Bernadette Maughan – Manager
Hello and welcome!. First and foremost let me introduce myself. My name is Bernadette Maughan and I am the manager of Sligo Traveller Support Group. I am also the mother and grandmother of a family. I am charged with the responsibility of overseeing the organisation development, staff management and programme development, in addition to keeping STSG’s board informed and updated of all the happening on the ground on a regular basis.
While I catch my breath, I’d like to add that we at STSG have a good staff team and try to implement STSG’s strategic plan, do a lot of outreach work as well as put on outdoor activities. We do this as some of the best work is done not in meetings but at events and gatherings, be they local, regional or national. The staff team, like the board, is made up of Travellers and settled persons who work together to achieve common goals and whom all work to achieve the aims and objectives of STSG as set out in the Memorandum and Articles.
Please feel free to browse the site, we’d welcome any suggestions on how to improve our service and also update the website and/or make it more accessible and user friendly.
Audrey Williams – Administrator
Hello! My name is Audrey Williams and I joined STSG in June 2018. I am the administrator in the office. My responsibilities include the day to day running of the office, advising our manager Bernadette of meeting and correspondence on a dialy basis. My role involves processing the weekly payroll and Revenue returns. I keep record of all the finances, income and expenditure, and ensure that all returns are sent to funders on time. I prepare the documentation and a financial statement for Board of Director meetings and take minutes at same meetings.
I feel privileged to work with such a dedicated group of people and to have Bernadette as my manager as she works tirelessly for the Travelling community.
Marie Ward – Primary Healthcare Worker
Hello, my name is Marie Ward and I am a primary healthcare worker at Sligo Traveller Support Group. I am a Traveller woman and it is a privilege to be able to work within my community.
My job being a Primary Healthcare Worker I carry out home visits twice a week to Traveller families all over Sligo to promote health, provide general information and to assess the needs of families to put programmes in place to improve the overall health of Travellers and the needs of families. We also work in conjunction with the designated Public Health Nurse Floraidh Dunn and Dr Mary Connolly. We work closely together to ensure all advice given on visits are evidence based. The majority of primary healthcare work is health promotion and I also run health and well being programmes with young people aged 7-15 through the medium of dance and sport etc.
Kathleen Stokes – Primary Healthcare Worker
Hi, my name is Kathleen Stokes.
I am a Primary Health Care Worker with Sligo Traveller Support Group. I have been with the organisation for 19 years. I cover a wide range of areas including mental health, diabetes, domestic violence, drugs/alcohol, cancer screening, discrimination, women and children, men’s health, blood pressure and cholesterol, and education.
I also meet with the public health nurse Floraidh Dunn and Dr Mary Connolly. We work to ensure that the advice and information we give out on family visits is evidence based. When we go out on family visits we ensure to ‘Traveller proof’ to ensure that they are accessible and culturally appropriate.. We also run health and well being programmes including swimming, cooking groups and healthy eating. It is a great organisation to work for and we are privileged to have great staff and we all get on well as a team. As a Traveller woman and it is a privilege to be able to work within my community. And to be a role model to other Traveller women and other women in minorities groups that you can have a career and get a job and have independence.
Cliona Ward – Primary Health Care Worker
Hello, my name is Cliona Ward.
I’m one of the Primary Health Care Workers. I also work with young people age from 7-15 in health & well-being programmes through different activities like swimming, multisports, cookery, dance, driving theory, women’s programmes etc. We deliver our focus health & well-being programmes like our healthy eating class and exercise classes. In conjunction with the designated public health nurse, Floraidh Dunn & Dr Mary Connolly, we work closely together to ensure all advice that we are giving out on family visits is evidence- based I have been working with Sligo Travellers Support for 7 years and I love it.
It’s great to be seen a role model in the community and to get the message to all the Travellers that they can have a career and get a job and most importantly, be an independent person.
Dana Stokes – Primary Health Care Worker
Hello my name is Dana Stokes and I live in Sligo. My job is a Primary Health Care Worker in Sligo Traveller Support group. I’ve been with this organisation since 2018 and it’s great to be working here and to be a role model in my community. I love working here – the staff team gets on very well. I enjoy supporting Travellers the best way I can. My colleagues and I carry out family visits 2 days a week in Sligo town and county.
In co-operation with the designated public health nurse Floraidh Dunn and Dr Mary Connelly, we work together and discuss relevant issues arising. We also make sure all information is evidence-based before we can pass information out to families. I help programmes for children, teens and adults such as swimming, multisports, cooking, driver theory test classes, dance, handyman programme etc. These programmes are ongoing in Sligo town and county.
Mary McGinley – Homework Club
Hello my name is Mary McGinley and I am part of the homework club staff in Sligo.
I have been working here for four years and really enjoy being part of the team. It is a privilege to be working within my community.
I am based in Collooney and STSG is planning to start up a homework club there which I hope to be a part of.
If you would like to contact me please contact 071 914 5780.
Jamie Murphy – Men’s Development Worker
Hello, my name is Jamie Murphy and I am the Men’s Development Worker with Sligo Traveller Support Group. I have been working with the organisation since late 2016. My role involved a wide range of responsibilities and activities. I carry out family visits to clients on a regular basis and amongst other things distribute relevant and appropriate health information with a particular emphasis on mental health, cardio vascular health and diabetes. I advocate on behalf of client needs with a variety of organisations including Sligo County Council and the HSE. I organise regular physical and social activities for clients including football, fishing and climbing (Croagh Patrick). Driver theory test preparation is available at our office while we are in the process of developing a horse project to provide safe stable facilities and training. I organise an annual mental health conference, attend a number of inter-agency meetings and update the organisation’s social media and website platforms. It’s a real opportunity and privilege to work in STSG who have done and continue to do so much important work in the community. If you would like to discuss anything with me please call 071 914 5780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.