We asked some parents how their Make One Change challenge was going. This is what Sarah told us:-
Here are some pics of our #gettingoutnomatterwhat adventures. We love getting out for walks and the fresh air does us all the world of good. Great for mind and body. We had changed it up for a bit there and started to do more mindfulness activities in the house but we are getting back to the outdoors again cause we miss our walks and adventures. Every day we imagined something different, dinosaur trails, jungle trails, the 3 bears cottage, fishing in the lake etc. I have loads of other pics too, we’ve had soo much fun. My boys are 3, 2 and 5 months so as u can imagine the outdoors does us all great. I started this on 6th Jan and no matter what the weather was we got out and at weekends we took my hubby – it was so nice to involve the whole family and be active together. Sarah
And another dad, Paddy, tells us, “All is going well with making one small change in our household. The Friday night ‘games night’ is going well with each of us taking a turn in choosing the game each week. The Sunday walk started off great with beach walks but with the bad weather didn’t happen for a few weeks but we are back on board with coastal and forest walks locally.”
A great night was had last Thursday at the prize giving for Make One Change 2018. The event was held in the Central Library Letterkenny and families from all over Donegal were presented with the prizes they had won in the Make One Change draw. Over 220 families had signed up to make some small change in their family life – a small change that could make a big difference. For some families it was about having less screen time and more family time. For others it was about getting out and getting active together. For others it was about making time to eat dinner together and for some it was about growing the vegetables that would go into the dinner! Different families, different ideas, but all wanting to give themselves the opportunity to strengthen and enjoy their family life even more.
Many families had mentioned that they wanted to eat more healthily so on the night Joan Maguella from the Poppy Seed Bakery did a wonderful presentation on how to make healthy, handy lunches and snacks. Better still, everyone had the opportunity to sample Joan’s food over a cup of tea afterwards. Valerie Bryce who plies her trade as a storyteller under the name Mabel’s Fables entertained the children with a very interactive story and then delighted everyone with a beautiful story she had written specially for the occasion. Valerie can be contacted on 0879116079.
Many of the services that support family life in Donegal were present on the night, providing information for parents to take away or to have a chat about what their service offers. ParentStop, DLDC, Jigsaw, Donegal Youth Service, LifeStart, Donegal County Childcare, Foróige, the Strengthening Families Programme and Parent Hub Donegal were all represented. Information on all these services and more can be found on the Parent Hub website parenthubdonegal.ie and on Facebook.
Parent Hub Donegal who organised and promoted the campaign want to thank all those who sponsored prizes – The Wild Atlantic Camp, Portsalon Luxury Camping, Alcorn’s Tropical World, Wains World, Iona Cois Locha, The Station House Hotel, Gartan Outdoor Education Centre, Coillte, M&S, Arena 7, Kee’s Hotel, Century Cinema, Oakfield Park, Aura Leisure Centre, Spraoi agus Spórt, the Abbey Hotel, the Millpark Hotel, Eclipse Cinema and Lidl. Thanks also to Rory Gallagher and all in the library whose hospitality made the event possible and to Tusla for funding.
Parent Hub Donegal looks forward to catching up with some of the families in the months ahead and finding out what benefits have come from the small changes they have committed to.
An bhfuil a fios agat go dtig leat clarú le Make One Change 2018 anseo i nGaeilge
Nó is feidir leat an fhoirm seo a úsaid – agus é a chur ar ais chugainn sa phost nó ar ríomhphost chuig firstname.lastname@example.org
Tá duaiseanna íontacha ar fáil sa chrannchur do theaghlaigh atá claraithe roimh 26 Eanair 2018
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Many of the families who have signed up to Make One Change 2018 have said they want more fun and laughter in their family life. That might be about playing silly games, getting out to do something fun at the weekend or just taking time to enjoy being together as a family. What will your Make One Change be?
Sign up by THIS FRIDAY 26th January to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes.
Who wouldn’t enjoy a day in Oakfield Park or Ionad Cois Locha in Dunlewey? Enjoy bowling or swimming or a family film in Letterkenny or Bundoran. Fill your picnic basket with good things from M&S or Lidl and head off to Ards Forest Park. Enjoy family adventure activities in Gartan Outdoor Centre or a night of posh camping in Portsalon Luxury Camping or the Wild Atlantic Camp in Creeslough. Lots more great prizes but remember if you aren’t in you can’t win – so sign up today!
Have you signed up yet for Make One Change? Have you thought about what one small change could make a big difference in your life as a family? Do you need more family time, more exercise, less screen time, more laughter? Whatever small change would work best for your family sign up today by clicking the link:
or by downloading the form Parent-Plus-Booking form pdf
nó é a dhéanamh i nGaeilge Foirm iontrala
Sign up before Friday 26th January and you could win a night for the family in one of the fabulous pods in the Wild Atlantic Camp in Creeslough plus a family activity! Other prizes include a visit to Oakfield Park including a trip on the train, vouchers for cinema, swimming and bowling trips, family adventure activities in Gartan Outdoor Centre, vouchers for M&S and Lidl, and much more. But you have to sign up before next Friday to be in with a chance to win!
Lots of families who have signed up to the Make One Change campaign have decided that they need more family time. That might mean turning off the TV, putting away the mobile phones, getting out for a walk together, playing board games or getting out the jigsaws!
What about family time with little ones? Just click the link below for a few tips from John Sharry – founder of the Parents Plus parenting programmes – about spending special time with children.
Remember that every family that signs up for the Make One Change campaign before Friday 26th January gets entered into a free draw with great prizes including free family passes for cinema, swimming, Wains World, Dizzy Rascals, Oakfield Park, the Ionad Cois Locha at Dunlewey and much much more.
Download the form A4 sign up form.pub
Or sign up on line https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MakeOneChange2018
Here at Parent Hub Donegal we want to give a big shout out to all our sponsors. We have some great prizes and every family that registers for Make One Change will be entered in the draw. Just click the link to register
or download the PDF and post it back to us when complete
Remember you have to sign up before Friday 26th January to be entered into the free draw!
So whether you fancy filling your picnic basket with good things from M&S or Lidl, adventure activities in Gartan Outdoor Centre or a year’s free pass to Ards Forest Park, Swimming in Aura or in the Millpark Hotel, a bite to eat in the Abbey Hotel, The Station House or Kee’s Hotel, a family trip to the cinema in Century Cinema Letterkenny or Eclipse Cinema Bundoran, a play session in Dizzy Rascals or Wain’s World Buncrana, a trip on the train in Oakfield Park or a visit to the butterflies and animals in Alcorn’s Tropical World, a night in a yurt in Portsalon Luxury Camping or a night in a pod at Wild Atlantic Camp plus an adventure activity or a voucher to book some activity sessions in Spraoi agus Spórt Carndonagh just sign up now for Make One Change.
Whatever small change you make to your family life – whether it is about having more time together, getting out and getting fit as a family, eating more healthily, improving communication or just having fun together with board games you will be amazed how one small change can make a big difference to your family life.
You might decide to get out and get fit as a family, or eat more healthily, plant vegetables or encouraging reading. You might plan a movie night for the family each week or decide to have ‘technology-free time’ – whatever works for your family.
You can sign up by clicking this link:-
Nó i nGaeilge leis an nasc seo:-
Every family from County Donegal that signs up before Friday 26th January will be entered into a free draw – and we have some great prizes!
Portsalon Luxury Camping https://www.donegalglamping.com/ have given us a night for a family in one of their amazing yurts. Now wouldn’t that be a fabulous way to catch up on some family time!
We also have vouchers for cinema, swimming, bowling, Tropical World, Wayne’s World, Oakfield Park and much much more!
Sign up today!
Here at Parent Hub Donegal January sees the launch of the 2018 Make One Change campaign inviting families to make some small change to their routine which could make a big difference to their life as a family. For some families it is a choice to make more time for family meals, sitting together round the table. That can make a big difference to family life, taking time to catch up with each other, hearing what is going on, noticing how people are feeling. We also notice our food more when we sit down to eat rather than grabbing food on the run or eating in front of the TV. That means we may eat more healthily and be less likely to overeat—all good reasons to sit down together!
Last year families chose to-
Get out and do more as a family
Go for a walk—healthy, free and a great way to unwind
Improve communication—listen more, make time for conversation
Have a games or movie night
Make time for laughter and fun
Eat more healthily, keeping treats for the weekend.
And lots more!
What is important is that a family thinks about what small change could make a big difference to them—and then commit to making it happen! Forms to sign up for Make One Change 2018 will be available from January through all the primary and secondary schools in the County as well as through Family Resource Centres and Community based projects. The form will also be available on line on our website www.parenthubdonegal.ie
You can also sign up on line here:-
or in Irish here:-
Every family that signs up for Make One Change will be entered into a free draw. We have some great prizes including lunch vouchers for hotels, passes for family swim, cinema and play centre trips, as well as vouchers for an adventure activity in the Gartan Outdoor Education & Training Centre and annual passes for Ards Forest Park. Other exciting prizes for 2018 are an amazing overnight family glamping experience in the Wild Atlantic Camp in Creeslough and another for the beautiful yurts in Portsalon Luxury Camping. We are grateful to all our sponsors for their generosity. As they say, if you’re not in you can’t win so make sure your family signs up for the Make One Change 2018 challenge! For information on Make One Change, Parenting Programmes and services you can find us on line at parenthubdonegal.ie on Facebook and Twitter or phone us on 087 1736667