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Community Groups

Below are a list of groups involved in the communities we work with. These groups take great pride in what they do and they each work extremely hard in their area to make our community a better and safer place for everyone.

Support Groups

Do you need extra supports to get a qualification and to get and keep a job?  If so, one of National Learning Network’s (NLN) 50 training centres around the country could be the answer and we have one right in Navan.

National Learning Network provides mental health services within its extensive range of QQI accredited courses across a range of levels. All of our managers, instructors, rehabilitation officers, resource teachers, social skills facilitators, psychologists and advocacy officers have had extensive training in this field.

Open Wednesdays from 10am-12pm at our Kennedy House Location (above the Navan Court House.)

If you would like to know more please contact us at:

Phone: 046-902-1975

Active Retirement Ireland will reach out to all older people to stop loneliness through friendship and support” – Mission Statement, Active Retirement Ireland Strategic Plan.

All the activities are aimed at keeping older people active and well. Active Retirement Associations are a lifeline for many older people who would otherwise feel isolated and lonely.

Each of the 550+ local associations is run by a committee of volunteers. These are self-organised and independent local groups whose members decide the activities on offer.

To get in contact with your local groups:

Phone: 01 873 3836

Amen is the only dedicated support service for male victims of domestic abuse in Ireland providing crisis intervention, helpline support and face to face supports to victims.  We are committed to the highest standard of ethical and efficient service delivery, promoting the empowerment, dignity and equality of male victims. At Amen we also provide safety planning, emotional help, advocacy and practical support with housing, education and health and assistance to access appropriate benefits.

To get in contact with AMEN:

Phone: 0818 222240 or 0818 222240

Cura counsellors provide the opportunity for clients to discuss options they wish to explore or consider in relation to their pregnancy. Counselling can support clients in making decisions about their pregnancy without influence or direction.

To get in contact with CURA:

Dowdstwon is a peaceful haven to soothe body, mind and spirit. Our qualified counsellors provide affordable counselling for individuals suffering physical, emotional, sexual and psychological abuse, depression, personal growth issues, family, relationship problems, feeling suicidal, mental health issues and addiction problems. We also provide confidential bereavement care to those who have lost a loved one.

If you wish to contact Dowdstown:

Phone: 046 9020671

Youth Groups

Foróige is Ireland’s leading Youth Organisation with over 50,000 young people involved annually. Foróige aims to enable young people to develop personally and within the community. Foróige has many different services including Foróige projects, Foróige Juniors (10-12yrs), Foróige Clubs & Cafés (12-18yrs), and the Big Brother Big Sister program. Here in County Meath, Foróige clubs are spread throughout the county.

There are established Foróige clubs in Oldcastle, Kells, Athboy, Navan, Lobbinstown, Duleek, Slane, Mosney, and Ratoath. Foróige Clubs offer members (12yrs+) to meet socially once a week for 1-2hrs during the school term. The members take responsibility for the running of the club and organising activities. This is achieved through a Youth Committee within the club. Clubs are supported by trained adult volunteers.

For more information about Foróige in Meath please contact Breda at:

Phone: 0866579606

We intervene early to support young people’s mental health. We are the only mental health service in the country with an exclusive focus on 12-25-year-olds. Our early intervention model provides tangible supports for young people before they reach the point of acquiring a formal mental health diagnosis.

We have 13 Jigsaw Services in communities across Ireland providing mental health support to young people, and we are continuing to grow year on year.

We educate and equip communities to help young people.  We believe that future resilience is based on early intervention and mentoring. We are working to build strong communities where young people feel they have real emotional connections with their friends, families, teachers, and peers.

We work with the best mental health experts using an evidence-driven methodology. We employ evidence-based models, devised by some of the world’s leading mental healthcare experts, based on extensive research.

To get in contact with the Meath branch: 

Phone046 907 1702

The Irish Girl Guides (IGG) has approximately 12,000 youth and adult members in Ireland, with a paid staff supporting the work of volunteers in the organisation. We are a youth-driven, dynamic organisation offering a varied and exciting programme for girls and young women aged 5-30, and opportunities for women of all ages.
As a girls-only movement, they are free to develop and express themselves in a safe, comfortable and supported setting.

Navan Girl Guides for girls age 10 to 14. We meet from September to June every Friday at 7.30pm in Meath 1st Scout Hall, Liscarton Navan.

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Community Groups

Johnstown Tidy Towns (JTT) was founded in September 2016. Alan Lawes Chairman of JTT said “since then the organisation has grown steadily with the number of people turning up to help with our regular cleans ups and getting involved in our litter hit squads increasing all the time.  It’s great to know that we are recognised as a local community organisation with a positive reputation amongst the people living in Johnstown”. Alan puts that down to the hard work of all the local volunteers alongside the obvious visible improvement to the local environment as a result of their efforts.

Contact Information:

Phone:  +353 (85) 1757216


Our club is in the world of Lions International, the largest service organisation with 45,000 clubs and more the 1.3 million members. A service organisation providing help in all kinds of ways by the member’s spending time with the needy and lonely as well as assisting charitable and volunteering groups in the community. The Lions Club organise holidays, entertainment, days and evenings out for the elderly and people needing assistance.

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Meath Travellers Workshops is a voluntary community development organisation. It is a traveller led organisation who is partnered with the settled community working together to promote Traveller values and identities through training and education.

Contact Information: 


We continue to be a community based and we are a registered charity (CHY No. 13758). In our first ten years our work focus was on service provision in the Navan area. Since 2008 the geographical area covered by our work has increased to cover the whole of County Meath. Our principal focus is on parents and families with children up to 12 years of age.

Mission Statement: “Navan Springboard Family Support Services mission is to support adults in their parenting role for the benefit of their children.”

Contact Information: 

Phone: 046- 9078221  


Meath Job Club provides a range of supports and services to both job hunters and employers.  We train job hunters in the most effective ways to get work and we offer recruitment solutions for employers seeking new staff.  Our staff of 4 super-skilled ladies are highly qualified and with a combined total of over 60 years’ experience in recruitment, information provision, education and training, guidance and career coaching, we know our stuff.

Contact Information: 
Phone: 085 8665783  Email: 

Hobby groups

The ICA is the largest women’s association in Ireland, with almost 10,000 members and over 500 Guilds across the Country. We cook, travel, craft and socialise! The objectives of the Association are to bring women together in fellowship and through co-operative effort, to develop and improve the standard of rural and urban life in Ireland having due regard for our Irish culture and to encourage the use of the Irish language in the affairs of Bantracht na Tuaithe.

Contact Information: 

Phone: 01 668002


Meath Volunteer Centre is a county-wide community based service that offers a recruitment and placement service available to anybody living in County Meath who is interested in volunteering. Meath Volunteer Centre also provides support and training to organisations in County Meath on all aspects of volunteer management in order to encourage best practise across the sector.

Contact Information: 

Phone: (046) 928 0790

Founded in 1991, the Irish Writers Centre is the national resource centre for Irish literature. Their mission is to support and promote writers at all stages of their development. They offer a diverse programme of writing courses and workshops led by established writers across a range of genres including memoir, poetry, playwriting, short-stories and the novel. They also run seminars, lectures and readings related to the art of writing.

Contact Information: 

Phone: 01 872 1302

Men’s Shed are open to all men regardless of age and background. They are a place where you can avoid isolation, share skills with others or learn completely new ones.  Meetings are held weekly in Men’s Sheds in Athboy, Broomfield, Dunshaughlin, Moynalty, Navan and Summerhill. The men themselves, the members of the Shed, have ownership of the project and they engage in a wide range of activities.

Contact Information: 

Phone: +353 46 9280790


Founded in 2006 Meath Arts Group is a cultural, non-political, non-profit organisation. Meath Arts Group seeks to support visual artists and promote their work. The group consists of number of active members covering a broad spectrum of visual artists. These include painters, sculptors, potters, photographers and other visual artists who wish to develop and promote their art. These artists have come together for the shared benefit of resources, education and marketing.

Contact Information: 

Phone: +353 85 7197359

Meath Archaeological & Historical Society is a local historical society based in Co. Meath. Established in 1937. The society lapsed for a time during the Second World War due to paper and petrol shortages which made it impossible to travel, correspond and publish. The society reformed then and began to publish its annual journal; Ríocht na Midhe, in 1955.

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Meath LSP provides a leadership role for the co-ordination, development and delivery of sport and physical activity opportunities in County Meath within the framework of our strategic plan and the resources available. Our work includes the provision of information on sport and physical activity, the facilitation of education and training opportunities and supporting the development and implementation of programmes and events that encourage greater participation.

Contact Information: 

Phone+353 (46) 9067337


Useful/Emergency Services

Doctor on call – 1850 302 702

Samaritans – 1850 609 090,

Pieta House – 01 601 0000,

SOSAD Drogheda – 041 9848754.
  Dundalk – 083 4244182.
  Debone – 083 4029864.
  Navan – 083-3712622.

Farm & Rural Stress helpline – 1800 742 645.

Childline – 1800 666 666,

Turn 2 Me Online counselling –

Heads-up – Mental health promotion.

Let someone know –

Samaritans Ireland – 01 6710071

Shine – 1890 621 631.

Spunout Youth powered charity. –

Barnados Working with children – 1850 222 300.

Childline 24 hour helpline – 1800 66 66 66

Headstrong Support group for young people. – 01 6607343.

Irish Advocacy Network – Suicide bereavement. –


Teen line  – 1800 833 634

Bodywhys Eating disorders – 1890 200


Jigsaw –

Reach out –

St. Pats –

Mental Health Ireland – 01 2841166.

National Service User’s Executive –

HSE – 1850 241 850.  

SOS  – 1890 577 577.

Hearing Voices Network – 01 4720105.

National Learning Network – 01 2057200.

Citizen’s Information  –

Dialogue –

Kills Resource Centre – 046 9247161

Trim Family Resource Centre – 046 9438850

St. Meath Comm. Mental Health Choir – 086 0404086.

Aware – 1890 303 302.

Grow Mental health. – 1890 474 474.

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