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Babbling Babies Nursery Rhyme & Action Song Book

Launch Event 18th April 2018

This wonderful book illustrated by Danni Gowdy is a collaboration between Lifestart, Donegal Library service and HSE Health Promotion & Improvement and is an action under the Donegal CYPSC Subcommittee Education & Learning. It was funded through The Parenting Support Initiative and is a collaborative partnership between the Katherine Howard Foundation and the Community Foundation of Ireland.

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Above: Maureen Kerr (Library Service), Mary Walker Callaghan (Lifestart) Anne McAteer (HSE) with the Mayor and a very appreciative audience

Left: Dr Roche launching the Book

 

Make One Change Prize winners 2018

A great night was had on Thursday 22nd March at the prize giving for Make One Change 2018. The event was held in the Central Library Letterkenny and families from all over Donegal were presented with the prizes they had won in the Make One Change draw. Over 220 families had signed up to make some small change in their family life – a small change that could make a big difference. The Gallagher and Burke families receiving their prizes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many families had mentioned that they wanted to eat more healthily so on the night Joan Maguella from the Poppy Seed Bakery did a wonderful presentation on how to make healthy, handy lunches and snacks. Better still, everyone had the opportunity to sample Joan’s food over a cup of tea afterwards. Valerie Bryce who plies her trade as a storyteller under the name Mabel’s Fables entertained the children with a very interactive story and then delighted everyone with a beautiful story she had written specially for the occasion. 

Many of the services that support family life in Donegal were present on the night, providing information for parents to take away or to have a chat about what their service offers. ParentStop, DLDC, Jigsaw, Donegal Youth Service, LifeStart, Donegal County Childcare, Foróige, the Strengthening Families Programme and Parent Hub Donegal were all represented. Information on all these services and more can be found on the Parent Hub website parenthubdonegal.ie and on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ParentHub , a sub committee of Donegal CYPSC would like to sincerely thank all those who supported this campaign: 

WildAtlantic Camp, Portsalon Luxury Camping, Alcorn’s Tropical World, Wains World, Iona Cois Locha, The Station House Hotel, Gartan Outdoor Education Centre, Coillte, M&S, Arena 7, Kee’s Hotel, Century Cinema, Oakfield Park, Aura Leisure Centre, Spraoi agus Spórt, the Abbey Hotel, the Millpark Hotel, Eclipse Cinema and Lidl. Thanks also to Rory Gallagher and all in the library whose hospitality made the event possible and to Tusla for funding.

 

Launch of Read DL 2018

It was a packed house at the Central Library in Letterkenny on 2nd February as soccer hero and well known Donegal man Shay Given launched this year’s Read DL initiative. This year’s chosen book is ‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness.  It is a gripping story, centred on a theme that unfortunately has touched many households in Donegal. The book challenges us to look at terminal illness from a child’s perspective, and the difficult social and emotional conflicts they face.

“Having Shay Given launch this year’s initiative is a huge endorsement for us.  He is an important role model for many children and young people here in Donegal and he will undoubtedly raise the profile of the initiative among our target group including senior classes in primary schools, first year students in post primary schools, Youthreach learners and adults re-discovering the love of reading,” says Paddy Hannigan Secretary of the Organising Committee and Member of the Donegal CYPSC Subcommittee Education & Learning. The audience also heard from pupils from Drumman National School in Ramelton on their experience of participating in last year’s Read DL initiative and of winning a trip to the “War Torn Children” exhibition at the Linen Hall library in Belfast.  Anne McHugh, Chief Executive of ETB and long standing Member of Donegal CYPSC and John Andy Bonner from LYIT also spoke at the event.

Click here to view full article and photos.

 

 Parenting Support Champions

The TUSLA Parenting Support Strategy, within Prevention Partnership and Family Support (PPFS) is the first national parenting support strategy for child and family services in Ireland.  The Parenting Support Champions (PSC) Project is an initiative to bring together practitioners who are already involved with parenting and family support. The project has the aim of promoting and supporting parenting and the implementation of the Parenting Support Strategy within TUSLA and partner agencies and organisations.  The Parenting Support Champions project has a current lifespan of 3 years – from 2015 to 2018. The programme of work is being funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies. Evaluation of the Programme is being carried out by the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway.

Your Parenting Support Champions in Co Donegal are as follows:

  • Nicola Harvey – Prevention Partnership and Family Support TUSLA
  • Patricia Lee – ParentStop CLG
  • Mary Walker Callaghan – Lifestart Services CLG
  • Katie McShane – TirBogaineTeo
  • Garry Glennon - LYFS shared
  • Donna Butler - Strengthening Families Programme & Families Matter

All  are partners in the

 Parent Hub Donegal a working group of CYPSC PPFS Subcommittee. This is a collaborative and innovative approach to supporting all things parenting. If you would like to find out more about the Parent Support Champions project here is a link to the newsletter:-

http://www.tusla.ie/services/family-community-support/prevention-partnership-and-family-support-programme/parenting/parenting-support-champions-project/parenting-support-matters

 

Make One Change—one small change can make a big difference!

Parent Hub Donegal launched the 2018 'Make One Change' campaign inviting families to make some small change to their routine which could make a big difference to their life as a family. What is important is that a family thinks about what small change could make a big difference to them—and then commit to making it happen! Forms to sign up for Make One Change 2018 will be available from January through all the primary and secondary schools in the County as well as through Family Resource Centres and Community based projects. The form will also be available on line on our website www.parenthubdonegal.ie

Every family that signs up for Make One Change will be entered into a free draw. We have some great prizes including lunch vouchers for hotels, passes for family swim, cinema and play centre trips, as well as vouchers for an adventure activity in the Gartan Outdoor Education & Training Centre and annual passes for Ards Forest Park. Other exciting prizes for 2018 are an amazing overnight family glamping experience in the Wild Atlantic Camp in Creeslough and another for the beautiful yurts in Portsalon Luxury Camping. We are grateful to all our sponsors for their generosity. As they say, if you’re not in you can’t win so make sure your family signs up for the Make One Change 2018 challenge! For information on Make One Change, Parenting Programmes and services you can find us on line at parenthubdonegal.ie on Facebook and Twitter or phone us on 087 1736667  

 

CYPSC Seminar for Social Inclusion Week 2017

Dr. Helen McMonagle Alcohol Forum led the enthralled participants through the journey of brain development from the teenage years to full development in early 20's. Why and how alcohol and other drug use can have such a profound impact on brain development was illustrated with excerts from clinical reshearch and video clips. 30 front line staff who work with young people attended the very informative seminar. Many thanks to LYIT who kindly hosted the event.

 

Donegal CYPSC Induction Pack

This Induction Pack was developed in 2016 for members of the Children & Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC) for County Donegal and provides an introduction to CYPSC, and practical information for member’s organisations and their representatives. The purpose of the induction pack is to assist organisations representatives on Donegal Children & Young people’s Service Committee to become familiar with CYPSC and it their role within Donegal CYPSC. 

Click here to view Induction pack

 

READ DL 2017

(Outcome 2: Achieving full potential in learning & development)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donegal CYPSC Education & Learning Subcommittee celebrate the launch of READ DL 2017. READ DL is part of the Literacy Project and has become an annual event in County Donegal. It is an interagency project sponsored and led by Letterkenny Institute of Technology. The book chosen for READ DL 2017 is 'The Breadwinner' by Deborah Ellis. 'Wonder' by Raquel J. Palacio was chosen in 2015. Photo above: Donegal Youthreach Centres getting involved in READ DL 2015.

Click here for details of READ DL, based on the worldwide 'One Book, One Community' initiative.

 

           

Make One Change Campaign 2017

(Outcome 1: Active & Healthy Physical and mental Wellbeing)            
                         

The Parent Hub Donegal launched the 2017 “Make One Change Campaign” in January. Schools in Donegal will be sent information about this years’ campaign and leaflets will be available in local Family Resource Centres across the county as well as online on www.parenthubdonegal.ieFor further information Contact Parent Hub Donegal partners:- Patricia Lee, ParentStop at  0879880476  Or Mary Walker Callaghan, Lifestart Services at 0876791898

Parent Hub Donegal is a CYPSC Subcommittee under Health & Wellbeing.

(Photo : Parent Hub Donegal Committee members at the Official Launch of the website June 2016.)

Click here  to view the 'Make one Change Leaflet'

Web Safety Working Group 

(Outcome 3: Safe & Protected from Harm, Subcommittee Safe & Secure)

Donegal CYPSC WebSafety working group has re-established and is currently in planning mode for the new Children & Young People's Plan.

Photo: Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon launching the Web Safety Survey Final Report 

Click here to view Web Safety Final report

Click here to view Ombudsman launched the Web Safety Report

 

Well-Being Guidelines in schools Working Group

(Outcome 1: Active & Healthy, Physical & Mental Well-Being)

Well-being Guidelines in School is a Sub committee of Donegal CYPSC. Donegal CYPSC provided the interagency vehicle that initiated this project and fostered collaboration resulting in the development of 2 Well-being Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion in Primary & Post-Primary Schools. The Guidelines for Schools have been developed by an inter-departmental group comprised of members from the Department of Education & Skills/ National Educational Psychological Service, the Health Service Executive and the Department of Health.               

Well-being in Primary Schools. Published January 2015 Click here to view

Well-being in Post-Primary Schools. Published January 2013 Click here to view

  (Developed by the National Educational Psychological Service in consultation with advisors from the Dept. Education & Skills, Health Service Excutive, Dept. Health and Dept. Children & Youth Affairs)                                                                                                        

Bookworm Babies

(Outcome 2: Achieving full potential in learning & development)

Donegal CYPSC Education & Learning Subcommittee - Early Years, established Bookworm Babies in 2013. Bookworm Babies is an ongoing interagency project led by Donegal Library Service and LifeStart Donegal. Several resources have been developed to support new parents read to their children from a very young age and to encourage a love of reading in children as they grow. This forms part of the supports delivered during Lifestart home visits.

Photo: Bookworm Babies launch 2013

 

Click here to view Bookworm Babies birthday card (English)  Click here to view Bookworm Babies birthday card

Click here to view Bookworm Babies birthday card (Irish)

 

Creating Lifelong Readers

(Outcome 2: Achieving full potential in learning & development)

Donegal CYPSC Education and Learning Subcommittee developed the Creating Lifelong Readers Project which is delivered through pre-school services and directly to parents in the home. The overriding aim of the project is to help parents understand how children's use of the spoken and written word develops in the early years; to be aware of the crucial role of books and reading in this process, and to provide parenst and educators with the knowledge and skills to inspire children to become readres for life.

Click here to view Creating Lifelong Readers - Early Childhood Educators handbook

 

Off the Shelf

(Outcome 2: Achieving full potential in learning & development)

Off the Shelf - Community Book Project – Get Involved!

As part of its support for children and families the Donegal Children & Young People's Services Committee (CYPSC), and its subgroups, develop a number of initiatives in collaboration with other organisations and agencies.

Off the Shelf is community book project which aims to promote and encourage reading for children and adults. This project aims to encourage idea networking, compliment other activities to create lifelong readers, to develop an appreciation, interest, and enjoyment in reading, whether it be books, comics, magazines, newspapers, or any type of written words! 

Click here for more Information

 

Donegal Young Carers Project

(Outcome 1: Active & Healthy Physical and mental Wellbeing)    

A Young Carer is a child or young person under the age of 24, whose life is affected by providing significant care, assistance or support to a relative at home. 

The Young Carers Implementation Group, a subcommittee of CYPSC supports a Young Carers Group which is running in Letterkenny. Through the Young Carers Project, we aim to identify, engage and support young Carers aged 12-24 years as well as raising awareness of the role young Carers have within our community, the challenges faced and valuable care they provide. The Young Carers Groups meets regularly in the LOFT, LK and is facilitated by Donegal Youth Service. Supports provided include:

  • Individual needs identification & support plan
  • One to one support
  • Young Carers peer activity group
  • Respite & fun Activities
  • School support
  • Training programmes to help young carers stay safe and well

Click here for Info Leaflet page 1

Click here for Info Leaflet page 2

 

Profiling Challenges to the Education Sector in Donegal 2012

(Outcome 4: Economic security & opportunity)

The Economic Wellbeing Subcommittee undertook a significant piece of research into the impacts of the funding cuts implemented during the recession. A recent review of this report noted that many of the challenges highlighted are still relevant in 2017. Many of the recommendations included in this document are also still relevant today.

Click here to view the Report ' Profiling Challenges to the Education Sector in Donegal in 2012'

 

 

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