Promotion of Early Literacy
Wexford CYPSC recently launched a campaign promoting the importance of early literacy. The project was led by Wexford County Childcare Commitee with the support of Wexford County Council Public Library Service. The campaign involved the development of three short videos that highlilght and promote early literacy at 0-12 months, 2-3 years and 3-5 years. Helpful tios and links to other useful information are also available. The campaign was promoted through social media and received a positive response. To view the videos click here.
This is a Wexford CYPSC project that was made possible with funding from the Healthy Ireland Fund supported by the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
Wexford Parents Hub
Wexford Parents Hub was officially launched on October 4th 2019 in the Riverside Park Hotel by Minister Paul Kehoe, Minister of State at the Department of Defence. The Hub was initiated with a Seed Grant from the DCYA via wexford CYPSC. It is being led by Barnardos with inter-agency support. Currently there are two part time workers from Barnardos and Tusla supporting the developmnent of the Hub. The virtual Hub aims to provide a "one stop shop" for parents and care-givers in Co. Wexford and was created in response to parenting support gaps that were highlighted in the Wexford Children and Young People's Plan 2017-2019. The ultimate aim is to bridge any parenting gaps in the county and provide parents with easy access to parenting supports.
The Hub has a dedicated phone line (053 9236343), email address (firstname.lastname@example.org), section on Wexford CYPSC website and Facebook Page.
To access the website page click here.
To access the Facebook Page click here.
Wexford CYPSC collaborated with Wexford County Council Public Library Service to organise "Parenting Today" - a series of free talks for parents and guardians. Talks took place in library branches throughout the county during 2018. A booklet containing information on the talks was published. To view the 2018 booklet, please click here. The 2019 series of Parenting Today was formally launched on Thursday February 28th in Wexford Library. To view the 2019 booklet, click here.
"TEEN Talks" Youth Participation Events
On Thursday 10th May 2018, Wexford Children & Young People's Services Committee hosted a youth participation showcase event in teh Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. The event was youth led and the purpose was to provide young people with a platform to highlight the issues that are important to them. The event was a collaboration between local youth, community and voluntary agencies and the Prevention, Partnership and Family Support Programme of Tusla working together with Wexford CYPSC.
Young people from all over the county spoke about issues of importance to them which included youth mental health, LGBTI+ issues, dealing with illness and the importance of musinc in young peoples lives. A number of adults also spoke at the event and addressed subjects such as cyber-security (John Dwyer "Lets Be Safe"), homelessness and parenthood (Deborah Somorin - Focus Ireland), migration (Kelvin Akpaloo - National youth Council of Ireland) and transgender issues (Vanessa Lacey - TENI). The event was recorded and is available to view on the videos below.
Another TEEN Talks event was held on March 7th 2019. Following the same format as the 2018 event, topics addressed by young people included dealing with emotional difficulties, intelligence, the education system and individuality. There were also two adult keynote speakers (Frank Staples from the ASK campaign) and Andy Mahoney who spoke about changing career paths.
Wexford CYPSC would like to thank everyone who contributed to the organisation of these events, particularly the young people who participated.
Wexford CYPSC Children & Young People's Leaflet
Wexford CYPSC has created an information leaflet targeted at children and young people. The leaflet was designed with assistance from the Teen Girls Group at Youth New Ross. It contains information on the five national outcomes in "Better Outcomes Brighter Futures". It also directs readers to the Wexford CYPSC website www.wexfordcypsc.ie for more information on services and supports for children, young people and families and for a link to the Wexford Children & Young People's Plan 2017-2019. Please click here to view the leaflet.
"Just Be You" Programme.
The "Just Be You" Programme was developed through Wexford CYPSC with the assistance of Seed Funding for the Participation of Children & Young People. The main aims of the programme were to raise awareness of LGBTI issues within schools and to aid the development of self-sustaining student-led supports in the school based around the TFLAG model from America. Please click here to view the programme.
The "Coming Out Guide"
The "Coming Out Guide" is a support for young people who wish to disclose their identity and for teachers to help them understand what to expect. The Guide was funded by a Seed Grant for the Participation of Children and Young People. To view the guide, please click here.
Wexford CYPSC supports the development of Wexford Restorative Practice Partnership. For more information, see www.wrpp.ie.
Wexford CYPSC Consultation Process
Wexford CYPSC is currently in the process of developing its Children and Young People's Plan (CYPP). To ensure that the voices of children and young people are included in the plan, Wexford CYPSC have consulted with children, young people and families in a variety of settings.
To view Wexford CYPSC's consultation documents please click on the links below:
Wexford CYPSC Website & Social Media
Wexford CYPSC has developed a website with information on services and supports that are available for children, young people and families in Co. Wexford. Please see www.wexfordcypsc.ie.
We are also on Facebook and Twitter.
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