Anam Cara event in Donegal Town for bereaved parents

Anam Cara, an organisation that supports bereaved parents, will hold a Bereavement Information Evening on Tuesday 3rd October from 19:00 to 21:00 in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town A guest speaker experienced in supporting bereaved parents will talk for about forty minutes. Afterwards there’ll be an opportunity to speak/listen to other bereaved parents or to speak to the professional should you have any questions or concerns. The event is free of charge and is open to all bereaved parents, no matter the age of your child or the circumstances of his or her death. See for more details. If attending, please RSVP before Monday 2nd October or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.

We’d be very grateful if you could help us get the word out to bereaved parents in your community. For more information see or call our Information Line on 085 2888 888. Please note also that we will host an Information Evening in Buncrana on October 18th in the Gateway at 7pm. Details to follow.

Drop-in tea/coffee afternoon to celebrate National Breastfeeding Week

National Breastfeeding Week 2017 runs from 1st to 7th October. The theme for this year is

Every Breastfeed makes a difference

To celebrate National Breastfeeding Week the Maternity Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital would like to invite mums, dads, expectant parents, families, friends to a Drop-in Tea/Coffee Afternoon in the Antenatal Clinic at the hospital on Wednesday 4th October from 1 – 4pm.

Midwives, a local PHN and a local Practice Nurse will be present to provide information on breastfeeding and the supports available.

Endorsed by Donegal Breastfeeding Forum

Parenting the strong willed child

All of us as parents (and I mean all) need encouragement and support from time to time.

Parenting the strong willed child

Starting Monday 23rd October 9.45 – 12 noon in the St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Phone 074 9148551 to book a place.

The aim of the programme is to provide straightforward suggestions of things to do. It is not intended to answer questions as to why a particular child might act in a particular way at a particular time. Truth is, no one may ever know for sure. The reassuring part about that is that we don’t need to know why in order to do something constructive.

These methods have been tried and tested and seem to work in most cases. They will require some consistent practice for short periods of time (mostly ten minutes in any one day) and follow a logical order. They are designed to be achievable within the busy lifestyles of most parents today.

 The five week programme for dealing with strong willed behaviour consists of five parenting skills to be learned one at a time. The skills build on one another, so it is important to master the first skill before moving on to the next one. Mastering a skill involves more than simply understanding the skill and knowing what to do; you must actually practice using the skill on a daily basis. This is why you learn one skill each week. Once you have mastered the first skill you move on to the next skill, however you do not move on to the next skill until you have mastered the first skill, this is the strength of the programme and it involves actual behaviour change in both the parent and the child.

A round-up of parenting programmes!

There are lots of great parenting programmes starting in Donegal over the coming weeks.

Parents Plus Early Years for parents of children aged 1 – 5 runs for 6 weeks
  • Tuesday 3rd Oct 10am to 12 noon in the Community Hospital Dungloe Phone 074 9733111 to book a place
  • Wednesday 4th October 10am to 12.30pm in Springboard Raphoe Phone 074 9173918 to book. This is being run in cooperation with Raphoe Family Resource Centre
  • Wednesday 18th October 10am to 12 noon in Greencastle Community Centre Phone 0871736667 or 074 9381054 to book
Parenting the Strong-willed Child for parents of children aged 2 – 6 runs for 6 weeks
  • Monday 23rd Oct 9.45am to 12 noon in the St Johnston & Carrigans Resource Centre Phone 074 9148551
Parents Plus Children’s programme for parents of children aged 6 – 11 runs for 6 weeks
  • Friday 6th Oct 10am to 12 noon in The Pastoral Centre, Letterkenny. Phone 087 1736667 to book.
Parents Plus Adolescent programme for parents of children aged 11 – 17 runs for 6 weeks
  • Wednesday 18th Oct in The Niall Mór Killybegs, phone Tír Boghaine on 074 9733111 for further details
Parenting When Separated
  • Tuesday 3rd October in ParentStop Letterkenny, morning session 10.30 – 12.30, evening session 7.00-9.00pm. Phone 0749177249 or 086 8863674 for details.
We also hope to have the Spirals Programme for parents of babies aged 0-3 running in Quigley’s Point and in Letterkenny from the end of November and a Parents Plus Children’s programme running in Ionad Naomh Pádraig from early November. Phone 087 1736667 for further details and also keep an eye on the Parent Hub Donegal website and Facebook page.

Calling parents in Donegal

There are some excellent free workshops happening this week.

Parents of Younger Children Workshop with Pauline Hunter

Monday 25th September Donegal Town FRC 19:00 – 21:00. Contact Donegal Town Family Resource Centre for further details on 074 9725337

Wednesday 27th September Raphoe FRC 19:30 – 21:30 Contact Raphoe Family Resource Centre for further details on 074 9145796

Neuro Development Therapy workshop

Tuesday 26th September Mevagh FRC 19:00 – 21:00 Contact Mevagh Family Resource Centre for further details on 074 9155055

Afterschool Club in Spraoi agus Spórt Carndonagh

Afterschool Club in Spraoi agus Spórt Family Centre Ltd


 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

from 2pm – 6pm for children in Junior Infants – 6th Class

 Facilitated by qualified personnel

A nutritious snack provided

Supervised homework

Extensive range of fun activities offered each day

Flexible drop off and pick up times

Rate of €3 per hour (max €10 per day)

Avail of any of our other activities

(Additional cost may apply)

 Other Activities We Offer

  • Ballet • Club Gaeilge • Guitar • Piano • Tin Whistle • Bodhrán • Piano Accordion
  • Fiddle • Creative Arts • Operation Transformation • Couch to 5K • Pregnancy Yoga • Basketball
  • Active Play • Birthday Parties • First Aid • Dressmaking • Millinery • Photography

Contact us on 0868420203 to book or for more information

Early Years Parenting programme in Greencastle

The Early Years (1-6 years) parenting programme will begin in Greencastle Community Centre on Wednesday 18th October at 10 am for six weeks. To request a booking form please contact Bairbre on 087 1736667. This course will help you to support your child’s confidence, learning, language and development. Meeting with other parents gives you all a chance to share your experience and learn from each other while also gaining wisdom from the research based programme. If you are interested in developing your skills and strengths for family life come along!

The Course is FREE to attend. If you wish you can buy the Parent’s Manual for €10.

Greencastle Parents Plus Early Years Programme

Tacaíocht do Thuismitheoirí chun Feabhas Foghlaim Leanaí

Tá áthas ar Comhlacht Forbartha Áitiúil Dhún na nGall (DLDC) in
eanacht le Naíolann Ghaoth Dobhair cuireadh ó chroí a chur chugat lenárócáid SAOR IN AISCE atá ag teacht anuas do thuismitheoirí:
“Tacaíocht do Thuismitheoirí chun Feabhas Foghlaim Leanaí”
Dé Luain, 16ú Deireadh Fomhair,7:30 – 9:30
Naíolann Gaoth Dobhair
Beidh an cheardlann churtha ar fáil Pauline Hunter (B. ED,
MA, NDT, JST) agus clúdóidh topaicí lena n-áirítear: an
dóigh a bhfoghlaimíonn leanaí, feabhas a chur ar féinmheas
i leanaí agus an dóigh a fheabhsaíonn a fheidhmiú
Tá Fáilte Roimh Gach Tuismitheoir
Le clarú nó le tuilleadh eolas a fháil, cuir glaoch ar
Naíolann Gaoth Dobhair: 07495 31958

Parental Support to Improve Children’s Learning

Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC) in association with An Naíolann Gaoth Dobhair is delighted to extend a warm invitation to you to our upcoming FREE event for parents:
“Parental Support to Improve
Children’s Learning”
Monday, 16th October 2017, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Naíolann Gaoth Dobhair
The workshop will be provided by

Pauline Hunter (B. ED, MA, NDT, JST)
and will cover topics including: how children learn,                                              improving self-esteem in children                                     and how exercise improves learning.
All Parents Are Welcome to attend this FREE event
To register or for more information please contact An
Naíolann on 07495 31958

Parents Plus Children’s Programme

The Parents Plus Children’s Programme for parents of children aged  6 – 11 years will begin in the Pastoral Centre, Letterkenny on Friday 29th September 10:00 – 12:00. The course is FREE to attend. If you wish you can buy the Parent’s Manual at a cost of €10.

Targeting the needs of primary school children, the programme shows parents how to communicate positively with children, illustrating ways to encourage good social skills as well as well-researched methods to tackle behaviour problems. Topics include:-

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

If you want to book a place on the course please email or phone 087 173 6667

This course is run by Parent Hub Donegal in conjunction with Tusla and Parents Plus