He’s young. He’s Irish. And in his new podcast, Ryan’s Real Irish Podcast, he wants to know ‘what’s the craic’ with Irish society today! 

This week, four members of ISPCC Childline sat down with podcaster Ryan McKeown to discuss what exactly Childline does, the services it provides and how it helps children and families around Ireland.

Emma McCluskey – National Childline Manager, Niamh Clarke – Area Co-Ordinator for Dublin’s Childline Therapeutic Support Services, Fiona Jennings – Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager and Louise Farrington, a Childline Therapeutic Support Worker were all on hand to explain the work they do within the charity and how they affect change for the young people they work with.

Over the course of the hour-long podcast, the discussion moves through the one-to-one support services available to families, theraplay, non-violent resistance programme and the Childline 24-Hour Listening to the vital role the public plays in helping fund the organisation.

They talk about the impact of Covid_19 on Irish children and young people and how the demand for online services increased as a result. Ryan also probes the issue of what else the Irish government can do to help the charity sector.

As well as that, the women share their personal reasons for working with the ISPCC, the eye-opening experience of being a volunteer and how their work has impacted their lives and those they’ve helped.

Click here to listen back to the full podcast.