Meet the Jigsaw Dublin 15 Team
David is the Project Manager in Jigsaw Dublin 15. This means that he supports the whole team in planning for and delivering the best possible service to the young people of Dublin 15. David's role importantly involves developing and supporting networks within Dublin 15 so that we can respond as early as possible to young peoples mental health needs as a community. David has a BA in Social Science from UCD specialising in Housing Management and Community Development and a MA in Management from DCU. Before working for Jigsaw, David led a service which supported people with mental health issues to move from institutional/congregated/homeless settings into their own homes in the community. On his time off you can generally catch David out playing some form of sport such as soccer, tag rugby or Gaelic football and hanging out with friends.
Little Known Fact: In a "What Piece of Furniture are You" online survey it was discovered that he is in fact a dining chair because as Buzzfeed "scientifically" proved he is sturdy and reliable, always right there when someone needs to get a weight off their shoulders (or take some pressure off their feet).
Clare leads the team of Clinical Support Workers in Jigsaw Dublin 15. This means she works with Dave and the team to plan the service for the young people in the area. Clare provides guidance and support to the Jigsaw Clinicians to help them provide the best service to the young people. She also works directly with young people to help them develop skills to manage the difficulties of everyday life! Clare is a qualified Occupational Therapist. She earned her degree in Trinity College Dublin in 2002 and lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, for a year to work towards her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Queen Margaret University. Clare lived in the UK for 10 years before returning to work in Jigsaw in 2016. Her work in the UK was mainly with people with eating disorders where she worked with people to help them to do things that were important to them and to have the best health they could. In her spare time Clare likes to run and loves to knit (but not at the same time!).
Little Known Fact: Clare can hold a conversation in Khmer, Cambodia's native language.
Senior Jigsaw Clinician
Fiona provides one-to-one support to the young people who come to Jigsaw and offers help to them with any issues or concerns they have in relation to their mental health.
Fiona has a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University College Cork and hails from the county and Kingdom of Kerry. Fiona has previously worked with the HSE in different mental health roles both in the hospital and in the community. Fiona loves to keep physically fit and active and often takes part in races across the year, half marathon being her preferred distance to run. Fiona also loves to cook, volunteer and socialise with friends.
Little known fact: Fiona loves to travel and even took 8 months off work to travel the world.
Hannah previously worked as Disability Advisor for Mental Health in University College Cork and volunteered with Childline for three years.
She is a CORU registered Occupational Therapist, having graduated from University College Cork in 2014.
Hannah is originally from Cork, has worked in London and Limerick and is now hoping to settle in Dublin.
Little known fact: I would love to build a micro home and live in the country (the smaller the better!)
Brendan proudly hails from the city of Limerick and has an undergraduate degree in Social Science from UCD in 2010. Brendan is a CORU registered Social Worker, having completed a Masters in Social Work in 2013 which included a placement in Chicago. Brendan then worked in Toronto, Canada for 5 years with a background working in the field of Young People’s Mental Health, Youth Justice and Child Protection.
Brendan loves sports and Hip Hop music and is passionate about working with young people’s strengths to support their mental health and wellbeing!
Fact: Brendan can turn a pen into a musical instrument.
Youth and Community Engagement Worker
Paolo works closely with our amazing Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) to ensure that we support youth participation and have a youth voice within the service. Paolo also works closely with the YAP, our staff team and the local community to promote and raise awareness around all things youth mental health related in Dublin 15.
Paolo holds an Honour Degree in Performing Arts from Swansea Metropolitan University in Wales, and an MA in Dramatherapy from National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He has previously worked in the areas of adult mental health, intellectual disabilities and brain injuries. When he’s not in Jigsaw, he enjoys nature, travelling, cooking and eating.
Little Known Fact: Paolo acted a small scene for an Irish movie which then was cancelled. He also was part of a Dunnes Store Christmas ad where you could see only his arm. Paolo realized then he was not meant for an acting career.
Grace completed an undergraduate degree in General Nursing in 2011. She went on to complete a postgraduate course in Occupational Therapy at London South Bank University in 2014. She has previously worked with the NHS and HSE in different physical health roles.
In 2009, Grace first volunteered at Barretstown (therapeutic recreation camp) in Co Kildare, she has returned on a number of occasions as a volunteer and as an employe. Grace is passionate about supporting young people to effect the change they desire within their lives both through her work in Jigsaw and her voluntary work with other groups.
Little known fact: Grace loves upcycling furniture and dreams of having a big garage where she can spend lots of time getting lost in this activity!
Personal Assistant in Training
Pat was a founding member of Jigsaw Dublin 15, having been selected by our Youth Advisory Panel due to his passion for youth mental health and enthusiasm for belly rubs. Pat holds a BA in fluffiness as well as various qualifications in being cuddly, playing fetch and going for walkies. Pat works closely with our administrator in ensuring that young people feel welcome. Pat believes in the importance of naps in the workplace and can often be found chilling out on one of the cosy couches in the waiting room.
Little Known Fact: Pat holds the world record in chasing his own tail.