We are delighted to announce that we will be running a Free 8 week ‘Change 4 Life’ Programme beginning 15th March. There will be loads of fitness classes, nutrition talks and cooking demos, as well as weekly challenges to keep everyone active. Plus plenty more as the weeks progress.
Registration for the Free 8 week programme at https://www.dcswphub.ie/
Free Online Talks
Supporting your Child’s Mental Health during the Covid crisis
Supporting your Teenager’s Mental Health during the Covid crisis
Further information and bookings are available on the website here.
Parent Support Websites:
All the latest information from to the Department of Education website
1800-910-123 10am-2pm Mon- Fri
800 helpline number and service can be accessed by young people between 12-25, regardless of whether they live in a Jigsaw catchment area or not. The number can also be used by parents and guardians if they are concerned about a young person's mental health.
Online Counselling now available at the Traveller Counselling service
Contact details for a helpline that has been made available for Roma families re Covid19. Information available in English, Romanian and Romanes.
call 087 126 4606 from Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm
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Managing family and relationship conflict during Covid crisis
Create space for time apart as well as together and learn to pause, listen and speak up respectfully during conflict Read More
16 tips to help you cope in the new world we live in
Accept the new reality, exercise each day, reach out for support, limit social media use and more… Read More
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Meeting ID: 816 6723 8919
Useful link for parents below
Parents should try to do the following five key things;
1. Start the conversation - Parents start talking with your children about online safety, early in their online life.
2. Agree limits -Parents can download a family agreement template and learn about the importance of setting limits to online time.
3. Be informed - It is important for parents to keep themselves informed about the online world, and this video provides some tips for helping parents stay up to date.
4. How much time was I online today? - Parents can set positive examples regarding online activity to their children through their own online lives.
5. Parents share and learn -The support of parent to parent peer support is fantastic, and this video encourages parents to link in with each other to provide that support network.
Barnardos is here to support parents throughout this challenging time.
They have just launched a dedicated telephone and email support service to provide advice to parents on a wide range of issues that may have come up during this time. If you or someone you know needs extra parental support we are here to help.
This service will be staffed by Barnardos project workers who are trained professionals. Some issues that parents may need support on include:
- How to talk to your children about the corona virus
- Setting a good routine
- Managing children’s behaviours and sibling dynamics
- Managing aggression and family discord
- Home schooling/managing school expectations.
- Fostering natural learning opportunities in the home
- Healthy eating
- Accessing fun and educational activities for families and individual children
- Managing your child’s worries
- Self-care for parents
- Helping parents manage their own worries and anxieties
- Managing children’s online activity