The Family Centre - Staying available and relevant in a time of pandemic

The Family Centre counselling service continues to be available to the public primarily online or over the phone, with only limited capacity to meet people face to face adhering strictly to the current Government guidelines.

They are accepting new referrals, they offer an initial appointment with a counsellor, this may be face to face or through Zoom, depending on a person’s preference. In this session one can talk to the counsellor about their situation and they will get an understanding of counselling, which will help them make an informed decision on whether it is the right option or not for them.

Other services available currently

The Mayo Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service which supports individuals, families and communities following a death by suicide. The liaison worker can be contacted through the centre on (094 ) 9025900 or on (087 ) 2172866. This is a free service.

Flourish Social Prescribing Service offers adults at risk of social isolation, a free and confidential in-depth support service to link with people, social activities and hobbies, that may enhance their health and wellbeing and to change unhelpful behaviours or patterns associated with their social withdrawal. They offer this service through individual and group interventions. All Flourish interventions are online via Zoom; a one-to-one session by phone or through Zoom where you meet the project worker and explore ways you can discover new interests at this time and ways to keep well.

Mindful Mondays - a 30-minute guided mindfulness session open to all, every Monday at 11am.

Get Creative with Flourish and The Linenhall Arts Centre – the current course is nearly finished – next course beginning on April 13.

Get fit with Flourish – a gentle introduction to exercise – the current course is nearly finished – next course beginning on April 14.

The John Hoban Music Circle – every fortnight on Fridays at 8pm.

Email: [email protected] to join any of the following Flourish programmes.

Bereavement Support Service – this is a confidential and free bereavement support service. The service is provided by skilled and experienced bereavement support workers.

The Family Centre Spring programme is a 'slimmed down' version and is all delivered online this year. They have a range of courses under personal development to suit all needs. These are delivered in such a way as to make it comfortable for the participant to join. If you are interested, pick up the phone and give us a call.

For a few of our courses they have a waiting list so they can offer again in the next few months when they get enough. If you cannot get a place on a particular course this time, leave us your contact details and the Family Centre will get back to you in the coming weeks or months. The centre will be offering a Summer Programme in the next few months.

During this lockdown, the centre is opened every day from 9.30am to 1pm. In the afternoon and out of hours the phone is checked for messages and responded to in a timely manner.

For further information on any of our services or programmes, please contact us by calling:(094 ) 9025900, email: [email protected], website:, Facebook @tfccastlebar or Instagram @thefamilycentrecastlebar.


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