Meet the Jigsaw Dublin City Team

Charlene O’Neill

Charlene O’Neill

Youth and Community Engagement Worker

My role in Jigsaw is Youth and Community Engagement Worker.   This involves engaging with young people and community members to provide information and encourage conversations and support around mental health within the community.  I also work alongside Jigsaw Dublin City Youth Advisory Panel who advise Jigsaw to make sure we are welcoming and accessible to young people and providing the best possible service to young people. 

Study: I have a Bachelors Degree in Community Youth Work.  Community Youth Work involves working with young people and the community to create positive change and development within the community based on what they want and need.

Fun Fact: I've been lucky enough to sky-dive, bungee jump and scuba dive and I love this kind of activity but if I see a spider, I will run a mile.  

Laura Cantrell

Laura Cantrell

Clinical Support Worker

Study: I spent 4 years studying for my Bachelor in Nursing Science (Psychiatry) in the National University of Ireland, Galway and completed this with an honours degree in 2012. I also completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Psychosocial Interventions in 2015. I then went on to Trinity College Dublin and a completed a Post Graduate Diploma with distinction in Mental Health (Psychosocial Interventions) in 2016.

Work: After completing my degree I spent time working in an acute admissions Unit in University Hospital Galway and in community settings in Galway city. I then spent a bit of time travelling South East Asia in 2013 before making the big move to Dublin in 2014. I worked in an Adult Mental Health Service in South Dublin for four years. I spent three of my four years in this community based service working in a Day Hospital, with my last year there in a management role. This Day Hospital provided support for service users and their families in the community and was often an alternative to inpatient admission- here I facilitated mental health education groups daily as well as working 1:1 with people to work towards their recovery and goals. I finished this job in January 2018 to begin working in Jigsaw Dublin City and really like the early intervention model and working with young people in Jigsaw.

Fun Fact: I love travelling and have been to over 20 countries. My most memorable moment was definitely being chased by an elephant in Botswana!

Rachel Ardagh

Rachel Ardagh

Clinical Support Worker

Study: I completed an honours degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) in Trinity College.  After working for several years in disability I studied Equine Assisted Therapy and became qualified as an Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator, and a Therapeutic Riding Coach. I am now studying for a Masters in Mindfulness Based Interventions in UCD.

Work: I spent 7 years working as an OT supporting children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. I then took a post facilitating  and delivering equine assisted therapy programmes in an equestrian centre. There, alongside horses, I supported a wide population of people with varying different sensory, motor, intellectual, and emotional needs. Before coming to Jigsaw I worked as Senior Paediatric OT in Primary Care. This job focused on boosting children's and adolescent's self esteem by supporting them to achieve functional goals. 

Fun Fact: I am a major animal lover but have more recently developed a special affinity for chickens. I am currently the proud owner of 8 ex-battery farm rescue hens. They bring me plenty of laughs every day (and eggs too).

Aoife Byrne

Aoife Byrne

Administrator

Work: My career has been divided between Administrative and Teaching.  I have eight years experience in Administration between my family's furniture business and working with CORU - Regulator for Health and Social Care Professions. I also have four years teaching experience. I worked as a Home Tutor to pre-school children with ASD  for three years and as an ESL (English as a Second Language) for a year in Murcia, Spain. I love engaging and helping people in anyway possible.

Study: I have a degree in Psychology from National University of Ireland Maynooth and I am currently studying my Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy with Zestlife College which I am thoroughly enjoying. I have also completed a number of CPD (Continuous Professional Development) trainings in areas such as (ASD) Autism Spectrum Disorders and teaching through drama, play etc.

Fun fact: I love travelling where I have lived in America, Spain and did a 14 week trip travelling to 8 different countries that included 24 flights, countless boats, buses and tuk-tuks.