Meet the Jigsaw Tallaght Team

Grainne McGill

Grainne McGill

Project Manager

I lived in London for a number of years where I worked as a family support worker providing one to one support to young people with mental health needs, undertook supervised contacts and worked in a residential family assessment centre.  I also worked, initially as a volunteer and then as a paid employee, in a number of roles with young offenders. In particular I developed and managed community projects and worked directly with young people subject to various court orders.

In 2005 I moved to Dublin and worked in the Children Acts Advisory Board, where I led a number of research projects regarding special care provision in Ireland and developed pioneering guidelines on therapeutic interventions for children and young people in out of home care.

I have also worked in the HSE Children and Families National Office and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.  I commenced my role in Jigsaw Tallaght in December 2015. 

I have a BA (Hons) in Criminology and Race & Culture Studies, an MA in Youth Justice, Community Safety and Applied Criminology and in 2016 I completed an MSc in Management from UCD. I have a number of other qualifications such as a Postgraduate Diploma in Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies (TCD) and a Certificate in Management Development. 

What is your favourite film?
Well I have a few but decided to pick Gladiator as it has an amazing soundtrack too! 

If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be? 
Travel as much as you can and as early as possible! 

Tara Mulhern

Tara Mulhern

Clinical Coordinator

I have worked for Jigsaw Tallaght since September 2016.

Prior to this I worked primarily in adult mental health for almost a decade, most recently as a senior occupational therapist on a community mental health team in Dublin.

Prior to that again, I worked with teenagers and adults delivering a vocational skills training programme. I have a strong interest in the areas of employment and education, and am a certified Supported Employment facilitator. I am also a certified WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) facilitator.

I started out my career working with primarily young adults in an early intervention for psychosis service, and was responsible for setting up Ireland’s first occupational therapy service in early intervention in psychosis as a pilot project. This was where my interest in early intervention began.

I have done also occasional lecturing in occupational therapy and mental health in TCD, UCD, UCC and UL.

I have an Occupational Therapy Honours Degree from Trinity College and also a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education from NUI Galway.

What is your favourite film?

ll musicals – La La Land is a strong contender as new favourite!

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

"Do more of what makes you happy!"

Christine Donovan

Christine Donovan

Clinical Support Worker

I worked for one and a half years in a paediatric service working with children and young people up to the age of 18. I completed a work placement in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. I have an Honours Degree in Occupational Therapy from University College Cork.

What is your favourite book?
Any of Jodi Picoult’s books!

If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be? 
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and don’t let being worried about what others think stop you from being you!"

Aimee Darby

Aimee Darby

Clinical Support Worker

I am a registered psychiatric nurse. I have spent time working on an acute adult mental health inpatient ward, and also an inpatient child and adolescent ward. Working on these wards has given me lots of experience working with young people between the ages of 12-25.

I have numerous courses completed, including CBT, and I am a facilitator in WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan). I am an active member of the NMBI (Nurse, Midwifery Board of Ireland) - which ensures I follow all competencies of nursing, and work within my scope of practice at all times. 

If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be?
‘Don’t think of it as a failure, think of it as a lesson learned’. 

Jane Redmond

Jane Redmond

Administrator

I have over 10 years administration experience in both the banking and community sectors. I also have 5 years experience as a volunteer youth worker.

Previously, I worked with the long-term unemployed, helping them to overcome obstacles to getting back to work. I studied counselling and CBT at an introductory level in order to further help me to understand some of the challenges faced by the clients in my previous job and how they could be overcome.

What is your favourite book?           
All of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ books

What is your favourite film or band/musician?
It’s hard to pick just one favourite band or musician, so, The Clash, David Bowie and Foo Fighters (in no particular order!)

If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be?
Listen to your parents. Believe it or not, they’re actually right! Also, stop playing down what makes you different, you’ll soon realise these things are part of what makes you ‘you’ and you’ll meet people who love these things about you.

Sinead Beirne

Sinead Beirne

Youth and Community Engagement Worker

I have completed a degree in Psychology and Sociology and a Certificate in Mental Health in the Community.

I worked in Jigsaw North Fingal part-time for over a year and a half before starting in Jigsaw Tallaght full-time in June 2017. Before working in Jigsaw I spent time working with Emerald Cultural Institute as a Residential Duty manager with young people learning English as a foreign language. I have also volunteered with University of Limerick Student Union Welfare Team and SVP’s Ozanam House. 

What is your favourite book?

All of Harry Potter and most crime novels by Lynda la Plante or Jonathan Kellerman....I can’t pick only one!

What’s your favourite music/band?

At the moment I am mostly listening to Imagine Dragons and Rag n’ Bone man.

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

You are capable of a lot more than you think so believe in yourself!