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Mayo Children and Young People's Plan 2018 - 2020

Mayo CYPSC have recently completed their first Children and Young People's Plan (CYPP) for the County. A launch will be planned for Autumn 2018. Further details will be posted on this page in the coming weeks.

See below the Mayo Socio Demographic Profile report 2016. This was used to inform our Mayo Children and Young People's Plan (CYPP) 2018-2020. 

Mayo Children and Young People's Plan 2018-2020

CYPS Socio Demographic Profile

Appendix I Pop 0-24 by single year of age by ED Mayo 2016.pdf 455 KB

Appendix II Deprivation Scores 2016.pdf


For further information on the early development of the Mayo CYPP click here or you can go directly to listen to a Mayo CYPSC Radio Interview where our CYPSC Co-ordinator, Thérèse Ruane, discusses CYPSC, the five national outcomes and the development of Mayo's first Children and Young People’s Plan.


'Turning Play Inside Out' in Mayo

Free unstructured play outside in nature helps build happy, healthy and resilient children. All we have to do is create this environment and let children do their work … playing outdoors! Have a look at this short video to see why. Thanks to the Outdoor Explorers in Derryharriff, Castlebar for showcasing their wonderful preschool as part of the video. 



Have a listen to Mayo CYPSC Coordinator and Mary Skillington, Lectuer and Course Coordinator of the Early Childhood Education and Care Programme in the Galway Mayo Institute of Technoloogy - Mayo Campus discussing the conference and events taking place over the Turning Play Inside Out Weekend held in Mayo in March 2018. This initiative was funded through the Healthy Ireland Fund. See Healthy Mayo Facebook page for more information on Healthy Ireland initiatives in Mayo. 








Mayo Edible Landscape Initiative

An exciting new initiative, Mayo Edible Landscape Project, funded by Healthy Ireland, kicked off this April in Mayo. This Project aims to involve local youth and community groups in informing and shaping their local environment, tackling climate change and ensuring food sustainability.

The Edible Landscape Project (www.ediblelandscape.ie), based in Westport, teamed up with Mayo Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC) to develop this project on the Castlebar – Turlough Greenway, providing the expertise and delivering the workshops to the youth and community groups involved. 

Mayo CYPSC worked with a broad range of local groups and agencies, including Foróige Youth Projects in Castlebar and Turlough; Castlebar Tidy Towns; Le Chéile Family Resource Centre; Mayo Volunteer Centre; Mayo County Council; South West Mayo Development Company - Tús scheme; the National Museum of Country Life in Turlough; to bring a coordinated and collaborative approach to planting fruit trees and edible landscapes in two locations, at either end of the Turlough Greenway.

Blessed by good sunshine, the volunteers planted apple trees in Castlebar Town Park and developed an Edible ‘Forest Garden’ on the grounds of the National Museum of Country Life in Turlough over a number of days. They also participated in workshops where they learned about climate change and the issues it poses to our future food security, and got practical hands-on experience of growing their own food. Further workshops with the youth groups are planned for the coming months.

All the volunteers remarked that it had been a hugely enjoyable experience  of practical work in the outdoors, and that they were delighted to have played a part in promoting biodiversity in their local community.

Great to see young people involved in shaping their environments and making Mayo a healthier County for all.  


Mayo Parent Support Champions

The Parenting Support Champions project is a national initiative to bring together Practioners who are already involved in Parenting and Family Support. The project began in 2016 and there are over 100 Parenting Support Champions.

Mayo Parenting Support Champions are:

  • Annette Conway, Cúram Family Support
  • Ethine Garrett, Public Health Nurse
  • Mary Everard, Family Focus
  • Tommy Morrin, The Edge Project
  • Mary O Hara-Gavin, Zero2Six
  • Louise O’Malley, Foroige Youth & Family Support Service

The role of Parent Support Champions is to:

  • Promote Tusla’s 50 Key Parenting Support messages including Parenting24seven and to share these messages with parents, colleagues and establish links with CYPSC, CFSN and other parenting platforms
  • Find local opportunities to develop approaches to supporting parenting in Mayo.

See Mayo Parenting Facebook Page for more information