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 

October Events in the Bluestack Foundation Centre

Look what is happening in the Bluestack Foundation this month

The Saturday Club runs from 10:30 – 12:30 every Saturday in the Bluestack Foundation. It offers a wide range of activities, from messy art and craft to computer games and music. The children are able to gain and build on their social skills, make new friends and have a great time. A variety of healthy snacks are provided during the session. If you want to book a place for your child/children contact the Bluestack Foundation on 074 9740828. The cost is €3 per child.

The Bluestack Foundation Teen Club is on from 7 – 8:30pm on Thursday 12th and Thursday 26th October. This is a Club for young people with special needs in the community. The club is run by teenagers themselves with support from adult volunteers. There will also be a Hallowe’en Teen Club Disco on Friday 20th October.

Wednesday 11th October is Sports Inclusion Day in the Bluestack Foundation and on 18th October there will be a Football for All event.

There is a Parent & Toddler Group on Friday mornings from 10:30 – 12:00 for parents of children who may have additional needs. This is an opportunity for children to play in a supportive environment and for parents to have tea/coffee and a chat.

For information on any of the Bluestack Foundation events and programmes please contact them on 074 9740828 or email them at info@bluestackfoundation.com

Creating a Good Life – workshop for parents/guardian of children with disabilities aged 6-12 years


About Leap

Leap is a family-led, non-profit organisation that works on behalf of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. We work with families, their supporters and allies, people with disabilities, service providers and others.

We focus our efforts on increasing expectations of what is possible in the lives of people with disabilities. We support families to build a vision of a good life and focus on relationships, belonging and socially valued roles for their family member with a disability.
As a result of funding from the HSE Social Care Division we are now able to offer workshops to all CHO Areas. 

Creating a Good Life Workshop 10am-4pm

A workshop has been arranged for Donegal on September 26th from 10am to 4pm in HSE Early Intervention Services, Dr Scally Place Justice Walsh Road, Letterkenny, for parents of children with a disability aged 6-12 years.

Places for the workshop are limited and will be offered based on a first response basis.

If you wish to attend a workshop please contact: Anita Gallagher, anitam.gallagher@hse.ie, phone:0877655592

This workshop is for parents of children with a disability aged 6-12.  Topics covered:

  • Getting clear on what you want
  • Having high expectations of your son/daughter
  • Believing in the natural authority of families
  • Thinking about valued roles
  • Investing in a life in community
  • Self-Directed Living
  • Individual Lifestyle Development
  • Connecting with others – building allies

This workshop will help families to be clearer on how to move deliberately in the direction of their dreams. We will share practical examples of how to break down steps for planning a good life – whether the goal is inclusion in your school, community or local groups or pursuing interests, gifts and talents.

What people have said about this workshop: “Today was fantastic – the most enjoyable workshop in years.  Both of you made it so very practical.”

 “Thought provoking.  Should be mandatory training for families and professionals.”

“Thank you for today, my husband and I feel that we have gained so much from the workshop that we can use going forward. It was so worth the journey.”     

Bluestack Foundation Parent Support Network Meeting

The Bluestack Foundation Parent Support Network meetings will begin again on Tuesday 5th September in the Bluestack Foundation, just opposite the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town. Running from 7.30 – 9.30pm the theme for this month is ‘Social Stories’ and the speaker is Yvonne Shovelin. This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month during term time.

Bluestack Foundation events for September

There is plenty happening in The Bluestack Special Needs Foundation this September. http://www.bluestackfoundation.com/

5th 7:30pm-9pm Parent Support Network Meeting with Guest Speaker Yvonne Shovelin. The theme for the evening will be “Social Stories”

9th 10:30-12:30 Saturday Club in Bluestack Foundation centre

14th 7pm-8:30pm Bluestack Teen Club in Bluestack Foundation Centre

16th 10:30am-12:30pm Saturday Club in Bluestack Foundation Centre

23rd 10:30am-12:30pm Saturday Club in Bluestack Foundation Centre

28th 7pm-8:30pm Bluestack Teen Club in Bluestack Foundation Centre

30th 10:30am-12:30pm Saturday Club in Bluestack Foundation Centre