Celebrating Achievement Event 2nd March 2022

Donegal Children & Young People’s services Committee (CYPSC)

Celebrating Achievement Event, 2nd March 2022

Check out the Highlights Of the Day 

An Grianan Hotel, Burt was the venue for the Donegal CYPSC Celebrating Achievement Event and the launch of the Donegal CYPSC Children & Young People’s Plan 2021-2023 (CYPP). This eagerly awaited event brought a host of CYPSC partner agencies together to celebrate their successful inter-agency cooperation and collaboration over the last 3 very challenging years. 

Bernard Gloster, CEO Tusla Child & Family Agency describing the Children & Young people’s Plan said, “This plan is one which is already in action and making a significant difference to so many children and young people in Donegal. The collective effort of all organisations means Donegal has a collective focus on its children, their families and communities. This is the most important investment we can make in the future.” 

Anne McHugh CEO Donegal ETB excellently  Chaired the event. Anne kindly took on this role at short notice as Liam Ward, Donegal CYPSC Vice Chair could not attend. 

Gerry Hone, CYPSC Chair 2018 – 2021, Acting Service Director Tusla Child & Family Agency commented “I was delighted to be part of an event celebrating 3 years of a range of supports to young people and their families to help improve health and general wellbeing.  The co-operation and collaboration that takes place within CYPSC between voluntary, community and statutory services in Co. Donegal is truly amazing and I’ve no doubt the new Children and Young People’s plan will be a resounding success given the people involved.  The focus on child and parental participation within the plan regardless of background, means young people, their carers and young adults are actually shaping the services provided to be more meaningful and

relevant in their everyday lives. I wish all parties the best in the implementation of the new plan and congratulations on what CYPSC has achieved to date!”

Anne Timony Meehan Donegal CYPSC Coordinator described the consultation and planning process undertaken to ensure the voice of children, young people and their families were at the core of the Children & Young Peoples Plan 2021-2023.  She also gave an overview of the range and variety of activities implemented in 2021, many of which had a COVID Response element in implementation and design. 

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Trainees from the Bluestack Special Needs Foundation, Eoin Rooney, Ainé McBrearty, Nicole Gallagher and Stephanie Moore who took part in the Keep Well Brain Food for Good Mood project in 2021, shared their experience and what the project meant to them.

 Mary Walker Callaghan, Manager Lifestart Services presenting on the Parent Hub Donegal re-vamped Website 

 Wendy McCarry, CEO Bluestack Special Needs Foundation presenting on the Model of Alternative Care for Children & Young People with a Disability or Additional Needs

 Dr Marie Hainsworth, Manager Donegal Domestic Violence Services  launching the Donegal Domestic Abuse Resource Pack. 

Trish McLaughlin, Manger Donegal County Childcare Committee presenting the Parents Own Plan App

Martin Gallen Snr Psychologist Donegal ETB & Lynn Bovaird Education Welfare presenting the Positive Responses to School Attendance Brochure

Presentation of Certificates

Inter-agency training delivered across 15 agencies in County Donegal

Critical Incident Stress Management Level 8 ITCarlow 

Presented by Anne Meaney Head of Extended Campus It Carlow

Rapt attention.....You could hear a pin drop!