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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.


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Children & Young People support services in Galway

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1. 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

2. Art Therapy by Helplink View More Details on Art Therapy by Helplink Visit the Art Therapy by Helplink  Website Email Art Therapy by Helplink
Address: Contact Details:
1st Floor, The Plaza, Headford Road, Galway (also available in Castlebar).
Contact: Admin
Telephone: 091 759887
Email: helplinksupport@helplink.ie
Website: helplink.ie

Art therapy is the use of art materials for self expression and reflection in the presence of a qualified art therapist. Art therapy is a unique process, combining creativity and psychotherapy for growth, awareness and healing. It is done in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. Why do people see an Art Therapist? Some people can find it difficult to talk directly about their feelings and experiences. Using art materials can be an alternative form of expression. The art process itself can be deeply relaxing, satisfying and positive. It can provide some physical and emotional relief as we express feelings using tactile art materials. Art therapy can potentially provide a space where people can experiment, make a mess, be playful and spontaneous. Do I need to be artistic? No artistic skill is necessary. It is not about making realistic drawings or painting a masterpiece. The artistic quality of the end product is unimportant. The therapist will not make judgments and all work is accepted in its own right. What will happen in a session? Sessions usually last for between 50 minutes to an hour, at the same time and place each week. A range of art materials will be available in each session and you can choose what to make or do, with freedom to express your experiences and thoughts in your own individual way. All images you make, and what you may say about them is treated as confidential Art Therapy can help with: addiction and recovery, anger, bullying, depression, low self esteem and confidence, grief and bereavement, stress and anxiety and much more! Group workshops are also available. Please contact us for further information. The cost for this specialist counselling service is only €50 Euro an appointment. *To cancel or postpone an appointment you must contact us 48 hours before your appointment is due to take place or you may be subject to a cancellation fee. (Caregivers must give written permission to us for young people under 16 and children to participate in art therapy). CRA Number: 20143237 CHY Number: 21366

People to Contact

091 759887

3. Art Therapy Galway View More Details on Art Therapy Galway Email Art Therapy Galway
Address: Contact Details:

Low Strand House, Flood Street. Galway City

Telephone: 0876141732
Email: teresa0mul@yahoo.co.uk

I am an IACP accredited psychotherapist/counsellor, I also hold a first class honours MA in Art Therapy,  and Postgraduate cert in Play Therapy/ child and adolescent psychotherapy. And a postgraduate cert in Gestalt psychotherapy. I have been providing psychotherapy for 17 yrs and have specialised training and experience in sexual violence and child sexual abuse having worked in this area for 13yrs. I have also worked with all ages and in a variety of areas, including addiction, Acute Psychiatry,  homelessness, asylum seekers, special need's,  palliative care, school completion programs and domestic violence.


4. 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

5. 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

6. Brothers of Charity Services Galway View More Details on Brothers of Charity Services Galway Visit the Brothers of Charity Services Galway Website
Address: Contact Details:
Woodlands Centre
Telephone: 091 721400
Website: www.brothersofcharity.ie/galwa...

Our services are divided about equally between children (48%) and adults (52%). We provide a wide range of services with an emphasis on community based services provided mainly through four community-oriented teams, our Early Childhood Services, our School Age Team, our Aftercare team and Supported Employment, and our Ballinasloe-based multidisciplinary team. This work is supported by a range of multidisciplinary specialists and there is a network of respite care and a family support system.

Centre-based services include specialist pre-schools, special schools, centre-based services for adults in Ballinasloe, Casla, Galway, and Gort; and we have two village-type residential centres, The John Paul Centre and the Kilcornan Centre. About 48% of those who use our services attend centre-based services for some or all of their programme while the other 52% are supported in their local preschools, schools, and in other community settings.

While the Brothers of Charity Services Galway work in close association with the other Brothers of Charity regions around the country (Clare, Limerick, Roscommon, the South East, and the Southern Services), the Galway Region’s autonomy is recognised and protected by our National Structure.

7. Clár Críochnú Scoile, Conamara Thiar Theas (School Completion Programme-Southwest Connemara) View More Details on Clár Críochnú Scoile, Conamara Thiar Theas (School Completion Programme-Southwest Connemara) Email Clár Críochnú Scoile, Conamara Thiar Theas (School Completion Programme-Southwest Connemara)
Address: Contact Details:

An Clochar
An Cheathrú Rua

Contact: Noreen Ui Dhonnacha
Telephone: 091-595826
Email: noreen.uidhonnacha@scp.ie
Email: comhordaitheoir/_ccs@hotmail.com

The School Completion Programme (SCP) was set up as part of Department of Education and Skills (DES) DEIS Strategy – Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools. Its aim is to increase the numbers of young people staying in primary and second level school and in doing so improve the numbers of pupils who successfully complete the Senior Cycle.

The SCP operates in 470 primary schools and 224 post-primary schools.  Each of the SCP projects is led by a management committee comprising school principals, HSCL co-ordinators, parents and voluntary and statutory agencies. At a national level, SCP is supported by a national leadership team within the Senior Management Team of the Educational Welfare Services of the Child and Family Agency, with responsibility for overseeing the operation and work of the local projects.

SCP work focuses on targeting and providing supports to young people identified to be most at risk of early school leaving and includes:

  • Identifying and supporting children at risk of not reaching their potential in the educational system because of poor attendance.
  • Improving participation and retention via initiatives such as breakfast clubs; homework clubs; afterschool supports; mentoring programmes; and therapeutic interventions.
  • Ensuring that schools have in place the appropriate procedures to monitor, identify and respond to attendance, participation and retention issues.
  • Implementing transfer programmes to support young people transitioning from primary to post-primary school.


People to Contact

Noreen Ui Dhonnacha

Aoife Ui Mhurchú

8. Clare McGee Therapy View More Details on Clare McGee Therapy Email Clare McGee Therapy
Address: Contact Details:
Galway City
Contact: Clare McGee
Telephone: 086 270 6709
Email: claremcgeetherapy@gmail.com

I hold a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and a MSc in Occuptaional Psychology.  In addition, I am also an accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (MIACP) and work within their code of ethics.

I work from an integrative perspective and tailor sessions to each client's individual needs.  I see my work as a collaberation with you, my client, to enable you to understand what has been troubling you and to help you to find ways to heal.

I offer counselling to help clients deal with many issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, self-harm, anger, berevement, low self-esteem etc.

If you feel you might benefit from counselling, please give me a call or email me.

People to Contact

Clare McGee

9. 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

10. Counselling with Mind and Body Solutions View More Details on Counselling with Mind and Body Solutions Visit the Counselling with Mind and Body Solutions Website Email Counselling with Mind and Body Solutions
Address: Contact Details:
Central to Galway, Mayo and Roscommon Mind and Body Solutions clinic in Milltow Tuam Co.Galway is within 45mins of Galway city, Castlebar, Roscommon Town.
Contact: David
Telephone: 085 7637059
Email: dofarrell@mindandbody.ie
Email: dofarrell@mindandbody.ie
Email: dofarrell@mindandbody.ie
Website: www.mindandbody.ie

At Mind and Body Solutions, the first session focuses on a needs Assessment, this will enable us and the client to focus on the issues that will impact on their quality of life immediately, by using a Solution Focused Approach to counselling we can ensure an immediate improvement in how you are feeling and a timely resolution to your difficulties.

Too often we put our own difficulties on the back burner, so why don't you begin to look after yourself."When You correct your Mind, everything else will fall into place" Lao Tsu

As an NLP Mind Coach and Counselling Psychotherapist my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying Scientifically proven therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

We are trained in Reality Therapy, CBT, CBT-E for Eating Disorders, Emotion Focused Therapy for Depression, Grief, Relationship Counselling. Mindfulness and Guided Imagery, NLP, using a holistic Multi disciplinary approach to our clients allows us to work towards a solution focused resolution to all presenting issues.If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.Please call or email me for a consultation today!Corporate stress . CBT Child Counselling . CBT & RT Teen counselling . Relationship counselling.Mind & Body Solutions use an accredited integrative approach to all psychological support, we work together with your medical practitioner to ensure a Holistic  outcome. We also offer specific CBT for Children & Teens experiencing Anxiety or Bullying.

Psychotherapy is an Evidence based appraoch for a wide range of Psychological Issues, including the Psychotheraputic treatment of ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromylagia.

By using a Solution Focused Approach to counselling we can ensure an immediate improvement in how you are feeling and a timely resolution to your difficulties.

David is the only Brainspotting Psychotherapist in Ireland, recently trained to level2 certification by the founder of Brainspotting David Grand Ph.D. ( see Video below).Brainspotting is a new Brain Based Therapy for dealing with trauma and complicated issues such as severe Depression, Anxiety, Complicated Grief, PTSD.

There is no need to struggle on in silence, seek help from your GP or Contact Mind & Body Solutions for a consultation to start the journey on the road to recovery.

Mind & Body also specialise in Corporate related Stress Solutions.

We are trained in Reality Therapy, CBT, CBT-E for Eating Disorders, Emotion Focused Therapy for Depression, Grief, Relationship Counselling. Mindfulness and Guided Imagery, NLP, using a holistic Multi disciplinary approach to our clients allows us to work towards a solution focused resolution to all presenting issues.

Mind & Body Solutions " Helping You To Help Yourself

"When you correct your mind, everything else will fall into place"Lao Tzu

People to Contact


11. Croi Na Gaillimhe View More Details on Croi Na Gaillimhe Email Croi Na Gaillimhe
Address: Contact Details:
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.


Croí na Gaillimhe Parent’s Network

Crói na Gaillime Men’s Group

Croí na Gaillimhe Lunch and Social Club

Croí na Gaillimhe Knitting Club

Croí na Gaillimhe Creative Writing Club

Croí na Gaillimhe Intergenerational Programme

Croí an Gaillimhe and Third Age – Conversational English Programme

HSE – Teenage Parents Group


Money Advice and Budgeting Courses

Computer Training


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.

Computer Suite

Suitable for delivery of Classes and Courses with 10 Networked Computers Broadband Internet Access and Printing Facilities.

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.


12. Dochas don Oige View More Details on Dochas don Oige Email Dochas don Oige
Address: Contact Details:
Liosban Industrial Estate
Tuam road
Contact: Helen Kelly
Telephone: 091-770887
Email: dochasgalway@eircom.net

Dochas don Oige is a training centre for young offenders and young people at risk from the age of 15 + both male and female.
Primarily we offer Fetac level 3 /4. This is in addition to a range of personalised services. Please ring Helen Kelly for more details

People to Contact

Helen Kelly

13. East Galway Youth Project View More Details on East Galway Youth Project Email East Galway Youth Project
Address: Contact Details:

Marina Point
Harbour Road
Co Galway


Contact: Olive Shaughnessy
Telephone: 0877707775
Email: yrc.eastgalway@youthworkgalway.ie

The East Galway Project is located beside d'CUBE in Ballinasloe town. It works with young people both in Ballinasloe town and rural East Galway. The project is funded by Youth Affairs Section of the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs with support provided by FAS.

There is one part-time youth worker and two youth work assistants. The project runs a variety of different groups and programmes.

People to Contact

Olive Shaughnessy

14. Eating Disorder Solutions View More Details on Eating Disorder Solutions Visit the Eating Disorder Solutions  Website Email Eating Disorder Solutions
Address: Contact Details:
Milltown Tuam Galway
Contact: David O'Farrell
Telephone: 085 7637059
Email: dofarrell@mindandbody.ie
Website: eatingdisordersolutions.ie


CBT-E One Therapist

Out patient Treatment available to fit in with your work, college, and personal lifestyle. One therapist to assess, treat and monitor your progress beyond the nightmare of Eating Disorders. No need for psychiatrist, psychologist, nurse, dietitian or nutritionist, all your needs are addressed by David.

Client specific treatment, designed to address the maintaining mechanism keeping the eating disorder in place.

CBT-E is designed to address: Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Other Eating Disorders. It is the only treatment which has extensive research findings proving it's effectiveness in treating eating disorders in children and adults worldwide.

"Helping You to Help Yourself" contact David @ 085 7637059 for appointment / assessment. Find me in Milltown, Tuam, Co. Galway.

People to Contact

David O'Farrell
085 7637059

15. Educational Welfare Services View More Details on Educational Welfare Services Visit the Educational Welfare Services Website
Address: Contact Details:
Educational Welfare Services Regional Office
Tusla Child and Family Agency
Unit 19, Sandyfort Business Centre
Grealishtown, Bohermore
Galway City
Co. Galway
Telephone: 091 385302
Website: http://www.tusla.ie/services/e...

Educational Welfare Services

The Educational Welfare Services of the Child and Family Agency operate under the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000, a progressive piece of legislation that emphasises the promotion of school attendance, participation and retention. The statutory and school support services of the Child and Family Agency's Educational Welfare Services work together collaboratively and cohesively with schools and other relevant services to secure better educational outcomes for children and young people.

Schools are obliged by law under the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000  to submit reports on school attendance to the Educational Welfare Services of the Child and Family Agency. 

AGE GROUP:   up to 16yrs

16. 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.

17. Foroige Galway View More Details on Foroige Galway Visit the Foroige Galway Website Email Foroige Galway
Address: Contact Details:
Foróige Office,
Ozanam House,
St. Augustine St.,
Contact: Gerry Prior (Regional Youth Officer)
Email: gerry.prior@foroige.ie
Website: www.foroige.ie

Founded in 1952, Foróie provides a range of youth work services. Their approach aims to meet the developmental needs of young people in general and, in particular circumstances, focus on vulnerable young people in relation to issues arising from marginalisation and social exclusion. Gerry Prior is the Regional Youth Officer  and he supports communities setting up  volunteer-led Foróige clubs, provides training, assistance and advice.

People to Contact

Gerry Prior (Regional Youth Officer)
086 2478007

18. 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

19. Galway City & County Childcare Committee View More Details on Galway City & County Childcare Committee Visit the Galway City & County Childcare Committee Website Email Galway City & County Childcare Committee
Address: Contact Details:

9b, Liosban Retail Centre,
Tuam Road,

Telephone: 091 752039
Email: mail@galwaychildcare.com
Website: www.galwaychildcare.com

The key goal of Galway City & County Childcare Committee is to coordinate the implementation of National Childcare Policy at local level on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. 

    to coordinate and assist the development of quality childcare services.
    to implement DCYA-funded schemes at local level.
    to administer grant applications and oversee the implementation of DCYA-funded schemes.
    to coordinate the provision of accredited training and in-service training for childcare providers/staff.
    to provide information and resources for childcare providers, parents and the general public.
    to promote inclusion of children with disabilities, and children from ethnic minorities including children from the Traveller Community in childcare services.
    to participate in the development and delivery of interagency family support initiatives that promote social inclusion.

20. 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

21. 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

22. GRETB County Galway Advocacy Service View More Details on GRETB County Galway Advocacy Service
Address: Contact Details:
Contact: Conor Griffin
Telephone: 087 – 9885968(Advocacy Worker)

Overview of Service

The Advocacy Service is a confidential community based service funded by FÁS in partnership with the GRETB. and offering support to young people between the ages of 16-21 who have dropped out of the education system or are at risk of dropping out by using what is termed as the MAGIC approach – (Mentoring, Advocacy, Guidance, Information, Counselling).

An individual career path plan is designed for each young person setting realistic objectives with the aim of progression towards education, training, or employment and the ultimate goal of the young person reaching independent living.

Assistance is given in the form of:  Home visits, CV preparation, Liasing with employment/training agencies, Listening with a view to problem solving and referrals to appropriate professionals.

Referrals of clients come from:

    Tracking Officer
    Youthreach and Traveller Training Centre Directors
    School Principals
    Social Workers
    Juvenile Liaison Officers (An Garda Síochána)
    Word of mouth

The Advocacy Worker also works closely with the following bodies:

    Secondary Schools
    Youthreach and Traveller Training Centre Directors
    School Principals
    Co. Galway V.E.C.
    Adult Education Services
    Social Welfare Services
    Social Workers
    An Garda Síochána
    Probation Services
    Local Community

People to Contact

Conor Griffin

Bartley Joyce

23. Helplink’s Play Therapy and Creative Therapy Services View More Details on Helplink’s Play Therapy and Creative Therapy Services Visit the Helplink’s Play Therapy and Creative Therapy Services Website Email Helplink’s Play Therapy and Creative Therapy Services
Address: Contact Details:

1st Floor
The Plaza
Headford Road

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

Helplink’s Play Therapy and Creative Therapy Services

Play Therapy with Helplink is for children aged 3 to 10 years old and our Creative Therapy  service is for young people aged 11 to 15 years old.

These forms of therapy allow children and young people the time and space to work out what may be troubling them and also to express their feelings through their most natural method of communication – PLAY.

In our Galway Play Therapy and Creative Therapy service appointments are 45 minutes long, they are non-directive and non-investigative in nature, whereby the child/young person leads the sessions and the therapist follows. The room holds the play/creative therapy ‘tool kit’ which includes sand, clay, puppets, role play, art materials, therapeutic stories, creative visualisations and music/movement. The aim is that when the child/young person feels comfortable they will begin to express the negative or difficult emotions through their actions, the therapist is able to track and observe what is happening and gently guide the child/young person when necessary.  The therapist provides the space which allows the child/young person to play/be creative as they need to with as few limits as possible but as many as necessary (for physical and emotional safety). All play/creative therapy sessions are confidential, details of the sessions shall only be disclosed in line with child protection procedures.

Who is this service for?: Any child over the age of 3 years can benefit from play therapy appointments as this type of therapy nurtures creative thinking, builds self-esteem, confidence, resilience and much more. Play therapy can be specifically used to support children with any emotional or behavioural difficulties, who have suffered bereavement/loss, suffering with anxiety or are having any family issues but to name a few referral reasons. Creative therapy is for older children aged 11 to 15 as above this service can assist these children across multiple areas. At this time appointments are only available in Galway City.

Our Play/Creative Therapist: Denise Gordon is graduate of NUI Galway and the Academy of Child and Play Psychotherapy. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Practice Based Play Therapy (NFQ:Level 9), as well as this Denise has completed her Degree in Arts with Children Studies (NUIG).  All of Denise’s work is guided by the Play Therapy International Framework and she is a member of Play Therapy Ireland. For more on Play Therapy Ireland, you can visit their Website at http://www.playtherapy.ie/. Furthermore, Denise is supervised, insured and Garda vetted.

Fee for appointment/s: If either parent is working the fee for one appointment is €65. It both parents (or if lone parent) are (is) unemployed one appointment is €45.

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.

24. Home School Community Liaison Officer - Clifden View More Details on Home School Community Liaison Officer - Clifden
Address: Contact Details:
Scoil Phobai
Telephone: 087 673 1847

Working with target homes of students who are disadvantaged and most at risk of leaving school early. Interventions and services are put in place to retain the students in second level education. Outside agencies may be involved in this.

25. Horses Connect View More Details on Horses Connect Visit the Horses Connect Website Email Horses Connect
Address: Contact Details:
various locations in Galway
Contact: Eileen Bennett
Telephone: 0857363047
Email: horsesconnect@gmail.com
Email: info@horsesconnect.com
Website: www.facebook.com/horsesconnect

We design and deliver individual Therapeutic Horse Riding and Horsemanship programs to people of all ages with a broad range of challenges.

The Horses Connect human and equine team is on a mission to foster a society where every person is valued and enabled to reach their full
potential. We intend to achieve this by creating and delivering a range of equine facilitated programs to improve the well-being of
people experiencing disability or disadvantage, by involving the local community – especially teenagers, the unemployed and the retired - and
by creating strategic alliances with key local and national organisations.


People to Contact

Eileen Bennett

26. HSE Audiology Service View More Details on HSE Audiology Service
Address: Contact Details:
10 Ely Place,
Sea Road,
Telephone: 091 582112

Assess, diagnose and rehabilitate children and adults with hearing difficulties, and aims to address the hearing loss by the prescribing and fitting of hearing aids.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. HSE Disability Service View More Details on HSE Disability Service
Address: Contact Details:
HSE Newcastle Road,
Telephone: 091 546209

The Disability Services Office works with a range of voluntary services in the area to provide care, training and development for children and adults with learning or physical disability.

30. HSE Early Intervention Service (Tuam and surrounding areas) View More Details on HSE Early Intervention Service (Tuam and surrounding areas) Visit the HSE Early Intervention Service (Tuam and surrounding areas) Website
Address: Contact Details:
Tuam Health Centre
Vicar Street,
Co. Galway
Telephone: 093 – 37200
Website: www.hse.ie

This is an early intervention assessment service for the 0-6yrs age group.  It will assess young children for level of difficulty where there are two or more difficulties being experienced by the child.

Jennifer Bradley – Physiotherapist    Ext: 260
Aoife Rodgers – S & L Therapist   Ext: 258
Ann Flanagan – Preschool Liaison Teacher   Ext: 259
Geraldine Flannery – Occupational Therapist Ext: 248
Aoife Flaherty – Social Worker   Ext: 238
Brenda Buckingham – Occupational Therapist Ext: 237
Joan Doherty – S & L Therapist   Ext: 236
Orla Moore / Psychologist    Ext: 244

AGE GROUP:   0-6yrs for assessment

31. 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)

32. Irish Wheelchair Association View More Details on Irish Wheelchair Association Visit the Irish Wheelchair Association Website Email Irish Wheelchair Association
Address: Contact Details:
Office address
Cúl Árd

Resources and Outreach (ROC)
Unit 10A
Merlin Park Regional Hospital
Telephone: Office- 091 7715 50
ROC- 091 771 552
Email: galway@iwa.ie
Email: drcgalway@iwa.ie
Website: www.iwa.ie

The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) was founded in 1960 by a small group of wheelchair users committed to improving the lives of people with physical disabilities in Ireland.

IWA has gone on to become an important provider of quality services to people with limited mobility throughout the country. Today, our association is made up of a vibrant network of 20,000 members and 2,300 staff, as well as many dedicated volunteers.

Together we work to achieve greater independence, freedom and choice for people living with a disability.

33. 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.

34. Jigsaw View More Details on Jigsaw Visit the Jigsaw Website Email Jigsaw
Address: Contact Details:

Fairgreen Road
Galway City
(across from the new Coach Station)

Telephone: Text: 087 772 52 32
Phone: 091 549252
Email: galway@jigsaw.ie
Website: www.jigsaw.ie/galway

Jigsaw Galway is a free and confidential support service for young people aged 15 – 25, living in Galway city and county.  We focus on a positive mindset and guide young people in dealing with life’s ups and downs.

We have a range of professionals available to find out what a young person needs; we provide non-judgemental listening, emotional support, guided self-help and supported access to other services.

Young people can get in touch with the service by text, email, phone or online.

We believe that whatever support you need, you should be able to get it when you need it and in a place where you feel safe, respected and comfortable.

We also provide information, advice and guidance to others (such as parents, relatives, teachers, youth workers) on how they can best support a young person who they are concerned or worried about, or how they can suggest Jigsaw to that person.

We also work with other professionals throughout the county.  Our aim is to build the ability of the local community to respond to the mental health needs of young people – so that they have better use of the supports in their local town / area. 

We want to work towards a community that is supportive of young people’s mental health and well being.  Presentations and talks in schools, workplaces and community groups aim to create a discussion on mental health and raise awareness of the support that Jigsaw Galway and other people can offer. 

35. Juvenile Liaison Service View More Details on Juvenile Liaison Service
Address: Contact Details:
Mountbellew Garda Station
Contact: Ollie King
Telephone: 09096 79292

People to Contact

Ollie King

36. Macra na Feirme View More Details on Macra na Feirme Visit the Macra na Feirme Website Email Macra na Feirme
Address: Contact Details:
Macra na Feirme
Irish Farm Centre
Dublin 12
Telephone: 01 426 8900
Email: macra@macra.ie
Website: www.macra.ie

Macra na Feirme is an organisation for young people between the ages of 17 and 35 who are interested in getting involved in sports, travel, drama, debating, or just want to meet new people and have some fun! To be a member of Macra, you must join a Macra club in your area. This will open the door to new friends and new activities. There are hundreds of clubs across Ireland bursting with activity who always welcome a new face.

What does Macra provide members?

- 31 County Executives, National Council, National Executive and a National Office.

- Training and support through a professional training staff.

- Representation through our role as a social partner.

- An opportunity for personal development through training and development

- A fully organised national programme of activities.

- Public liability insurance for those who organise normal Macra activities.

- A full colour Magazine delivered directly to each member.

- A Diary and Membership Card.

- And most of all, great craic!

37. Mary Kilraine Hannon; Counselling, Psychotherapy & Play Therapy View More Details on Mary Kilraine Hannon; Counselling, Psychotherapy & Play Therapy Visit the Mary Kilraine Hannon; Counselling, Psychotherapy & Play Therapy Website Email Mary Kilraine Hannon; Counselling, Psychotherapy & Play Therapy
Address: Contact Details:
Ross House,
Merchant's Road (off Eyre Square)
Contact: Mary Kilraine Hannon
Telephone: 086 8110648
Email: mary@marykilrainehannon.com
Email: mary.kilrainehannon@gmail.com
Website: www.marykilrainehannon.com

Mary Kilraine Hannon; Counselling, Psychotherapy & Play Therapy Galway           Tel: 086 8110648 

Adults: Counselling and Psychotherapy

Counselling can a provide safe supportive place to find new ways to address a crisis in work or a relationship. Psychotherapy works on long standing problems often rooted in difficult traumatic early life experiences which when spoken about in detail can enable you to make better choices in relationships and life in general.

Counselling, sometimes called “talk therapy,” is a conversation or a series of conversations between the counsellor and client.  Counselling usually focuses on a particular problem and in taking steps decided by the client to address this problem.  The problem is often discussed in the present tense without too much attention to past experiences. You do not have to be in crisis to benefit from counselling or psychotherapy – however, it can be a great support or resource at times of crisis or difficulty in our lives.

Psychotherapy, like counselling, is based on a healing relationship between the therapist and client. Psychotherapy takes place over a series of meetings between the therapist and client over a longer timespan  than counselling. It enables you to deal with deeper, more long-term issues that may have their roots in your past, (e.g. traumatic issues from childhood) which are affecting our present life.


Adolescents: Counselling

Adolescence is a complex developmental stage, starting around twelve years of age. It is distinct from childhood and yet is not adulthood. Adolescent therapy helps teenagers and their families to negotiate the difficulties that can sometimes emerge at this time.  These include challenges in relationships at home, school, moving to third level education, bullying, sexuality, eating disorders, withdrawal, depression, anxiety, aggression, suicidal thoughts, family changes and bereavement.  Counselling can help the adolescent understand and make sense of their feelings/behaviour and who they are and want to be. It can also be the place where they learn about relating with a safe and caring adult.

I provide confidential one to one counselling and psychotherapy. I offer teenagers a safe, non- judgemental space  to explore the issues and challenges that they are meeting their daily lives.

It is important that adolescents feel secure to talk in a confidential place.  As such parents will be asked to allow their child the freedom to attend their sessions on their own.

I am interest in working with this age group as I believe that many of the problems faced by adults later in life could be helped with counselling and psychotherapy earlier in life.


Children: Play Therapy

Play Therapy refers to a variety of techniques and methods used to help children  who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions or behaviour.  Playing, drawing, building, using sand and pretending, as well as talking, are important ways of sharing feelings and resolving problems for children and adolescents.

Play Therapy helps children understand confused feelings and upsetting events. Rather than having to explain what is troubling them, as adult therapy usually expects, children use play to communicate at their own level and at their own pace. Play Therapy helps children work through emotional, social and behavioural difficulties and helps address family problems. It uses the medium of play, rather than talk, to help the child learn to express themselves, explore and make sense of the world in which they live and resolve any difficult or painful experiences.

Play therapy may involve an individual child, a family, or multiple families or a group of children. In children and adolescents, playing, drawing, building, using sand and pretending, as well as talking, are important ways of sharing feelings and resolving problems.


People to Contact

Mary Kilraine Hannon
086 8110648

38. National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) - Galway View More Details on National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) - Galway Visit the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) - Galway Website Email National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) - Galway
Address: Contact Details:
Victoria Place,
Eyre Square,
Contact: Frank Kavanagh, Ann O’Rourke, Tony Grealy, Geraldine Ward
Telephone: (0761) 108831
091 – 561069 (FAX)
Email: neps@neps.gov.ie
Website: www.education.ie

The National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) is a service of the Department of Education and Science. NEPS psychologists work with both primary and post-primary schools and they are concerned with learning, behaviour, social and emotional development. Each psychologist is assigned to a group of schools.

NEPS psychologists specialise in working with the school community.  They work in partnership with teachers, parents and children in identifying educational needs. They offer a range of services aimed at meeting these needs, for example, supporting individual students (through consultation and assessment), special projects and research.

"NEPS mission is to support the personal, social and educational development of all children through the application of psychological theory and practice in education, having particular regard for children with special educational needs."

People to Contact

Frank Kavanagh, Ann O’Rourke, Tony Grealy, Geraldine Ward

39. Oughterard Youth Cafe View More Details on Oughterard Youth Cafe Email Oughterard Youth Cafe
Address: Contact Details:
Unit 6, Camp Street, Oughterard
Contact: Barry Dillon
Telephone: 087 676 8774
091 557 633
Email: Barrydclann@gmail.com
Email: clannres@gmail.com
Email: clannres@eircom.com

The Oughterard Youth cafe is a youth service providing supports and services for all young people between the age of 10-26yrs of age. The cafe runs a drop in service on Thursday, Friday and Saturday where young people can socialise, play pool, surf the web or play games in an alcohol and drug free, socially inclusive, safe environment. There are many other youth groups and activites that take place from the cafe, they include a girls group, a youth club, art, drama, music and film classes. There is also lots of information and advice available relating to youth issues and challenges. Drop in and find out what else is happening!!

People to Contact

Barry Dillon
087 6768774

40. 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

41. Rainbows Ireland View More Details on Rainbows Ireland Visit the Rainbows Ireland Website Email Rainbows Ireland
Address: Contact Details:
Loreto Centre
Crumlin Road
Dublin 12
Telephone: 01 4734175
Email: ask@rainbowsireland.ie
Website: www.rainbowsireland.ie

Rainbows is a dedicated free service for children and young people.

We help those affected by loss because of bereavement, separation or divorce.

Our service is available in local communities throughout Ireland.

How is it done?

Rainbows is a 12 week programme usually delivered 6 weeks before and 6 weeks after Christmas or over a 12 week period generally during the school year when children and young people are available to attend.

How can I access Rainbows for my child?

Rainbows is available in schools, family resource centres, youth projects and parish centres. Rainbows is a limited voluntary service. It is not therapy, professional counselling or clinical professional support (If a child is attending other professional services permission must be sought for them to attend Rainbows).

Rainbows is a listening service for children and young people struggling to come to terms with significant loss and change in their lives.

Please visit http://www.rainbowsireland.ie/where-is-rainbows/  to see if it is available in your area.

42. Scouting Ireland View More Details on Scouting Ireland Visit the Scouting Ireland Website Email Scouting Ireland
Address: Contact Details:

Provincial Office:
1, Wine Street,
Contact: Joe Doherty (Provincial Support Officer)
Telephone: (071) 916 9363
Email: jdoherty@scouts.ie
Email: pc.west@scouts.ie
Website: www.scouts.ie


The Aim of Scouting Ireland is to encourage the physical, intellectual, character, emotional, social and spiritual development of young people so that they may achieve their full potential and, as responsible citizens, to improve society.

Getting youngsters involved in outdoor adventures and challenges helps them to achieve these aims and have fun. While enjoying themselves outdoors they will make strong friendships, volunteer in their community, learn adventure skills, travel, become leaders and team-members, and appreciate the importance of our outdoor environment.

Friendships and memories made in Scouts can last a lifetime.

Skills like leading a group, teamwork, planning, project management, dealing with difficulties & weather, packing, budgeting, first aid, cooking, navigation, building structures, volunteerism, and making a shelter will always be useful and underpin future careers and life choices.

Scouting is a non-formal educational experience that is firmly rooted in the experiential educational model. What does this mean?

Formal education is highly structured and is provided in the primary, secondary and college education system that we are all familiar with.

Non-formal education is learning through fun, adventure, discovery for ourselves, interaction & experience. The word non-formal is not to be confused with informal!

The Scout Method

In any organisation, team sport or endeavor there needs to be a method, a structure, a culture which underpins its purpose. An obvious example is a team sport like hurling or soccer. There is an ethos; a coaching method; a place where the game is played; a progressive structure as you develop in the game; a team structure; an identity; and a set of rules to play by.

In Scouting we apply the Scout Method, which has 8 interconnected components, to achieve our aim:

  1. Scouting fosters a value system based on the Scout Promise & Law. This value system becomes the method by which a Scout lives and works with others.
  2. Through learning by doing and reviewing our experience, we gain knowledge about the task completed and about ourselves.
  3. Scouting happens outdoors whenever possible. Challenge, adventure and a sense of freedom are all present in close contact with nature and away from everyday home life.
  4. The success of the Scout’s task or adventure is not important. The dynamics of the team, and the growth of the individual within that team, is of real importance. Each Scout will progress at their own speed through Scouting challenges individually and within their small team.
  5. In Scouting we work in small teams so Scouts learn individually and in teams. Every Section is a collection of small teams, not a collection of individual Scouts.
  6. We use names, themes, stories and traditions to spark the imagination and to aid learning. In so far as possible this is created by the Scouts themselves.
  7. Scouting is a movement FOR young people and supported by adults. In the younger Sections the adult’s support is greater, whereas in older Sections the adult’s role lessens and it becomes more of a partnership.
  8. Scouts interact with their local community.  Service to others is the element of the Scout Method dealing with this commitment. We support young people to become active citizens and to work to create a better world.

People to Contact

Joe Doherty (Provincial Support Officer)

43. Special Needs Tutor View More Details on Special Needs Tutor Visit the Special Needs Tutor Website Email Special Needs Tutor
Address: Contact Details:
Co. Galway
Contact: Helen Mullarkey
Telephone: 087 819 6766
Email: helenmull@eircom.net
Website: www.specialchild.ie

An affordable tutor service for children with special needs in the Galway area.
I offer one to sessions for children aged from 1 to 7 years from a fully equiped tutor room in Moycullen. 
Working with parents and using the most up to date activities and programmes available I encourage your child to reach thier full potential.

People to Contact

Helen Mullarkey
087 819 6766

44. Speech & Language Service Tuam View More Details on Speech & Language Service Tuam
Address: Contact Details:
Tuam Health Centre,
Vicar Street,
Co. Galway
Contact: Alison O’Carroll
Telephone: 093 26800

Speech and Language Therapists work with children and adults who have difficulties with communication and adults who have difficulty with swallowing. The SLT assesses diagnoses and treats acquired and developmental communication disorders e.g. Speech and language impairments including phonological, articulation and language delay/disorders, voice and fluency disorders. The Primary Care SLT also assesses, diagnoses and treats adults who have acquired swallowing and communication disorders, e.g. after a stroke or patients with motor neuron disease.

People to Contact

Alison O’Carroll

Patricia Collins

45. The H.I.P. Project East Galway View More Details on The H.I.P. Project East Galway Email The H.I.P. Project East Galway
Address: Contact Details:

The Health Centre,
Co Galway

Contact: Maeve Gately, Project Worker
Telephone: 087 9272027
Email: maeve.gately@youthworkgalway.ie

The H.I.P (Health lnitiative Promotion) Project is works with teenagers in east Galway in the area of teenage health . The Project uses an information and skill development programme to enable young people to approach relationships in a manner that ensures their health and emotional well-being. The Project has been welcomed by parents, youth organisations, agencies working with young people, and young people themselves.

The project is a partnership initiative between Youth Work Ireland, Galway the HSE, Western Area with links to other agencies. H.l.P uses a partnership approach in the implementing of programmes, and is supported by other Youth Work Ireland, Galway projects, Family Support Projects, Social Work teams and schools across east of County Galway.

Presently the H.I.P Project is working with both groups of young people and with individual young people on a one-to- one basis in Ballinasloe and Tuam and the outlying villages and rural areas across East County Galway. The Project looks forward to facilitating many more young people in making healthy decisions about the future paths they wish to take in their lives.

If you wish to hear more about this project or are involved in a community or youth group that would benefit from the programme please contact us at the above address

People to Contact

Maeve Gately, Project Worker

46. The Junction Project Ballinasloe View More Details on The Junction Project Ballinasloe Visit the The Junction Project Ballinasloe Website Email The Junction Project Ballinasloe
Address: Contact Details:

Marina Point,
Harbour Road,

Contact: Edel Kelly
Telephone: 087 9030000
Email: junction@youthworkgalway.ie
Website: www.youthworkgalway.ie/?page_i...

Who we are and what we do:

We are a community based youth support project in Ballinasloe working with young people aged 12-17 who are involved in, or at risk of getting involved in anti-social behaviour.

We also work with the families of young people referred and liaise with relevant agencies.

Our aims:

To support our young people in making positive decisions and addressing behavioural change.

To divert young people from criminal and/or antisocial behaviour.

Our activities:

One-to-one work

Personal and Developmental Group Work

In School Work for young people in schools and training centres

Sports and Recreational activities

Youth counselling services are available in Ballinasloe for 14-21 year olds.

Contact us:

Edel Kelly: Project Coordinator:               087 9030000;        edel.kelly@youthworkgalway.ie

Paul Riddell: Youth Justice Worker:         087 2582748;        junction@youthworkgalway.ie

Katie O’Connor: Youth Justice Worker:   087 9374119;        junction@youthworkgalway.ie

People to Contact

Edel Kelly

47. The Loughrea Youth Project View More Details on The Loughrea Youth Project Visit the The Loughrea Youth Project Website Email The Loughrea Youth Project
Address: Contact Details:

Youth Work Ireland Galway,
King Street,
County Galway

Contact: Rachel Maher
Telephone: 087 7814882
Email: ydp.loughrea@youthworkgalway.ie
Website: www.youthworkgalway.ie/?page_i...

Loughrea Youth Project

Who we are and what we do:

We work with young people from the ages of 10 to 18 who live and/or go to school in the Loughrea area.


To provide a safe and supportive environment where young people can meet and socialise with peers and enjoy fun activities.

To empower young people to identify and realise their own potential.

Our activities:

Arts and crafts


Health and fitness


DJ group

Summer camps

Comhairle na nÓg Youth Committee

Youth exchange

In-school workshops: alcohol and smoking awareness, development education (linking local and global issues: human rights, sustainable consumption)

In-school programmes for transition from primary to secondary school

Youth counselling services are available in Loughrea for 14-21 year olds.

People to Contact

Rachel Maher

48. The Speech Centre View More Details on The Speech Centre Visit the The Speech Centre Website Email The Speech Centre
Address: Contact Details:
Knocknacarra Medical Centre
Clybaun Road Lower

Sports Clinic West
McHale Park, McHale Road
Telephone: 085 7489988
091 862220
085 1681158 Castlebar
Email: galway@thespeechcentre.com
Email: castlebar@thespeechcentre.com
Website: www.thespeechcentre.com

Providing private Speech & Language Therapy for Children and Adults, throughout Galway and surrounding areas. See our website for specialist areas. 

49. Treo Nua Garda Diversion Project Tuam View More Details on Treo Nua Garda Diversion Project Tuam Visit the Treo Nua Garda Diversion Project Tuam Website Email Treo Nua Garda Diversion Project Tuam
Address: Contact Details:

Tuam Community Resource Centre
Bishop Street
Co Galway

Contact: Karyn Cronin
Telephone: 087 914 1251
087 787 0615
Email: treonua@youthworkgalway.ie
Website: www.youthworkgalway.ie

The Project was established as a partnership of Tuam Gardaí, Youth Work Ireland, Galway and a local interagency committee early in 2007. Treo Nua is a community based initiative to work with young people, aged between 12 and 18 years, in the Tuam area. The Project delivers youth work programmes in conjunction with local community, voluntary and statutory groups.

The programme of activities are varied: fun and challenging!

Participation is by referral only. Contact Karyn or Sylwia  for details


People to Contact

Karyn Cronin
087 914 1251

087 787 0615

50. 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

51. Tuam Youth Services View More Details on Tuam Youth Services Visit the Tuam Youth Services Website Email Tuam Youth Services
Address: Contact Details:

The Family Centre
Dublin Rd
Co Galway

Contact: Bernie
Telephone: 083 3112173
Email: tys@youthworkgalway.ie
Website: www.youthworkgalway.ie/?page_i...

Who we are and what we do:

We provide informal education and development services for young people aged between 10-21 in Tuam and surrounding areas.

Our aim:

To build self-confidence and self esteem in young people by empowering them to identify and realise their own potential in a safe and supportive environment.

Our activities:

Tuam Comhairle na nOg Youth Committee

Tuam Youth Bank – young grant makers group

Outdoor fun days

International youth exchanges

Development education project – ‘Tuam as Fair Trade Town’

In-school programmes supporting transition of young people from primary to secondary school

Music sessions


Junior club (arts)

Youth Counselling Service for young people 14-21 year available in Tuam.

People to Contact

083 3112173

Address: Contact Details:
No. 9 Kilkerrin Park
Liosbaun Industrial Estate
Tuam Road
Galway City
Telephone: 0871302338
Email: ccjacque@gmail.com

I am a Child/Adolescent Play Therapist and I am based in Liosbaun Industrial Estate, play therapy can help children or adolescence who are finding life difficult, or have been through trauma, parental separation, been recently diagnosed or has trouble making friends or communicating.  Play Therapy involves  50 minute weekly sessions with therapist and child in a room full of toys.  The sessions are majority non-directive and the therapist follows the childs lead in all aspects of the session.  

If you have any queries or would like more information on this type of therapy please feel free to contact me, after 7 is usually best.



53. Youth Advocate Programme (YAP) View More Details on Youth Advocate Programme (YAP) Visit the Youth Advocate Programme (YAP) Website Email Youth Advocate Programme (YAP)
Address: Contact Details:
Unit 15 Ballybane Enterprise Centre
Ballybane, Co Galway
Contact: Andrew Chapel
Telephone: 091 760046
Email: info@yapireland.ie
Website: www.yapireland.ie

YAP Ireland in partnership with young people, families and communities and using a strengths based, intensive support model keeps young people in their communities and out of care/custody.
YAP Ireland’s Values

YAP Ireland holds a number of core values which underpin its work. These are:


    We support individuals to become aware of their strengths in order to realise their full potential.

    Equality & Respect

    We treat each individual fairly, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, offending background, marital status and political affiliation.


    We approach each and every individual, service and situation with an open, non-blaming perspective which creates a spirit of partnership and cooperation.

    Evidence based practice

    We believe in the value of assessing, evaluating and reflecting on our practice so that we continually provide a high quality service to our young people and families.

    Honesty & Integrity

    We ensure honesty and integrity in all aspects of the organisation.

People to Contact

Andrew Chapel

54. Youth Work Ireland (Galway) View More Details on Youth Work Ireland (Galway) Email Youth Work Ireland (Galway)
Address: Contact Details:
Marina Point,
Harbour Road,
Co. Galway
Contact: Helen Butler(Co-ordinator)
Telephone: (090) 963 1692 / 087 – 678 0640
Email: yicbsloe@eircom.net

Youth Work Ireland (Galway) offer a range of services through their offices in Ballinasloe. Young people from the locality in Co Roscommon also access these services. The services include: youth information, a Garda diversion project, a youth cafe etc.

For further details, contact:
Olive Shaughnessy (East Galway Youth Project): 087 – 770 7775 / yrc.eastgalway@youthworkgalway.ie
Maeve Gately (The H.I.P. Project): 087 – 927 2027 / maeve.gately@hse.ie

Edel Kelly Cannon / Paul Riddell (The Junction Project): (090) 963 1692 / junction@youthworkgalway.ie
Marty Clare (d’Cube Youth Advice Cafe): (090) 963 1692 / yicbsloe@eircom.net

People to Contact

Helen Butler(Co-ordinator)

55. Youthreach Ballinasloe View More Details on Youthreach Ballinasloe Visit the Youthreach Ballinasloe Website Email Youthreach Ballinasloe
Address: Contact Details:
Youthreach Centre
Unit 3
Contact: Rita Coen - Director
Telephone: 09096 42158
Email: Rita.Coen@gretb.ie
Website: Ballinasloe.Youthreach@gretb.i...

YOUTHREACH Ballinasloe is an integral part of the national programme of second-chance education and training in Ireland and is a central part of the Government's contribution to the achievement of a lifelong learning society.
The programme is directed at unemployed young early school leavers aged 15-20. It offers participants the opportunity to identify and pursue viable options within adult life, and provides them with opportunities to acquire certification. It operates on a full-time, year-round basis.

People to Contact

Rita Coen - Director

56. Youthreach Galway View More Details on Youthreach Galway Visit the Youthreach Galway Website Email Youthreach Galway
Address: Contact Details:
Youthreach Centre
Unit 22A, Liosban Business Park
Tuam Road
Contact: Janet Sutton Director
Telephone: 091 380809
Email: janet.sutton@gretb.ie
Website: http://galwayroscommon.etb.ie/...

Youthreach is a full-time training programme for early school leavers aged between 15 and 20 years and is provided in over 90 locations throughout Ireland. It offers young people a second chance to gain recognised qualifications at FETAC Levels 3 and 4 and work experience in a supportive environment.

What can you do there?  

Careers Preparation
Computer Literacy
Health Related Fitness
Nutrition & Cookery
Personal Effectiveness
Personal and Interpersonal Development
Sport & In-house Modules
Textiles and sewing
Understanding Interculturalism
Work Orientation

We also offer a range of supports for students to make sure they get the most out of their time at Youthreach. 

Upon successful completion, students can apply to take Post Leaving Certificate courses at either the Galway Technical Institute or Galway Community College.

They will also be better equipped to enter the world of work.

People to Contact

Janet Sutton Director

57. Youthreach Leitír Móir View More Details on Youthreach Leitír Móir Visit the Youthreach Leitír Móir Website Email Youthreach Leitír Móir
Address: Contact Details:
Teagmháil na nÓg
Leitir Móir
Co. na Gaillimhe
Contact: Ms Elesia Ní Cheannabháin Co-ordinator
Telephone: 091 - 551473
Email: letmoryr@eircom.net
Website: http://galwayroscommon.etb.ie/...

Centre Philosophy:

To improve the basic skills of the individual
To provide national certification
To enable each individual to continue with their education, secure a place in the workforce and develop socially and emotionally
To broaden each individual’s range of experience
There is an emphasis on the holistic development of the individual

Assessment and Certification:

We offer various FETAC modules at levels 3, 4 and 5.

Career Guidance
Personal Development
Technical Drawing
Work Experience

People to Contact

Ms Elesia Ní Cheannabháin Co-ordinator

58. Youthreach Letterfrack View More Details on Youthreach Letterfrack Visit the Youthreach Letterfrack Website Email Youthreach Letterfrack
Address: Contact Details:
Letterfrack Education Centre
Connemara West
Contact: Ms Theresa McLoughlin Co-Ordinator
Telephone: 095 41893
Email: info@youthreachletterfrack.com
Website: http://galwayroscommon.etb.ie/...

Mission Statement

Letterfrack Youthreach will provide a safe, creative, alternative and holistic learning environment for young people in North West Connemara to assist each individual learner to achieve their full potential. 

Eligibility Criteria:

You can join Youthreach if you are:

Aged 15 – 20 Years.
Have left school early.
Have minimal or no qualifications.

How will Youthreach help me?

A second chance to gain education and training.
A chance to find employment.
A chance to gain National qualifications.
A chance to develop new skills.
A chance to progress to further education and training.

People to Contact

Ms Theresa McLoughlin Co-Ordinator

59. Youthreach Portumna View More Details on Youthreach Portumna Visit the Youthreach Portumna Website Email Youthreach Portumna
Address: Contact Details:
Portumna Youthreach,
Abbey Street, Portumna, Co. Galway
Contact: Ms Isabelle Ni Dhuinn
Telephone: 090 9759576
Email: youthreachportumna@gmail.com
Website: galwayroscommon.etb.ie/youth-s...

Overview of Service / Programmes & Certification Offered

Portumna Youthreach is a new centre; we opened our doors to learners in October 2008. The centre is located on Abbey Street in the heart of Portumna Village. Trainees attend the programme 35 hours per week and are paid a training allowance. Portumna Youthreach is an early school leaver’s programme that offers a balanced education between accredited training and life skills. All our learners here are supported and guided towards reaching their full potential in a safe and supportive environment.

Who can apply?

Youthreach caters for young people between the ages of 16-20 who have no qualifications, are not in full time employment and have been out of school for at least 6 months.

Subjects on Offer

At present we offer accreditation in FETAC Level 3 and 4 in the following subjects:

Personal & Interpersonal Skills
Work Experience
Literacy Support

Youthreach Objectives

Personal and social development and increased self-esteem.
Second-chance education and introductory level training.
Promoting independence, personal autonomy and a pattern of lifelong learning.
Integration into further education and training opportunities and the labour market.
Social inclusion.

People to Contact

Ms Isabelle Ni Dhuinn

60. Youthreach Tuam View More Details on Youthreach Tuam Visit the Youthreach Tuam Website
Address: Contact Details:
Ballygaddy Road
Co. Galway
Contact: Michael McDonagh
Telephone: 093 - 26246
Website: http://galwayroscommon.etb.ie/...

YOUTHREACH Tuam was established in 1997 and is located in North Galway. It is a 25 person Centre and runs a number of B.T.E.I programmes. Youthreach Tuam aims to provide a programme of education, training and work experience for young people who have left school. While with us, our participants develop skills, knowledge and attitudes that will unblock barriers to learning and help them eventually to enter the world of work.

Youthreach Objectives

The programme is intended to facilitate young people in returning to learning and preparing for employment and adult life. Its general objectives are as follows:

Personal and social development and increased self-esteem
Second-chance education and introductory level training
The promotion of independence, personal autonomy, active citizenship and a pattern of lifelong learning
Integration into further education and training opportunities and the labour market
The promotion of social inclusion.

The programme consists of a Foundation Phase, which develops the skills essential for further learning, and a Progression Phase that allows for further development through education, training and work experience options. Trainees are presented with the opportunity to complete the FETAC Level 3 Certificate, a number of Level 4 modules and the Leaving Certificate Applied if they wish.

Subjects on Offer:

FETAC - Level 3:
Computer Literacy
Food & Cookery
Graphic Communications
Office Procedures
Personal Effectiveness
Preparation for Work
Work Orientation
Work Experience
Health Related Fitness.

FETAC – Level 4:
Information Technology
Craft Modules

People to Contact

Michael McDonagh