It's been a busy time for One Family, and one that has been touched by sadness as we said goodbye to our friend and colleague, Sherie de Burgh, who passed away peacefully in February after a long illness. Sherie joined One Family in 2004 as Director of Counselling Services, having developed the IFPA’s crisis pregnancy counselling service previously. She was a visionary whose life’s work truly made a difference
. Our thoughts remain with Sherie's son, Dorje, her family and friends. We thank colleagues in the sector and beyond who have shared their condolences and memories.
Our Spring schedule of programmes for parents
and for professionals
has started with courses running in Cork, Dublin and Limerick. Recruitment is now open for a number of upcoming courses too, including online parenting programmes.
Over 1,000 parents who share parenting responded to our Shared Parenting Survey. Read what they told us and our policy recommendations in our report
and find out more below.
We presented to the Joint Committee for Social Protection to highlight our continued concerns about the challenges one-parent families have to contend with, and responded to the latest Survey on Income and Living Conditions
(SILC) which shows that one-parent families still experience the highest rates of poverty in Ireland.
One Family was founded as Cherish, in that time when pregnant unmarried women were ‘sent away’, by a small group of unmarried mothers who were raising their babies themselves in very difficult circumstances. Our founding member Maura O'Dea Richards responded to what has become known about Tuam Mother and Baby Home in this statement
Continue reading for more news and details.