Suicide support group needs your help to secure its Clonmel home

Eamonn Wynne

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Eamonn Wynne

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C Saw committee

The C-SAW committee - Patricia McCarthy, Joanie Whelan, Joan O'Brien, Joe Leahy (chairman), Anthony Morris and Mai Walshe - at their headquarters in 24 William Street, Clonmel

An organisation that provides an invaluable service to the community is appealing for support to help it secure a permanent home.

C-SAW, the Community Suicide Awareness Workers, have been offered the option of purchasing the house at 24 William Street, Clonmel that has served as its headquarters since November 2015. 

"We recognise this as a unique opportunity to ensure that C-SAW has a permanent home, where we can continue to provide a valuable and much-needed support service to the people into the future", says chairman Joe Leahy.

"We are now seeking help to enable this dream to become a reality", he says.

A voluntary charity organisation, C-SAW was founded in 2013. 

The organisation works to reduce the number of suicides in Tipperary by raising awareness, educating the community and providing emotional and practical support to those in need, as well as those bereaved by suicide.

Its services - all of which are provided free by trained volunteers and volunteer professionals - are provided at 24 William Street, which is located just a short step from the junction with Bolton Street and Mary Street.

Last year, more than 500 people availed of the services provided at C-SAW House.

These include a Listening Ear Support Service, which is totally confidential and held between 6.30-7.30pm every Monday and Thursday evening; bereavement counselling from 2-3pm every Thursday; and a free coffee morning from 11am-1pm every Wednesday.

Take Time to Talk Counselling with qualified counsellors is also available, by appointment.

C-SAW has trained more than 200 people in recent years in SafeTalk and ASIST. Both courses are certified by the HSE and equip people with the skills to assess and intervene in crisis situations.

"We would be delighted to receive any financial assistance that you might be able to provide to the local community in your support of C-SAW House", says Joe Leahy.

"All donations will be acknowledged with gratitude".

Any business, organisation or individual who would like to assist with the purchase of the house may contact Joe Leahy at 086-2606988.

C-SAW may be contacted at 052-6172477; and e-mail, c-saw@live.com

The organisation's website is www.c-saw.ie.