There are two programmes which facilitate access to and participation in 3rd-level education by young people with disabilities and special needs.
The national Ability Programme promotes positive pathways into education, training and employment for young people with disabilities. The main aim of the programmes is to give young people an opportunity to develop practical skills which enable them to enter the workplace and/or to assume a meaningful and sustainable social role within their own community. There are three Ability Programmes in Co. Tipperary which are run respectively by Knockanrawley Resource Centre, Tipperary town; St.
Access & Inclusion Model (AIM) provides a range of supports for children with special needs to facilitate attendance in mainstream Early Years pre-school services. The 7 levels of supports range progressively from the universal, fostering an inclusive environment, to targeted supports, e.g., access to therapy services, additional assistance in the pre-school room.
Target Group: Children with Special Needs eligible for the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme
ACCORD offers a professional counselling service for couples and individuals to explore, reflect upon and work to resolve difficulties that arise in their marriage and relationships.
Limerick Resource Centre
Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABI Ireland) is the leading provider of community based neuro-rehabilitation services for people who have acquired a brain injury. It enables people between the ages of 18 and 65 with an acquired brain injury to live an independent life by providing them with a supportive living environment. ABI Ireland follows the bio-psychosocial model of service which recognises that biological, psychological, and social factors and their complex interactions must all be considered to ensure successful rehabilitation.
Adoption is a process by which a child becomes a member of a new family. It terminates the legal relationship between the child and his/her birthparents and creates a legal relationship between the adoptive parents and child. The Túsla regional Adoption teams provide the following services to the public:
Affordable Adult counselling services are offered by agencies in a number of areas around the county:
The Adult Guidance and Information Service offers impartial and confidential information, advice, and guidance on the educational options that are available.
Eligibility: The Information service is open to learners on TETB (Tipperary Education & Training Board) Adult Education programmes and the general public.
Guidance is aimed at learners on TETB adult education programmes as well as particular target groups within the community.
North Tipperary: (067) 32282
South Tipperary: (052) 619 1424
The Adult Learning Service is a confidential basic adult education service for those whose skills range from very low-level literacy and language skills to those who want to improve their basic skills.
Learners are given opportunities to work towards accreditation at NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications) levels 1, 2 or 3.
Adult Mental Health services are community-based and organized as Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) providing mental health assessment, interventions, treatment and outreach support services, which meet the needs of individuals in terms of their age, location and specialist care requirements. In the North of the county, there are two CMHTs, one based in Nenagh and one based in Thurles: in the South of the county there are three such CMHTs, one based in Cashel and two based in Clonmel.
The services delivered include the following:
After School services are provided in in the following areas by the following service providers:
Cahir & environs
Aiséirí Addiction Treatment Centre
Aiséirí Residential Centre is a residential treatment centre for adults with acute addiction issues (gambling, alcohol, and substance misuse) and their families.
Treatment incurs a cost which in certain circumstances may be subsidised by HSE or Probation service, if the referral is made by either of those agencies.
Target Group: Adults, aged 21 years and upwards, in need of treatment
Referral: Self-referral; probation service referral; and HSE and GP referral.
Geographic remit: Nationwide
Aislinn Adolescent Addiction Centre
Aislinn Adolescent Addiction Centre provides residential treatment for young people with acute addiction issues (gambling, alcohol and substance misuse). A range of therapies are employed in the treatment as appropriate. A weekly Family Day to support and to involve the families in the recovery is an integral part of the programme. There are also weekend residential family programmes offered.
Treatment incurs a cost which in certain circumstances may be subsidised by HSE, if the referral is made by that agency.
Alcoholics Anonymous Ireland offers peer support to people who want to address a personal problem with alcohol addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. AA meetings are held locally on a regular basis, usually once or twice a week, primarily to offer peer support.
How to access: Visit the AA web-site for information on local AA meetings.
Ana Liffey Drugs Project
Unit 1 Steamboat Quay
Ana Liffey Drug Project is a national addiction service with a ‘Low Threshold – Harm Reduction’ ethos.
Services currently offered:
Anam Cara Parental & Sibling Bereavement Support, HCL House
Cookstown Industrial Estate
Anam Cara offers a bereavement support service and resources to all bereaved Parents.
Monthly face to face or on-line Anam Cara Parent evenings are facilitated by a bereavement professional and volunteer parents. The core essence of these parent’s evenings is to give parents a safe and comfortable place where they can meet other bereaved parents who understand the devastation, intense grief and sense of loss experienced as a mother or father after the death of a son or daughter of any age and through all circumstances.
Archerstown Industrial Estate
Archerstown Centre provides Phase 2 Training for apprentices in the following trades: electrical, electronic security systems and construction plant fitting. It also offers traineeship courses in Toure Guiding, Logistics & Distribution, ICT, Hospitality, Accountancy & Pathway. Evening training courses include Graphic Design, Pastries and Dessert, and Barista training.
How to access: Course details on www.fetch.ie
Ascend provides a confidential Outreach support service for women who are experiencing or have experienced intimate partner violence.
Services include one to one support, a helpline, court accompaniment, information, outreach, and provision of a safe house for Ascend service-users. Ascend is based out of Roscrea and is available throughout North Tipperary including Nenagh and Thurles.
Eligibility: Women, aged 18 and upwards
AAR (Autism Awareness Roscrea) Hub
1st Floor, Finara House
Autism Awareness Roscrea is a voluntary group formed to provide information and supports and to facilitate peer support among families living with autism, to raise awareness about autism in the wider community, and to develop facilities and services to respond to need. Autism Awareness Roscrea provides a central Community Hub for people on the autistic spectrum as a place to meet peers for social interaction and recreation. Current activities include:
ASD Special Classes cater for the needs of children with Autism who are of school going age and are attached to mainstream and special schools.
The pupil-teacher ratio in these classes is 6:1 and pupils are further supported by a minimum of two Special Needs Assistants per class.
There are 10 pre-school classes in 6 Primary Schools, 57 classes in 32 Primary Schools, and 33 classes in 15 Secondary Schools, mainly TETB, around the county as follows:
Aware Head Office
9 Upper Leeson Street
Aware is a national organisation providing support, education and information to people impacted by anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and other mood related conditions.
The Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) is a part-time programme consisting of a range of courses designed to meet the education and training needs of young people and adults, whose education attainment levels are less than Leaving Cert.
Barnardos delivers a specialist national bereavement service providing therapeutic support to bereaved children, young people and their families.
The Mall House
Barnardos Family Support and Targeted Early Intervention Service provides support to children, young people and their parents/carers either in the family home or in the service's project base. It works together with families and other relevant stakeholders to identify needs and to plan programmes of work to achieve desired outcomes.
Barnardos aims to work with both fathers and mothers as this supports consistency in parenting and strengthens outcomes for children
Services offered include:
The Big Brother Big Sister (BBBS) Programme run by Foróige is a youth mentoring programme that forms supportive friendships between a young person and an adult volunteer.
The BBBS programme is based on the idea that having a caring adult friend can help build positive assets in young people, such as a commitment to learning, social skills, and resisting negative behaviours, in order to enable the young people to have a positive sense of self and of their future.