Update on Summer Provision

This has been a difficult time for parents whose children normally have access to July Provision arrangements. Here is an update on Home-based Summer Provision. We will continue to provide all updates that are made available from the Department of Education. All this information can be found at https://www.education.ie/en/Parents/Services/summerprovision/ plus all the links are reproduced below.

Here is the guide for parents


Here is a link to some information plus Frequently Asked Questions


Here is the link to complete the registration form. You will need your PPSN and your child’s. https://checkbox.education.gov.ie/checkbox/Summer_Provision_2020.aspx

Here is some guidance for a home-based summer programme  https://www.education.ie/en/Parents/Services/summerprovision/home-based-guidance-summer-programme.pdf

Here is the link for the grant application form for a home-based summer programme https://www.education.ie/en/Parents/Services/summerprovision/home-based-summer-provision-2020-grant-claim-form.pdf

The National Council for Special Education has provided some useful information for parents/guardians which is available here https://ncse.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Summer_Provision_2020.pdf 

Supporting people with additional needs during Covid19 closures

Here is a great resource offering tips and advice on how to support someone with additional needs during this Covid19 pandemic


As well as practical ideas about daily routines there are relaxation exercises, easy read information sheets about Corona Virus and much more.


Parenting adolescents with an intellectual disability

Parents Plus is developing a parenting programme for those parenting adolescents with intellectual disabilities.
This programme is going to be piloted in Letterkenny by Gina Grant (Donegal Down Syndrome) and Marina Boyle (Child and Adolescent Counsellor). It will run on Wednesday mornings 10:30 – 1 in the offices of Donegal Down Syndrome from Wednesday 9th  October until Wednesday 27th November with a break for half term.
Topics covered will include:
The transition from adolescent to adulthood
● Social skills and friendships
● Challenging behaviour
● Puberty and sexual development
● Parental and family self-care
● Emotional challenges and grief
The goals of the programme for parents are:
● Understanding the journey of parenting a child with special needs
● Advocating for children and preparing for future transitions
● Managing parental stress and self-care
● Supporting siblings (brothers and sisters) and family relationships
● Supporting fathers and mothers and their relationships with each other
● Establishing good family routines
● Managing problem behaviours
The goals of the programme for young people are:
● Supporting children in having good social outlets and appropriate
● Helping young adults to find meaningful work or participation in society,
according to their ability
● Building self-esteem, independence and the ability to prepare for the
● Supporting children’s education and development
● Dealing with relationships and sexuality
Each session will cover three topics:
  • Supporting Families
  • Supporting children/young people
  • Parent self-care
If you are parenting a young person (11 – young adulthood) who has an intellectual disability and you are interested in attending this parenting programme please click the link and register.   https://forms.gle/RghfGcZ3QmD2R7raA 
Places are limited on this programme.

The Bluestack Foundation Parent Support Network will hold a seminar on

‘Sexual health and Education and the right to a romantic relationship’

with Guest Speaker

Mary Browne Intellectual Disability Nurse Manager

on Tuesday 6th June 7-9pm

In the Bluestack Foundation Donegal Town

for parents and carers of people with additional needs

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session, coffee and networking

We hope you will join us.

Together we can support each other.

Booking is recommended for this event

info@bluestackfoundation.com or phone 074 9740828