St. Michaels Family Centre

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Address:
Church Hill,, Sligo, Sligo, Ireland
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 January 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.

Description:
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.  Hours Available:                                                Office hours 9.30am to 4pm. Centre open for use until 10.30pm                                                                                 
Counselling: Counselling is Tusla funded and targeted at those who are not in position to access private help and is through self referral and all other agencies.   An agreed donation applies to non-Tusla referrals and this depends on the circumstances of the client.  Counsellors are fully qualified and accredited and have Children First training and are Garda Vetted.  A waiting list applies but under 18's get precedence.
 

 Play Therapy Service: 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.   Age range for Play Therapy is 3-14 years but referrals are screened for suitability following initial referral.  A waiting list applies.  Parents are also welcome to contact us for further details Tel: 071 9170329

Rainbow Programme:  This programme for children whose families are changed through bereavement or separation/Divorce is run each year starting in January.  The programme lasts for 9 weeks and takes place on Tuesdays from 6.30-7.30pm.  Children must be 7 years old during the year of the Programme and from 1st Class upwards.  Contact Deirdre or Eileen for details

More Services Offered
 

St. Micheal's is a meeting place for many support groups which meet all year round, during the day and in the evenings.  Groups which use the centre include AA; Al Anon; GA; Gam Anon; NA; Grow.

Educational courses and workshops take place in the centre and are detailed in our twice yearly brochures available in January and September.

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?:

IACP

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