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Charities – not for profits

Galway Counselling Service by Helplink
1st Floor, The Plaza, Headford Road,
091 759887

Helplink Support Services is a charitable organisation providing  mental health and conflict resolution services locally, nationally and internationally.
In Person Galway Counselling Service (online service available nationwide & beyond):

Helplink’s professional, qualified,  insured and Garda vetted counsellors are there at times to suit you, 7 days a week: 9 am to 9 pm Monday to Friday or 12 to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday (Closed on Bank Holidays and Christmas/New Year’s Eve).

If you are a Full-Time Student (part-time counselling student) or Unemployed and in receipt of a social protection payment (e.g. Jobseeker’s Benefit/Allowance, Disability Benefit, Illness Benefit), one appointment costs  €30.

One standard appointment for employed people costs €50 or €45 with a GP referral (letter or email), you can also buy a bundle package of 6 appointments for €290.

For lots of information about mental health, interesting posts and info on our special offers please go to (and like) our Facebook page by clicking here

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…

*Cancellation fees apply if notice is not given 48 hours before your appointments is due to take place.

Galway County
Galway City
Helplink Play Therapy Service Galway
1st Floor, The Plaza, Headford Road, Galway
Helplink Support Services
1st Floor, The Plaza, Headford Road,

8 appointments for 500 Euro
091 759887
Play Therapy

Play Therapy Service by Helplink Support Services.

This form of therapy allows the child time and space to play out and express their feelings through their most natural method of communication – PLAY.

In our Galway Play Therapy service appointments are 45 minutes long, they are non-directive and non-investigative in nature, whereby the child leads the session and the therapist follows. The playroom holds the play 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 feels comfortable they will begin to express the negative or difficult emotions through their play, the therapist is able to track and observe what is happening and gently guide the child when necessary. The therapist provides the space which allows the child to play as they need to with as few limits as possible but as many as necessary (for physical and emotional safety). All play therapy sessions are confidential, details of the sessions shall only be disclosed in line with child protection procedures.

Who is Play Therapy for?

Any child over the age of 3 years can benefit from appointments as play 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. At this time appointments are only available in Galway.

Our Play 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 euro*

It both parents (or if lone parent) are (is) unemployed one appointment is 45 euro

*Employed Parents/Carers can also buy a bundle of 8 appointments for 500 euro.

Galway County
Galway City
1Life Suicide Helpline

1Life is a freephone 24 hour Suicide Prevention Helpline (Freephone: 1-800-24-7-100). This vital helpline is a lifeline for individuals in suicidal crisis and those with any issue related to suicide or self-harm. It is currently the only dedicated 24 hour suicide intervention and prevention helpline, with a team of professional counsellors on hand around the clock, supported by a team of highly trained, specialist volunteers. 1Life is saving lives every day.

3Ts (Turn the Tide of Suicide)
3 Arkle Rd.,Sandyford

The 3Ts is a registered charity founded in 2003 to raise awareness of the issue of suicide through research, intervention and support. 3Ts lobbies Government for adequate funding for suicide prevention. 3Ts provide funding assistance to frontline organisations, large and small, working in the area of suicide prevention, intervention, and post-vention, and also to commission and support research projects which, it is hoped, will help inform future suicide prevention strategies. In 2009, in collaboration with fellow charity Console, 3Ts established the 1Life Suicide Crisis Helpline Freephone 1-900-24-7-100.

A Little Lifetime Foundation
A Little Lifetime Foundation, Carmichael House, 4 Nth Brunswick Street

A Little Lifetime Foundation (formerly Isands), providing information and support to bereaved parents and families since 1983. Working with Health Care Professionals and Others to develop good practices in the area of Infant death. A Little Lifetime Foundation is a registered charity with support and services provided by volunteers. Our aim is to provide information, services and support based on other bereaved parents’ and families’ experiences which can be different but there is a common link that is recognised – the loss of a son or daughter, brother or sister.

Act for Meningitis
Level 1, Liosbaun Business Park, Tuam Rd

Act for meningitis is a charity that aims to raise awareness and educate society about the signs and symptoms of Meningitis

Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International
Chernobyl Children International, Ballycurreen Industrial Estate, Kinsale Road

In 20 years, CCI has effected some miraculous changes in the lives of Chernobyl’s children—and in the world’s awareness of the tragedy. Working together with the Belarusian government, the United Nations and our many volunteers, we’ve been able to deliver medical and economic aid to the affected region, fund important research and campaign for greater awareness of the issues. Today, CCI’s contributions exceed €91 million in direct and indirect aid. More importantly, the organisation has made a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of children. The original “Rest and Recuperation” programme alone has brought more than 22,000 children to Ireland, returning an average of two years to each child’s lifespan.

Age Action Ireland
30/31 Lower Camden Street

Age Action is a charity which promotes positive ageing and better policies and services for older people. Working with, and on behalf of, older people we aim to make Ireland the best place in the world in which to grow older.

Age Action Ireland CARE & REPAIR PROGRAMME CORK

The Care & Repair Programme was established by Age Action to carry out minor repairs for older and vulnerable people and to provide a befriending service. The programme is currently delivered directly by Age Action volunteers and staff in Cork, Dublin and Galway.

Age Action Ireland CARE & REPAIR PROGRAMME GALWAY

The Care & Repair Programme was established by Age Action to carry out minor repairs for older and vulnerable people and to provide a befriending service. The programme is currently delivered directly by Age Action volunteers and staff in Cork, Dublin and Galway.

Age Action Ireland,  Care & Repair Programme Dublin
Age Action Ireland, 30/31 Lower Camden Street

The Care & Repair Programme was established by Age Action to carry out minor repairs for older and vulnerable people and to provide a befriending service. The programme is currently delivered directly by Age Action volunteers and staff in Cork, Dublin and Galway.

Age Action South
St Luke’s Home, Castle Road

Age Action is a charity which promotes positive ageing and better policies and services for older people. Working with, and on behalf of, older people we aim to make Ireland the best place in the world in which to grow older.

Age Action West
2/3 West End Square, Small Crane

Age Action is a charity which promotes positive ageing and better policies and services for older people. Working with, and on behalf of, older people we aim to make Ireland the best place in the world in which to grow older.

AIDS West
AIDS West
AIDS West, Ozanam House, St. Augustine Street
091 566 266

AIDS West is a voluntary organisation funded by HSE West, voluntary contributions from individuals, the community and corporate bodies. Founded in 1987, we are based in Galway City, Ireland. We offer the highest quality care and support to those affected by HIV/AIDS/STIs and to those worried about their sexual health. We also offer information and education on all aspects of sexual health. The organisation has expanded from a small group of dedicated volunteers who gathered together to assist HIV positive people in their final days, to a team of professional, committed people who strive to offer care and support to HIV positive people, their families and carers. All our services are completely confidential. We provide these services and support throughout the counties of Galway, Mayo and Roscommon and adjacent areas. Office hours: Mon – Fri 9.00am – 5.00pm Closed from: 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Galway County
Galway City
Aislinn Addiction Centre
Aislinn Addiction Centre

Aislinn is a residential treatment centre which caters for 15-21 years old who are chemicaly dependent on alcohol/drugs/gambling. We have a six week programme with a two year continum care programme. During treatment the emphasis is on an integrated approach to respond to the whole person and begin to nurture their self-worth and dignity, helping them find meaning in life and a desire to live a healthy lifestyle, free from alcohol and drugs. Family participation in the residential programme and aftercare is seen as vital.