About Us

Mission Statement

“Doras Buí is a community development Resource Centre & Early Years' Service that provides high-quality support and programmes to one-parent families living in the North-East Dublin area. We are committed to the delivery of excellent early year’s services in a safe and inclusive environment where children and families are facilitated to reach their full potential”. We aim to support lone parents to extend their life choices, overcome discrimination and isolation and become socially and economically independent."

We are a social enterprise in Coolock. We provide both a full-time Early Years’ service and a Community Resource Centre.  We have been working in the community since 1986. The origins of the name come from our open-door drop-in services. When we opened our doors over 36 years ago, we originally named P.A.R.C. (parents alone resource centre), in 1993 we opened our Community Creche called Súgradh – the Irish for play.


  • To bring lone parents together in the catchment area of the organisation and support them to jointly identify their own needs & tackling their own problems.
  • To highlight policy needs and issues of lone parents' families to policymakers and local statutory agencies.
  • To promote the development, coordination and integration of services and facilities for lone parent families & children, irrespective of status.
  • To collaborate with the local community and statutory partners in the development, coordination and integration of services and facilities for lone parents' families.
  • To promote rights-based approaches to the provision of services to lone parent families.
  • To collaborate with the local community and statutory partners to improve the health and well-being of the community as a whole.
  • To provide inclusive high quality, affordable childcare to all families.

Customer Charter

  • Doras Buí prides itself on knowing that all activities provided come from the needs of our client group.  Regular consultation meetings take place and are delivered in a spirit of solidarity and professionalism.
  • Our organisational philosophy aims to encourage social and economic self-reliance, confidence, and the development of skills.
  • We keep ourselves fully informed about factors and trends affecting lone parent families at local, regional, and national levels.
  • We are continuously engaged in policy initiatives in relation to issues affecting lone parent lives.
  • We work in partnership with the community and local development organisations and state agencies in the interests of lone-parent families and for the benefit of all families living in our catchment area.
  • We are committed to ensuring that our policies, activities and services do not discriminate against any person on grounds of gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religious belief, age, disability, race or membership of the travelling community.

    • We provide services including information, advice, and advocacy on a wide range of topics including social welfare, health, parenting and legal issues and personal matters and information about statutory services.
    • We have a full-time Early Years creche for the under-fives to support lone parents to return to education or take up training or employment opportunities.
    • Counselling is offered for children who despite the best efforts of parents, following marital separation, suffer from a loss of self-esteem, feelings of bereavement and loss which manifest in challenging and difficult behaviour, poor school performance and emotional difficulties.
    • Our work with one-parent families encourages social and economic independence and our way of working offers people the steppingstones and building blocks to take control of their lives. We are proud of our inclusive and supportive organisational culture and environment.
    • We aim to ensure that everyone who attends our centre feels they are valued and respected alike.
    • All activities provided come from the needs of parents expressed at regular consultation meetings and are delivered in a spirit of solidarity and professionalism and guided by the following principles:

      • Access to accurate information;
      • Self-help;
      • Meaningful participation;
      • Campaigning for policy change that supports one-parent families.

Catchment Area

The catchment area of our Centre includes the following areas:

      • Artane
      • Ayrfield
      • Baldoyle
      • Balgriffin
      • Beaumont
      • Belcamp
      • Belmayne
      • Bonnybrook
      • Coolock
      • Clarehall
      • Clongriffin
      • Clonshaugh
      • Clontarf
      • Darndale
      • Dollymount
      • Donaghmede
      • Donnycarney
      • Edenmore
      • Harmonstown
      • Fairview
      • Kilbarrack
      • Killester
      • Kilmore
      • Marino
      • Millbrook
      • Moatview
      • Priorswood
      • Raheny
      • Santry
      • Whitehall

        • Referrals from GPs, other health service professionals and local community organisations and groups are welcome too.

        • Good governance is a key issue for Doras Bui. Almost all our Board of Management members and staff are local people who are either currently parenting alone or may have lived in a one-parent family. This experience is invaluable in ensuring that the services we provide continue to be delivered in a respectful, confidential, and professional manner.
        • We work closely with other local community groups and statutory agencies to build a strong and vibrant community where people of all ages feel safe and secure and enjoy a good quality of life.