Welcome to SupportMe

This website is designed for people who wish to find information on all the various support services that are available to them in the West of Ireland.

Twenty different categories are listed in order to make looking for information a bit easier and you can also search by keyword or put in your local town.


Services by Region: Mayo Services by Region: Galway Services by Region: Roscommon

Support Services

Family support services in Galway

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1. Accord Marriage and Relationship Counselling View More Details on Accord Marriage and Relationship Counselling Visit the Accord Marriage and Relationship Counselling Website
Address: Contact Details:
Telephone: 01 5053112
Website: www.accord.ie

ACCORD's essential function is to provide you with access to information and support if you are:

  • Looking for help with marriage and relationship difficulties
  • Preparing for marriage
  • Seeking to enhance your relationship
  • Learning more about marriage and family issues

Counselling - the service is based on the client's needs rather than their ability to pay.  A contribution is requested if the person or couple can afford to make one


Accord has centres in:

Ballina                        096 21478
Ballinasloe                  090 9643573  
Castlebar                    094 9022214
Charlestown               094 9254944
Galway                       091 562331
Tuam                          093 24900      

For further information and email addresses please see our website.


2. Acorns 2 Oaks Play Therapy View More Details on Acorns 2 Oaks Play Therapy Visit the Acorns 2 Oaks Play Therapy Website Email Acorns 2 Oaks Play Therapy
Address: Contact Details:
9 Kilkerrin Park,
Liosban Industrial Estate,
Galway City

Contact: Emer Mc Donagh
Telephone: 0876841231
Email: emer@acorns2oaksplaytherapy.com
Website: www.acorns2oaksplaytherapy.com

Acorns 2 Oaks is a Galway based Play Therapy Service, which offers a variety of services individually catered to each client.
Acorns 2 Oaks Play Therapy is run by Emer Mc Donagh, Play Therapist and Child Psychotherapist.  
I use a variety of toys and techniques in my work, including Non Directive Play Therapy, Therapeutic Story Work, Drama,
Puppets, Masks, Sand Play, Art and Clay.
I welcome contact from anybody who wishes to discuss a concern related to children in their care.

The desired outcomes of Play Therapy include a reduction in anxiety, increased confidence and independence, improved relationships with family and friends, positive behaviour changes, improved coping skills and increased resiliency. Play Therapy can benefit children from 3 years of age upwards. I also offer creative counselling and play therapy for older children and adolescents.

Play Therapy can be effective for children experiencing a broad range of difficulties, including:

•Emotional difficulties such as aggression, depression, low self esteem, anxiety and withdrawal
•Behavioural difficulties
•Loss or bereavement
•Abuse or neglect
•Problems with socialising
•Having poor play skills
•Have delayed development with ASD, ADHD or any Learning Difficulty
•Parental Separation
•Being bullied or has become a bully
•They are not reaching their fullest potential academically, socially, physically and/or emotionally

People to Contact

Emer Mc Donagh

3. Affordable Counselling Service by Helplink View More Details on Affordable Counselling Service by Helplink Visit the Affordable Counselling Service by Helplink Website Email Affordable Counselling Service by Helplink
Address: Contact Details:

1st Floor
The Plaza
Headford Road

Telephone: 091 759887
Email: helplinksupport@helplink.ie
Website: www.helplink.ie

We provide traditional in person (face-to-face) counselling in our offices in Galway City. Helplink’s professional, insured, supervised and Garda vetted counsellors are there at times to suit you, 7 days a week.

We also provide counselling services online or by phone nationwide

Research shows that online (video) counselling or phone counselling works the same as traditional face-to-face counselling. The only difference is that appointments happen through your computer, smartphone or your standard phone in a place that can be more comfortable and more convenient for you; like your own home, car, office or other private setting!

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 9 am to 9 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 12 pm to 6pm

Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas/New Year's Eve


If you are a Full-Time Student or Unemployed and in receipt of a Social Welfare payment (e.g. Jobseeker’s Benefit/Allowance, Disability Benefit, Illness Benefit), one appointment costs €30. Part-time workers under 20 hours can also avail of this rate Terms & Conditions apply.

One standard appointment for employed people costs €50 or €45 with a GP referral (letter or email)

We can help if you are dealing with:

Feeling unhappy, feeling low, being constantly worried, not sleeping, feeling stressed out and/or anxious, behaviour problems, anger issues, feeling sad, difficulty dealing with a death, being bullied/cyber bullied, feeling confused, drinking too much, addiction problems, problems with eating, not feeling good about yourself, lacking in confidence…

Contact: talk to us at (091) 759887 or email us at helplinksupport@helplink.ie or check out more of our information at www.helplink.ie.

Warning: we do not provide a crisis service, people seriously contemplating suicide or in need of immediate help should go to their local A&E; Dial 999 for assistance.

4. Arlene Naugthen @ Sugru Therapy View More Details on Arlene Naugthen @ Sugru Therapy Visit the Arlene Naugthen @ Sugru Therapy Website Email Arlene Naugthen @ Sugru Therapy
Address: Contact Details:
Main Office:
Co Roscommon
Outreach Service in Various Locations
Telephone: 0867920925
Email: arlene@sugru.ie
Email: info@sugru.ie
Website: www.sugru.ie

Arlene Naughten, the Clinical Director at Sugru, provides a range of services to meet the developmental and therapeutic needs of families, children, young people, teenagers, and parents. The main aim of Sugru is to provide a service that is fully accessible and thus has an option for everyone. 

For New & Expectant Mothers - Child Development & Parenting Workshop - Offering a valuable support to new mothers to equip them with tools to improve their emotional health and the well-being of their child.

For Families -  

An Individual Parenting Consutation is the first port of call for any parent experiencing any difficulty, where parents will get professional advice based on their individual needs as identified. 

Family based Therapeutic Intervention is designed to meet the needs of a family as a whole and will often include play therapy for younger children, cognitive behaviour therapy for teenagers, parenting support for parents, and attachement work with the whole family. (see www.sugru.ie for more information on each of these therapeutic techniques)

Parening Workshops - Small numbers per group, gives parents the opportunity to learn parenting skills specific to their families needs

o Communicating with your Child, From Baby to Toddler: The Early Years
o Managing the Family: A Tool for Busy Families
o Parenting a Teenage
o Parenting through Divorce/Separation
o Parenting a Child with Special Needs

For Children:

o Developmental Play Groups (age 2-3 years)
o Individual Therapeutic Play (age 3 - 12 years)
o Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (age 10 - 18 years)

Mindfulness for Everyone - Learn important relaxion technique and have the opportunity to practice same in the variety of sessions on offer

o Mammy & Baby Mindfulness
o Parent & Toddler Mindfulness
o Parent's Mindfulness
o Childrens Mindfulness
o Adult Mindfulness

Specialised Services for Children with Additional Needs - such as Autism, Dyspraxia, etc.

o Specialised Developmental Play Groups
o Social Skills Workshops
o Meditation & Movement Classes
o Socialisation Camps
o Sibling Support Groups

Your Practitioner: Arlene Naughten BA, PGDipPsyc, PGDipEd, MScPsyc, MScFPsycC, PGCertPBPT, mBPsS, mPsSI, mPTI, mTCI is a highly trained and experienced practitioner with a range of specialisms including working with Domestic Violence, Neuro-Developmental Needs, Fears, Anxiety, Attachment, Early Childhood Trauma, and Family Communication Breakdowns, to name but a few. Arlene's full biography can be seen at http://sugru.ie/?page_id=38. 

5. Ballinalsoe Family Support Services View More Details on Ballinalsoe Family Support Services
Address: Contact Details:
Health Centre
Co. Galway
Contact: Catriona Newell
Telephone: 09096-46200

The Ballinasloe Family Support Service are a team of HSE staff who work with families through difficult times in their lives and provide intensive support to those who need it.

We aim to provide a service to families within their own homes and communities, to build on their strenghs and help them to overcome difficulties.

People to Contact

Catriona Newell

Eamonn Mullins

6. Ballinasloe Community Information Centre View More Details on Ballinasloe Community Information Centre Email Ballinasloe Community Information Centre
Address: Contact Details:
The Emerald
McNevin Avenue
Contact: Terry Hanlon
Telephone: 090-9644390
Email: bsloecic@eircom.net


We provide a free, impartial and confidential Information Service to the people of Ballinasloe and surrounding areas.

Topics covered include –

  • Social Welfare Entitlements
  • Supplementary Welfare
  • Employment Rights
  • Education Grants
  • Medical Cards
  • Entitlements for the over 60’s
  • Entitlements for people with disability
  • Appeals etc.

Further support services available in the Centre

Supported by FÁS/DSP
Affiliated to INOU and Comhairle

People to Contact

Terry Hanlon

Ger Moloney

Mary Donohue
7. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ireland - Galway View More Details on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ireland - Galway Email Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ireland - Galway
Address: Contact Details:
Westside Community Resource Centre
Old Seamus Quirke Road,
Telephone: 091-554423 (Reception)
Email: andreagallagher@foroige.ie

Matching a male or female volunteer with a referred young person aged between 10-18years.  The programme offers friendship resulting in a positive impact on the young person’s development.

AGE GROUP:   10 – 18 years male/female

8. Caring For Carers (Cummer/Tuam) View More Details on Caring For Carers (Cummer/Tuam)
Address: Contact Details:
Co. Galway
Contact: Ms. Mary Forde Secretary
Telephone: 093 – 41312

People to Contact

Ms. Mary Forde Secretary

9. Caring For Carers (Dunmore) View More Details on Caring For Carers (Dunmore)
Address: Contact Details:
Strawberry Hill,
Contact: Ms. Anne Daly (Secretary)
Telephone: 093 – 51450 / 086 - 3857745

People to Contact

Ms. Anne Daly (Secretary)

10. Caring for Carers – West View More Details on Caring for Carers – West Visit the Caring for Carers – West Website Email Caring for Carers – West
Address: Contact Details:
Curragh Park,
Co. Galway
Contact: Ms. Brid Lynch (Development Officer)
Telephone: 093 – 25362
Email: caringforcarerswest@eircom.net
Website: www.caringforcarers.ie/

People to Contact

Ms. Brid Lynch (Development Officer)

11. Clann Family Resource Centre View More Details on Clann Family Resource Centre Visit the Clann Family Resource Centre Website Email Clann Family Resource Centre
Address: Contact Details:
Cregg Lodge,
Station Road,
Co. Galway
Email: clannres@eircom.net
Website: www.clannresourcecentre.com

Key services provided by FRCs include:

    The provision of family support, information and advice at local level.
    Practical assistance to community groups (such as training, information, advice and use of shared facilities).
    Education courses and training opportunities.

12. Comfort Keepers View More Details on Comfort Keepers Visit the Comfort Keepers Website Email Comfort Keepers
Address: Contact Details:
Comfort Keepers,
Unit 1 Liosban Business Park,
Tuam Road,
Contact: galway
Telephone: 1850 911 800
091 455100
Email: care@comfortkeepers.ie
Email: galway@comfortkeepers.ie
Website: www.comfortkeepers.ie/

At Comfort Keepers, we provide care and support services so your loved one can stay at independent and happy in the comfort of his or her own home, ensuring peace of mind for you and your family.

We offer personal, homecare and companionship services and cater for a wide range of clients.

People to Contact

091 455100

comfort keepers
1850 455 100

ruth collins
091 455100
13. Counselling West View More Details on Counselling West Visit the Counselling West Website Email Counselling West
Address: Contact Details:
Co Galway
Contact: Gina Dowd
Telephone: 087 9913179
Email: counsellingwest@gmail.com
Website: www.counsellingwest.ie

My name is Gina Dowd and I work as a Counsellor/ Psychotherapist with Adults, Teenagers and Children. I have been providing counselling and support to individuals and families for over 15 years in various settings.  A qualified Psychotherapist, I trained with the Tivoli Institute in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. I am a member of the Irish Association of Counselling Practitioners and am Garda vetted by the HSE.
My initial training was in Social Work. I have worked within both the public and private sector of the HSE and NHS in Ireland and the U.K. Having completed a Degree and Masters in Social Work I gained further training in Bereavement and Loss, Family Therapy, Children and Loss, Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. My experience includes work with Bereaved adults and Children in Hospice and Palliative Care Teams, Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse, direct work with young Children and Teenagers with anxiety and loss. Personal development in Yoga training with adults and children has enabled me to incorporate and understanding of both body and mind in my counselling approach.

This work offers an opportunity to young children to explore issues of anxiety, loss change or upset that may be happening in their lives. Working alongside parents in family sessions promotes the interaction and communications patterns that facilitate change. All work requires parental consent and initial family consultation. I work with children from age 4+.

Teenagers/ Adolescents
One to one work which supports the sharing of feelings regarding anxiety, change & loss, sexual identity, fears and worries loneliness or frustration. The therapeutic space I offer is an opportunity for a young person to begin to get to know themselves and figure out their own place in the world. Family sessions are offered in consultation with the younger person as a way to encourage communication and facilitate positive change within the family network.

The work of therapy is most often associated with present difficulties and a sense of unease in the world. For many this often relates to childhood memories, experiences and introjections. My training in the psychodynamic and eclectic model affords me the opportunity to work with adults who face many challenges and upsets in their lives. For many feelings of stress, despair or anxiety lead to unhappiness in themselves and confusion around identity and the way forward. I offer adults the opportunity to talks through their concerns in a helpful and supportive way so that a person can make sense of both their feelings in body and mind. Short or long term support is offered depending on individual need and requirements.

The Older Adult
From my experience over the years older people today face many issues which are unique to the 65+ age range. Elder Abuse, Issues of identity, Bereavement and Separation are some of the many issues which face the older adult today. Having worked with older people for most of my career to date I have found that support to enable the older person to express feeling of loss and change due to illness, death or abuse are so important. The support I offer is grounded in an appreciation of the wisdom and challenges faced by many older people today and the opportunity to share and express all that is relevant about ageing today.

The many issues that I deal with include:
Childhood Issues & Trauma, Sexual Identity, Grief, Loss& Relationship Separation Anxiety & Depression, Personal Development, Sexual, Physical & Emotional Abuse, Self Esteem Confidence & Assertiveness.

People to Contact

Gina Dowd
087 9913179

14. Couples and Marriage Counselling by Helplink View More Details on Couples and Marriage Counselling by Helplink Visit the Couples and Marriage Counselling by Helplink Website Email Couples and Marriage Counselling by Helplink
Address: Contact Details:

1st Floor
The Plaza
Headford Road

Email: helplinksupport@helplink.ie
Website: www.helplink.ie/counselling/co...

Couples/Marriage Counselling by Helplink Support Services

There are three options available:

  • Online (video) counselling available nationwide from your home, private setting, or from two different locations if you are apart for work etc.
  • Telephone counselling
  • In person at our Galway City office for face-to-face sessions.

Couples counselling can be benefical if your relationship is in distress or if you experience:

  • Poor communication (tools and skills will be introduced to achieve results)
  • Trust issues
  • Lack of intimacy (tools & skills will be introduced to establish deeper levels of intimacy)
  • Incompatibility (issues might be explored to establish mutual goals for you live together as a couple & family)
  • Domestic violence
  • Spectrum of psychological disorders including Alcoholism, depression, anxiety, Erectile Dysfunction, psycho-sexual issues etc Ref: http://www.minddisorders.com/Br-Del/Couples-therapy.html
  • Maybe you notice that things just aren’t ‘right’, and need some objectivity to explore what’s going on.

The Goal of couple’s therapy is to identify stresses and devise a treatment plan designed to establish harmony and alleviate relational distress. 

The Objective of couple's therapy is to restore healthy functioning, so that the couple can move forward in their lives.

Cost: the fee for this specialist counselling service is 65 euro or 60 euro with a GP referral (email or letter). 

Contact: talk to us at (091) 759887 or email us at helplinksupport@helplink.ie

15. Cristina Galvin Psychotherapy & Counselling View More Details on Cristina Galvin Psychotherapy & Counselling Visit the Cristina Galvin Psychotherapy & Counselling Website Email Cristina Galvin Psychotherapy & Counselling
Address: Contact Details:

Galway City

Telephone: 087 3140274
Website: www.psychotherapyforyou.com

Cristina Galvin, MA, MSc is a fully accredited psychotherapist and counsellor, registered with IAHIP and ICP. 

Cristina runs a trusted, professional Psychotherapy and Counselling practice in Galway city. She has many years of experience, both overseas and here in Ireland, working with people struggling with the effects of trauma, grief, loss, addictions, eating disorders, depression and anxiety. as well as a host of other issues that cause stress and relationship difficulties.

She takes a person-centred approach to people and the issues they bring to therapy. This means that you are given time and space to talk and feel heard. Her way of working is also practical in that you come away equipped with tools to cope, whatever your struggle, and it is psychodynamic, meaning that sessions may explore how past experiences may be influencing present emotional and behavioural patterns. The insight and understanding this gives you will help to shed light on hidden hindrances and seemingly intractable issues in your life so that doorways to more expansive ways of living may open up. If you are struggling with a personal crisis or difficult life events, don't struggle alone. Cristina's compassionate support is just a call or click away. For more information and to make an appointment, call 0873140274 or visit www.psychotherapyforyou.com.

16. Croí naGaillimhe Resource Centre View More Details on Croí naGaillimhe Resource Centre Visit the Croí naGaillimhe Resource Centre  Website Email Croí naGaillimhe Resource Centre
Address: Contact Details:

Croí na Gaillimhe

Maureen O'Connell House 

1  Mill Street 


Contact: Loretta Needham
Telephone: 091-895203
Email: info@croinagillimhe.ie
Website: www.croinagaillimhe.ie

Croí na Gaillimhe, Resource Centre
Maureen O'Connell House
1 Mill Street
Telephone: 091-895203
Email: lorettaneedham@gmail.com
Email: abellsvp@gmail.com
Email: jkehelleysvp@gmail.com
Croí na Gaillimhe is actively involved in the provision of a range of services to isolated people in Galway City and County. Croí na Gaillimhe works with people affected by poverty, isolation and social exclusion, including older people, intergenerational groups, disadvantaged parents and people parenting alone, migrants, adults with a range of educational needs and socially isolated men.  Since its inception Croí na Gaillimhe sought to fill a gap in existing provision for people experiencing social isolation and to complement and coordinate with existing services in Galway.


Croi na Gaillimhe Asylum Support Clinic -Support for  asylum seekers in interview /appeal for subsudary and refugee status   (By appointment only contact our office 091-895203)

Croí na Gaillimhe Intergenerational Project  - Young Hearts 

Croí na Gaillimhe The Bridge Project  - Support for asylum seekers who have recieved their status to find accomadation (By appointment only)

Croí na Gaillimhe Lunch and Social Club

Croí na Gaillimhe - Adapted exercise for the older person  - Siel Bleu

Croí na Gaillimhe Knitting Club

Croí na Gaillimhe Creative Writing Club

Croí na Gaillimhe One World Voice Choir 

Croí an Gaillimhe and Third Age – Conversational English Programme

NALA Blended Learing  - Online English Language Class

HSE – Teenage Parents Group

GROW  - Mental Health & Anxiety Support Programme 


Money Advice and Budgeting Courses

Computer Training

Art Class 


Croí na Gaillimhe Homework Club based in the Eglinton Direct Provision Hostel

Ladies Basketball  - The OWLS are a ladies basketball team amde up of women in direct provision and women in local community. 


Meeting Rooms available for rent on an Hourly basis

Rooms set and furnished to your requirements including the use of:

Multi-Media Projector, Overhead Projector, Flipchart Stand, Whiteboard, Internet Access and Tea and Coffees by Arrangement.

Suitable for:

Local Community and Voluntary Groups, Statutory Agencies, Non-Profit and Charitable organisations, Educational Courses and Classes.

Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre is a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status. All fees charged are applied to the operating costs of the Centre.  All groups must comply with the Centre’s policies and procedures.

Insurance Requirements

Leaseholders must hold a current insurance policy and provide a letter from their insurance company or broker which specifically indemnifies Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre.

Regular meeting room users are advised to hold an insurance policy suitable for their requirements.

Advance bookings are required.

People to Contact

Loretta Needham
091 895203

Aisling Bell
091 895203

17. Croí- The West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation View More Details on Croí- The West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation Visit the Croí- The West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation Website Email Croí- The West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation
Address: Contact Details:
Croí House,
Moyola Lane,
Telephone: 091 544310
Email: info@croi.ie
Website: www.croi.ie

A range of specialised Cardiac Health and lifestyle Programmes are now available in the Croí Heart and Stroke Centre.

  • Heart Smart
  • Cardiac Fitness Assessment
  • 6 Week Back to Fitness' Programme
  • Specialist Cardiac Dietetic Consultation
  • Weight  Management
  • Yoga
  • Specialised Physiotherapy and Exercise Prescription
  • Croi Health Wise Programme
  • Low Functioning Exercise Class
  • Walking Football

18. Deirdre Judge Psychotherapist View More Details on Deirdre Judge Psychotherapist Visit the Deirdre Judge Psychotherapist Website Email Deirdre Judge Psychotherapist
Address: Contact Details:
Kiltimagh Co Mayo
Telephone: 0857830091
Email: mayocounselling@gmail.com
Website: www.deirdrejudge.ie

I hold a Master of Science (Psychotherapy) and a professional Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy from Dublin City University, Ireland. This highly professional training ensures that I have the necessary skills to deliver Integrative Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Systemic Family Therapy and Couple Therapy to my clients. I am a fully accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and I work within the ethical framework provided by this organisation. I have also been garda-vetted in accordance with IACP ethical procedures. In addition, I hold a Batchelor of Education degree from Carysfort College, Dublin and have previously worked as a primary teacher for many years in Dublin. I have also been garda-vetted in accordance with IACP ethical procedures. I provide counselling and psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, families and children in my private practice. My current work involves supporting those who present with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, suicide ideation, bereavement, work-related stress, school related issues (staff or children), relationship issues and many more. I am one of a few psychotherapists in the west of Ireland to have reached a master’s level in psychotherapy. My training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) ensures that I am one of the few therapists in Co. Mayo offering this evidence-based therapy which is proven to be very effective in dealing with such issues as anxiety and depression.

19. Department of Social Protection View More Details on Department of Social Protection Visit the Department of Social Protection Website Email Department of Social Protection
Address: Contact Details:
Áras Mhic Dhiarmada,
Store Street,
Dublin 1
Telephone: 01 7043000
Email: info@welfare.ie
Website: www.welfare.ie

The Department's role is to promote a caring society through ensuring access to income support and other services, enabling active participation, promoting social inclusion and supporting families. Older people are supported through income and other support services including the following;

– Information Services – 1890 66 22 44
– Free Travel, Household Benefits, State Pension, Domiciliary Care, Widow(er)s Pension, Widowed Parent Grant, Blind Persons Pension - Tel: 1890 500 000
– Carer's Allowance, Carer's Benefit, Disability Allowance, Disablement Benefit, Invalidity Pension, Bereavement Grant - Tel: 1890 927 770
– Supplementary Welfare Allowance - 071 9157100
– Homemakers Te 1890 690 690
– Respite Care Grant – Tel: 01 6732222
– Illness Benefit, Injury Benefit, Medical Care – Tel: 1890 928 400
– Treatment Benefit -Telephone 1890 400 400 
Social Welfare Local Office Galway Tel 091 500800 
Hynes Building, St. Augustine Street, Galway, Co. Galway

20. Domestic Violence Response View More Details on Domestic Violence Response Visit the Domestic Violence Response Website Email Domestic Violence Response
Address: Contact Details:
The Courtyard,
Main Street
Co. Galway
Contact: Co-ordinator
Telephone: Telephone: 091 866740
Email: Email: dvr@indigo.ie
Website: www.domesticviolenceresponse.c...

Domestic Violence Response is a rural based project responding to the issue of domestic violence primarily in West Galway. 

Our aim is to identify and respond to the needs of women and children in Co. Galway who are subjected to violence and abuse in the home; and to develop long-term responses that work towards the elimination of domestic violence.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is any form of physical, sexual or emotional violence which puts safety or welfare of a family member at risk.

What happens when you contact the service:

  • We provide a free and confidential service to give you an opportunity to explore problems you may be having in your relationship.
  • We will arrange a once off assessment visit with you at a place that is safe and accessible for you.
  • We will offer you further follow up appointments, court accompaniment and referrals to other agencies as needed.
  • We will accompany you to relevant agencies as needed.
  • We also provide telephone support.
  • We also provide education and awareness.

Impact of living with domestic violence includes:

  • Feeling afraid.
  • Believing the abuse is your fault.
  • Doubting yourself and your judgement.
  • Feeling guilty and ashamed.
  • Physical injuries.

Contact us at 091 866740 to find out the support and protection available to you.

People to Contact


21. Eriú counselling and psychotherapy View More Details on Eriú counselling and psychotherapy Visit the Eriú counselling and psychotherapy  Website Email Eriú counselling and psychotherapy
Address: Contact Details:
Triskel Centre, Salthill.
Telephone: 0861078444
Email: aoibheniraghallaigh@gmail.com
Website: www.aoifereillycounselling.ie

Counselling and psychotherapy for adults and teens from age 16 upwards. therapeutic group work.

22. Family Carers Ireland View More Details on Family Carers Ireland Visit the Family Carers Ireland Website Email Family Carers Ireland
Address: Contact Details:
Barrack Street,
Co Galway
091 880418

The Glebe
Co Galway
093 70022

The Harlequin Plaza
Garvey Way
Co Mayo
086 3775702

Castle Street
Roscommon Town
Co. Roscommon
090 6627698
086 8099494
Contact: Ann Gardiner
Telephone: (091) 880418
Email: info@familycarers.ie
Website: www.familycarers.ie/

Family Carers Ireland is a registered charity (number CHY 10962) and a company limited by guarantee, emerging from the coming together of two long standing charities of over 25 years – The Carers Association and Caring for Carers in 2016. The merger brings the best of both charities together whilst broadening the range of services and supports to family carers and giving one national voice to represent fairness for carers. 

See our website for all the services that Family Carers Ireland has to offer.

Carer Groups

Family Carers Ireland runs carer groups all over the country. These groups meet regularly, usually once a month. The carers that attend set the agenda. Carers often use the time to share coping strategies and local information in addition to offering emotional support. Guest speakers such as Public Health Nurses, HSE and Social Welfare experts are invited to meetings to address carers on issues of interest to them. Groups provide a valuable opportunity to meet others with similar caring experiences. Indeed this is how many enduring friendships began.

Groups are also integral to the operation of Family Carers Ireland. We operate on the basis of group membership because it believes that local networks best promote inclusion and support at local, regional and national levels. Groups play a vital role in promoting recognition of the identity, contribution and needs of family carers, in articulating existing and emerging need and in representing family carers’ issues both to policymakers and to the general community. The organisation recognises three categories of group as eligible for membership in this capacity: local groups, regional forums and virtual groups.

Five or more members coming together with the same goals and meeting on a regular basis may form a group affiliated with Family Carers Ireland. Members of FCI groups will be united by a common bond, which could simply be a shared geographical area, or caring for family members with a condition in common, e.g. parents of children with Autism / ADHD.

There are three different fee options in relation to membership:

An annual subscription fee of €10, (€8 for group members) enables you to become a full member of FCI and add your voice to that of other family carers.
In addition, full members can, on payment of an annual €10 supplementary fee, avail of a discount card which entitles you to our negotiated exclusive deals.
Some groups may opt to become Associate Members of Family Carers Ireland, for €250 per group per annum.
Your membership fee helps to fund a range of services to carers and their families.

Carer groups allow carers to:

  • share their experiences, feelings, ideas, concerns, information and problems
  • access information on their rights and entitlements
  • act together to highlight carers issues with decision makers
  • have a sense of connection with other family carers in similar circumstances
  • have a break from the caring situation
  • relax, socialise and learn from other carers
  • cope from day to day

People to Contact

Ann Gardiner
(086) 0271454

23. Family Mediation Service View More Details on Family Mediation Service Email Family Mediation Service
Address: Contact Details:

Floor 1
Ross House
Merchant's Road

Telephone: (091) 509730
Email: fmsgalway@eircom.net

Family mediation

24. Family Welfare Conference Service View More Details on Family Welfare Conference Service Email Family Welfare Conference Service
Address: Contact Details:
HR Building
Merlin Park Hospital
Contact: Jason Leavy
Telephone: 091 775485 / 087 9743735
Administrator: 091 548496
Email: Jason.Leavy@mailn.hse.ie

When a family is in need of support a Family Welfare Conference may be helpful in making a plan.  A Family Welfare Conference is a decision making meeting which brings family members, friends and other people important to the family together.  The family meeting is arranged by an independent co-ordinator at a time and place that suits the family.  Family Welfare Conferences are based on the principle of partnership and help families to find solutions to their own problems with support from the HSE.  The process makes use of the strengths and resources within the family and respects each families own culture and values.

AGE GROUP:   Families

People to Contact

Jason Leavy

25. Family Wellbeing View More Details on Family Wellbeing Email Family Wellbeing
Address: Contact Details:
Liosbán Industrial Estate
Tuam Road,
Telephone: 0868072322
Email: loughreaplaytherapy@gmail.com

Parent Mentor, offering counselling and education (courses, workshops and one-to-one counselling).
Play therapist, offering one-to-one or group sessions to help children work through their feelings and difficulties using the powerful medium of play and creative activities. Suitable for children from three upwards, and there is no upper age limit.

26. Galway Autism Partnership View More Details on Galway Autism Partnership Visit the Galway Autism Partnership Website Email Galway Autism Partnership
Address: Contact Details:
Galway Autism Partnership
Tigh Ronan
36 Laurel Park
Galway city
Contact: Louise Sheehy
Telephone: (091) 588 899
Email: info@galwayautismpartnership.com
Website: www.galwayautismpartnership.co...

Galway Autism Partnership GAP is a registered charity for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Galway city and County.

Galway Autism Partnership was formed to support, assist and identify requirements of families living and support a person with autism.  Our current aim is not to re-create a system but identify the 'gap'.

GAP was formed in 2011 by parents struggling with the lack of information and support while raising children with autism IN THE WEST, through a facebook page.  Our patron is President Michael D. Higgins.  We are currently based at Tigh Ronain, Laurel Park Newcastle from 9.30-1.30pm four days a week, provide telephone support seven days a week and facilitate a facebook page and website.  We have one part time office manager.

Our current membership is just peaking at over 400 families.  Our families are based in Galway City and County, however we do have families from surrounding counties in the region who liaise with us and we have established fantastic links with other autism groups in the country.  An average of 3 families join GAP a week.

What does GAP do?
As stated above we aim to bridge the gap in current support systems for families living with the challenges of autism.  We liaise with our members on an ongoing basis and take our direction from them.  Based on that we have established -

1. A junior youth group - in conjunction with foroige this group facilitates children with autism aged between 11-14 years with the aim of easing the transitions to teenage years and secondary school.  This has been identified by parents as a hugely problematic area with some serious consequences for these kids.  This group facilitates 12 children and has been established since September 2012.

2. A senior youth group - this group again delivered in conjunction with Foroige continues to support individuals aged 15-18 years with mainstream challenges and liviing with autism.  Our facilitators encourage the group to work on social interaction with an aim to problem solving and being able to advocate for themselves.  This group facilitates 12 individuals.

3. 3 afterschool groups - we currently provide three afterschool groups for children aged 4-7 years in Tuam, Knocknacarra and Doughiska.  The groups are facilitated by primary schools presently.  The groups provide a fun environment for children with autism to work on social skills through play and necessary respite support for parents/caregivers on that given afternoon.

4. 1 Saturday kids club - we are launching our first Saturday kids club next week for children with autism and complex sensory needs.  The children in this group have a complex level of autism and do not partake in mainstream activities.  The group will be based at Tigh Ronain with an emphasis on outings in the community.  The group provides essential respite support to these families to concentrate on other family requirements of siblings.  It would be our vision to have a 2nd Saturday kids group in 2014 as demand for weekend activities is evident.

5. Summer camps - In 2013 GAP undertook their first summer camps for children with autism TO INCLUDE their siblings.  When schools close for Summer the majority of families with children with autism struggle.  We identified this and facilitated 40 children over 4 weeks in August.  We offered a range of activities from swimming, yoga, music therapy, circus skills, computers, cooking and outings in the community.

6. Social Care Respite Program - In March 2013 GAP did a pilot study with students of the Social Care Degree program at NUI Galway.  These students are required to avail of 200hours practical placement during each academic year.  GAP identified this opportunity and through talks and alot of work we will have 30 families availing of student placement to assist their families one day a week for 3 hours.  This service will provide an essential support system for families.

7. Assisted support - GAP has launched a major recruitment, interview and assessment campaign for volunteers in 2013.  Galway is academically rich due to our 2 fantastic third level institutions and we identified the need for the students studying relevant childcare/education courses for practical experience.  Based on this recruitment GAP has a wonderful network of volunteers to assist all of our programs and also assist any child with autism on a 1:1 capacity should they wish to participate at a mainstream activity i.e. Art classes at Galway Arts Centre.

8. GAP holds monthly support meetings at our base in Tigh Ronain and quarterly family days out in a variety of locations i.e. Loughwell farm, Kilcornan walled garden and Busy Bees.

Based on the above information alone 80 families in Galway City and County will be availing of direct practical support and a service this September.

Partnership Models
At GAP we are totally aware of our limitations on services we can provide.  However to maximise our service provision we buit valued partnerships in the community.  Some of those partnerships include
School awareness packs - In March 2013 GAP produced a school awareness pack for 50 primary schools in Galway city and county.  This information pack and 10 minute CD presentation was very well received with schools from all over Ireland requesting copies of same.
Brothers of charity services and use of their facilities at Kilcornan, Clarinbridge
Forogie - use of their facilities at Foster Street Galway for Youth groups
Health and Leisure clubs - facilitated swim sessions for members at Salthill hotel & Maldron hotel Galway.
City Taxis- this taxi company kindly facilitated our summer camps this summer.
Rosedale school - Through a very generous offer of practical support from Celestrica Galway, GAP identified the need for support for Rosedale school and its children.  Rosedale school facilitates 68 children with severe to profound intellectual disability and severe autism.  The condition of this school is an absolute disgrace in modern society and GAP has endeavoured to to built on community spirit and generosity to engage with these wonderful schools and facilities who work tirelessly with autistic children.  Through much work and meetings Celestica has committed financial support and personnel to improving this school.

GAP was recognised for their contribution to the community and its valuable resource to its members with an invite to speak at the World Autism Conference at NUI in April 2013.  Many worldwide professionals attended and presented at this event.  We continue to liaise with ICAN (Irish Centre for Autism and Neurological Disorders) at NUI Galway on projects, including managing challenging behaviour and oral hygiene.
We also won the Volunteer Organisation Section of the 2013 national Better Together Awards and were recogised by Galway City Council in 2013 for our contribution to social inclusion

Short Term goals
GAP has began the process of identifying the individuals with severe to profound intellectual and autism who are now 18 and have left the education system.  This group have profound needs and to date are being returned home to their families with no structured placements for many and no respite system in place for families.  GAP are working on identifying the current plans in place and bridging these gaps.
GAP will be producing 50 more school awareness packs November 2013
A strategic plan to engage more multinational companies in Galway to pursue practical projects for much neglected special needs facilitates in Galway city and county
A planned conference to liaise with all teachers of children with autism in Galway to also include social workers and early intervention teams, Iin November 2013.
Planned week long event to celebrate World Autism Week to encompass World Autism Day April 2nd 2014 and our very successful Light It Up Blue Campaign, see Galway Cathedral Light It Up Blue 2013.

Long Term goals
A sustained service delivery model with core government funding.
A GAP transport system!!
A permanent well functioning base!!

People to Contact

Louise Sheehy

27. Galway Head Injury Support Group (GHISG) View More Details on Galway Head Injury Support Group (GHISG) Email Galway Head Injury Support Group (GHISG)
Address: Contact Details:
Telephone: 091 768168
Email: galwayhisg@gmail.com

The GHISG endeavours to improve the quality of life of people with acquired brain injury and their families.

28. Galway Migrant Service View More Details on Galway Migrant Service Visit the Galway Migrant Service Website Email Galway Migrant Service
Address: Contact Details:
3 The Plaza Offices,
Headford Road,
Telephone: 091 773466
Email: info@gcp.ie
Website: www.gcp.ie

Provides information, support and advocacy to migrant workers and their families.

29. Galway Psychotherapy Practice View More Details on Galway Psychotherapy Practice Visit the Galway Psychotherapy Practice Website
Address: Contact Details:
Contact: Ilona Haberska
Telephone: 0861941889
Website: www.galwaypsychotherapy.com

I am a Registered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland and a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist accredited by Eurapean Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

I received my MA in Psychology from Jagiellonian University in Krakow in Poland.

I also completed two years of training in Group Analysis and four years of postgraduate proffessional training  in Psychotherapy, obtaining Diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

I worked as a psychologist with the National Psychiatric Services in Poland and in private practice in Ireland.

I offer help to people suffering from: depression, anxiety, family and relationship problems, identity issues, childhood sexual abuse including incest,
childhood abuse and neglect, eating disorders, obsessional behavior and thoughts.

People to Contact

Ilona Haberska

30. Galway Stroke Support Group View More Details on Galway Stroke Support Group
Address: Contact Details:
Telephone: 091 700210 (Imelda Walsh Resource Worker, Acquired Brain Injury Irl)

The Stroke Support Group aims to provide an opportunity for Stroke Survivors, family/carers to talk about their experiences and how they are managing; to offer support to each other and to families whose relative/friend has just had a stroke. The group also provides information regarding stroke and stroke prevention, including information sessions from health care professionals. They also provide outings from time to time.

31. Geatoír Play Therapy View More Details on Geatoír Play Therapy Visit the Geatoír Play Therapy Website Email Geatoír Play Therapy
Address: Contact Details:
7 Cloonarkin Drive
Co. Galway
Contact: Deborah Nolan
Telephone: 087 6254401
Email: info@geatoir.com
Website: www.geatoir.com

Play therapy and family support for children and families experiencing difficulties developmentally, emotionally, socially or after a trauma or loss.

People to Contact

Deborah Nolan
087 6254401

32. Glenamaddy Social Services View More Details on Glenamaddy Social Services
Address: Contact Details:
Contact: Mr. Pat Glavey (Chairperson)

People to Contact

Mr. Pat Glavey (Chairperson)

33. Gort Family Resource Centre View More Details on Gort Family Resource Centre Email Gort Family Resource Centre
Address: Contact Details:
Market Hall, Church Street, Gort, Co. Galway
Contact: Annie Rosario
Telephone: 091 630902
Email: coordinator@gortfrc.com

Key services provided by FRCs include:

    The provision of family support, information and advice at local level.
    Practical assistance to community groups (such as training, information, advice and use of shared facilities).
    Education courses and training opportunities.

People to Contact

Annie Rosario

34. Homes For Dunmore View More Details on Homes For Dunmore
Address: Contact Details:
Barrack Street,
Contact: Ms. Vera O’Malley

People to Contact

Ms. Vera O’Malley

35. HSE Carers Services View More Details on HSE Carers Services Email HSE Carers Services
Address: Contact Details:
HSE West City Centre,
Seamus Quirke Road,
Telephone: 091 548333
Email: carersdepartment@hse.ie

Provides a support service to Family/ Informal Carers in Galway City, County & the Islands. Range of carers support services provided including training service, support group service, information and advice services, in home respite service, counselling service etc.

36. HSE Civil Registration Service View More Details on HSE Civil Registration Service
Address: Contact Details:
HSE West,
25 Newcastle Road,
Telephone: 091 546277

Registration of all life events – births, stillbirths, marriages and deaths.
Issuing of certificates for life events. You may also order online at www.certificates.ie. Solemnisation of civil marriages.

37. HSE Community Nutrition & Dietetic Service View More Details on HSE Community Nutrition & Dietetic Service
Address: Contact Details:
HSE West,
West City Centre,
Telephone: 091 548335

Provides information and support to individuals and groups on healthy eating and weight management.

38. HSE National Information Line View More Details on HSE National Information Line Visit the HSE National Information Line Website Email HSE National Information Line
Address: Contact Details:
Telephone: 1850 24 1850
Email: info@hse.ie
Website: www.hse.ie

The HSE provides a national information services on a wide range of health services, entitlements and eligibility. The Info line operates from 8am to 8pm Monday- Saturday.

39. I.D.E.A.L (Irish Detox Expert Advisory Links) View More Details on I.D.E.A.L (Irish Detox Expert Advisory Links) Email I.D.E.A.L (Irish Detox Expert Advisory Links)
Address: Contact Details:
Neale Park,
The Neale, 
Contact: valerie farragher
Telephone: 0949545623
Email: valfarragher@ymail.com
Email: maryhomedetox@ymail.com
Email: homedetox@mail.com

I.D.E.A.L is a brand new service.  To date it is the only one of its kind available in Ireland and is now providing home-based alcohol detoxification services for people who are dependent on alcohol and wish to stop drinking.
We provide "at home" care and support for the whole family in the family home.
Our program works by having a visiting health care worker, recovery mentor and family facilitor who comes to the family home until detoxification treatment is completed and recovery is well under way.
Our program lasts for a total of 7 weeks from start to finish.  Alcohol detoxification medication is prescribed for comfort and safety 
Home treatment is proven to be more cost effective than residential and this can be another huge benefit to financially restricted families.
it is not always necessary to be admitted to hospital or rehab for alcohol detoxification.

Home alcohol detoxification is suitable for

  • Self employed
  •  Lone parents
  •  Those in the public eye
  •  Low income families
  •  Those who do not wish to be separated from family for treatment
  •  Farming families
  • Those who need ultimate privacy
consultations are free of charge and we also have payment plan options 

People to Contact

valerie farragher

Mary coyne

40. Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) View More Details on Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) Visit the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) Website
Address: Contact Details:
Unit 4 Galway Retail Park
Headford Road
Telephone: 091 532422
Website: www.ispcc.ie

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) is Ireland’s oldest and most well-known children’s charity.  The ISPCC has a long, proud history of service delivery and advocacy on behalf of children.

Our Vision:

To see an Ireland where all children are heard and valued.

Our Work:
The ISPCC is the only organisation in Ireland providing unique 24 hour support services for children and young people through our Childline service. Childline receives the majority of its 2,300 calls and messages per day after 6pm each evening, when most other support services are closed. Childline receives no government funding, relying on the generosity of donors and volunteers to help run this vital, unique service.

ISPCC support workers and volunteer mentors also work with over 1,500 individual children and families nationwide each year through our suite of ISPCC support services  Our support workers encounter many issues such as emotional and behavioural problems, anxiety, grief, risk of drug and alcohol abuse and early school leaving.

The ISPCC is a child centred organisation providing a range of independent and unique services which are preventative and empowering in nature.

Our Targets:

    Inclusion – to include children in society
    Support – giving children the support they need to work through emotional problems
    Protection - preventing cruelty to children
    Consultation & Participation - seeing children as equals and letting them have a say
    Citizenship - valuing children’s rights as citizens

Our Funding:
The ISPCC receives less that 10% of funding from the Government and so has to fundraise 90% of its annual income; relying on the generosity of the general public, companies and schools. In 2011, we need to raise over €4.5 million to maintain our services and continue to be there, 24 hours a day, for children and young people in Ireland.

Our Services:
ChildFocus & TeenFocus: Therapeutic interventions for children and young people who are experiencing emotional or behavioural difficulties.

Youth Mentoring: A mentor volunteer is matched with a young person to support them.

Childline / Childline Online / TeenTxt: A FREE service for children and young people to access to talk about what's going on for them and what they would like to see happen.

Missing children’s Hotline for support regarding a missing child 116 000 (24 hour service)

41. Jennie Clarke, Play Therapist and Parent Mentor View More Details on Jennie Clarke, Play Therapist and Parent Mentor Visit the Jennie Clarke, Play Therapist and Parent Mentor Website Email Jennie Clarke, Play Therapist and Parent Mentor
Address: Contact Details:
9 Kilkerrin Park, Liosbán Industrial Estate, Tuam Road, Galway
Telephone: 086 8072322
Email: info@jennieclarke.com
Website: www.jennieclarke.com

I help children to work through and resolve difficulties, using the child's most natural means of expression, which is play.

Play therapy helps children to become happier, more resilient and more able to express their feelings in a healthy way.

I also work with parents, to help them enjoy healthier family relationships, communicate better and understand their children's behaviour. I have over 1000 hours of experience, and have worked with people from a wide range of cultures, with many different presenting issues.

42. Loughrea Family and Community Resource Centre View More Details on Loughrea Family and Community Resource Centre Visit the Loughrea Family and Community Resource Centre Website Email Loughrea Family and Community Resource Centre
Address: Contact Details:

Bride Street,


Co. galway.

Contact: Áine Deely, co-ordinator
Telephone: (091) 871149
(086) 3449950
Email: info@loughreafamilyresourcecentre.ie
Email: coordinator@loughreafamilyresourcecentre.ie
Website: www.loughreafamilyresourcecent...


The vision of Loughrea Family and Community Resource Centre is to make people's lives better; we make every effort to do this through the provision of a range of supports and services that respond to the needs of our community.

Our Resource Centre is open to all members of the public and our work encourages and supports participation by and for all. More specifically we....

  • treat people with respect
  • maintain a focus on equality and advocacy
  • be an open, friendly and welcoming space for all members of the community
  • be respectful, non-judgemental and inclusive of all people
  • ensure that our work is conducted in a safe, professional and confidential manner
  • be an accessibile, independent, informative and creative organisation
  • adopt a flexibile and positive approach to our work
  • value partnership

We offera wide range of supports and services which include:

  • a range of counselling services,
  • the RAINBOWS peer support programme for children affected by separation,
  • information and outreach services from a range of organisations including Citizen's Informatiom, COPE Waterside House domestic violence support, welfare rights and information, Tusla Family Support,
  • supports and services for the over 55s, including IT support and training,
  • activity and support groups including Supermummies group, Women's Circle, Knitting and Crochet group,
  • career mentoring and support service
  • meeting rooms, public computer access, community library, photocopying


People to Contact

Áine Deely, co-ordinator
(091) 871149

Liz Moroney/Barbara Gray, administrator
(091) 871149 (086) 3449950

43. Loughrea Town Family Resource Centre View More Details on Loughrea Town Family Resource Centre Email Loughrea Town Family Resource Centre
Address: Contact Details:
Millennium House, Westbridge, Loughrea, Co. Galway
Contact: Aine Feely
Telephone: 091 871149
Email: loughreafrc@eircom.net

Key services provided by FRCs include:

    The provision of family support, information and advice at local level.
    Practical assistance to community groups (such as training, information, advice and use of shared facilities).
    Education courses and training opportunities.

People to Contact

Aine Feely

44. MRSA and Families Network West View More Details on MRSA and Families Network West Visit the MRSA and Families Network West Website Email MRSA and Families Network West
Address: Contact Details:
Co, Galway
Contact: Tony Kavanagh
Telephone: 093 49928
Email: tony@mrsaandfamilies.com
Email: noeleen@mrsaandfamilies.com
Email: margaret@mrsaandfamilies.com
Website: www.mrsaandfamiliesnetwork.com

MRSA and families network is a national organisation who provide advocacy/ councilling/support to survivors and their families of mrsa, c/diff hospital and healthcare acquired infections.

People to Contact

Tony Kavanagh

Noeleen Freel

Margaret Dawson
45. New Choices View More Details on New Choices Visit the New Choices Website Email New Choices
Address: Contact Details:
Neale Park,
The Neale,
Co. Mayo
Contact: Valerie Farragher
Telephone: 0949546107
Email: valfarragher@ymail.com
Website: homedetoxireland.com

We provide help for anyone who is having problems in their lives because they are drinking alcohol heavily or dependently. The treatment is done in your own home.This may also include an Alcohol Detox and this is done, again in your own home, by a registered, qualified nurse. Our treatment is called Integrated Treatment or Dual Diagnosis Care. Dual Diagnosis are the words you may hear when someone is talking about a person that has a mental health difficulty, like anxiety, stress or depression and along with that they also have an alcohol or drug problem. This means that the person is treated for their mental health condition along with their addiction or alcohol abuse problem. If both problems are diagnosed then both must be treated or neither will get better. 

People to Contact

Valerie Farragher

46. Play Therapy Galway View More Details on Play Therapy Galway Visit the Play Therapy Galway Website Email Play Therapy Galway
Address: Contact Details:
54 Castan
Contact: Linsey McNelis
Telephone: 085 7467900
Email: info@playtherapygalway.com
Website: www.playtherapygalway.com

Play Therapy Galway is a Child Therapy and Parental Support Service offering:

• Play Therapy sessions for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, ages 3-18.
• therapeutic groups
• parental support for parents and Filial Play Coaching
• Baby Bonding classes for parents and infants, 0-3.
• Workshops promoting Play as an essential part of our lives both as children and as adults.

People to Contact

Linsey McNelis
085 7467900

47. Solas Family Resource Centre - Headford View More Details on Solas Family Resource Centre - Headford Visit the Solas Family Resource Centre - Headford Website Email Solas Family Resource Centre - Headford
Address: Contact Details:
Main Street,
Co. Galway
Contact: John Middleton
Telephone: 093 36446
Email: solasfrc@eircom.net
Website: www.solasfrc.ie/

Solas Family Resource Centre, on Main Street in Headford, County Galway, seeks to be a light to the community, combining all of the above definitions. We develop and offer services and support mechanisms for individuals and groups in an open, friendly, caring and confidential atmosphere.  From copying services to computer classes, rural transport to budgeting advice, and everything in between, you can trust Solas to bring enlightement to almost any situation.

Solas offers the following Community Services:

  • Adult Literacy Information
  • Care and Repair Programme
  • Citizen Information Clinic (Outreach Service)
  • Clothes Bank
  • Computer Course
  • Counselling Service.
  • Domestic Violence Outreach Service
  • Support and advice offered for parents who need help with their children's behavioural issues. This service is offered through Tuam Family Services once  week. Ring Solas for further info.
  • Galway Advocacy Service
  • Information Service
  • MABS (Outreach Service)
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Office Services
  • Rainbows
  • Rural Transport Initiative
  • Security Alarms
  • Telephone Befriending Service
  • Warmer Homes Scheme – For people in receipt of the fuel allowance

People to Contact

John Middleton

48. Soul Focus Therapy Galway View More Details on Soul Focus Therapy Galway Visit the Soul Focus Therapy Galway Website
Address: Contact Details:
Contact: Jenni
Telephone: 087 432 9466
Website: www.soulfocustherapy.com

I offer both long and short term talking therapy, lasting between 6 weeks and ongoing as long as you feel comfortable and the therapy is beneficial to you. I also offer counseling for couples. Each session lasts for 50 minutes. We can discuss the likely duration for the therapy in your first session, but many clients prefer to leave it open rather than working to time limits. 
As a therapist trained in both Transpersonal and Integrative techniques, I tailor my approach largely to you as an individual as well as to the stage in the therapeutic process that you are at. In addition to therapeutic discussion on the issue you present, we may work with the creative imagination which can be very powerful, should you be open, ready and willing to do this kind of exercise. For example, we may use dreams, music, sand trays, visualisations, imagery and more in order to guide you to an exploration of your own inner knowing.
I work with issues such as (but not limited to) the following:
Abuse (emotional, sexual, physical, verbal)
Career / life direction
Eating disorders
Low self esteem
Personality Disorders i.e., Borderline personality
PTSD and trauma
Relationship difficulties
Spiritual direction
Sexual problems

I am experienced in working with clients from all over the world, including refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers, and speaking a variety of languages in the therapy. 

Persian (Farsi) 

People to Contact

087 432 9466

49. South Galway Family Services View More Details on South Galway Family Services Visit the South Galway Family Services Website Email South Galway Family Services
Address: Contact Details:

Athenry Primary Care Centre,




Telephone: 091 737330
Email: caitriona.newell@tusla.ie
Website: www.tusla.ie

Family Support Services:

Family Support Services are for families and individuals who need help. Family life is not always easy. Life events like birth, death, depression, redundancy, separation, illness, abuse or financial problems all put stress and strain on family life and relationships.

Family Support Services can help.  Simply having someone to talk to about your problem can be the easiest way to begin to deal with your problem. There are many support groups for adults, teenagers, children and carers that give people the chance to tell their own stories and give support to each other. Specialist services provide support for domestic violence or child abuse. Family Support services are generally provided to families in their own homes and communities.

Your concerns are dealt with in confidence by trained personnel who will give the appropriate support, advice and help.

Whatever your circumstances the Child and Family Agency provide a range of services that offer advice and support to families. This includes family support workers, social workers, youth workers, family resource centres, support groups and counselling services. These types of services help families work through difficult issues, ensure children have a stable environment to live in, and provide support for parents who are finding it hard to cope.

50. Time4Us View More Details on Time4Us Visit the Time4Us Website Email Time4Us
Address: Contact Details:
43 Shantalla Road,
Contact: Darren Mulligan
Telephone: 091 860018
Email: info@time4us.ie
Website: www.time4us.ie

Time4Us is a play centre for families where one parent does not live in the family home. Time4Us provides a safe, neutral, child friendly homely environment where non-resident parents can spend quality time with their children in a fun filled, relaxed environment. As well as play facilities, parents can prepare snacks for their children and help them with homework if they wish.

The purpose of Time 4 Us is to provide a cost-free venue with opening hours to suit the needs of parents, including evenings and weekends.  It is located in an easily accessible location in Galway city, catering for children of all ages.

What makes Time4Us unique?
 It is the first service of its kind in the Republic of Ireland
 It is a practical response to the changing needs of modern families
 Non- resident parents have an opportunity to participate in family life – eg helping with homework, preparing snacks
 The service is open at times that meet the needs of children and parents – afternoons, evenings and weekends

People to Contact

Darren Mulligan
091 860018

51. Tuam Citizens Information Centre View More Details on Tuam Citizens Information Centre Visit the Tuam Citizens Information Centre Website
Address: Contact Details:
Centre for Education & Development Building
Bru Bhride
Church View
Co. Galway
Contact: Declan Weir
Telephone: 076 1077740
Website: www.citizensinformation.ie

provides information on public services and entitlements in Ireland. It is provided by the Citizens Information Board.

11am – 4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday  & Friday

People to Contact

Declan Weir
076 1077740

52. Tuam Family Services View More Details on Tuam Family Services Visit the Tuam Family Services Website
Address: Contact Details:
The Family Centre
Vicar Street
Co Galway
Contact: Helen Waters
Telephone: 093 - 37255
Website: facs.gcp.ie/city/galway/listin...

Tuam Family Services are aware that everybody faces difficulties at some point in their lives and may need more support than their family and friends can offer them.  With this in mind we aim to work with families with children from birth to eighteen years in Tuam and the surrounding areas, in order to reduce stress and facilitate people reaching their full potential.  We have a drop in service for parents one morning per week, from 9.30am – 12.30pm, why not drop in to find out more information or if you would like some support.  Phone us to find out the day we have drop in service.

AGE GROUP:   All Ages
MEET/OPENING TIMES: 9.30-5.30 Monday-Friday
We operate outside these hours by appointment

People to Contact

Helen Waters
086 843 1138

53. Tusla Social Work Service - Tuam View More Details on Tusla Social Work Service - Tuam Visit the Tusla Social Work Service - Tuam Website
Address: Contact Details:
Tuam Family Centre
Dublin Road
Co Galway
Telephone: 093 37264
Website: www.tusla.ie/services/child-pr...

The Child and Family Agency was established on the 1st January 2014 and is now the dedicated State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It represents the most comprehensive reform of child protection, early intervention and family support services ever undertaken in Ireland.

Under the Child and Family Act, 2013 the Child and Family Agency is charged with:

  • supporting and promoting the development, welfare and protection of children, and the effective functioning of families;
  • offering care and protection for children in circumstances where their parents have not been able to, or are unlikely to, provide the care that a child needs. In order to discharge these responsibilities, the Agency is required to maintain and develop the services needed in order to deliver these supports to children and families, and provide certain services for the psychological welfare of children and their families;
  • responsibility for ensuring that every child in the State attends school or otherwise receives an education, and for providing education welfare services to support and monitor children’s attendance, participation and retention in education;
  • ensuring that the best interests of the child guides all decisions affecting individual children;
  • consulting children and families so that they help to shape the agency’s policies and services;
  • strengthening interagency co-operation to ensure seamless services responsive to needs;
  • undertaking research relating to its functions, and providing information and advice to the Minister regarding those functions; and
  • commissioning services relating to the provision of child and family services