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

Anne Conroy

CEO

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.

Marie Vanasova

Marie Vanasova

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.

Ingrid Cooney

Ingrid Cooney

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.

 

 

Helen McCarthy

Helen McCarthy

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laureen Christie

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’.

Mary Daly

Mary Daly

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.

Heather Sinnott

Heather Sinnott

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.

Simon Keating

Simon Keating

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.

 

Cormac Ryan

Cormac Ryan

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.

Molly Ingarfield

Molly Ingarfield

Communications and Policy Officer

Molly joined Le Chéile in 2024 as Communications and Policy Officer. She holds a Master Degree in International Relations. Molly enjoys working in this sector as she believes in the importance of that right support being available at the right time can change someones life forever. Molly wishes to continue to be involved with Le Chéile who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of young people and those involved.

Alan Quinn

Alan Quinn

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

Lyndsey McCabe

Lyndsey McCabe

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.

 

 

 

 

Allison Gordon

Allison Gordon

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aideen Curran

Aideen Curran

Accounts Administrator

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.

Jenny Croke

Jenny Croke

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.

Maartje Van Stokkem

Maartje Van Stokkem

Dublin North Youth Coordinator

Maartje, originally from The Netherlands but living in Dublin for over 20 years, joint Le Cheile in May 2024. Before joining Le Cheile Maartje worked in the youth and community sector for 20 years, specialising in mentoring services for young people in the North inner city. She witnessed firsthand what a positive difference, a caring, committed volunteer can make for a mentee and that this can have a lasting lifelong impact on the young person in particular but also on a volunteer by reflecting on your own beliefs, goals, and aspirations.

Claudio Marmo

Claudio Marmo

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.

Mark Turner

Mark Turner

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sara Mc Donnell

Sara Mc Donnell

National Volunteer Coordinator

Sara joined Le Chéile in 2024. She has worked for over 10 years in the not-for-profit sector, both in Ireland and abroad. She holds a Master’s Degree in Development and Globalisation. Her previous role was in volunteer support, and she believes firmly in the unique value that volunteers bring to an organisation. She is passionate about social justice, social inclusion, and human rights.

 

 

 

Carol Doyle

Carol Doyle

Administrator

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conor Byrne

Conor Byrne

Mentor Coordinator - Oberstown

Conor joined Le Chéile in 2024 as the Oberstown Mentor Coordinator. Conor has a personal, educational, and professional background in working with addiction, trauma, and the family dynamic. Following his Master’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal justice and working both one-to-one and in group settings with those affected by the justice system, Conor is a strong advocate on empowering change through education, wellbeing, and re-connection both with society, and with the self.

 

 

Ailbe Coleman

Ailbe Coleman

Project Coordinator - Cork North/East

Ailbe has over 14 years of experience supporting young people and their families within the Youth Justice System.  His qualifications include a Social Science Degree in Youth & Community Work, a Masters in Voluntary & Community Sector Management and Certificates in Addiction Studies and Community Development. Ailbe’s previous experience of serving in the Irish Defence Forces both at home and abroad with the UN, has helped him in developing the ability to quickly prioritise the needs identified by young people/parents being worked with to ensure that their engagement in the mentoring process is as beneficial as possible for them. Ailbe believes that this approach to his work ties in seamlessly with Le Chéile’s vision statement, which is ‘to offer every young person at risk, the right supports at the right time, to make the most of their lives’.

 

 

 

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.

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Work With Us

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 opportunities. We hire from across a variety of locations and disciplines.