Free Coaching For Frontline Staff

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About Us

Connect a Coach was founded by Ailbhe Harrington, a Master Certified Coach and Coach Trainer and Karen Hayes an Associate Certified Coach, facilitator.

The vision was to make it easy for frontline staff to connect directly and easily at a time that suited them, with professional coaches who wanted to help.

Ailbhe Harrington

Ailbhe Harrington

Karen Hayes

Collaborators who have kindly volunteered their time:

  • Louise Leonard, Marketing Advisor
  • Liisa Rodriguez, Office Manager
  • Sally O’Connor, Administrator
  • Connie Merrick, PR
  • Brian Costelloe, Content Advisor
  • Stephen Clements, Technical Advisor
  • Orla Lynch, Digital Marketing
  • Sean Feeney, Administrator
  • Ruth Maguire, Administrator
  • Meave Queally, Brand Designer
  • Orla Fitzmaurice, Website Designer
  • Ailbhe Harrington, Coach Supervisor
  • Mary Anna Wright, Coach Supervisor
  • Paula King, Coach Supervisor
  • Pamela Fay, Coach Supervisor
  • Deirdre McLoughlin, Coach Supervisor
  • Lesley Cave, Supervisor to Supervisors


Connect A Coach is an online platform, operated on a voluntary basis, facilitating the engagement of independent professional coaches willing to give some free sessions to frontline workers through involvement with the Connect a Coach initiative. For further details please see our Terms & Conditions.

What is connect a coach?

Connect A Coach is a free coaching service for Ireland’s frontline and emergency services staff. 

It is not a counselling/therapy service, but a still space for you to ‘exhale’, de-stress,  and feel more resourced.


Definition of "frontline staff"

All staff:

Working within healthcare setting

Emergency services e.g. An Garda Síochána


Social workers

Covid related services e.g. testing, tracking

Pharmacy staff

Residential care homes

Nursing homes

Booking a session

Follow the ‘Book A Session’ link under the coach of your choice.
There, you will be able to book a time to connect with your coach using phone or video call.

What can coaching do for me?

A conversation with a professional coach can enable you to focus on what’s important, gain clarity and find a way forward that works for you.

The Coaches

The coaches who have signed up to provide their professional services on a voluntary basis are independent, fully insured, and members of coaching bodies adhering to principles of professional ethics.  To the best of Connect A Coach’s knowledge, your personal information will be held by the coaches in the strictest of confidence. 

Code of ethics of professional bodies:

International Coaching Federation

European Mentoring & Coaching Council

Psychological Society of Ireland

Association for Coaching

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