Could you be eligible for funding for childcare?

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.

I am a Parent…

Greencastle Mothers’ Support Group

Are you a mum in the Greencastle area? Would you enjoy meeting with other mums for a cup of tea and a chat? They meet on the last Wednesday of the month in the Greencastle Community Centre at 7pm, starting on Wednesday 27th September. It is a free event and you are very welcome to come along.

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.

Alzheimer’s Café

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.

Bluestack Foundation events for September

There is plenty happening in The Bluestack Special Needs Foundation this September.

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

Stress Control Class


‘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

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

Celebrating breastfeeding!

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.

World Breastfeeding Week 1-7 August 2017

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 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:-

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