How We Help

Ways to Help

Thanks to the support of our fantastic donors, fundraisers and volunteers, we have been able to support more than 9,000 women, men and children from the west, mid-west and midlands since 2012.

As a charity, we rely on this kindness and generosity. There are so many ways below to help make a real difference. No matter what option you choose, remember that every volunteer hour offered, or euro raised will leave a positive human impact help on others in their time of need. 

  • Choir Factor 
  • Standing Order 
  • Sponsor a light on the SCCUL Christmas Tree 
  • Leave a legacy to the SCCUL Sanctuary 
  • Fundraise your Way 
  • Wedding Favours 
  • Volunteer your time 
  • Pro bono time of corporate volunteers 

Choir Factor

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Choir Factor is an annual choral fundraising event in aid of the SCCUL Sanctuary. It was initiated in 2013. Each year six workplace choirs battle it out X-Factor style to win the Choir Factor trophy. There are two categories. One category is for existing choirs. The second is for new/start-up choirs. All choirs are led by experienced choral directors, who give their time free to teach their choirs in preparation for this event.  

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are looking at the possibility of facilitating an online event in Spring 2021. Further details to follow. If you would like to express an interest in Choir Factor 2021, please call Will on 087 3466220 or email 


Why sing? Studies show that singing in the workplace is linked to improved wellbeing, morale and job performance. 


Testimonial from Anita Mahony of GMIT Voices: 

“The Choir has made such a huge difference to GMIT and it was thanks to the SCCUL Sanctuary that we were able to get it off the ground in the first place. GMIT Voices is primarily a staff wellbeing initiative. It has created a real buzz amongst the staff here. Practice has given the members something to look forward to and they are all smiling leaving it and new friendships are forming. Choir Factor is the perfect start for a choir’s career. Singing at Choir Factor was wonderful experience. We have self-belief now, as a choir, that anything is possible.” 

Flaggy Shore Walk

The annual 5km wellbeing walk takes place at the Flaggy Shore, New Quay in Co. Clare every summer. If you would like to take part, please contact Will  on 087 3466220 or email sanctuary@scculenterprises.

Standing Order

Would you like to make a recurring monthly donation to the SCCUL Sanctuary? 100% of funds raised through standing order donations directly support our mission to support the most vulnerable in our society. If you are in a position to donate more than €250 annually and pay tax in the Republic of Ireland, the SCCUL Sanctuary can claim an additional €112 donation from revenue – at no extra cost to you. Please contact Will on 087 3466220 or email sanctuary@scculenterprises for further information on standing orders. 

Tax Efficient Giving

Have you donated over €250 to the SCCUL Sanctuary in any of the last four years? If so, the SCCUL Sanctuary can claim an additional €112 donation from revenue – at no extra cost to you. Please contact Will on 087 3466220 or email sanctuary@scculenterprises for further information and a copy of the CHY3 tax form.

Fundraise your Way!

Maybe you would like to arrange a fundraiser through work or at home with family and friends? We can provide expert fundraising advice, support, our logo, promotional materials and publicise through our networks online and offline. Please contact Will on 087 3466220 or email sanctuary@scculenterprises for further information. 

Leave a Legacy to the SCCUL Sanctuary

At the SCCUL Sanctuary our mission is to give warmth, hope and light to each human being in our community. By remembering the SCCUL Sanctuary through a legacy in your Will, you can ensure that your values live on after your passing. Your contribution is invaluable, whatever the amount.

If you would like to discuss leaving a gift to the SCCUL Sanctuary, please contact our Michael Smyth, CEO of SCCUL Enterprises on 085 1310044 or by emailing

Wedding Favours

Are you getting married and would like to support the SCCUL Sanctuary by making a donation on behalf of your wedding guests on your special day? 

The SCCUL Sanctuary is also available to hire for weddings? 

Please contact Will on 087 3466220 or email sanctuary@scculenterprises to discuss details on wedding favours or for more details on hiring the Sanctuary for your special day. 

Volunteer with the SCCUL Sanctuary

Do you have some spare time or a particular skills set and you would like to give back to your local community? 

We have volunteer roles to suit everyone’s preference. 

  • Roles include: facilitators, gardeners, hosting of groups and cleaning 
  • Flexible commitment to suit your needs i.e. once off or at regular intervals 
  • Full training provided and support available at all times 

SCCUL Sanctuary Christmas Tree of Lights

We invite you to consider sponsoring a light on the SCCUL Sanctuary Christmas tree for a loved one, living or deceased. 

The lights on the tree will be switched on at 4.30pm on Friday 18th December and will continue to shine until January 7th 2021. A special mass to remember the intentions of those included in the lights will take place at 10am on January 6th 2021 at the Church of the Annunciation, Clarinbridge. 

Lights are available to sponsor for €5 each. 

Lights may be sponsored by calling William Browne, SCCUL Sanctuary Coordinator, on 087 3466220 or online by clicking on the ‘Sponsor a Light’ button below. 

Please note that if you wish to sponsor a light online, you will be redirected to a secure and confidential payment page operated by iDonateThere are four simple steps to complete 

STEP ONE: Enter the amount you wish to donate, each light costs €5. Please note that the donation order via this platform is €10 [two lights] – we have no control over this. If you wish to buy one light, please call 087 3466220. 

STEP 2: Enter your preferred method of communication in case we need to contact you.  

STEP 3: Please answer the question ‘Would you like to leave a message for SCCUL Sanctuary’ by enter the name[s] of the person[s] you wish to be included on the Tree of Lights and your own postal address [Please note we post the cards to you with accompanying envelopes, you can then send the cards to families, friends and/or loved ones of those who wish to remember in the lights. 

STEP 4: Enter your name and email address so that iDonate can confirm receipt of your order. 

Sponsor a Light

Pro Bono Time of Corporate Volunteers

The SCCUL Sanctuary currently works with businesses both multinational and indigenous, who are willing to offer the time of their employees in selected areas as a means to support individuals or groups of disadvantaged people. Volunteers can donate their time in front-of-house, bring their own individual talents to the workshops, or give their time to develop particular features within the gardens and fenland.  

If your workplace offers such a facility, please contact Will on 087 3466220 or email sanctuary@scculenterprises for further information. 

If you would like to set-up a partnership between your business and the Sanctuary or just a once-off volunteering opportunity, please contact Will on 087 3466220 or email sanctuary@scculenterprises for further information. 



“Thanks again for having us and for organising the lovely lunch – much needed after the hard graft! All 18 of the team had an immensely rewarding volunteer day – we were blessed with the weather, certainly made working outdoors all the more enjoyable. Many hands make light work and I know on leaving yesterday the progress that had been made was clearly visible so hopefully all that visit the Sanctuary notice the fruits of our labour.”