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Jigsaw Laois/Offaly

Laois/Offaly

Meet the team and find out all the details you need to get in touch with the Jigsaw service in Offaly and Laois, 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
Eircode: R35 XH74

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Opening Hours

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  • Monday 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 7pm
  • Wednesday 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 5.30pm
  • Thursday 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 5.30pm
  • Friday 9am – 4.30pm
  • Saturday - Closed
  • Sunday - Closed

Closed: The Mondays of Bank Holidays

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About us

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

Jigsaw Laois/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 Laois/Offaly team

Vanessa Dowling

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.

  • Vanessa Dowling
  • Leona McManus
  • Nicola Glynn
  • Myra McDermott
  • Annette Molloy
  • Alison Harte
  • Aoife Lynam
  • Melissa Hanley
  • Maeve Ginnell

Study and work

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

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A photo of our staff member Nicola
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Alison Harte
Jigsaw Clinician Aoife Lynam
Jigsaw Clinician Melissa Hanley
Jigsaw Offally Employee, Maeve Ginnelll
A photo of our staff member Vanessa

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 have been working with Jigsaw Laois Offaly since October 2017. As a member of the clinical team, 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 work from our hub in Tullamore as well as from our outreach in Portlaoise.

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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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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Annette Molloy

Jigsaw Clinician

I was born and am still living in Tullamore Co. Offaly. I have been in private practice for many years and have additional training and a keen interest in Eating Disorders.

Study and work

I have a degree in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.

Alison Harte

Alison Harte

Youth & Community Engagement Worker

I completed an Honours Degree in Applied Social Studies and Graduated in 2015. I am originally from Westmeath. I began my career in Youth Mental Health residential services, after which I worked in the disability and Homeless services, primarily working with families. Prior to working for Jigsaw, I worked in Limerick for Limerick Youth Services- Moyross Youth Intervention TULSA Team.

Jigsaw Clinician Aoife Lynam

Aoife Lynam

Jigsaw Clinician

I began my role as a Clinician with Jigsaw Laois/Offaly in February 2021.

Study and work

I studied a BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care at Athlone Institute of Technology. After graduating in 2015, I worked as a social care worker in residential services until November 2019.

Returning to education, I completed a Masters in Social Work in Trinity College Dublin and graduated in November 2019. I then worked as a Child Protection Social Worker for TUSLA from November 2019 until January 2021.

Jigsaw Clinician Melissa Hanley

Melissa Hanley

Jigsaw Clinician

Originally from Dublin, I moved to the lovely midlands six years ago. I previously worked as a support worker for several years in residential services with children and adults who had intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and/or acquired brain injury. My passion is working with young people and this led me to my role with Jigsaw in Offaly.

Study and work

My previous work experience led me to studying Psychotherapy and I have a BA (Hon) in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am currently at the final stage of my Masters in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. Over the past four years, I also worked in a crisis intervention service and two family support services .

Jigsaw Offally Employee, Maeve Ginnelll

Maeve Ginnell

Jigsaw Clinician - Occupational Therapist

My name is Maeve and I am an occupational therapist by background. I have been with Jigsaw for over 4 years and really enjoy working in Youth Mental Health. I am working as a clinician in Jigsaw Laois/Offaly. I originally trained in Edinburgh and worked for many years in London before coming home to work in Ireland.

Study and Work:

Occupational Therapy (PgDip Pre Registration, Queen Margaret University, 2013) and Sensory Integration Practitioner (Sheffield Hallam University, 2021).

I have worked in many areas of the occupational therapy profession such as adult physical health, In-patient psychiatry and youth mental health.

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