Here is a very useful resource from Donegal County Childcare Committee to help you find out if you are eligible for financial support for Childcare. Just click on the ‘I am a parent’ link below to see what sort of funding you might be able to get depending on your circumstances. Then click on the flower for Childcare or the one for Early Childhood Care and Education.
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.
Are you wondering about pre-school, what is available, what you can expect? Here is a useful guide which will answer your questions. Just click on the link below:-
Here is a great resource from Donegal County Childcare Committee for families who have a child with additional needs starting pre-school.
Just click on the link https://youtu.be/l6kRun7ybpM
The next Alzheimer’s Café will be a summer outing to Oakfield Park & Gardens in Raphoe on Thursday 7th September 11:00am to 1pm. Come along for a cup of tea and a scone and some fun! As Oakfield Gardens require numbers in advance to plan for the visit please contact the secretary Mary on 087 9449903 before 31st August. Please note the Alzheimer’s Café will resume in the Silver Tassie Hotel the following month on 5th October. The Alzheimer’s Café is free of charge and open to all people with dementia and their families. For further information contact May on 087 9449903.
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
WHAT IS IT?
‘Stress Control’ is a free six session class which is run all over Ireland.
‘Stress Control’ was devised to help anyone (over 15 yrs) who experiences stress and who is keen to learn how to tackle their problems themselves. As this is a class and not therapy no one will be asked to discuss their personal experience.
Each session deals with a separate aspect of stress but as they all link together, it is highly recommended that you attend all six sessions.
We provide free handouts for each session and a relaxation cd.
- Session 1: Learning about stress
- Session 2: Controlling your body
- Session 3: Controlling your thoughts
- Session 4: Controlling your actions
- Session 5: Controlling panic
- Session 6: Controlling sleep problems and Wellbeing
WHERE AND WHEN?
Each course runs for 6 weeks starting:
Thursday 7th September 6:15 – 7:45pm downstairs in Letterkenny Library
Thursday 28th September11:00 – 12:30 Downstrands FRC Narn/Portnoo
Monday 2nd October 8:00 – 9:30pm Maghery Community Ctr Maghery/Dungloe
Wednesday 8th November 7:30 – 9:00pm Donegal FRC Donegal Town
For more information call Bill on 086 7723287
These sessions are run by Donegal Mind Wellness http://donegalmindwellness.ie/
Mums-to-be and breastfeeding mums are welcome to come along to the Mevagh Breastfeeding Support group run in the Family Resource Centre on the first Thursday of every month from 11:00 – 12:30. The group is led by the local Public Health Nurse. The next group will be this Thursday 3rd August.
From 1st – 7th August is World Breastfeeding Week, a great opportunity to celebrate and promote breastfeeding. Your Public Health Nurse will be able to give you great support and advice for breastfeeding and many PHNs are involved with support groups around the county. The support of other mums is really important when you are breastfeeding so why not find a breastfeeding support group near you. Have a look at the Parent Hub website under the services section but here are a few to get you started. Many of these are run by La Leche League or Cuidiú. Even if you are expecting your baby at the moment it can be great to go along to a Breastfeeding Support group before your little one is born.
Monday in Stranorlar, the Hatter Tearoom from 10.00 -12.00 with Jan 0860700402
Tuesday the Lake of Shadows Buncrana from 10.30 – 12.00 – phone Eilis for further details 0877460249
Wednesday in Spraoí agus Spórt Carndonagh from 10.00 – 12.00. Phone 0749373303 or 0868420203 for further details
Thursday Dizzy Rascals in Letterkenny from 12.00 – 1.30 with Deirdre who is a Cuidiú breastfeeding counsellor. 0876369008
Thursday Breastfeeding Clinic from 2.30 – 5.00 in the Breastfeeding Drop-In Room on Floor B, the Maternity Unit, Letterkenny University Hospital. You can also phone the clinic during these hours on a Thursday afternoon 074 91045 or contact the Parentcraft Midwife Geraldine Hanley on 0749123552
Thursday in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre from 10.30 – 12.30. Phone the centre on 074 9148551 for further details.
Do you know that World Breastfeeding Week is just around the corner? Running from 1 – 7 August 2017 this week promotes and celebrates breastfeeding as being good for babies, good for women and good for the environment. The week is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action and you can find their website at http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/
Breastfeeding.ie is a really good Irish site with plenty of advice, support and information for mums who are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding. Check out their website here:- https://www.breastfeeding.ie/
Keep an eye on the Parent Hub website and Facebook for further information and articles about breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week. If you have any groups or events happening please let us know and we will publicise them for you. Just email us on firstname.lastname@example.org