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About us

Providing a safe, peaceful and loving place of refuge.

Our Vision

We are so passionate to see women and children who have been directly affected by domestic violence walk in freedom.


We are a faith-based charity that aims to provide a safe, peaceful, loving place of refuge to women and women with children who have been emotionally, physically or sexually abused in the privacy of their own homes. The refuge is open to all women and women with children regardless of their beliefs, it is open to all faiths and none. We will partner with suitable agencies to further their restoration and growth.


Our Services

  • We aim to provide accommodation to ten families at a time.

  • We will provide clothing and food. All of our vegetables are grown in the refuge garden on the property.

  • We will have a baby / child play area designed specifically to suit their needs.

  • We will facilitate transport and accompaniment to court hearings, solicitors, counselling and social welfare services. 

  • We will have a full programme of courses and classes available to our residents.

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Our Board

  • Martha McGee - Founding Director and CEO of The Wellspring of Life Refuge. She is a mother and grandmother. She has over twenty years of experience in banking mostly in Governance and Compliance. She has been a ministry leader in a large Dublin city-centre church. She has over five years’ experience in women’s ministry and pastoral care. She holds a Diploma in Compliance in banking and is currently writing a dissertation as part of a master’s programme in Transformational Leadership with IBI Dublin/University of York. She is the Author of "Not Created to Hide, A journey to Hope", a book of poetry which has been written specifically to raise funds for the refuge through donations. She is passionate about helping women that have been affected by domestic violence and is currently working in the North Dublin City and County to bring practical help and hope to women who are in domestic violence situations during this pandemic.

  • Amy Carey - Is CEO at the Solas Project and comes to this new role with significant experience working and volunteering among disadvantaged communities, including through her extensive practical and leadership experience at the Solas Project. Amy has overseen the development and expansion of Solas Project's programmes for the past 10 years, working with senior management to ensure the continued delivery of the organisation's unique vision, mission and ethos. Amy has a postgraduate certificate in nonprofit Management and Leadership, an MA in Community Development along with her BA in Sociology and English. She has been an advocate for children and youth community development programmes for almost a decade here in Dublin City.

  • Obi Nwana - Is married with two children and has considerable experience working with immigrant youth groups. Obi is an experienced corporate communications and social care worker and is currently a project worker with the Peter McVerry Trust. He holds B.A. Hist., H. Dip. Prof. Social Care; Dip. Christian Ministry and Cert. in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

  • Dr David Weakliam - Is Director of the HSE Global Health Programme and has worked in global health and development for more than thirty years, including twelve years living in Africa and Asia. David currently manages collaboration programmes with Irish Aid and with Ministries of Health in Mozambique, Ethiopia, Sudan and Zambia.
    David has extensive governance experience with Irish and international organisations. In Ireland, he has served as a Director with several charities including Tearfund Ireland, Nepal Leprosy Trust Ireland, Cherish International, the Irish Global Health Network and St Mark’s Church. Internationally, he has been a Board Member and Chair with the European ESTHER Alliance and the Global Health Workforce Alliance.

  • Michael O’Neil - Joined The Wellspring of Life Refuge as Chairman of the board in April 2022. Michael is a highly qualified and experienced Engineer and manager. He is a Chartered Engineer and Member of Institute of Engineers Ireland. He has more than 30 years of experience working with Housing and Development aspects of Dublin.He is currently a technical Advisor in WALK and group facilitator at Jobcare. He is also an Appeals Reporter for Housing Development Agency.

How can I help?



Volunteers are a vital part of the Wellspring of Life, providing essential services to make the refuge a success. Contact us today and take part on this journey to hope!

A little bit goes a very long way! We are so grateful for any donation amount that you can afford. We're also looking for specific household items that are in excellent condition.

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