Services available from Solas Headford

The Solas Family Resource Centre is your one-stop-shop for a wealth of information, leaflets, forms, and personal advice on Health Issues, Social Welfare, Education etc.

The team in Solas work hard to keep up to date on all the issues that can affect individuals and families in this area. Please feel free to call, write or drop in for whatever help and advice you may need. Chances are, if we can’t help you, we can put you in touch with those who can.

Remember, it’s your Resource Centre, here to help you.

Irish Conversation Circle
The Irish Conversation Circle/Ciorcal Comhrá Gaeilge  takes place in Solas every Thursday morning from 10am -12pm. It is a relaxed space for Irish speakers of all abilities to come together to chat, use and learn the language and maybe even have a cupán tae! All ages and all abilities are welcome. Tá fáilte roimh óg nó aosta, le aon leibhéal Gaeilge.

Play Therapy
Play therapy provides therapeutic support and intervention for children aged 4 -12. Play Therapy gives children a safe space to express themselves and play out big emotions through play. The play therapist provides different areas in which the children can express themselves i.e., Art, Sand tray Therapy, Clay, Pretend Play, Messy Play, or role play. Each session is child led; this allows the children to have control over what they play. The therapist can gain a view into the world of the child and understand their challenges. The therapist will follow the child’s direction in their play, while reflecting the underlying emotion back to the child helping them process and heal.

GRETB Headford Further Education
Further info from 093-34746.

Pension Officer & Social Welfare Information Advisor
This provides free, confidential and impartial information on Social Welfare, Employment Rights, Health Services, Family Law, Taxation etc. This service is provided in SOLAS on Thursday mornings.

Clothes Bank
We accept all clothes and shoes inside bags. No quilts or pillows, please. Clothes bank available behind Duffy’s Hardware, Delaney’s Trading post and in Joyce’s car park.

Affordable Counselling Service
Counselling and psychotherapy is offered by trained therapists who provides an impartial and safe environment for clients to explore specific issues and develop more satisfying and resourceful ways of living. This service is both confidential and affordable.

Domestic Violence Outreach Service
Modh Eile House Cope Galway domestic violence outreach service provides refuge and support for women to live free from violence. If violence in the home is an issue contact Modh Eile House house directly on 091-394880 or email or contact Solas on 093-36446.

Family Support Services
Support and advice offered for parents who need help with their children’s behavioural issues. This service is offered through Tuam Family Services once week. Ring Solas for further info.

Galway Advocacy Service
Working with young people between the ages of 16 to 21 years old, who have dropped out of the education system or who are at high risk of dropping out, with the aim of achieving educational training or employment progression and long term independent living, remember the service is confidential, friendly, and free of charge.

Information Service
Leaflets and forms on: Health Issues, Social Welfare, Education, Courses, Grants, Motor Tax, Driving Licences, passport application forms etc.

MABS (Outreach Service)
Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) is a national, free, confidential and independent service for people in debt or in danger of getting into debt. The service is free and confidential and can help you escape the poverty trap. The Service is available bi-weekly in our Centre. For an appointment please contact MABs directly at 076-1072560

Meals on Wheels
Would you like a hot nutritious meal at a reduced price delivered to your home? The Meals on Wheels service is delivered by Solas FRC. All meals are prepared by the Angler’s Rest Hotel. Contact Solas for further information.

Office Services
Copying, Faxing, Laminating, Computer and Internet Access and Meeting Room space. Check with us for pricing and availability.

Rainbows support group is a peer support programme, which assists children who are grieving a death, separation or other painful transition in their family. Rainbows help by providing a safe setting in which participants can talk through their feelings with others who are experiencing similar situations. They are helped to articulate their feelings by a facilitator or listener.

Rural Transport Initiative
The Rural Transport Initiative is a national pilot initiative aimed at people in rural areas who are excluded because transport is not available, accessible or affordable to them locally. The principles of this system are: to take account of the social and economic needs; to make the service available within specific areas; to complement rather than compete with existing transport; to make transport accessible to the mobility impaired; and to use local knowledge in the development of the service. Rural Transport is available on Wednesdays to Tuam and on Fridays into Headford. Phone: 093-36446 or Lena on 087-2873542 to book a place on the bus.

Security Alarms
Pendant security alarms available to those over 65 who live alone or live with someone else who is also over 65. Call into Solas FRC for more details.

Galway Rural Development
Need employment/ education assistance, advice and training? Galway Rural Development (GRD) now have an employment officer based in Solas Resource Centre (Headford). This free and confidential one to one service offers assistance with CVs and interviews and also training courses aimed at helping people to gain work. The employment officer will be available every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 2-5 pm. Call (093) 26211 or (087) 7035556.