Support Services in DIT
It is very important to enjoy your time with us at DIT. Having problems and not knowing who you can talk to can make college more challenging than it needs to be. Checkout our support services available below.
Contact your local Students’ Union office if you are looking for welfare or academic advice, or if you simply have a question and you are not sure where to go to get sorted.
Student Welfare officer:
Phone: 083 105 2061
The DIT Counselling Service provides support and help for you to reach your academic goals by providing a comprehensive step care model of screening, psycho-educational support and workshops, timely referrals to other services and where appropriate one to one counselling.
LIVE CHAT – email@example.com
You can engage with a counsellor with any query using “google chats” at the above email address every morning Mon-Friday between 10-11am.
WALK IN SERVICE – Aungier Street Mon-Friday 10-11am
If you would like to make an appointment with the Counselling Service please click on the link below:
Booking Form For Individual Counselling
If you need emergency services, are concerned for your safety or it is out of working hours/term time
- Your GP or GP-out-of-hours service
- Your nearest Accident and Emergency department or health service
116 123 (free call) 24hrs/7days http://www.samaritans.org
There are two DIT Student Health Centres. Registered fulltime students and apprentices who hold a current DIT student card are eligible to attend either centre. You need to present this card when attending.
We would prefer students to contact the Health centre by phone or in person to arrange appointments.
All emails are processed by our team, however, for patient confidentiality, data protection, and to ensure swift reply we cannot facilitate communication by email.
(Opposite Bolton St. College)
Ph: 01 402 3051
Ph: 01 402 3614
Map and Directions click here.
St. Laurence’s has facilitated a wide range of events since November 2014 including conferences and seminars. The venue has been host to a diverse range of groups such as Swift Conservation, the Dyspraxia Association Adult Conference, the Irish Prison Service, and as a venue for book and CD launches such as ‘Welcoming the Stranger’ Irish Migrant Welfare in Britain Since 1957 by Patricia Kennedy and ‘Western Wind’ a music CD by the Conservatory of Music to mark their 125th anniversary. Tony Bates held a seminar on Thomas Merton’s, on the centenary of his birth. Thomas was a monk, poet and peace activist, and he left a rich legacy of writings on solitude, silence and contemplation which can give us a deeper understanding and practice of Mindfulness.
St. Laurence’s is managed by the Chaplaincy Service as a centre for learning and spiritual development. For a list of the contact details for the chaplains please click here.
The Chaplaincy team are working to build community within the Campus, and develop a relevant pastoral care approach to meet the needs of the students and staff attending DIT Grangegorman.
As the student population increases, and especially when students are living on campus, our focus will be to manage this beautiful space so that can be used effectively in the future as a Church, and as a Prayer Space.
The chairs for the Church, have been designed by staff and students at DIT.
Chaplaincy Activities in St. Laurence’s include Weekly Mass, held every Thursday at lunchtime, and Mindfulness every Tuesday at lunchtime with The Sanctuary.
The space continues to be used as a Church and the small Prayer Room with the Blessed Sacrament is nice and relaxed and is open to use during term times.
The goal of the Disability Support Service is to ensure that no student with a disability experiences an educational disadvantage in accessing, fully participating in, and benefiting from, educational opportunities at DIT. For more information please click here.
Please contact us by:
Phone: (01) 402 7681
“Peer Mentoring is a programme whereby 2nd, 3rd and final year students are assigned a group of 1st year students. This programme helps first year students talk through questions that they may have about their course, assignments and exams. You can check with either your course co-ordinator or chaplain to see if Peer Mentoring is running for your course. For more information contact Alan Hilliard at firstname.lastname@example.org or Finbarr O’Leary at Finbarr.OLeary@dit.ie.”
Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful. It is about understanding another situation empathically through shared experiences.(Mead, Hilton & Curtis, 2001)
In the context of third level education, peer mentoring provides positive opportunities for students to gain immediate friendships with peers, to access ‘insider’ knowledge of life as a student and to ease anxieties surrounding transition to third level
Role of a Peer Mentor
To provide informal guidance, support and practical help to first year students, and ease their anxieties surrounding the transition to third level.
Activities of a Peer Mentor
- Attend a half-day training programme – During first year Induction – September 2015
- Be available to assist at Induction of First Year students
- Meet with a group of 6-8 First Year students at Induction
- Have two additional meetings in the first semester with first year students
- Be available, within reasonable limits, to first year students to offer support and advice during the year.
Benefits of Being a Peer Mentor
- It’s a lot of fun and you get the chance to meet new students as well as other peers.
- It is an opportunity for you who have been through the first year transition period to give something back and help our newest students to settle into college life.
- You will gain skills and experience in leadership, interpersonal relationships, self discipline, organisational and time-management skills.
- You will impress future employers, as this will look very good on your CV
- You will gain more confidence in yourself.
- On completion of the program you will be presented with a Certificate of Participation at an awards’ event.
Benefits to First Year Students
- Helps first year students to deal with transition to third level.
- Helps students with information and guidance about course related matters
- Helps students to resolve problems at an early stage
Interested in getting Involved . . Next steps
If you have any questions or concerns arising from what you have read about the Peer Mentoring, you can make contact with your Programme /Year Tutor or with Finbarr O’Leary, the co-ordinator of the Peer mentoring programme, who can answer any questions.