Springboard Family Support Project are recruiting

Springboard Family Support Project CLG
Post: Family Support Worker

Springboard Family Support Project is a community based organisation based in Raphoe, Co. Donegal who work with children and families in order to provide intensive family support to those most vulnerable and to ensure best outcomes for those children and families.

We are currently seeking to recruit a Family Support Worker who will be responsible for delivery of individual and group Family Support processes across the project area.

The Family Support Worker will report directly to the Project Manager and will ensure that the ethos, aims, objectives and actions of the project are fulfilled in line with service policies. The role is part time at 20 hrs per week.

The successful candidate will have:
• At least five years experience in the delivery of family support
• A third level qualification relevant to the post
• A clear understanding of Family Support, Meitheal and existing referral pathways in Donegal
• Proven ability to network and work on an interagency basis
• Good IT and Report Writing Skills

Further information and application forms can be obtained by emailing the project administrator at: springbrdraph@eircom.net

• Short listing criteria will apply
• Salary will commensurate with similar positions in the community/voluntary sector
• A panel will be formed in the event of future posts becoming available
• NB: CV’s will not be accepted.
• Previous Applicants Need Not Apply

Closing date for applications: Friday 5th May at 12:00pm.

Completed applications to be emailed to the project manager at springboardfsp@gmail.com

Parenting When Separated Programme coming to Milford

Six week Parenting When Separated Programme

The programme is for parents who are preparing to, going through or gone through a separation

It is about solving co parenting issues, coping with the emotional impact, helping your child to cope and enchancing communication with your child and the child’s other parent.

Starting Tuesday 2nd May 7:30- 9:30 in AETC Milford

Contact 9155055 to book a place


The Parents Plus Children’s Programme is an evidence based parenting course promoting confidence, learning and positive behaviour in children aged 6-12 years.  This course shows parents how to communicate positively with children and illustrates ways to encourage good social skills.

It helps parents solve childhood problems and develop more satisfying relationships with their children.

 Topics Include:

  • Solving childhood problems
  • Play and special time with children
  • Building children’s self-esteem and confidence
  • Encouraging children’s learning/supporting homework
  • Setting rules and helping children keep them
  • Establishing daily routines
  • Managing misbehaviour using consequences and sanctions
  • Problem solving/talking problems through with children


When: Tuesday 25th of April. Running for 6 weeks.

Time: 10.15am -12.15 pm in the LYFS, New Line Road, Letterkenny.

For details call Cora or Sinead on 087 2590296 and to book your place.


Workshops are free but there is a €10 charge for the Parents booklet.

Anam Cara : Support for Bereaved parents

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Thursday 13th April from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.

A parent told us recently:

Nothing is normal after the death of a child and it never will be again. Anam Cara helps. People may say that after, for example, two years you should just be able to pull up your socks and get on with it, but life is not like that when you lose a child. There is no timeline for getting over grief, it’s a continuous, daily thing. I would encourage any bereaved parents to come along. I know that anything that is unknown is often really scary, however, it’s important people know there is no pressure or onus on anyone to talk at the meetings, just being there can help.

We would stress that this meeting is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age their child died, the circumstances of their death or whether the death was recent or not. However, please note that the meeting is open to bereaved parents only.

If you yourself are supporting or potentially supporting bereaved parents, you might be interested in viewing the Anam Cara videos at anamcara.ie/videos. These involve testimonies from bereaved parents and couples who attend the Anam Cara groups. Anam Cara has also produced an Information Pack for Bereaved Parents, a free copy of which can be ordered by emailing info@anamcara.ie or ringing our Information Line on 085 2888 888.