What is CARA Connect?  

CARA Connect is a peer buddy programme that was developed with the aim to increase social interaction amongst our student population. It looks to support the power of conversation and connection between students and how this can help combat the feelings of isolation, loneliness, and disconnection as student adjust to online/remote learning. This programme is designed to allow you to connect with others in a way that you find comfortable and hopefully make lifelong connections within NUI Galway. 

How do I sign up? 

Sign up forms will be circulated through the NUIG Student Mailer – keep an eye on your student emails.  You can also contact Aisling Harrington ( and Cameron Keighron ( for more information.  

‘' Nice to meet new people.... good way of getting more friends in lockdown.’' 

‘’ It was great for helping me feel a part of the college community while we cannot be on campus.’’ 

‘’ It was really helpful and I'm so glad I joined the programme, I really enjoyed it.’’ 

‘’It was great to meet new people.’’ 

‘’ Knowing that there were other students in my area was comforting when I'm feeling isolated.’’ 

This website is managed by the Societies Office,
contact Ríona Hughes, Societies Officer, Student Services.
SocsBox, Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway.

PH: 091 492852. Email:


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