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Support Services

Family support services in Galway

57 services listed for your search | Currently showing 1 to 57
1. Accord Ballinasloe View More Details on Accord Ballinasloe Visit the Accord Ballinasloe Website Email Accord Ballinasloe
Address: Contact Details:
Family Centre,
Telephone: 090-9643573 Monday to Thursday 9.30am - 1.30pm, Friday 9.30am - 12.30pm
Email: ballinasloeaccord@eircom.net
Website: www.accord.ie

ACCORD aims to help couples initiate, sustain and enrich their marriage and family relationships
Other services offered:
         - marital sexual therapy
         - fertility and well-being service
         - marriage enrichment
         - schools programme
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
Marriage Preparation - a course fee applies but the service is free if the couple cannot afford to pay

2. Accord Tuam View More Details on Accord Tuam Visit the Accord Tuam Website Email Accord Tuam
Address: Contact Details:
6 St. Jarleth's Place,
Telephone: 093-24900 Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 10.00am - 3.00pm
Email: accordtuam@eircom.net
Website: www.accord.ie

ACCORD aims to help couples initiate, sustain and enrich their marriage and family relationships
Other services offered:
         - marital sexual therapy
         - fertility and well-being service
         - marriage enrichment
         - schools programme
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
Marriage Preparation - a course fee applies but the service is free if the couple cannot afford to pay

3. 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

4. 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:
Available nationwide both online and by phone from your own home or private setting e.g. car, office etc.

Also available face-to-face in Galway City.

Third Floor,
Ross House,
Merchant's Road,
Telephone: 091 520963
Email: counselling@helplink.ie
Website: http://www.helplink.ie/counsel...

Low Cost Online or Phone Counselling

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, smart phone 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!

One online/phone appointment costs €38 euro or you can buy bundles of appointments: 3 for €110 or 6 for €200

We also provide traditional in person (face-to-face) counselling in our offices in Galway city and Ennis, Co. Clare!

One face-to-face appointment costs €50 or €45 with a GP referral (letter or email), you can also buy a bundle package of 6 appointments for €275.

Helplink’s professional, Garda vetted counsellors are there at times to suit you, seven days a week: 8 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday and 12 to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday (Closed on Bank Holidays and Christmas/New Year’s Eve).

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…


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.

5. Aonad Family Resource Centre View More Details on Aonad Family Resource Centre Email Aonad Family Resource Centre
Address: Contact Details:
The Square,
Co. Galway
Contact: Siobhan Noctor (Coordinator)
Telephone: 090 6624484
Email: aonad@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

Siobhan Noctor (Coordinator)

6. Arlene Naugthen @ Sugru View More Details on Arlene Naugthen @ Sugru Visit the Arlene Naugthen @ Sugru  Website Email Arlene Naugthen @ Sugru
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. 

7. 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

8. 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
9. 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: info@bbbsireland.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

10. Brothers of Charity View More Details on Brothers of Charity
Address: Contact Details:
Telephone: 091-721400 (Reception)

This service caters for children and young people over 6yrs in relation to intellectual disabilities.

11. 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

12. 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)

13. 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)

14. 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, Oughterard, 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.

15. 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 peae 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
16. Conflict Resolution Centre View More Details on Conflict Resolution Centre Visit the Conflict Resolution Centre Website Email Conflict Resolution Centre
Address: Contact Details:
3rd Floor, Ross House,
Merchant's Road,
Contact: Lorraine Lally
Telephone: 091 520963
Email: crc@helplink.ie
Email: mediation@helplink.ie
Website: www.helplink.ie/mediation/

Centre’s Services and Projects

The Centre’s in house Mediation service caters for court ordered and self-referred arbitrations, mediations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution; based on people’s ability to pay (donations gladly accepted).

This service is based in Galway City Centre servicing the counties of Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and Clare.
(our low cost Online Mediation Service is also available nationwide and beyond; not based on donations)

We provided free (donations gladly accepted) Mediation Services for:

  • Family Mediation (couples separating, family disputes etc.)
  • Housing Mediation (students, social housing tenants etc.)
  • Community Conflict Mediation (neighbour, schools, community disputes)

Free Community Outreach Programmes also available!

Terms & Conditions apply see website for more details.

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People to Contact

Lorraine Lally

Lochlann Scott

17. Counselling West View More Details on Counselling West Visit the Counselling West Website Email Counselling West
Address: Contact Details:
Dublin Rd
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 am based in Tuam, centrally located on the Dublin Rd. 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

18. Couples/Marriage Counselling by Helplink View More Details on Couples/Marriage Counselling by Helplink Visit the Couples/Marriage Counselling by Helplink Website Email Couples/Marriage Counselling by Helplink
Address: Contact Details:
Face-to-face Couples/Marriage Counselling available from:

Third Floor,
Ross House,
Merchant's Road,
Telephone: 091 520963
Email: counselling@helplink.ie
Website: www.helplink.ie/counselling/co...

Couples, relationship and marriage counselling provided by Helplink

Helplink provide Couple/Relationship/Marital Counselling with Katherine McGee MIACP.

There are three options available:

  1. Online (video) counselling available nationwide from your home, private setting, or from two different locations if you are apart for work etc.
  2. Telephone counselling
  3. In person at our Galway and Oranmore offices for face-to-face sessions.

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 is to restore healthy functioning, so that the couple can move forward in their lives.

Katherine McGee holds a Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy from The Tivoli Institute. She is accredited with the Irish Assoc Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP) and in her professional development includes advanced couples/family training (PCI), she is a licensed group facilitator (Fetac) and is Garda vetted by Helplink.

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

19. 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

20. 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

21. 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


22. Empowerment Plus View More Details on Empowerment Plus Visit the Empowerment Plus Website Email Empowerment Plus
Address: Contact Details:
14 Fana Burca
Contact: Belinda Mullen
Telephone: 091-573030
Email: belindamullen@eplus.ie
Email: hazelkeeley@eplus.ie
Website: www.facebook.com/EPlusYouthFam...

Empowerment Plus offers Family Support Services in Galway City and County.

We also operate in the North East where cases can also be child protection / child welfare. We also offer support to foster placements if requested.

E+ is a needs led service that operates 24/7 all through the year.

It is an in home service where what ever support required is given, i.e. access, practical, emotional, etc.

Our objective is to empower our clients to live their lives and to reach their potential.

People to Contact

Belinda Mullen

23. Empowerment Plus View More Details on Empowerment Plus Visit the Empowerment Plus Website Email Empowerment Plus
Address: Contact Details:
Galway Address:
Belinda Mullen (Manager)
14 Fana Burca,
Western Distributor Road,

Meath Address:
Tom Clogher (CEO)
Milbrook Road,
Co Meath

Kildare Address:
Damien Carty (Manager)
Old Medical Centre,
Sarto Road,

Contact: Belinda Mullen
Telephone: 086 7710095
086 7710099
085 1685693
Email: belindamullen@eplus.ie
Email: tomclogher@eplus.ie
Email: hazelkeeley@eplus.ie
Website: www.empowermentplus.ie

Empowerment Plus support services seek to protect children from abuse, promote their welfare and uphold their rights, while encouraging the family members to take on such a role. It considers matters pertaining to children and young people’s care while working to strengthen the family’s capacity to take care of themselves.The Empowerment Model is designed to give maximum support to families and young people who are at risk of a family breakdown and facing residential placement or secure detention placement.

Empowerment Plus are committed to supporting young people and families who find themselves in high risk situations, and we believe that given the right help, the family is the natural environment for the care and upbringing of children. Parents play a vital role in providing a safe and secure environment in which children’s physical, social, emotional and educational development is nurtured.

At Empowerment Plus we believe that family support describes any activity or service provided by family, friends and statutory/voluntary/community sector agencies to families with children and young people. Family support emphasises the needs of all family members in order to enhance parental capacity and help children to reach their full potential.

The empowerment Plus Model involves the provision of support services, tailored to each young person and their family, with an emphasis on the community who can be supportive to the family in a spirit of partnership and unconditional care.

The hours of support we provide are tailored to the young person and family. Hours fluctuate depending on the young person’s/family’s progress during the programme. At Empowerment Plus we have a commitment not to create a dependency on services, however we do recognise that some young people and families may require a step-down service. This step-down service is fully support and empowered by Empowerment Plus.

Empowerment Plus are a national support service working primarily in The North East, Galway and the Midlands.

Empowerment Plus is a limited company by guarantee with charitable status registered through the Companies Office, Ireland.

Charity number CHY 19021

People to Contact

Belinda Mullen
086 7710095

Tom Clogher
086 7710099

Hazel Keeley
085 1685693
24. Enable Ireland View More Details on Enable Ireland
Address: Contact Details:
Seamus Quirke Road,
Telephone: 091 - 526321 (Reception)

This service caters for children and young people over 6yrs in relation to physical disabilities.

25. 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.

26. 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

27. 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

28. 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.

29. FÁS
 - Galway Employment Services Office View More Details on FÁS
 - Galway Employment Services Office Visit the FÁS
 - Galway Employment Services Office Website Email FÁS
 - Galway Employment Services Office
Address: Contact Details:
Galway Employment Services Office,
Island House,
Cathedral Square,
Telephone: 091 534400
Email: info@fas.ie
Website: www.fas.ie

FÁS enhances the skills and competencies of individuals and enterprises through the provision of tailored training and employment programmes that suit everyone's needs.

30. 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 Ronain , 36 Laurel Park ,Newcastle , Galway City
Contact: Louise Sheehy
Telephone: 0831222302
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.GAP runs three afterschool clubs, a Youth Cafe , Monthly sensory cinema club , family outings , support meetings , summer camps , Saturday kids club to start soon. training course on Autism Spectrum Disorder starting September 2013, Autism Awareness campaigns for Galay city and county , information sessions for parents and carers., alsoo information packs on autism to schools

People to Contact

Louise Sheehy

31. 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: 0831222302
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

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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

35. Galway Speech Therapy View More Details on Galway Speech Therapy Visit the Galway Speech Therapy Website Email Galway Speech Therapy
Address: Contact Details:
Galway City
Contact: Geraldine Hogan
Telephone: 087-737-8531
Email: ger@galwayspeectherapy.com
Website: www.galwayspeectherapy.com

Private Speech Therapy for children and adults

People to Contact

Geraldine Hogan

36. 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.

37. 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

Address: Contact Details:
1 Oranmore Business Park,
Telephone: 091-387002
Email: info@graautism.com
Website: www.graautism.com/

Aims of the group:
       - promote the provision of adequate support services for families
       caring for persons with autism
       - promotion of awareness among the general public at local and
       national level
       - research on the cause, treatment, prevention and lessening of
Counselling services offered to parents
Outreach is offered to elderly parents and the most vulnerable who are unable to visit our office
There is a €50 membership fee which covers information packs, counselling services, library and information on upcoming seminars

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. 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.

43. 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)

44. 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.

45. Loughrea Family & Community Resource Centre View More Details on Loughrea Family & Community Resource Centre Visit the Loughrea Family & Community Resource Centre Website Email Loughrea Family & Community Resource Centre
Address: Contact Details:
Bride Street,
Co. Galway
Contact: Aine Deely (Co-ordinator)
Telephone: 091 871149
086 3449950
Email: loughreafrc@eircom.net
Website: www.loughreafamilyresourcecent...

The vision of the Family Resource Centre is to provide supports and services that will help break down social barriers and bridge the social divide, meet the needs of local people in an accessible, family friendly confidential and respectful environment and help imprive the quality of life for hose living in the area.
Meeting rooms are available for community groups
Low cost counselling service by appointment
Citizens Information clinic by appointmemt every Tuesday afternoon
Legal clinic by appointment 2nd & 4th Monday of the month
Welfare rights and information clinic every friday morning
Family Support service
Over 55's computer club and class in association with Age Action
Cairdeas parenting alone group
Crafty Chicks group
Mum 2 Mum support group

People to Contact

Aine Deely (Co-ordinator)

Liz Moroney (Administrator)

Linda Dermody (Family Support Worker)
46. 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

47. 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
48. 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

49. Psychotherapy in Galway View More Details on Psychotherapy in Galway Visit the Psychotherapy in Galway Website
Address: Contact Details:
Contact: Jenni
Telephone: 353 87 432 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

353 87 432 9466.

50. Social Work Service Tuam View More Details on Social Work Service Tuam
Address: Contact Details:
Liam Mellows House,
Vicar Street,
Co. Galway
Telephone: 093 – 37200

Julie O’Donnell    Ext: 261
Norma O’Sullivan / Noreena Naughton  Ext: 265
Bernadine Higgins    Ext: 264
Caitriona Heverin    Ext: 263
Marie Morohan
Marie Gibbons    Ext: 262
Yolanda Blanc
Patricia Holian  (Admin)   Ext: 246

51. Solas Family Resource Centre View More Details on Solas Family Resource Centre Email Solas Family Resource Centre
Address: Contact Details:
Main Street, Headford, Co. Galway
Telephone: 093 36446
Email: solasfrc@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.

52. Strengthening Families Programme (SFP) View More Details on Strengthening Families Programme (SFP) Email Strengthening Families Programme (SFP)
Address: Contact Details:
14 Fana Burca,
Western Distributor Road,
Contact: Rachel Browne
Telephone: 086 0273098
091 573030
085 1685693
Email: rachelbrowne@eplus.ie
Email: hazelkeeley@eplus.ie

SFP is a 14 week behavioural skills training programme lasting 2 hours each session and takes place one evening per week. The session begins with a family meal provided on-site with all family members and facilitators eating dinner together. Parents meet with two facilitators for almost an hour to learn strategies and techniques designed to increase the desired positive behaviours in their teenagers. Part of this is teaching how to increase attention and reward positive behaviours. Additionally parents will learn about clear communication, effective appropriate discipline, substance use, problem solving and limit setting.

The teenagers meet in a separate space with two facilitators for the same time to learn about understanding feelings, controlling anger, resisting peer pressure, compliance with parental rules, problem solving and communication skills. Teenagers also learn to develop their social skills, group work skills, cooperation and will also look at substance abuse and relationships..

During the second hour of the session, families take part in structured family activities, conduct family meetings, and learn new communication skills. They will also practice effective and appropriate discipline and how to reinforce positive behaviours in each other.

The strength of this programme is its partnership between local agencies and the community. Local agencies play a vital role in the sustainability and effectiveness of the programme and are crucial in providing support to the participating families before, during and after the programme. It is hoped that with your commitment and skills we can help provide this valuable programme to parents and the community in Galway City and County. 

Some of the topics covered include in the weekly programme include:
• Helping your teen handle pressure
• Encouraging good behaviour
• Communication for better relationships
• Managing Stress
• Family meetings
• Solving problems and giving direction
• Setting limits

People to Contact

Rachel Browne
086 0273098

Hazel Keeley
085 1685693

53. The Carers Association View More Details on The Carers Association Visit the The Carers Association Website Email The Carers Association
Address: Contact Details:
Kings Street, Loughrea, Co Galway
Contact: Ann Gardiner, Family Carer Support Officer
Telephone: (091) 880418
Email: galway@carersireland.com
Website: www.carersireland.com

About The Carers Association:

The Carers Association is Ireland's national charity for family carers in the home.

Our Mission: 

"To provide family carers with emotional and practical supports; to promote the interests of family carers and those receiving care in the home through effective partnership, lobbying and advocacy and to gain recognition and social justice for carers invaluable contribution to Irish Society".

Who are Family Carers? 

Family Carers are usually immediate relatives, who provide very high levels of care, at home, for children and adults with severe disabilities, frail older people and people who are terminally ill.

Carers need to be constantly available due to the high levels of social and health care needed at home and in case of emergency.  The Carer's life centres around the needs of the person requiring care.

Many Carers are in poor health arising from the physical, social and emotional affects of providing long-term high-level care, without basic supports.

Our Services & Supports Include:

  • Information
  • Advocacy & Lobbying
  • A National Free Phone Care Line (1800 24 07 24)
  • Support Groups
  • Resource Centres & Outreach Services
  • Training
  • Home Respite Service
  • HSE Approved Home Care Packages
  • Membership

Further Information:

If you would like further information on the work of The Carers Association please feel free to contact us.

Registered Charity Number CHY 10962

People to Contact

Ann Gardiner, Family Carer Support Officer
(086) 0271454

Mary Hanley, Respite Support Officer
(086) 0271246

Mary Fox, Administrator
(091) 880418
54. 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

55. Tuam Citizens Information Centre View More Details on Tuam Citizens Information Centre
Address: Contact Details:
Dublin Road,
Co. Galway
Contact: Declan Weir
Telephone: 093 – 26161

Information on all topics e.g. social welfare entitlements, courses etc.  Also free 15min legal advice to see if person needs to see a solicitor.  It is not open to anybody if legal advice has already been availed of.  Appointments can be booked through Declan for the 1st Thursday of each month.

11am – 4pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
11am – 2pm Thursday

People to Contact

Declan Weir

56. Tuam Family Services View More Details on Tuam Family Services
Address: Contact Details:
Liam Mellows House
Vicar Street,
Co. Galway
Contact: Michelle Moran
Telephone: 093 - 37256

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

Michelle Moran

57. Wings Play Therapy View More Details on Wings Play Therapy Visit the Wings Play Therapy  Website Email Wings Play Therapy
Address: Contact Details:
Unit 9
Liosbaun Industrial Estate
Tuam Road
Galway City
Telephone: 087 1302338
Email: wingsplaytherapy@gmail.com
Website: wingsplaytherapy.ie

I work with children from the ages of four until twelve years of age, I am a fully qualified Play Therapist and I use a room in Liosbaun Industrial Estate for consultations and play therapy sessions.  Play Therapy are fifty minutes once a week working with the child on a one to one basis.  After every sessin I write reports and then after every six weeks I have a review with the parents/parental gaurdians (with no child present) to discuss any changes or any support I can offer.  Once the child is in the room, their main job is to play, I follow the childs lead in all areas of the relatioinship, the sessions are completley child led therefore at the child's pace and developmental level.  If you as a parent/parental gaurdian are concerned about your child, feel free to contact me to arrange a consultation.  Thanks for your interest....