Meitheal – working with children, young people and their families to encourage strengths and identify needs

Do you want some help with school, home, friends, worries, loneliness, family? Maybe a Meitheal could help.

Meitheal is an old Irish word that describes how neighbours come together to support each other in times of need. Our Meitheal can support you and your family to get the help you need.

Here is a video made by other young adults which will help you understand what a Meitheal is and how it works. Just click the link:-

https://youtu.be/wp89nsR5jcE

Meitheal is a way of working with you and your family to encourage your strengths and to identify your needs.

Meitheal brings together people and services that can help you to make the changes you want in your life. The kinds of services that might be involved in Meitheal are schools, youth services, family resource centres and medical services.

If you are facing challenges that are difficult to overcome and you need someone in your corner, Meitheal could help.

Here are some of the challenges that Meitheal could help you with:

  • Problems at school
  • Feeling down
  • Not getting on with your parents
  • Problems at home
  • Loneliness
  • Worrying a lot

Maybe you are already getting support from different services but finding it hard to deal with all of them at once. Meitheal brings everyone together. It’s a bit like having a whole team looking out for you.

How does Meitheal work?
  • You will work with a supportive person called a lead practitioner. This may be a youth worker, counsellor or teacher. The important thing is this is someone you trust and are happy to work with.
  • Your lead practitioner will help you think about your strengths and needs
  • The next step is your lead practitioner will arrange a Meitheal support meetingfor you and your parents or guardians where they will  help to put a plan in place for you. This may include a youth worker, a youth club leader or teacher
  • The Meitheal team will help you follow the plan and make the changes you want in life, thought regular meetings for as long as you need it
  • You and your family will decide how long you want this support for
It is very important that you and your family understand every part of the plan.

What have young people said about Meitheal?

I had a say about what was happening for me, all the people who worked with me, coming together for me, was good

Meitheal changed how I thought of myself, who I thought I could be in life and just gave me a goal

If you think Meitheal could help you contact your local office here in Donegal on 074 9123783

Meitheal -supporting you and your family so you can find the help you need

As the old saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. This is still true today. The name Meitheal comes from an old Irish word that describes how neighbours get together to give each other practical help and support.

Meitheal is a way of working with children and their families to identify and respond to their strengths and needs in a timely way.

Meithal brings together people and services who want to support a child or parent so that he or she can make the changes to their life that they want and need.

The kinds of services that might be involved in Meitheal are schools, youth services, family resource centres and medical services.

If you feel that your child has additional needs of is facing challenges that are difficult to overcome, Meitheal may be able to help you.

Examples of the challenges Meitheal could help with are:

  • A child having problems at school
  • A child feeling down
  • Additional needs
  • Family problems
  • Illness or bereavement
  • Difficult behaviour
  • Relationship with your child

You may already be getting support from different services but finding it difficult to deal with all of them at once. Meitheal brings everyone together. Your family will have a supportive person called a lead practitioner. This person may be chosen by you. Your lead practitioner will help you and your child to identify your child’s strengths and needs.

The next step is your lead practitioner will arrange a Meitheal support meeting where you and your child will help to put a plan in place. Everybody will support you to follow your plan to make the changes you and your child wants in their life.

It is very important that you, your family and your child understand every part of the plan.

You, your child and your family will decide how long you want this support for.

My son is more settled now. I feel that all my concerns as a parent were listened to and we were included in all decisions.

Everyone’s on the same wavelength – I’m not having to relay back … Everyone sits at a table and we’re all on the same page.

If you think a Meitheal could help your family then contact your local office on 074 9123783

Finn Valley Family Resource Centre invites you to come and say hello

Finn Valley Family Resource Centre

is a newly established FRC based in Stranorlar. We intend to provide a broad range of community based family supports and community development services. We are a company limited by guarantee and a charity with a board of directors who are responsible for the governance around our service delivery. We are part of the National Network of Family Resource centres and Funded by Túsla, The National Child and Family Agency.

Our mission is to ‘provide families and individuals with a range of activities that will support and nurture family and community life’

As a Family resource centre, we are committed to the principles of community development and social justice. In this our aim is to provide an open, accessible space to support families and to support in building the capacity and leadership of the local community. We are dependent on the community’s input to develop and enhance our service delivery.

We have an open evening on Tuesday 11th December 6-8pm. Why not come along and see what is on offer.