SETU & Wicklow Charity Tiglin Awarded €833k

SETU & Wicklow Charity Tiglin Awarded €833k to provide Higher Education to service users.

The awards were based on an evaluation of 18 Impact Case Studies submitted by higher education institutions to the Higher Education Authority in April 2022.

Among the beneficiaries is South East Technological University, partnered with Wicklow-based charity Tiglin, to provide access to higher education programmes to those participating in the Tiglin addiction recovery programme.

Tiglin warmly welcome this announcement from the HEA for €833,000 in grant aid for the provision of higher education supports for those availing of Tiglin’s services.


There are few things that disempower people, families and communities with such power like addiction.  It’s cause and effects create ripples and can sweep through family homes without mercy, disabling people’s ability to participate in life in catastrophic ways.


“Tiglin has been an advocate of making supports and services available to those affected by addiction and homelessness since 2008.  We have seen how access to therapeutic interventions and supports are vital but are made more resilient through access to education because this increases individuals social capital and their ability to recover.” Phil Thompson CEO, Tiglin


In 2016, Tiglin were delighted to see the passion of IT Carlow in partnering with us through the provision of Springboard courses.  This was groundbreaking for many people who had their fear of education removed, learned new disciplines and engaged with recovery supports at the same time.


“This latest investment by the HEA and SETU is life changing will inspire a new wave of people to access education and to do so on equal terms.  It builds on the foundation that Tiglin and SETU (via IT Carlow) laid over the last decade.  Education is life changing, it is community changing and it is world changing.  We are delighted to receive such support and know that this will reap returns in the communities in Ireland that often miss out on the opportunity to access suitable and person centred education.” Aubrey McCarthy Chairman, Tiglin.


Tiglin has seen first hand how education, delivered in a creative manner, can bridge the gap that is often missed in traditional social care settings.  While health, well-being, housing and therapy are the cornerstones of many solid and dependable social care services, education builds a type of confidence within a person that can cultivate resilience and equip people with abilities that lead to a higher quality of life.


‘My own experience in education started with IT Carlow (SETU) which in turn empowered me to pursue education to a masters level.  Having Co-founded Tiglin in 2008, it has been an exciting journey to partner with IT Carlow and seeing people in recovery being empowered and progressed through higher education.”  Aubrey McCarthy Chairman, Tiglin.

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