Galway Sexual Health Forum

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Emergency or Crisis Services

An Garda Síochána

An Garda Síochána are the Police force in the Republic of Ireland.

If you are being assaulted in any way, or believe you are about to be, this is an emergency and you can call them for protection.

In an emergency call  999 / 112

Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU)

SATU is a 24-7 free, confidential HSE service which provides clinical, forensic and supportive care for all gender identities 14 years and older who have experienced sexual violence. We help anyone who has had unwanted sexual contact of any kind. We can also help if you cannot remember what happened but think you may have been sexually assaulted.

There are three options of care for those attending, including forensic examination following reporting to An Garda Síochána, health assessment and care with or without reporting to An Garda Síochána and for patients over 18 years, and forensic examination with safe storage of evidence providing the opportunity for subsequent reporting.

Click here for information on SATU and what happens there. Call 091 765 751 from 8am-4pm weekdays, 091 757 631 after hours and ask for SATU.

The Child and Adolescent Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (CASATS) provides free, confidential, 24-7 clinical, forensic and supportive care to patients under 14 years of age. CASATS and SATU services are co-located. Please find further information on the CASATS service here. 
 
If you are outside of Galway, find your nearest SATU here

Galway Rape Crisis Centre

GRCC is a non-governmental organisation which provides counselling and support services to victims of sexual violence in the community. GRCC services are available to people of all genders aged 14 and upwards. We also provide support for family members and friends of those who have experienced sexual violence and abuse. The centre is in Galway City with outreach clinics in Gort, Ballinasloe, Tuam and Oughterard. GRCC runs a helpline from 10am-1pm Monday to Friday on 1800 355 355 and other services include:

– Confidential crisis counselling and long term counselling services
– Adolescent counselling service
– Advice and support for family and friends of survivors
– Legal Information Clinic
– Psychological support at the SATU immediately after a rape/sexual assault.
– Accompaniment to Garda station and court
– Awareness Campaigns and Advocacy
– Education/Training and Awareness Programmes
– You can contact GRCC by calling our helpline on 1800 355 355, our business line on 091 564800 or emailing admin@grcc.ie.


NATIONAL 24/7 Helpline, run from Dublin Rape Crisis Centre: 1800 77 8888. Also webchat, check details here .

My Options Crisis Pregnancy Supports

The HSE Crisis Pregnancy supports are accessible through www.MyOptions.ie,
also by phone on 1800 828 010 24 hours a day 7 days a week. 

All people of all genders affected by a crisis pregnancy can contact them for support and advice,
as well as information on abortion and how to access it
and support and information on continuing the pregnancy.

Their phone helpline provides multiple language interpreters as well as sign language, web chat
and all contact options can be found here. 

Sexual Health Supports

Sexual Health West

Sexual Health West are a Galway based charity providing education and support to people
in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon on their Sexual Health.
Formerly AIDS West, we retain a support role for people living with HIV in this region also.

Our Galway Office is in Ozanam House in St Augustine St in Galway.
We can be called on 091 566 266 or 0860249111 or emailed on info@sexualhealthwest.ie.

www.sexualhealthwest.ie

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

STIs are common in Ireland, anyone can have one and the ONLY way to know if you
or someone else has one 
is by getting tested. For more information on STIs click here. 

Free testing including HIV tests are available at:
 
Galway University Hospital STI clinic, located on Newcastle Rd in Galway city, call 091 – 542294,
Ballinasloe STI Clinic, Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, call 090 964 8372 (ext 676).
Mayo STI Clinic, Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar. Tel: 094 902 1733 (ext 3501).
All other regions in Ireland can find their local clinic here.

If you want to access a free do-it-yourself at home test kit please check this HSE website: 
www.sh24.ie
to see if your region is covered by this campaign.

Sexual Health West offers free Rapid HIV testing regularly, this information is always promoted on their social media. 

Find a list of GPs offering sexual health check-ups in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon here.  
They  often charge for this, even if you have a medical card so ask cost first.

Irish Family Planning Association

The Irish Family Planning Association provide contraception, specialist pregnancy counselling, abortion care,
sexual and reproductive health services and training.

They have a face to face counselling service in Galway city centre for crisis pregnancy or post abortion support.
Call 1850 49 50 51 or Galway (091) 562992

www.ifpa.ie

Sex Workers Alliance Ireland 

SWAI is an organisation that works with sex workers for better access to rights, health and justice in Ireland. 
Their mission statement is to promote the social inclusion, health, safety, civil rights and the right to self determination
of female, male, cisgender and transgender sex workers.

Based at 13 Lower Dorset St in Dublin, you can call them on 085 8249 305 or email on info@swai.eu

www.sexworkersallianceireland.org

Ruhama

Ruhama support women affected by the sale of their bodies for sex. 

Their support services are FREE, confidential and tailored to your individual needs.
You do not need a visa or to speak English to access these services. They are there for any woman
who is affected by prostitution at any time in her life.

Call them on 01 836 0292 or freetext REACH to 50100,

www.Ruhama.ie

LGBTQI+ Supports

LGBT IRELAND

LGBT Ireland is a national organisation underpinned by localised knowledge and responses. Together with our network members, we provide support, training, and advocacy which aims to improve the lives of LGBT+ people across Ireland.

The national LGBT helpline is a freecall on 1800 929 539,
Monday to Thursday: 6:30pm to 10:00pm, Fridays: 4:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 4:00pm to 6:00pm

The transgender family support line is 01 907 3707,
Tuesdays 10am – 12 noon, Sundays 6 – 9 pm. 

Their Telefriending Service for people over 50 in the LGBT+ community offers a once a week telephone call
by a friendly volunteer, providing friendship, security and support
to alleviate loneliness, isolation and improve overall mental health and well-being. Apply here.

For other information and local support groups check out  www.lgbt.ie 

shOUT LGBT+ Youth Project

Galway’s local youth LGBT group shOUT LGBT+ Youth Project is run by Youthwork Ireland.

It is a safe, supportive & fun space for LGBT+ young people, questioning young people and allies aged 13-24 based in Galway.
The project aims to promote a safe space for young people to develop friendships with peers, as well as to provide an experience of inclusion, diversity, acceptance, and social justice.  shOUT! also works to address issues and concerns affecting all young people today.

We currently run weekly social groups, activities, one-to-one support, provide LGBT+ information and resources,
and LGBT+ inclusion and awareness events.

For any further information contact lisa.cannon@youthworkgalway.ie or  shout@youthworkgalway.ie,
or call 087 659 5534, follow on Facebook here, or for more information details here.

 

Amach! LGBT Galway

AMACH! LGBT Galway represent and advocate on behalf of the LGBT+ community in Galway city and county.

We hold support groups, drop-ins and activities where you can meet new friends,
 get information and chill with like-minded people. 
Amach is also a focal point for delivery of education, training and health programmes in addition to
support for individuals identifying as LGBT+ and for those who are ‘coming out’.

Check out what they offer on www.amachlgbt.com
or on their instagram, facebook or twitter

Outwest

OutWest is a Voluntary Social, Support and Advocacy Group for LGBT+ People in Connacht.

The group aims to organise social outings and events several times a year in various venues in the West of Ireland,
as well as doing advocacy and awareness work and educational sessions
to benefit the LGBT+ community, both in Connacht and on a national level.

Recently, the group has opened a Drop-In Centre for LGBT+ people in Castlebar, Mayo.
This serves as a safe social space to give LGBT+ people an opportunity to meet together in a relaxed
and friendly atmosphere and to discuss group events and LGBT+ issues.
New faces appear regularly and are always welcome.

Check out what they offer on www.outwest.ie

Amach! LGBT Galway

AMACH! LGBT Galway represent and advocate on behalf of the LGBT+ community in Galway city and county.

We hold support groups, drop-ins and activities where you can meet new friends, get information
and chill with like-minded people.

It is also a focal point for delivery of education, training and health programmes in addition to support for individuals identifying as LGBT+ and for those who are ‘coming out’.

Check out what they offer on www.amachlgbt.com

Belong To

BeLonG To Youth Services is the national organisation supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) young people in Ireland.

Since 2003, they have worked with LGBTI+ young people, between 14 and 23 years to offer them specialised LGBTI+ youth service with a focus on mental and sexual health, alongside drug and alcohol support.
They respond to the needs of LGBTI+ young people in Ireland and help them thrive.

www.belongto.org

Migrant Supports

AkiDwA

Akina Dada wa Africa, or AkiDwA for short, is a national network of migrant women living in Ireland.

Akina Dada wa Africa means sisterhood in Swahili. AkiDwA takes a holistic approach to integration,
promoting a migrant and gender-specific approach to public services
as well as encouraging migrant women to access mainstream services and initiatives.
The organisation works with migrant women to build their capacity to participate in in all public spheres through training, awareness raising, consultation, focus groups discussions, information provision, research and policy development.

info@akidwa.ie, Phone (0)1 8349851
www.akidwa.ie

Bridge Project, Galway

The BRIDGE Support Project offers direct support for migrants in Galway city and county.
They provide information, advocacy/self-advocacy training and support,
language training through IT skills, health/wellbeing and psychological care.

Contacts are: Suzanne 086 0433376, Obert 086 0470120 or Joelle 087 9303468
or email gcp.bridge@gmail.com. 
Find out more about them here.

Spirasi

Spirasi (Spiritan Asylum Services Initiative) is the national centre for the rehabilitation of victims of torture in Ireland.


The rehabilitative services offered by Spirasi are unique in Ireland and consist of the following:
• Multidisciplinary (medical, therapeutic and psychosocial) Initial Assessment (IA) for both victims of torture and those who have suffered cruel and inhuman or degrading treatment;
• Ongoing therapeutic interventions for victims of torture which includes individual, group and family therapies;
• Both in-house and outreach psychosocial supports;
• Medical Legal Reports (MLRs) for the protection process;
• English language classes for victims of torture and their families that complement the rehabilitative work.

Lawyers and Medical Practitioners can refer here: https://spirasi.ie/referrals/

Croi Na Gallimhe

Croi Na Gallimhe is run by St Vincent de Paul in Galway. They provide the following resources to the migrant community:

– Asylum Support Group: provides support to people to complete their IPO applications,
prepare for interviews and appeal and for family reunification.
– Conversational English language classes twice weekly.
-A homework club for children living in direct provision and afterschool activities
– Programmes such as: One World Choir, classes, sewing, quilting, crafting, art, computers, a men’s group and Tai Chi.
They also encourage volunteering.

Contact them on: info@croinagaillimhe.ie, 091 895203 or find them on Facebook

Education and Advocacy

Active* Consent

Active* Consent work with 15-24 year olds, teachers, parents, staff and sports organisations to promote a positive and confident approach to sexual health and to equip young people with the tools to recognise and communicate about sexual consent. All available resources are based on data from and developed with young people to ensure they are engaging , relevant and effective. We pilot all our interventions and evaluate their impact.

Active* Consent currently have workshops, a drama and social media content available for both second and third level students that give young people engaging and up-to-date information and skills that are practical and relevant for their own relationships. They also provide facilitator training for second and third level.

Contact activeconsent@nuigalway.ie or visit nuigalway.ie/activeconsent

Dóchas don Óige

Dóchas don Óige are a training centre for young people at risk aged 15+. Their missions statement is to reduce offending behaviour, increase pro-social attitude and promote safe integration into own community, while providing space for related services through improved inter-agency co-operation.

Dóchas is based in the Liosbaun Estate in Galway city, the manager Helen Kelly can be contacted on 0879301470 or Helen@dochasdonoige.ie

www.dochasdonoige.ie

abortion access west

Abortion Access Campaign West (AAC West) is a women’s collective based in Galway to ensure that
those who need abortion care receive it in a respectful and caring environment that meets their needs.
AAC West is particularly concerned about securing abortion services for marginalised groups
and is in regular contact with GPs in the west of Ireland on how abortion services are being implemented.

For further information check out their website here,
where you can find information on accessing abortion in Irish, French, Portuguese, Polish, Dutch, Italian, Large Print and audio

hse health promotion

The Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion (FPSHP) is a 6-day training programme aimed at service providers wanting to develop their confidence, skills, and knowledge in sexual health promotion or who wish to incorporate sexual health promotion into their work.

It is a free 6-day course delivered across a 3 month period (2 days per month, back to back).
The training days run from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm and attendance at all 6 days is required.

Please contact fiona.falvey@hse.ie for further queries