St. Michaels Family Centre

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Church Hill,,
Co Sligo,
General Details
Contact position: Manager
Service / Organisation: St. Michaels Family Centre
071 9170329 0873902661
Description of main activities / services for children and families:

Counselling Services is Tusla funded and is aimed at individuals, couples and children who are not in a position to access private help. Referrals come through Tusla, other agencies, doctors and self referral. Play Therapy is Tusla funded with referrals from that agency taking precedence. Rainbows programme offered in September each year is for children bereaved by separation/divorce or death. Support groups are open to all. Educational courses are open to all but targeted to those most in need.


St. Michael’s Family Centre promotes the wellbeing of all families and individuals.   We aim to create a place of compassion and confidential listening where people are welcomed at all stages of their lives.   The Centre promotes social inclusion and seeks to enable all those who come to the centre to create community wherever they live and work.                                         
Office Hours: 9.30-4pm Monday to Thursday and 9.30-1.30pm on Fridays.                                                                                 

Counselling: St Michael’s Family Centre provides a counselling service to adults, couples, and children from 9-17. Referrals come from Tusla, HSE, GP’s, agencies and by self-referral. An agreed donation applies depending on the circumstances of the client and is agreed in advance with the counsellor.
Counsellors are fully qualified and accredited, are Garda Vetted and have Children First training.
A waiting list applies.

Play Therapy Service: Tusla Child and Family funded Play Therapy Service is available 3 days per week. Referrals from Tusla take precedence. Other referrals come through HSE, other Agencies including GP’s and Schools and by self referral from parents and guardians.
The age range for play therapy is 3-12 years

Rainbow Programme: The Rainbow programme for children whose families are changed by Bereavement or Separation/Divorce is run each September. The programme lasts 9 week and takes place on
Tuesday evenings from 6.30-7.30pm. Children must be 7 years old during the year of the Programme and in 1st class or higher. The programme can only run if enough volunteer facilitators are available and there are enough children for groups.
Contact Eileen for details 071 9170329

More Services Offered: St. Michael's is a meeting place for many support groups which meet all year round, during the day and in the evenings. Support groups: AA; Al Anon; NA; GA; Gam Anon; Grow

Groups meet all year round both during day and in the evenings. Contact us for more information on times and days

A limited number of courses take place in the Centre details of which are available in our Brochure published each September.

Note: play therapy service is available 3 days per week

Service Areas
Service Areas:
  • Sligo town and environs
  • Sligo - north
  • Sligo - south, east and west
  • Leitrim - Carrick-on-Shannon and environs
  • Leitrim - south
  • Leitrim - north

Túsla Child & Family funded Play Therapy Service in available in the Centre two days per week. Referrals come through Social Work and allied services. Referrals can also be made from GP’s, Schools and other agencies when places are available. Parents are also welcome to contact us for further details Tel: 071 9170329

Where service is provided
Where service is provided:
  • Service provided at above address
Cost of service to user
Cost of service to user:
  • Optional donation
  • Charges depend on income / circumstances of service user
  • Charge applies for some services / some services free
How to access the service
How to access the service (referral pathways):
  • People can self-refer / access the service directly (without the need for a referral)
  • Parents / guardians can refer
  • Through GP
  • Through schools
  • Through Tusla Child and Family Social Workers
  • Through other Tusla services (e.g. Education Welfare Service)
  • Through HSE services
  • Through other statutory services
  • Through other community / voluntary service
Notes on referrals to the service:

Referrals come through Social Work and allied services. Referrals can also be made from GP’s, Schools and other agencies when places are available. Parents are also welcome to contact us for further details Tel: 071 9170329.

Parental permission needed
Do young people need parental permission to use your service?:
  • Under-18s need parental permission

Rainbow Separation Programme requires permission of both parents depending on circumstances.

Age-range catered for
Age-range catered for:
  • Primary school age (4-12 years approx.)
  • Post-primary school age (13-18 years approx.)
  • Young adults (18-24 years)
  • Adults (25-64 years)
  • Adults (65+ years)

Younger age group catered for by Play Therapy and Rainbows programme (for children from 7 years). No age restrictions for courses or counselling

Brief Intervention
Are counselling services regularly supervised? If so, please state what these arrangements are.:

Both counsellors are fully accredited by IACP and receive ongoing supervision

What, if any, regulatory bodies are counsellors members of?:



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