Crowd-fund campaign launched to fund new Jigsaw outreach services in Connemara

Pictured in Clifden at the launch of the iCrowdfund page are (L to R)  Nigel Prendergast (Youth Reach Letterfrack), Cathy Connolly (North and West Connemara School Completion Programme), Chris Shanahan (President Clifden Chamber of Commerce), Justin McDermott (Jigsaw Galway) and Marie Feeney (Forum Connemara Adolescent Support Project)
Pictured in Clifden at the launch of the iCrowdfund page are (L to R)  Nigel Prendergast (Youth Reach Letterfrack), Cathy Connolly (North and West Connemara School Completion Programme), Chris Shanahan (President Clifden Chamber of Commerce), Justin McDermott (Jigsaw Galway) and Marie Feeney (Forum Connemara Adolescent Support Project)

An innovative crowd-funding campaign to fund a proposed Jigsaw Galway outreach program for north west Connemara was launched yesterday (December 1). The aim is to fund a weekly outreach service, bringing a Jigsaw Galway support worker to Clifden once a week to meet with young people from north west Connemara. Anyone can contribute to funding the project by visiting www.icrowdfund.ie/JigsawGalway

‘This campaign gives everyone the chance to create a new, localised mental health support service for young people (aged 15-25).  Give what you can because every contribution, no matter how big or small, will help us support young people experiencing mental health difficulties and distress,’ said Sarah Simkin of Jigsaw Galway. ‘The more funds we raise, the more we can meet young people in their own local community and reduce the barriers of time and transport.’

Jigsaw have been working in collaboration with a host of local services, including Forum Connemara and Connemara North West Connemara School Completion Programme, to endeavour to meet the specific needs of young people in the area. 

Speaking at the launch, Marie Feeney of Forum Connemara said, ‘We are all very committed to getting a routine Jigsaw presence here in the community to support our young people. The fact that everyone in the community has the opportunity to play their part, means we all have ownership over it. Whether you are living in the area, or further afield, we now need your support to make this happen.’

Ms Simkin added: ‘We want to reassure people throughout the county that they can also contact us at any time for appointments in Galway city’. 

Jigsaw Galway is a free and confidential service supporting young people’s mental health and well-being (aged 15-25) in Galway city and county.  Jigsaw also provides advice and guidance to anyone concerned about a young person in their life.  Call 091 549 252 or visit www.jigsaw.ie/galway.