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A quieter Cherish House

as, with no training programmes taking place in August, our crèche and training room aren't as busy as usual this month. We're really looking forward to welcoming learners and their children back into the building next month when our Autumn season of courses commences.

Last month's survey was on the topic of financial inclusion with almost half of respondents telling us that they have used a Pay Day Loan Service such as Provident to meet daily living expenses. Lack of access to affordable credit is an important and often forgotten aspect of poverty.


The traumatic experience of a young suicidal rape victim denied an abortion has been extensively explored in the media in recent days. Thousands marched in Dublin and around the country yesterday in protests organised by pro-choice groups, with further marches scheduled to take place this Saturday. For anyone affected by this emotive issue, One Family offers a suite of counselling services including unplanned pregnancy counselling and post-termination counselling, which are free to access. 

Summer's social club outings for lone parents, parents sharing parenting, and their children have been a great success. We have visited many wonderful locations such as Glendalough, Malahide Castle, Donadea Forest and Clonfert Pet Farm. From September, the social club reverts to a once a month outing. Watch out for details of upcoming outings on our Facebook page or call 01 662 9212 to be added to the social club text update list.

Read on for more on the above and other One Family news.

Featured Service

We offer an extensive range of client services, one of which is designed to support Young People in Care.  This service is for young people who are pregnant, about to become a Dad, or already parenting and who are in care or have a care history. A range of emotional and practical supports are available through pregnancy and into parenthood.  In this first of our new monthly series of articles featuring a One Family service, Counselling Support Worker Lisa Maguire writes: "One Family’s Young People in Care service gives me the opportunity to work in a client-centred service where clients develop a sense of their strengths and capabilities." Read more here.

10 Ways to ...

If you're a parent struggling with toilet training or establishing a bed-time routine, you're not alone. Our weekly '10 Ways to' is a series of practical and easily implemented tips for parents and guardians to help make life easier for all members of the family. Other topics covered are especially relevant to those families with one parent, parents sharing parenting or step-parents. A third area of focus is on ways to support children through challenging circumstances such as bullying, to how to increase their self-esteem, to tips for healthy eating. '10 Ways to' is published to our website every Friday morning. Read the series in Parenting Supports on onefamily.ie.

The Monthly Survey

Our Budget 2015 Panel - twelve lone parents and/or parents sharing parenting who are collaborating with us on our budget and policy submissions - discuss a different topic every month including housing, childcare and the importance of after school care, tax credits, in work incentives and educational supports for people parenting alone. 

You can be part of the discussion too by taking our anonymous 3 question survey. This month's survey is on Energy Efficiency and Expense. You can take it by clicking here now. To read what you told us last month about Financial Inclusion, click here.
 

School for Parents

Three of our parenting courses are open for enrollment for Autumn. These are Positive Parenting, Family Communications, and Shared Parenting. Positive Parenting explores the needs of children, reasons why they misbehave and techniques to handle difficult behaviour. Family Communications teaches clear and direct communication for common family dilemmas. Shared Parenting, for parents who are separated, separating or divorced, helps parents to learn how to communicate clearly and directly in order to promote a positive parenting relationship, and to manage conflict so that children are kept at the centre of parenting. Learn more.

Work with families?

Then you'll be interested in our Autumn programme of Professional Development courses. Throughout September, October and November, these intensive three days of training will run in Dublin city centre, Portlaoise, Tallaght and Tullamore.  For professionals who work with parents and children or deliver parenting/family support courses - such as family support workers, social workers, youth workers, family therapists, educators, drugs project workers or counsellors - our professional development courses offer expertise, tools, knowledge and the option to work towards accreditation. If you'd like to find out more, call Paula on 01 662 9212.
If you missed the award-winning Today FM documentary Cherish All The Children about our establishment in 1972 and our ongoing evolution, featuring interviews with our brave founders, our first President Mary Robinson and many more, you can listen here.
Read this month's press releases issued by One Family.
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