Meet the Jigsaw Dublin City Team
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.
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).
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.