For every young person at risk – the right supports at the right time, to make the most of their lives
What We Do
Le Chéile Mentoring is a national, volunteer mentoring and family support service, which works with young people and their families, where the young person is involved in or at risk of offending. Established in 2005, we work in partnership with the Probation Service, An Garda Siochana, Oberstown Children Detention Campus and other agencies to reduce the level of crime in the community.
We recruit, train and support over 200 volunteer mentors across 12 counties to provide a supportive relationship for young people and parents referred to us.
As well as our mentoring service, we also run a dedicated Restorative Justice Project in Limerick and Clare and we run a number of family support programmes across the country.
Meet the Team
Anne Conroy is the CEO of Le Cheile Mentoring since 2014. A graduate of UCD and Trinity College, she previously worked with Barnardos and Kildare Youth Services. Anne strongly believes in the power of mentoring to support young people and parents to make significant positive changes in their lives.
Eastern Regional Manager
Mary joined Le Cheile in 2020. Her vast experience covers the lifespan of childhood and adolescence, from early years to adult life. She is passionate about the power of resilience in supporting people in adversity and holds strong with the belief that relationships and connection are central to human identity and personal happiness. Every day presents an opportunity.
Southern Regional Manager
Alan joined Le Cheile in 2011 as Mentoring Co-ordinator for Clare and Limerick. He has a Masters Degree in Family Support Studies from NUI Galway and a background in management. He took up the post of Southern Regional Manager in December 2021
Accounts & Corporate Services Manager
Claudio joined Le Cheile in 2014 as Accounts and Corporate Services Manager and he has worked in the non-profit sector for 18 years; the first 8 years as expatriate working in post-emergency and development projects around the world before moving to Ireland and joining Le Cheile.
Team Leader - Dublin
Marie joined Le Chéile Mentoring in 2008. She hold qualifications in social work, management and social care and social justice and she has background working within various social care, addiction and charity sector for over 18 years. She is passioned about working with young people and parents engaged with Youth Justice and working and supporting volunteers. Marie holds the belief that everyone can make positive changes in their lives and they can be empowered by giving opportunities, support and encouragement.
Mentor Coordinator - Dublin Parents
Ingrid has been with Le Cheile since 2005 when she helped set up the first pilot project in Dublin north. Her qualifications are in Youth and Community Work and Addiction studies. She worked for many years with youth mentees but now her work primarily focuses on supporting parent mentees. Having volunteered herself for many charities over the years she strongly believes in the ethos of volunteerism and the unique contribution our volunteer mentors make in supporting families to make positive changes in their lives.
Mentor Coordinator - Midlands
Helen McCarthy has worked in the Non-Profit sector for 17 years, with experience in the disability and criminal justice sector. Helen joined Le Cheile in 2008, and established le Cheile’s Midlands/Kildare Region. Helen has training and experience across a wide range of Youth and Family Support interventions.
Mentor Coordinator - Dublin
Laureen’s background is an BA in Social Care and and MSc in Criminology. She has experience working with young people in residential settings and families through YDP projects. She is a football coach and loves horse riding. She believes ‘ you can never fail until you stop trying’.
Team Leader - South East
Heather, a blow in from Scotland, has been part of Le Cheile Mentoring since 2006. Starting in the Careers Service, Heather is strongly influenced by valuing social justice and equality of opportunity. This ethos fits perfectly with the volunteer led model of Le Cheile volunteers supporting young people and families overcome barriers to opportunity and positive futured for our mentees.
Restorative Justice Project Officer
Simon joined Le Cheile in March 2023 as Restorative Justice Project Officer and has worked in the non-profit sector for 10 years. He enjoys working in Restorative Justice as it has great potential to assist young people involved in the criminal justice system.
Mentor Coordinator - YDP Dublin
Cormac joined the Le Chéile staff team in January 2019, having previously worked with the organisation as a volunteer mentor. Cormac believes passionately in the empowerment of individuals and communities and has over a decade’s experience working and volunteering in the community and development sector. He is also a firm believer in the ethos of volunteerism and acting in solidarity with others.
Aideen has been the Accounts and Finance Administrator with Le Cheile since 2019. She has worked in many varied administrative roles from the Tourist business, Education to banking. She is ATI Technician and IPASS certified. She has a passion for the outdoors, hillwalking and nature and believes it’s the best tonic for your mental wellbing.
Leona O' Callaghan
Mentor Coordinator - Limerick
Leona is covering the Mentor Co-Ordinator role for maternity leave duration. Leona has worked in the field of Mental Health for over six years including founding a Suicide Prevention Charity in Limerick. Leona is passionate about giving hope and empowerment to those most vulnerable in the community. She believes Peer support, wellness tools, genuine connection and the right support can make a massive difference in the lives of young people.
Mentor Coordinator - Dublin Youth
Grace joined Le Chéile in 2019. She works closely with the Probation Services to support young people, through mentoring and other service provisions. Grace volunteered as a mentor prioring to joing the team as a staff member and enjoys working in this sector as it gives an in depth understanding of young offenders’ lives, backgrounds and challenges they face in today’s society.
Mentor Coordinator - Meath
Lyndsey joined Le Chéile Mentoring in 2010 and is the Northeast Coordinator. She has a background working within various social care, family support and charity sectors for over 17 years. Lyndsey has huge passion for supporting young people and families within the Youth Justice Sector.
Mentor Coordinator - Cork
Allison joined Le cheile in 2018. She has worked in the not for profit sector for over 10 years. Before joining Le cheile, Allison worked primarily in Mental Health and Homeless Services
Policy & Communications Officer
Dervla joined Le Cheile in 2021 and has worked in the non- profit sector for 4 years. She enjoys working in the sector as it gives a chance to be people focused and give support where it is needed.
Project Officer YDP Dublin
Mark joined Le Chéile Mentoring in 2022 as a YDP Project Officer in Dublin and has over 20 years experience working in the non- profit sector. He is a human rights-based advocate subscribing to policy design to deliver quality care and support services.
National Volunteer Coordinator
Maxine joined Le Chéile in March 2016. She is an experienced youth and community worker, specialising in working with young people on the margins, training and volunteer management. She holds a degree in Youth & Community and a Masters in Professional Supervision & Development. Maxine frames her practice on the social justice values of access to resources, equity, diversity, participation and the inherent value of all people
Specializing in operational support, Carol joined Le Cheile Mentoring in December 2022, with diverse executive experience to hand. She brings with her a varied skillset and knowledge range of administrative assistance across inter-department functions. She thoroughly enjoys being a pillar of support to her colleagues, the wider team & clients being served.
Project Officer - YDP Southeast
Jenny has been with Le Cheile since 2017 as Youth Diversion Project Officer. Working with young people and parents to support them and seeing them being empowered is a very rewarding aspect of her role.
Le Chéile Mentoring’s Values
We believe in the potential of every young person
We are committed to a restorative approach
We believe in volunteer mentoring
We value partnership with young people, families and other agencies
We listen – respect – empower
We are committed to excellence in everything that we do.
Le Chéile’s vision statement is to offer every young person at risk, the right supports at the right time, to make the most of their lives. Our team of experienced, passionate and dedicated staff across the country each bring their knowledge and enthusiasm to varying roles in the pursuit of that vision.
We provide all our employees with fair employment conditions, development opportunities, and robust supervision and support systems. We offer competitve salaries, generous leave packages, Employee Assistance Programme and training and development opportunitiesWe hire from across a variety of locations and disciplines.
Our vacancies are advertised below.
Are you passionate about volunteerism and supporting young people and families? Do you have strong project management and volunteer engagement skills? If so, this could be your dream role! The Role: The primary role of the NVC is the development, implementation, and...
We are looking for a passionate and committed professional who believes in the potential of young people and providing support to parents. Come and work with us in an inspiring, rewarding and dynamic work environment where you will have the opportunity to make a...
Are you a dynamic person who enjoys working in a varied role? Do you have excellent communication and writing skills? Working with a dedicated team, the successful candidate will support our services to make a difference in young people’s lives. The Role: The...