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Skills

New! Two half-day workshops for professionals working with families have been added to our professional development training calendar: Talking to your child about the non-resident parent and Coaching parents in successful shared parenting. Book now for 29 September and 22 October.

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Look

Here’s a fun Family Day Festival 2014 video that’s guaranteed to make you smile. If you’d like to be a part of next year’s Festival, call 01 662 9212 to discuss opportunities.

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Train

Our Autumn Family Communications 3-day programmes for professionals working with families take place in Dublin, Galway, Tullamore and Meath. You can learn how to deliver family strengthening programmes with extra supports built in for those parenting alone, sharing parenting and parenting through family change.

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Learn

Registration is now open for our Autumn 2014 parenting courses! Also Welfare to Work programmes including New Futures and Options are now enrolling. These programmes for people who parent alone or share parenting offer a range of wrap-around supports including mentoring and free childcare in our crèche.  Call 01 662 9212 or click below to find out more.

 

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Ask

Are you expecting a baby or have you recently become a parent? Are you in care or have you just moved into your own place? If the answer is ‘yes’ to both questions, the Pregnancy & Parenting Support Service at One Family is here to help you. This is a free service that you can contact yourself. Text or call us on 086 079 3072 to find out more. Referrals also accepted.

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Help us to build a nationwide movement of people who are committed to change for one-parent families. Click here to become a One Family Member.

 

 

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Latest News

Lone Parents Forced Out of Workforce – One Family Supports New St Vincent De Paul Report

Lone Parents Forced Out of Workforce - One Family Supports New St Vincent De Paul Report

September 22nd, 2014

Press Release Government Claims to Have Protected ‘Most Vulnerable’ yet One-Parent Families are Poorer When Working  One Family supports today’s St Vincent De Paul report findings  (Dublin, Monday 22 September 2014) One Family – Ireland’s organisation for one-parent families and people sharing parenting – welcomes the St  Vincent De Paul report published today which recognises that being a lone parent is one of the hardest survival situations in the State. One Family’s 42 years of experience delivering expert services to those parenting alone and sharing parenting helps to strengthen the SVP message. Karen Kiernan, One Family CEO explains: “The devastating impact of Budget 2012 means that those p[...]

Safefood Urges Parents to Say No to Treats Every Day

Safefood Urges Parents to Say No to Treats Every Day

September 22nd, 2014

safefood's excellent Childhood Obesity campaign launches into another phase today with a focus on treat foods for children. safefood is urging parents to say no to sweets, biscuits and crisps every day and to cut down on the amount of treat foods children are eating, so that a treat food becomes just that - an occasional treat, rather than an every day part of a child's diet. Parents can access a list of popular children’s ‘treats’ and their calorie content on the safefood website as well as video advice and top tips from health experts on healthy eating and how to be more active. You can [...]

10 Ways to Make the Most of the Playground

10 Ways to Make the Most of the Playground

September 19th, 2014

Playgrounds are wonderfully exciting for children. As well as providing an opportunity to make friends, using playground equipment can help to build children’s dexterity, strength and confidence. Being outdoors regularly is good for both children and parents’ well-being and sharing fun at the playground also creates more opportunities to bond with your child. Read on for this week’s instalment of our ’10 Ways to’ parenting tips series which explores how to make the most of the playground. Get to know your local playground. Become familiar with the equipment and the space, and which equipment is appropriate to your child’s age and development. Help your c[...]

More New Research from Australia Proves Marriage is not Responsible for Children’s Well-being

More New Research from Australia Proves Marriage is not Responsible for Children’s Well-being

September 18th, 2014

"Growing up in a single parent family or being raised by parents who are not married does not condemn children to a life of unhappiness, underachievement and delinquency. Rather than blaming parents and labelling their life circumstances as selfish choices, it is time for social policy debates to focus on how we can effectively support parents. Irrespective of family structure, we want parents to give their children the best possible start to life," writes Jan M Nicholson, Roberta Holmes professor for the Transition to Contemporary Parenthood Program at La Trobe University, and advisory group member to the Longitudinal Study of Australian [...]

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Child Payment a Start for Budget 2015 but Lone Parents Need Support to Stay in Work

September 15th, 2014

Press Release  Child Payment a Start for Budget 2015 but Lone Parents Need Support to Stay in Work   (Dublin, 15.09.2014) One Family – Ireland’s organisation for one-parent families and people sharing parenting – today welcomes the welfare to work dividend for parents returning to work provided it is combined with an income disregard for those parenting alone. This is the only way it will help to lift hard pressed one-parent families out of consistent and persistent poverty. The key aim of Budget 2015 must be to ensure that work pays and is seen to pay. It costs a lone parent more than a couple to bri[...]

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Family Day

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Single Issue

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