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Building the foundations of good community relations in family life

Lifestart Supporting Parents has engaged with hundreds of parents since the beginning of the SOOC programme in the region. The response has been overwhelmingly positive from participants of the SOOC programme.

Shaping Ourselves and Our Children (SOOC) is an innovative cross-border parenting programme being delivered by the Lifestart Foundation, Lifestart Services Ltd, Sligo Family Support Centre, the Dunluce Family Centre and Barnardos. This €1.3 million project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

The programme aims to support parents of young children in Northern Ireland and the border region of the Republic of Ireland to create a home conducive to good child social and emotional development, inclusiveness and a respect for social and cultural diversity.

Between May 2018 and March 2021 the four session interactive programme will be delivered one day a week over four weeks to groups of 12 parents in communities in the various locations

This is absolutely the best parenting programme I have been on and I would highly recommend it to all parents.’ 

Parent participant, Sligo 2019

Shaping Ourselves and Our Children Programme – Upcoming Locations

  • Ards
  • Derry/Londonderry
  • Donegal
  • Fermanagh
  • Leitrim
  • Limavady
  • Sligo
  • Strabane
  • West Cavan

If you are interested in participating in the SOOC programme, please contact us.


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