Hometrain.ieHometrain Social Skills Groups

Hometrain is a Nationwide network of affordable, community based play-focussed social skills groups for children in Ireland. We have been training and promoting  associated Group Leaders for more than 9 years.

As the founder of Hometrain, Claire has developed 3 Curriculums, the manual ‘Teaching Social Skills’, designed all related resources and personally trains all new Group Leaders.

Find details of your nearest Social Skills Group in alphabetical order by County here:

Can’t find a group? please check our Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/specialistplayireland/

For families in South Roscommon please consider the group in Athlone. Groups can change from time to time, so please contact us if you are having difficulty getting in touch.


Willow Social Skills Group
Carlow Town, Location: St Joseph’s N.S, Carlow TownCurriculum:
Teaching Curriculum 1 or 2. For information regarding the Willow group in Carlow, please email Louise at willowsocialskills@gmail.com.

Cork: Douglas area
Bright Stars Social Skills Group. Age group 3-5 years
Location: Bright Beginnings Montessori, Douglas, Cork. Group Leader is Emer
Tel: 087 0569973

Dublin: There are various groups in Dublin.

Blossom Play Therapy run a variety of Social Skills Groups in Dublin and Dundalk. Contact Amanda: 087 297 9504 or email info@blossomtherapy.ie  Visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BlossomPlayTherapy/

Oldtown, Co. Dublin
The ‘Little Owls’ have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hometrainthelittleowls  Contact Aisling Tracey for information at littleowls.hometrain@gmail.com

Tallaght and Skerries ‘Social Steps’ Social Skills Group. The Group Leader is Aoife, contact her on 0879683465 The ‘Social Steps’ Facebook Page is: https://www.facebook.com/Social-Steps-1024167624283702/timeline/

“The Puffins”, is the group in Firhouse for 10-13 year olds. The venue is Firhouse Community Centre, Saturdays from 11am-1pm. For up-to-date details contact Dervla, dervlasgroup@hotmail.com.


Group name: Kidzcraft
Venue: Saplings School, Kill, Co. Kildare. Age group: 6-9 years. For information regarding the Kidzcraft group, please email Zarah at kidzcraftkildare@gmail.com.  https://www.facebook.com/kidzcraftsocialskillsgroup/

Kildare North – Leixlip ‘Little Swallows’ Social Skills Groups. Anna is the Group Leader. Contact her by email at: littleswallowssocialskills@gmail.com Venue is Leixlip Community Centre on Saturdays 10.30am-12.30pm for preschool age 3-5yrs. Feel free to contact Anna for older age group too, as she plans another group.

Group Name: A Special Day – Runs Saturdays 10-12 at The Mill, Celbridge, Co. Kildare. Niamh McClafferty is the Group Leader, facebook page is:  https://www.facebook.com/A-Special-Day-354567258405529/?ref=br_rs

Kilkenny: Kilkenny Social Skills Group
Location: Ionad Cairde, Kilkenny City. Please get in touch with Deirdre by calling 085 1648229, or sending an email to icsociallearning@gmail.com


Trim Group ‘Small Talk’ Social Skills Groups
Trim, County Meath. Visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/smalltalk11 for details or phone Group Leader Clare Bowman on 0863426897

Kells Social Skills Groups – Kells’ People’s Resource Centre – The Starlings 6-9’s and 10-13’s Monday’s 5-7pm Contact 046 9247161

Social Skills Group in Kells
‘The Little Wrens’ Age group: 3-5 year olds. On Saturdays with two sessions 10am-12noon and 12.30-14.30. Venue: Woodpole Montessori Preschool, 11 Gardenrath Close, Kells Co.Meath. For more information, please email Liz, the Group Leader: littlewrensgroup@hotmail.com or phone 0852418261


‘Sociable Souls’ Social Skills Group Venue – The Children’s Wellbeing Centre, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan. For information about this group please email: wowojulie@hotmail.com    Phone: 086 392 3468

For families in South Roscommon please consider the group in Athlone.


Templemore Social Skills Groups

Venue: St Sheelans Childcare, Templemore, Thurles. For children aged 4-7
with autism spectrum disorders.

Basic attending skills, Classroom routines, Making Friends, Play Skills, Greetings, Sharing, Requesting, Language Development.

  • For children aged 9-11
    with autism spectrum disorders.
  • Speaking in groups – confidence
  • Making friends, exploring and understanding relationships
  • Communication skills through role play and developing characters
  • Understanding emotions
  • Social Skills and creative, expressive language

For information and booking details regarding either group please contact Marie or Felicity at templemoregroup@gmail.com. Phone: 087 268 4628


Mullingar Group

Lir Social Skills Curriculum 1

3-5 years at 3pm Thursdays, 1st floor Heart & Soul, Austin Friars St. Mullingar

Lir Social Skills Curriculum 2

6-9 years at 5pm 1st Floor Heart & Soul , Austin Friars St. Mullingar. For more information and booking contact Group Leader, okwhelan@gmail.com or phone 086-88-69-446


The Little Kangaroos
Social Skills Group for Children with Additional Needs. Venue: St. Mary’s Hall, Northgate Street, Athlone. For more information and booking contact Geraldine, geraldinehometrain@gmail.com or phone 085 168 3491 See our Facebook page!



Training is provided to Group Leaders who want to run their own social skills groups either in the community or at their place of work. Training is a 1-off payment, and includes everything you need to set up and run your own group, along with the manual.

Contact Claire for details of the next training day.