Inside Jane’s Place, decorated for International Women’s Day 2022

Women’s Services at MQI

Our women’s service, ‘Jane’s Place’ offers a female-only wellbeing centre in Dolphins Barn, Dublin 8. This service is a safe haven where vulnerable women can feel welcome and heard. It offers a space where complex needs are addressed.

To get in touch, contact Mairead on 086 107 8382 or Sorcha on 087 107 8384 or email the team here.

Jane’s Place services include:

  • Tailored one to one assessment
  • Case management
  • Support with housing, addiction, community detox, housing, welfare, physical and mental health, domestic abuse issues
  • Referrals, signposting and accompaniment to other services are also available.

This service also offers a 10-week health and wellbeing program focusing on recovery and healing from trauma and offering classes on yoga, art therapy, mindfulness, maintaining physical and mental wellbeing and understanding trauma.

MQI’s female services are fully inclusive of women of all backgrounds including LGBTQI+ women, migrant women, women in addiction and women involved in sex work.

Women’s specific nurse-led health clinic every Monday 9-12-4:30 in our MQI Riverbank service (12-13 Merchant’s Quay, Dublin 8) include:

  • Bloods
  • S.T.I. screening
  • Wound care (includes compression dressings, suture & staple removal)
  • Contraception: long-term & emergency
  • Management of chronic diseases e.g.: epilepsy, diabetes, asthma, COPD
  • Ear syringing
  • Vaccines
  • Addiction support & safe injection advice
  • Minor injuries.

History of our first all-female service

In 2019, Merchants Quay Ireland and Dr. Sarah Morton of UCD conducted research into the complex needs of women who are homeless and in addiction. This research showed that women are often unable or unwilling to access existing services. Higher rates of gender-based violence, sex work and coercive control among women can leave them too ashamed, stigmatised and afraid to seek the help they need.

International research shows that female-only spaces facilitate greater emotional and physical safety for women, especially those who have experienced trauma and abuse.

In response to these findings, MQI have introduced Jane’s Place, a gender-specific service for women who are in homelessness and/or addiction in Dublin city centre. The service, staffed only by women, provides a safe, welcoming and non-judgemental environment in which women can access support.