Meet the Jigsaw Meath Team

Derek Hanway

Derek Hanway

Service Manager

Strap yourself in... I am not as young as the other team members! I am from Dunboyne and grew up in the town (when it was a small town) until I was 18. I headed off to the USA after secondary school as I hadn't a clue as to what I wanted to do after my Leaving Cert, join the family business? go to college? get an apprenticeship? I really didn't know, so I went off to my uncle in Michigan USA and worked in construction. That was helpful experience as I realised quickly that if it was nothing physical, then that was not for me!. I was always very involved in the local community and particularly with the Athletic Club, Dunboyne AC. That voluntary work initiated an interest and developed my skills in youth work, being involved in club meetings, organising events etc., I did a foundation course in social work in Ballyfermot College and in my work experience I found with a Catholic support group for Irish people in the UK, I moved to London in 1990. I worked and studied there for 9 years, gaining a degree in social work and a post grad in social housing, as I worked for an Irish social housing charity. I returned to Ireland in 1999, working in Blanchardstown Area Partnership, in various community, education and management roles. In 2005 I moved to Belfast and I studied full time for 2 years in Queens University Belfast (MSC in Social & Community Development) and worked in part-time. I then moved to Co. Derry in 2010, to the beautiful coastal town of Portstewart, commuting by train to my job in Derry (gorgeous coast), to work with a social enterprise that supported students to achieve their potential through work experience and projects with local business. In 2013 I returned to Dunboyne (coming full circle) and in 2014 I was delighted to join Jigsaw, having studied community mental health when I was at QUB, I had kept an eye on Headstrong (as we were back then) and any jobs that might come up, I was applying! I first started as the Service Manager in Jigsaw Clondalkin until Dec 2018 and in Jan 2019 transferred to Jigsaw Meath and I am delighted to work in my home county, often returning to some of the towns and villages I visited with Dunboyne AC when I was much younger!

Favourite Book/Author

I try to read for pleasure as much as I can, mostly on holidays tough. My favourite book is Captain Corelli's Mandolin, by Louis de Bernières, set on the Greek island of Cephalonia during the Italian and German occupation of the island in WWII. I was so absorbed by the book that I went to the island on holiday once, I remember it was in April and it rained and was cold, not at all like the book!

Fun Fact

I absolutely love musicals, my favourite is Les Misérables but I will go to any musical weather it is in a school hall or bigger venues, they are just so much fun, to cheer myself up and have a laugh, I'll put the soundtrack of say Hairspray on in the car and sing along with my 2 teenage daughters (or try to get them to join in), I also know all the songs in High School Musical, embarrassing or what!

Clíodhna Farrell

Clíodhna Farrell

Jigsaw Clinician

After I qualified as an Occupational Therapist I worked in Australia for five years. I then moved back to Ireland and commenced my employment with Jigsaw Meath.

My work experience is predominantly in mental health. I worked in an acute mental health unit in Western Australia, and I also worked in the community in varied settings to support people to manage and improve their mental health and well-being. As a result I have a broad experience of working with people of different backgrounds and ages on an individual basis and in group settings.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and am originally from Kildare.

What is your favourite book?

I loved books as a child but in my teenage years I found I got more enjoyment out of art, being outdoors and playing sport so my interest for reading faded. A collection of books that is memorable to me as a child is The Animals of Farthing Wood and the Harry Potter series.

If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be?

I have two pieces; 'Don’t be afraid to embrace your individuality and creativity even if your peers don’t agree', and 'There’s lots of learning and growth in the mistakes we make'.

Elizabeth Treacy

Elizabeth Treacy

Clinical Manager

I joined Jigsaw Meath in August 2017 to work as a clinical support worker before becoming clinicial manager. Previously I worked as a mental health nurse with young people admitted to a mental health hospital. I also worked on a young adult programme facilitating therapeutic groups.

I am a registered Mental Health Nurse, currently undertaking a MSc in Mental Health – Psychosocial Interventions Strand at Trinity College Dublin

What is your favourite book?

From my childhood my favourite book is The Wind in the Willow.

If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be?

It will all work out…eventually!

Cassie Campbell

Cassie Campbell

Project Administrator/ Receptionist

Cassie is a receptionist here at Jigsaw Meath. She works on reception four days a week. Her cheery and bubbly personality greets people as they come in the door.

Sarah Cuddy

Sarah Cuddy

Jigsaw Clinician

I completed my Postgraduate Degree in Social Work in University of Ulster, Derry. Prior to this, I did a Degree in Sociology and Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Therapeutic Communication- both in University of Ulster, Belfast.

After qualifying as a social worker, I worked with children who lived in care for a period of time. I then moved to London for a few years, where I worked in a couple of different hospital settings. I had the opportunity to work with people from lots of different backgrounds and various walks of life and support them through difficult periods in their life, which I really enjoyed.

Since returning home to Ireland and prior to starting my role with Jigsaw, I worked in a hospital in Dublin, my role mostly involved working with people and their families affected by chronic long-term illness.

Favourite Book/Author and Fun Fact

I enjoyed reading as a child, I loved all the Roald Dahl books. Then as a teenager I got more enjoyment from being outdoors and playing sports

Advice for Teenage Self

If I could give one bit of advice to my teenage self it would be: Try your best to be kind to yourself. Things will be tough at times and not always go according to plan, but that’s ok –you will enjoy the journey!

Julie Hanrahan

Julie Hanrahan

Jigsaw Clinician

I undertook my studies in Dublin and enjoyed completing a degree in Social Care, a Masters in Social Work and a Diploma in Criminology and Forensic Psychology. I graduated as a Social Worker in 2012 and have not looked back! I have thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of working with families and young people in a variety of settings such as the Probation Service, Disability and in Special Care. I also trained as a Strengthening Families Facilitator.

In my most recent posts, I worked in St. Clare’s Unit, on the Assessment and Therapy Team’s, in the area of trauma, and in a CAMHS Inpatient Unit. Last year I joined the Jigsaw Meath Team, I am passionate about the area of Youth Mental Health and I am really enjoying my role as a clinician!

Favourite Book/Author

Growing up I loved any books by Jodi Picoult, such escapism. I enjoy reading a variety of books, some more light hearted than others like the ‘What A Complete Aisling’ series or anything from Marian

Keyes who always makes me laugh! I love listening to music, I enjoy singing and am classically trained. I qualified as a Yoga Teacher in 2018 so that is also a big part of my life.

Advice for Teenage Self

Try to remember that ‘this too shall pass’ and ‘take the time to enjoy and appreciate the little things’.

Yvonne Lowry

Yvonne Lowry

Youth and Community Engagement Worker

My experience consists of working with children and young people whether it’s been in an early childhood setting, community centre, facilitating workshops in schools or one to one therapeutic support. Before starting in Jigsaw Meath as Youth Community Engagement Worker, my previous role was Child and Family Support Network Coordinator. I have an Honours Degree in Social Studies from Sligo IT and continued my studies in UCG where I obtained a Post Grad in Meditation and Conflict Resolution. I have always been passionate about working with young people and supporting them in strengthening their own mental health and wellbeing.

Fun fact

When travelling the world, I was asked to star in an Australian travel documentary.

Advice for Teenage Self

Don't be so hard on yourself and ask for some help!