National Learning Network Laois/Offaly

Service Details

Target Age

  • 16 - 18 years
  • 19 - 24 years


  • Schools & Education Support
  • Mental Health
  • Employment & Welfare
  • Training
  • Ethnic Minorities

Support Type

  • In-person - Group


  • Laois
  • Offaly

Contact Details

Contact Person(s)

Claire Picard


Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Laois R32 HK11,



Contact Hours

Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm


Emergency Assistance

Open Up is not a crisis service. If you or someone you know needs immediate help please contact one of the services below immediately.

If someone is hurt or in danger call the emergency services straight away. Emergency services can be contacted at any time by dialling 999 or 112 in Republic of Ireland or 112 in Europe.

Additional Service Information

Referral Process

  • Self-referral
  • GP referral
  • Other healthcare/socialcare provider
  • Referral with parental consent for under 18's

Service Description

NLN with branches in Portlaoise and Tullamore are a specialist training centre and run various programmes designed specifically for people with support needs aged 16+. These could be young people who may struggle with exam pressure, deadlines, literacy, attention, social skills and interpersonal relationships. We also enroll students who have dropped out of the school system early. We have a councillor and psychologist on site for students who are struggling with anxiety and mental health issues.

List of Services Available

We have a Rehabilitative Officer who links in with all our students around goal setting, councilling and advocacy support. We also have a Psychologist who students can meet on an appointment basis.

Wheelchair Access


Before this website came along, we weren’t sure what services were available locally and how to access them. It’s great to now see them all listed in one place with lots of useful information and contact details.