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Jigsaw Offaly

Offaly

Meet the team and find out all the details you need to get in touch with the Jigsaw service in Offaly, for youth mental health support.

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Contact Details

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Location

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Address: Cormac Street,
Tullamore,
Co. Offaly

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Opening Hours

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  • Monday 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 6pm
  • Tuesday 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 6pm
  • Wednesday 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 6pm
  • Thursday 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 6pm
  • Friday 9am – 1pm
  • Saturday - Closed
  • Sunday - Closed

Closed: The Mondays of Bank Holidays

About us

Jigsaw Offaly provides a free and confidential support service for young people in Co. Offaly aged 12 – 25. Our Jigsaw Hub is located on Cormac Street in Tullamore.

Jigsaw Offaly aims to make sure that young people’s voices are heard, and that they get the right support, where and when they need it.

Direct support for young people

Our hub on Cormac St. in Tullamore provides a welcoming space for young people to make an appointment, get information or have a chat with a support worker. If a young person wants support, our staff are there to listen, without making judgements, and to provide supportive guidance. We also provide information and advice to anyone who is worried about a friend or young person in their life. Anyone who would like to make an appointment can ring 057 935 2871.

Working with the community

As well as directly helping young people in tough times, we want to work towards a community that is supportive of mental health and well being. Presentations and talks in schools, workplaces and community groups aim to open up a discussion on mental health and raise people’s awareness of the support that Jigsaw Kerry can offer.

Working with young people

At Jigsaw, we believe it’s vital to make sure that young people’s voices are heard. Our Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) represents us and takes part in decision making at every level.

Tell us about your experience

At Jigsaw, we care passionately about what we do and strive to give young people the best possible support with their mental health. If you are happy, or unhappy, with our service in any way, let us know by completing our online feedback form.

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Meet the Jigsaw Offaly team

Kate Brennan

Kate Brennan

Service Manager

I began my working career as a teacher with Limerick City ETB and worked with early school leavers in the Youthreach service in Southill, then moving to America and for two years worked with young people in a drug and alcohol treatment centre. I was promoted to senior caseworker in this unit and gained huge experience working in the sector with both the young person and their families, the American judicial system and education system.

  • Kate Brennan
  • Vanessa Dowling
  • Leona McManus
  • Nicola Glynn
  • Keith Simpson
  • Eimear Geraghty
  • Emma McBennet
  • Myra McDermott

Study and work

On returning to Ireland, I worked at Training Manager in Kilkenny city. I became a regional manager with Family Carers Ireland and a year later regional manager with the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, a position I held for 12 years, covering 6 counties in the South East and Midlands area and managing a team of over 100 staff. I attended Maynooth University completing a degree in Sociology and History and a postgraduate in Community and Youth work. Sometime later, I attended the National College of Ireland and completed postgraduate studies in Management and Employee relations.

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Kate Brennan

Service Manager

I began my working career as a teacher with Limerick City ETB and worked with early school leavers in the Youthreach service in Southill, then moving to America and for two years worked with young people in a drug and alcohol treatment centre. I was promoted to senior caseworker in this unit and gained huge experience working in the sector with both the young person and their families, the American judicial system and education system.

Study and work

On returning to Ireland, I worked at Training Manager in Kilkenny city. I became a regional manager with Family Carers Ireland and a year later regional manager with the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, a position I held for 12 years, covering 6 counties in the South East and Midlands area and managing a team of over 100 staff. I attended Maynooth University completing a degree in Sociology and History and a postgraduate in Community and Youth work. Sometime later, I attended the National College of Ireland and completed postgraduate studies in Management and Employee relations.

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Vanessa Dowling

Clinical Manager

I have worked in mental health for 24 years. I previously worked as Clinical Nurse Specialist in St Patrick Mental Health Services. I was responsible for the establishment and Coordination of the Depression Recovery Service. I also worked as a Cognitive Psychotherapist and Compassion Focused Therapy for many years. I also have a MSc in Cognitive Psychotherapy. I was born and reared in Offaly.

Study and work

I am a registered Mental Health Nurse with a BSc in Health Promotion and Nursing Science.

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Leona McManus

Jigsaw Clinician

I started working with the Jigsaw Offaly team as a clinical support worker in October 2017. As a clinical support worker I provide 1:1 support to young people attending Jigsaw to help them with any issues or concerns that they have in relation to their mental health. I’m an Occupational Therapist by background and prior to joining Jigsaw I worked with two different paediatric services for children and teenagers with disabilities.

Study and work

I completed my degree in Occupational Therapy in NUIG and graduated in 2013. I’m an Occupational Therapist by background and prior to joining Jigsaw I worked with two different paediatric services for children and teenagers with disabilities.

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Nicola Glynn

Senior Jigsaw Clinician

Originally from Galway, I have worked in both Ireland and Scotland in the UK. I worked in a variety of areas in Ireland from In-patient acute wards to community settings. I moved to the UK in 2011 and worked in the main Psychiatric hospital in Aberdeen for 3 years. I worked in an acute geriatric admissions ward and also in an adult in-patient ward. Within this I worked with young people from the age of 16 years who were admitted to the ward.

Study and work

I am a qualified mental health nurse with a BSc in Psychiatric Nursing. I have also completed a Masters in Health Promotion.

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Keith Simpson

Youth and Community Engagement Worker

Before Jigsaw I was involved in the youth sector, I have spent a lot of my career working with Special projects for youth(SPY) Garda youth diversion programmes(GYDP) and was the coordinator of a Targeted youth funding scheme(TYFS). I am very passionate about youth participation and young people.

Study and work

I have studied in youth and community, business and youth justice.

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Eimear Geraghty

Jigsaw Clinician

I trained as an Occupational Therapist in the UK and have worked with young people and adults in an eating disorder service and in an adult community mental health team before I started working as a clinician for Jigsaw.

Study and work

I have degrees in both Health and Social Care and Occupational Therapy and I am currently doing a Masters in Integrative Counselling & Art Psychotherapy.

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Emma McBennet

Jigsaw Clinician

I am originally from Co Kildare but am now living in Co Laois. I worked for a time in both hospital, community and rehabilitation settings in the Kildare and West Wicklow service before being infected by the travel bug. I am delighted to be part of the Laois/Offaly team and feel privileged to work and support young people. I am also excited to be part of developing this service for young people in Co Laois.

Study and work

I am a Psychiatric Nurse by background having completed my training at Athlone Institute of Technology in 2006.

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Myra McDermott

Jigsaw Administrator

Prior to joining Jigsaw I worked with the HSE at Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore.

Study and work

I have worked in administrative roles since completing my Certificate in Business Studies & Administration in 2001.

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