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About Lifestart Supporting Parents

Lifestart Sligo Leitrim & West Cavan, offer a high quality, evidence-based programme for parents of children from birth up to age five years. Our core programme – the Growing Child – is delivered within the family home on a monthly basis. The programme has been proven to reduce parental stress; strengthen the relationship between parent and child; and support parents in their understanding of how a young child develops and learns. We work with parents so they can support their child to grow and develop in areas of speech and language, problem solving, better self-esteem, and of course, in preparing the child for their later successes in school.

Our Programmes

The Growing Child Programme

Uniquely designed to support parents create the best possible environment for their child to develop and is delivered to parents on a one-to-one basis in their own home

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Know your Growing Child

Thematic sessional interventions designed to help parents address specific parenting issues. Sessions are delivered in the home by a trained Family Visitor who can offer parents one-to-one advice

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Shaping Ourselves and Our Children

Aims to support parents of young children in Ireland to create a home conducive to good child social and emotional development

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Parents Plus – Parenting Programmes

The first 5 years of a child’s life are crucial. By supporting families during this early stage you can make a long term positive difference for children

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“Out of the range of good quality parenting programmes available, the Lifestart programme is highly cost effective and for a structured evidence-based programme, is sufficiently flexible at the point of delivery to allow for adaptation in response to need”

Prof. E. Melhuish (2015)

Our team sits on a number of networks and working groups who all have the common aim of working to support families in the region:

  • CYPSC (Children’s and Young Person’s Services Committee
  • CFSNs (Child and Family Support Network
  • Parenting Support Champions
  • Diversity Sligo Support Group Direct Provision Sub-group
  • Cranmore Regeneration Education Working Group
  • Mohill FRC Toy Library Sub-group
  • Sligo County Childcare Committee (Regional Manager is Board Member)
  • Our service from time-to-time also supports the development of parent and toddler groups in the region

Our Team

Kate Donnelly

Kate Donnelly

Regional Manager

Catherine Meehan

Catherine Meehan

Assistant Manager

TBC

TBC

Administrator

Angela Cahill

Angela Cahill

Sligo Office

Karen Cassidy

Karen Cassidy

Sligo Office

Lynette Doherty

Lynette Doherty

Sligo Office

Lydia Loftus

Lydia Loftus

Sligo Office

Lavina Scanlon

Lavina Scanlon

Sligo Office

Pippa Daniel

Pippa Daniel

Sligo Office

Michelle Doherty

Michelle Doherty

Sligo Office

Belinda Smith

Belinda Smith

Drumsna Office

Sinead Wynne

Sinead Wynne

Drumsna Office

Gosha McAleer

Gosha McAleer

Manorhamilton Office

Eileen Doherty

Eileen Doherty

Manorhamilton Office

Our Policies

Parenting and Policy Context

Evidence of the importance of good parenting and early life experiences for child development outcomes has over the last two decades been encouraging the growth of a policy climate more conducive to family and children’s services and parenting support.

 

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Covid19 Policy

Lifestart Supporting Parents recognises and accept our duty to protect the health and safety of all employees, visitors to the premises, including contractors and other service providers, as well as any members of the public who might be affected by our work.

 

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GDPR & Privacy Policy

Our GDPR & Privacy Policy statement covers how Lifestart Supporting Parents will use personal information that is collected when you use the Lifestart Supporting Parents website. Lifestart Supporting Parents is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy

 

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