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Parish Societies


Pioneer Association
Any member of the Pioneer Association who would like to join the Pioneer Council should contact Mary Hegarty [028] 71882886 or John Devine [028] 71841480. Likewise any child who recently received the sacrament of Confirmation and would like to become a member of the Pioneer Association should contact the above names.

Derry Diocesan Child Safeguarding Annual Update

There is now a new Child Safeguarding Policy Document in place in the Diocese of Derry. This policy aims to minimise the risk to children involved in church activities. It has been drawn up to meet the requirements of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland. A copy of the document is now available in all parish offices and will shortly be available to view or download from the diocesan website www.derrydiocese.org

If you or anyone you know has a child safeguarding concern or wishes to report an allegation directly to the statutory authorities, please contact the PSNI/local Health and Social Care Trust (Northern Ireland) or Health Service Executive/Garda, (Republic of Ireland). If contacting the Health Service Executive or local Health and Social Care Trust, ask to speak to the Duty Social Worker.

Contact Details – Statutory Authorities

Western Health and Social Care Trust
Gateway Services
Tel: 028 7131 4090

Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Tel: 028 2563 3700

Duty Social Worker

Letterkenny Tel: (074) 912 3770
Buncrana Tel: (074) 936 1044

Alternatively, if you or anyone you know has a child safeguarding concern in relation to any member of Church personnel and wishes to report it to Church authorities, please contact one of the diocesan designated persons, who will, in turn, report this concern to the relevant statutory authorities.

Name: Rev John Farren
Phone Number: NI (0035374) 938 4037 / ROI (074) 938 4037

Name: Mary McCafferty
Phone Number: NI (028) 075 1426 5252/ ROI (0044) 75 1426 5252
Email: child.protection.coordinator@derrydiocese.org

CURA : 7126 8467

St. Vincent dePaul : 7126 5489

AL-ANON : 9068 2368

AA : 9043 4848

Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice seeks volunteers in the Derry area. The Children’s Hospice provides respite and end of life care for children and young people suffering from life-limiting illnesses both in the Children’s Hospice and in the child’s own home. For further information please contact Rachelle Norry on 07866701350 or email her at rachelle.norry@nihospicecare.com

Disability Action’s Advice Service has put together a leaflet and standard letter for anyone who feels they may wish to challenge their bank or building society regarding excessive penalty charges to their account. Please call in for a leaflet to Disability Action, 58 Strand Road or telephone to make an appointment to discuss your concerns or telephone 71360811 and ask for Claire-Marie or Patricia.

NEXUS Counselling Service offers support to anyone who has been sexually abused, sexually assaulted or raped at any time in their life and are now 17 years old or over. NEXUS believe that the survivor is never to blame, regardless of the circumstances. NEXUS offers workshops for survivors of sexual abuse on a variety of topics including anger management, stress management, self-awareness and assertiveness. Family Education and Support Groups are offered for family members, parents and partners or survivors who may also need support. Contact NEXUS in confidence at 71260566.


ACCORD is a voluntary Catholic organisation that aims to promote a deeper understanding of Christian marriage and to offer people the means to safeguard and nourish their marriage and family relationships.

Tel : 7136 2475


Parents Advice Centre
The Parents Advice Centre aims to help parents and other family members to improve their ability to function within the family.

Derry Office
[Mon-Fri 10am-4pm and Mon-Thurs 7pm-9pm]
65 Clarendon Street
Derry BT48 7ER
Tel: 0808 8010 722 - Helpline Freephone
Tel: (028) 7137 2006 - Office Line
Fax: (028) 7137 2824
E-mail: derry@pachelp.org

As the leading relationship counselling agency in Northern Ireland, Relate NI has been serving the community for over fifty years. A full range of services is provided to all sections of the community, irrespective of social class, religion, gender, ability, colour, creed or ethnicity.

FOYLE (main office)
4-6 Strand Road
BT48 7AB

To make an appointment contact us on
Ph: 028 7137 1502
Fax: 028 7127 1541
Email: relatefoyle@btinternet.com

Counselling Hours (hourly appointments)
Mon - Thu 9.30am - 9.30pm
Fri 9.30am - 1.30pm
Sat 10am - 2pm


Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

Whatever you're going through, whether it's big or small, don't bottle it up. We are here for you if you're worried about something, feel upset or confused, or just want to talk to someone.

16 Clarendon Street,
Northern Ireland
BT48 7ET
Phone: 028 71265511

Usual hours open to receive callers: 10am - 10pm

Mission Statement : To enable young people who have experienced death, divorce or separation of their parents to work through their grief and adjust to a new family situation.

22 Bishop Street,
BT48 6PR

Tel : 028 7137 7227

Email : youthlife_be@hotmail.com

If you or anyone you know has a child protection concern or wishes to report an allegation of child abuse directly to the Church authorities in relation to any member of Church personnel, please contact one of the following diocesan designated persons.

Rev John Farren : 00353 74 938 4037

Rev Seamus Farrelly : 00353 74 937 4104

Mrs Mary McCafferty : 028 7136 2475

Youth 2000 is an international initiative of young people called to spread the good news of the Catholic faith. We pray together, we organise retreats and other spiritual events to help others to know and love God.

Contact : Yvonne Murray : 028 7962 8244
Helping people deal with Self-Harm.

15a Queen Street
Derry BT48 7EQ

Tel : 028 7126 6999
Fax : 028 7126 9294
Email : zestni@yahoo.co.uk
'Supporting and Promoting Male Health and Well-being'

2 Dacre Terrace
Derry BT48 6JU

Tel : 028 7137 7777
Email : man_in_derry@yahoo.co.uk
Web : www.man-ni.org