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Ger McHugh B.Soc.Sc, Dip.

I have worked in the community and voluntary sector since graduating from UCD with an honours degree in Social Science in 1999. Over the past 15 years I have held a variety of roles and responsibilities in both homeless services and the youth work sector including front line service provision, project management, programme development and training based in two large national voluntary organisations – Focus Ireland and Foróige.

During these years, I took every opportunity to develop my skills personally and professionally and took part in a range of training and received awards such as:

  • Diploma in Life and Business Coaching (QQA FETAC Level 6)
  • Certificate in Addiction Studies (NUI Maynooth)
  • Specialist Certificate in Youth Health Promotion (NUI Galway)

This ongoing investment in my own personal development as well as continuous up-skilling to do my job effectively is something I believe passionately in.

My education and work experience includes crisis intervention to early intervention, providing for clients basic needs to offering young people the opportunity to fulfill their potential by engagement in non-formal education. Reflecting on this, I believe everyone should have the support to be the best they can be in the world and this support comes in many forms such as education and training, coaching, health and social services, personal development etc.

When I faced challenges along the way, the importance of effective supervision, self-care and maintaining a work/life balance were highlighted for me. I believe it is important to resource and nurture oneself especially when juggling a busy and demanding job, family life and the unexpected u-turns that often come about!

I really enjoy communicating and collaborating with others and I learnt so much from working alongside some of my colleagues over the years. With my experience engaging young people and adult service users, coordinating staff and volunteers, developing programmes, facilitating training as well as managing a busy crisis intervention project I know I can draw on all this experience when working with you and your team.

I believe in coaching as I have experienced the benefits myself over the past two years. I am fully insured and a member of the Life and Business Coaching Association of Ireland (LBCAI).

I look forward to meeting with you in my role as coach, facilitator or trainer in the future. I’ll leave you with this inspiring thought:

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” (Zig Ziglar).

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