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Adult Education Guidance Initiative

Ms Janice CreaghGuidance Counsellor, The Sutherland Centre, North Street, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
Email: janice.creagh@corketb.ie
Mobile: 087-6228945

Bandon Family Support & Community Well-Being Project

Louise Hackett – Co-ordinator. Tel: 0860253705 Email: louise@cfsbandon.com

Bandon Adult Basic Education Service

Raymond O Regan – Email: Raymond.ORegan@corketb.ie  Tel: 086 8239094

The Adult Basic Education Service  (ABE) provides small group and some 1-1 tuition in reading, writing and maths to adults with a basic skills need for adults with literacy difficulties. Generally NFQ levels 1-3 are offered.

Bandon Community Drugs Initiative

To provide support to young people through 1:1 education, prevention and intervention work in relation to alcohol and /or drug misuse.

Brothers of Charity

The Brothers of Charity Services empower people with intellectual disability / autism to live the lives they choose. They are currently undergoing a transformation in the way in which they support and serve people with an intellectual disability in line with best practice internationally.

Citizens Information (& Free Legal Advice Service)

What would we do without Citizens Information? They shine a light in dark places, but remember to ask the right questions.


CoAction was founded on the philosophy of ‘a local service for local needs’, and with this in mind local branches of volunteers were established in Castletownbere, Clonakilty, Dunmanway and Skibbereen, in addition to the original branch in Bantry.    The first state funding was received in 1990.   CoAction has developed comprehensive services for both children and adults with an intellectual disability and autism in the West Cork area and now provides services for 598 children and 140 adults.

Community Garda

Community Welfare Officers in West Cork

Cope Foundation

Cope Foundation is a non-profit organisation which supports over 2,300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism.

Department of Social Protection offices

Employer Disability Information

The centrally based national resource for advice and information for employers on the employment of people with disabilities


Foróige is Ireland’s leading, most successful youth organisation. We have been working with young people since 1952! That’s more than 60 years.

General Practitioners  (GPs) in West Cork


GROW is a Mental Health Organisation which helps people who have suffered, or are suffering, from mental health problems. Members are helped to recover from all forms of mental breakdown, or indeed, to prevent such happening. GROW, founded in Australia in 1957 by former mental sufferers, has a national network of over 130 Groups in Ireland. Its principal strength is the support members give each other from their own experience in matters to do with mental health.

HSE Health Centres in West Cork

HSE Older People Services in West Cork

Irish Wheelchair Association

Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) is a national organisation which provides a range of services to people with disabilities and other mobility impairments in their own homes and communities.

Kinsale Youth Support Services (KYSS)

Kinsale Youth Support Services are a group of local people who have come together to support young people and promote positive mental health in our community.

LocalLink Cork

Local Link provides safe secure and reliable Public Transport services in local and rural areas of Ireland.

National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA)

Take the first step is Ireland’s campaign to promote the free help that’s available across the country. And it’s not like being back at school. It’s relaxed and friendly and can take just a couple of hours a week.

National Learning Network – NLN

National Learning Network provides a range of flexible training programmes and support services for people who need specialist support (job seekers, unemployed, people with an illness or disability) in 50 centres around the country. The SOLAS & HSE training programmes, all of which include work experience, offer nationally recognised qualifications including QQI, ECDL, and City and Guilds ensuring that students are ready to get a job or go on to further education.

NOVAS (West Cork Tenancy Support and Sustainment Service)

Novas’ Support and Sustainment Worker provides sensitive and pragmatic support services to families and single people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless in the west Cork region.

Patrick Healy, Novas Tenancy Support & Sustainment Coordinator West Cork Email: patrick.healy@novas.ie Tel: 086 827 9996

Post Natal Depression Ireland


Helping the people we serve to be more independent; helping them to contribute to and be more included in their communities; empowering them with the skills and confidence to be active in the workforce; and supporting them to be in charge of their health and wellness.

SHEP – The Social Health and Education Project

SHEP is an Irish, not-for-profit, community-based training and development organisation established in 1974. Our key areas of work include: a unique Training Programme based on experiential group-work approaches; Low-cost CounsellingAdvocacy; providing specialist supports to community-based organisations; and International Partnership.

Shine Ireland

The Irish Progressive Association for Autism (IPAA) is a Cork based Voluntary Organisation established in September 2001. Since its establishment IPAA/Shine has worked with hundreds of families across Cork city and county to secure assessments, therapies, services and appropriate education for their children.

Shine Online

Shine is the national organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those affected by mental ill health, through the promotion and provision of high-quality services and working to ensure the continual enhancement of the quality of life of the people it serves.

Shine has offices in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Tullamore and Dundalk.

SICAP (Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme)

Jimeve O’Neill (Development Officer) Email: jimeve@wcdp.ie Tel: 086 735 6340

‭‬Mark Gaffney employment supports for young people aged 15-25 Email: mark@wcdp.ie Tel: 087 163 0780

Kathryn Kingston self-employment supports for the unemployed or underemployed Email: kathryn@wcdp.ie Tel: 087 987 6390

West Cork Carers Support Group

The West Cork Carers Support Group (WCCSG) was formed in 1998 and provides a wide range of supports to improve the quality of life of Carers. The Group is open to all Carers, whether they care for a relative, neighbour or friend.

West Cork Counselling Service Support

Ross House, Main St, Dunmanway Co. Cork


West Cork Crisis Pregnancy Counselling Service

Ross House, Main Street, Dunmanway, Co. Cork

Riverside Studios, North Street, Skibbereen, West Cork

West Cork Development Partnership Building, Main Street, Bantry, Co. Cork


West Cork Job Support

Your route to employment may have many unforeseen twists and turns. WCJS want your journey to be a success and hope that the information, tools, links, exchanges and resources you find on their site can help you achieve that.

Kathryn Kingston self-employment supports for the unemployed or underemployed Email: kathryn@wcdp.ie Tel: 087 987 6390

West Cork MABS

Unit 11, Underhill Commercial Park, Dunmanway, Co. Cork

Tel: 0761 07 2450

Fax: 023 885 5886

Email: dunmanway@mabs.ie

West Cork Traveller Centre

Margaret Faulkner

Tel: 083 190 9605 or 023 883 5039

Email: margarettchw@gmail.com

West Cork Women Against Violence Project

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