The IT Sligo Students’ Union, in conjunction with the local Gardaí has successfully set up a weekly Garda clinic in the Student Centre at the Institute. This free service runs each Wednesday from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, where Community Gardaí members are available to deal with students concerns and queries, along with providing many standard services.
IT Sligo Students Union Vice President Paul Smith explains,
“The idea of providing a Garda clinic for students is something that we in the Students’ Union recognised a need for the past few years and after two successful years of the clinic it was relaunched this year. It is only through the great support of the local Sligo Gardaí and in particular, Marta Carter, Suzanne Gilmore, Louise Keogh and Sergeant Philip Marie that this service has come to fruition”.
The mobile Garda clinic has proved extremely successful, giving students the opportunity to avail of the many services provided in traditional Garda Stations, along with advice on a range of issues, in a convenient, friendly, and confidential manner
The clinic has also led to successful teamwork between the Students’ Union and Gardai in the combat and prevention of anti social behaviour. It is the first of its kind in the country and it has led to the better community relations in the area.