Services and Supports available during the Covid-19 pandemic for Young People & Parents

As you are aware, with the current developments regarding COVID-19 a lot of services, supports, programme’s and activities have been
postponed or cancelled, so below we have listed a range of services/supports that are available at this time.


South West Counselling Centre 

Based in Killarney, South West Counselling Centre (SWCC) have been providing a low cost, affordable counselling support to the community for the past 25 years. In line with current HSE and National Public Health and Emergency Team best practice in dealing with the Covid-19 virus, they are no longer providing face to face counselling appointments.

HOWEVER, in order to continue to support the community they are now moving to telephone counselling for clients and employees who need counselling support, 064 663 6416.

They are currently developing this telephone service along with their Mindful Parenting Workshops which will be provided online to adults and parents.

For more information, to make a referral or to self-refer please contact South West Counselling Centre on 064 663 6416. One to one telephone counselling appointments will then be arranged with an experienced Counselor in confidence. Keeping connected and reaching out by telephone is so important at this time of crisis in our community!!

For more information on South West Counselling Centre Click here to visit their website.


Kerry Diocesan Youth Service 

Kerry Dicoesan Youth Service (KDYS) is a Youth Work Organisation that was founded in 1971. With 5 Centers across Kerry in Tralee, Listowel, Killarney, Cahersiveen and Killorglin, KDYS provides a wide range of activities and support for all young people including; fun activities, recreational opportunities as well as services that assist young people and families to respond to challenges that they may face growing up in Ireland.

Following the advice and guidelines issued by the relevant authorities in regard to Covid-19 the 5 centres are now closed but they are now offering their services and supports either by meeting young people outside or by providing 1:1 and group work suppors through telephone contact using WhatApp and other technologies advising ”we are just a call away”.

Young people or parents who are in need of support please refer to the following contact details for your local area:


Contact Name

Contact Details


Sharon Roche

085 253 9402


Michelle O’ Neill

085 801 1172


Ken O’ Neill

087 206 6738


Anne Murphy

087 780 1575


Alfie Hughes

085 787 8049

For more information on KDYS please click here for their website and for daily online fun click here to be directed to KDYS Facebook page.


Community Based Drug & Alcohol Projects

During the pandemic Community Based Drug & Alcohol Workers are providing their support services to their clients in the community.  This is particularly significant given that residential addiction services and AA groups are not taking any new clients and/not meeting.

The Drug & Alcohol Workers will provide support and information for young people who are experiencing problems in their life because of drug and alcohol misuse.

The local Drug & Alcohol Workers contact details are as follows:

Deirdre in Killarney – 085-850 1296

Gemma in Tralee – 087 670 8702

Ger in Listowel – 087 926 3803

Padraig in South Kerry – 085 152 5612

Pick up the phone and call a Drug & Alcohol worker.