SCC Outreach Programmes

Our doors are open to the wider community of Dublin 4 including Sandymount, Ballsbridge, Ringsend and Irishtown.  We seek to offer programming that will appeal to a wide audience and we welcome people from all cultures, ages, abilities and backgrounds through our doors.  We provide a safe, shared space where people from all walks of life can come together. 

In addition, Sandymount Community Centre offers free and low cost outreach programmes targeting particular groups of people and individuals who may feel more isolated and in need of community.   Our current programmes are outlined below. 

Older People

We introduced a weekly drop-in coffee morning in 2023  which happens every Thursday from 10am -12pm specifically designed to attract the older people in our community — but, of course, everyone is welcome.  Hosted by our volunteers, our Home From Home programme provides a relaxed atmosphere to meet people in the community, enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea, read the paper and learn about community events.   On occasion, we also have special celebrations which include music and performances and classes such as digital literacy offered in conjunction with the Dublin South City Partnership. 

We hope to expand this programme in 2024.  If you’d like to volunteer or if you or a loved one would like to attend, please get in touch!

Parents with Young Children

The early days of being a parent, when you’re taking care of a little person’s needs, can be very isolating and lonely.  The SCC Parent & Baby Group is designed to help new parents build a community of support and friendship with other new parents.  Our bi-monthly drop-in is held on the 2nd & 4th Friday of each month from 10.30am – 12.30pm.  This informal group provides a comfortable atmosphere for parents with young children to have a chat, enjoy a cuppa and some adult conversation with other parents in the area.    

If you’d like to come along and/or volunteer, please get in touch! 

Youth: Teens & Pre-Teens

Many studies have shown that children aged 12-15 often lack the a safe place to hang out with friends that’s indoors and affordable, and where they had a sense belonging.  As young teens and tweens become more isolated from in-person gatherings with their peers, they frequently turn to social media – which can be even more isolating to this group. 

Our youth programme at Sandymount Community Centre is an important but developing area of outreach for the centre.  We want to provide a space where teens and tweens can gather and connect in a positive environment.  

We piloted programmes in 2023 and are looking to expand this programme in 2024.  If you would like help out or get involved with this programme, we would love to hear from you! 

Sandymount Culture Programme

The Sandymount Culture Programme brings a broad range of cultural events including drama, music, poetry, dance, and more for the enjoyment and education of residents of Sandymount and the surrounding areas. 

The programme also offers an opportunity for local and up-and-coming artists to perform and hone their skills in our supportive performance environment.

Programmes are free and available the first Friday of the month at the centre.  

The SCP Committee would like to thank all who participated in the ‘Arts in our Neighbourhood – Where do we go from here?’ workshop which took place on the 8th March in SCC.  It was a very enjoyable and creative evening. The SCP Committee are working on some of the ideas which emerged from the brainstorming sessions – watch this space! Thanks to Dublin City Arts Office and Rita Burtenshaw for their support

Click here to see the Summary Report Doc!


Introducing: SAMSEC

SAMSEC (Sandymount and Merrion Sustainable Energy Community) is a newly established group created in collaboration with SAMRA, STTCA and the Sandymount Community Centre.  This group was established to help our community reach its sustainability goals through outreach and education.  

The focus of the group’s efforts will be around three pillars:  

  1. Use less energy:  Energy efficiency is the cheapest and most straightforward way for a community to become more sustainable. Most communities have buildings with old or outdated insulation, lighting or heating systems.
  2. Use clean energy:  Switching from fossil fuels to renewables is the next step where possible. This can be by way of renewable heating systems, changing energy suppliers, or generating energy.
  3. Use smart energy:  Technology gives us more control over how we heat homes, drive cars, or light buildings. Where suitable, communities can use these technologies to compliment their other actions.

If you’d like to get involved, please get in touch or visit the SAMSEC website.


Sing Anyway

Our Sing Anyway group meets  every 1st & 3rd Friday of the month from 9.30am – 11.30am.   Even if your only singing experience is singing in the shower, you are perfect for this “no talent necessary” group.  Don’t sing? Don’t worry – come and join us cuppa instead!  This is a fun and relaxed morning enjoying community and music. 

Drop-ins welcome! 

New to the Community

If you’re new to the area and not sure where to start, get in touch! We are happy to help you find ways to get involved with SCC as a participant, volunteer or just to drop-in. Our centre is open to people of all cultures, ages, abilities and backgrounds.  

We can also help point you to the broader resources in our community.  

Our key outreach programmes

Have any queries?

Get in touch with a member of the Sandymount Community Centre today!