doyle’s Nursery and Garden Centre in Cabinteely. Please drop by and choose your favourite.  

Mendicity cards for sale

The Mendicity Workshop cards, handmade by Dublin’s homeless, are now available in The Bodyshop (Grafton Street) and Reads Print in Nassau Street. Drop by and choose your favourite!    

Christmas Festivities in Mendicity!

Today home baked cookies, traditional foods from all over Europe and Santa’s Grotto filled with surprises for all. A special thank you to all Santa’s helpers who made it happen!  


Browse Projects

Food Centre

  FOOD CENTRE – FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD This was one of our first projects, dating back to 1818. For almost 200 years, we have been serving homemade nutritious meals, free of charge, no questions asked. Our meals include: Breakfast Monday to Friday at 9.00-9.30 and Saturday 10.00-11.00 Early lunch Monday to Friday at 10.30 – … Continue reading “Food Centre”

Mendicity Workshop

Mendicity Workshop Programme At the beginning of the 19th century, Dublin city centre was home to many homeless, destitute Irish families, men, women and children. Troubled by their poverty, a group of Protestant businessmen set up a charity similar to, yet more humane than the workhouses of the time. We taught men and women a … Continue reading “Mendicity Workshop”

Mendo Shed

Mendo Shed For the homeless spending all day on the streets is problematic, it can be demoralising and dangerous. The Mendo Shed provides an alternative. Activities include dog minding, gardening, photography, making videos, mapping local graveyard, digitalising archival records, building structures for local festivals, maintaining football pitch, and more. It gives them time, space and … Continue reading “Mendo Shed”

Employment and Integration

Employment and Integration Project – from the streets to independent living Running since 2012, this is currently our biggest and busiest project. It aims to facilitate a path to independent living for homeless, vulnerable, poor and socially marginalised individuals. It provides complex assistance that allows for access to employment, training, welfare supports, detox, and medical … Continue reading “Employment and Integration”

Migrant Prison In‑reach

Migrant Prison In-reach Approximately 11% of prisoner population in Ireland are EU migrants, and many from Central and Eastern Europe. Many of them do not speak English, have no family here, no entitlement to social welfare support upon release, and no home to return to. Migrant Prison In-Reach Project helps support Central/Eastern European migrant prisoners … Continue reading “Migrant Prison In‑reach”

Community Support

Community Support As we are located in one of the poorest areas of Dublin, we want to provide the local community with activities and opportunities. Over the years, we have developed several activities that involve and support the local community and give the local children a better start in life.  


Besides providing basic English language skills, TELL allows the participants the opportunity to learn, practice and consolidate their job seeking and workplace English vocabulary. The aim of TELL is to consolidate and expand a basis of conversational and functional spoken English, including vocabulary for target industries with frequent employment opportunities, such as catering, warehouse, cleaning … Continue reading “TELL”

MAP – Migrant Access Programme


Migrant Access Programme (MAP) has been created in partnership with New Communities Partnership to support migrants to access employment in Ireland. The programme  is a part of the European Social Fund Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020. MAP offers participants an opportunity to obtain practical knowledge of the Irish Labour Market and to … Continue reading “MAP – Migrant Access Programme”