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In Sync Youth Counselling ServiceStaff counsellors, volunteers and trainees.

In Sync (formerly the Kildare Youth Services) Youth Counselling Service provides a community based, accessible, professional counselling service established to meet the needs of young people between the ages of 11 and 25 inclusively and their families in Co Kildare. The activities of the Youth Counselling Service include:
· Provision of one to one counselling
· Provision of parental support counselling
· Provision of Parenting Courses
· Creation and distribution of Psycho-educational resources on mental health issues
· Provision of group work and workshops to primary and post primary schools on a variety of personal developmental and mental health issues
· School and referral presentations
· Referral of young people into youth work groups
· Participation in national fora for youth and issues, e.g., Parent Support Fora
· Extensive advocacy work with and for young people with the Social Work department, School, in families.
· Representation on National, Regional and Local mental health subgroups and steering committees

Newbridge Primary Care Psychology ServiceHSE

Are you a parent/guardian with questions related to your child’s well-being?

Do you have questions such as ‘how do I deal with my child’s behaviour?’, ‘how do I help my child with their worries?’ or ‘how can I help my child sleep better?’. The Parent Advice Drop-in Clinic can help!

Newbridge Primary Care Psychology Service offers a free and confidential advice clinic for parents/guardians in the Newbridge/Kilcullen area who would like advice from a psychologist about any aspect of parenting.

What is a parent’s advice drop-in clinic?

Primary Care Psychology Service provides a twice monthly advice clinic to parents or guardians who wish to seek advice from a Psychologist, regarding any aspect of their child’s development, behaviour, or well-being. The types of concerns often discussed can include dealing with tantrums, emotional regulation skills for children and behaviour difficulties. You will be offered advice on ways to deal with your concern and may be offered some written suggestions.

How do they work?

Typically, the ‘Parent Advice Drop-in Clinics’ run in the Newbridge Primary Care Centre; however, due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic these are currently taking place over the phone with Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Lisa Harpur.

The clinic runs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month between 10am – 12pm.

How do I avail of the service?

Parents who wish to attend the advice clinic should contact the Newbridge Primary care centre via reception on (045) 920900 in advance of the clinic day (the Monday or Tuesday prior is best). You will be given a 30-minute time slot for the Wednesday (between 10 am and 12pm) and Lisa will call you at the arranged time on the number you provide. There are four slots at every clinic, and it is first-come-first-served.

The DARA ProjectThe DARA Project

The DARA project is an drug & alcohol free day programme for people in recovery from substance misuse. We provide a range of supports to people who have become free from drug & alcohol addiction. Supports include:

• Structured Day Program
• Randomized Drug Testing
• Group Therapy
• Keyworking
• Counselling
• Training & Education QQI
• Career Guidance
• Relapse Prevention
• Reflection & Reviews

Athy Community Family Resource CentreFamily Support & Community Development Workers

Athy CFRC supports individuals and families living in Athy across the lifespan. We provide a range of family support and community development services. Some of the services we offer are: signposting, referrals to appropriate services, providing information and advice, support with form filling and navigating services, social clubs, counselling, parent support and various workshops and training.

Primary Care Paediatric Occupational Therapy Parent Advice ClinicThe Primary Care Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service in Kildare/West Wicklow

The Primary Care Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service provides a monthly 'Parent Advice Clinic' to parents or carers who wish to seek advice from a Children's Occupational Therapist with regards to any aspects of their child's functional performance with self-care, school or play-related activities. The types of parental concerns often discussed include gross motor skills, fine motor skills, attention and concentration, handwriting skills and general daily age-appropriate functional independence.

Meitheal, Tusla Child and Family AgencyMeitheal process for children and young people co-ordinated by Tusla Child and Family Support Network Co-Ordinators

Meitheal is a case co-ordination process for families with additional needs who require multi-agency intervention but who do not meet the threshold for referral to the Social Work Department under Childrens First. Practioners in different agencies can use and lead on Meitheal so that they can communicate and work together more effectively to bring together a range of expertise, knowledge and skills to meet the needs of the child and family within the community.

Kildare Age Friendly County ProgrammeKildare Age Friendly Alliance

The programme is a multi agency programme which is part of a National shared service, supported by Age Friendly Ireland. The initiative is facilitated by the County & City Managers association of Local Government. There are 31 programmes across Ireland in each local Authority. Each programme has a strategic Alliance made up of senior decision makers of state services, and representatives from Kildare Older Persons Council. Each county programme develops a strategy based on identified needs of older people and the ageing population. There is also a national oversight implementation team made up of key departmental officials and state services. This allows programmes to influence policies and get support for implementing policies around the country.

Newbridge Family Resource CentreCommunity Development and Family Support

Every Family Resource Centre was established to provide a range of supports that help families meet the day-to-day challenges of everyday life. Newbridge Family Resource Centre aims to provide a wide variety of quality services within Family Support, Community Development a Childcare Service, a Counselling Service as well as Information Provision and Advocacy.
The field of Family support is central to the work which we carry out in the Centre. Family Support is seen to be both a style of work and a set of activities which reinforce positive informal social networks. Our focus is on early intervention and we aim to promote and protect the health and wellbeing of all children and young people in their own homes and communities, with particular attention to those who are vulnerable or at risk.
The staff of Newbridge Family Resource Centre work closely with families to provide the service that responds to their needs.

DESSAAdvocacy and Information Support

DESSA provides advocacy support to families of children and young people experiencing disability. DESSA also delivers an advocacy programme called Empowering Parents. The aim of this programme is to support parents to acquire the knowledge and skills to effectively advocate on behalf of their children.
Empowering Parents will:
• Show parents new ways of thinking about their child’s disability, which will help them to see new possibilities and ways of doing things
• tell parents about their child’s rights, and how to achieve them
• explain who can help parents to get what you need from public services and the local community
• help parents to build confidence and keep their spirits up and meet other parents

Garda Juvenile Liaison OfficerAn Garda Siochana

Engage with 12 to 18 year old youths who are referred to the Juvenile Diversion Programme by Gardaí for offending.

Curragh Family Resource CentreCurragh Family Resource Centre

Provide community based family and therapeutic supports.

Kildare County Childcare CommitteeKildare County Childcare Committee staff

The Kildare County Childcare Committee was established in 2001.
Our mission is to promote quality and accessible childcare provision for all children from birth to 14 years
in Co. Kildare, in partnership with all stakeholders.

Kildare Library and Arts ServiceKildare County Council

The Kildare Library and Arts Service offer a unique community space enabling education and discovery through our collections, e-courses and lectures, a space for inspiration through our author visits, creative writing groups and programming, a space for creativity and imagination through workshops and festivals, and finally a meeting space to nourish connections within our community.
By connecting, consulting and working collaboratively with all stakeholders, we commit to provide, promote and enable learning, recreation, culture, heritage and well-being for all stages of life within our community.

FAIM (Kildare Youth Services)Kildare Youth Services

FAIM are the Family Assessment & Intervention Model. We carry out child welfare assessments on behalf of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. We also offer a broad range of interventions with parent's and young people.

Teach TearmainnTeach Tearmainn

Teach Tearmainn provide free and confidential support services to women and children who are/have experienced domestic violence and abuse. Teach Tearmainn provide the following services;
Refuge (emergency accommodation for families fleeing domestic violence and abuse)
One to One Support (Women)
One to One Support (Children and Young People)
Group Support
Outreach Support
Court Accompaniment
Domestic Violence and Abuse Workshops, Training and Awareness Raising Events

Ability ProgrammeAbility Programme Staff

The Ability Programme works with young people aged between 16-19 who have a disability, illness or injury and are not in education. The service works on a 1:1 basis to support young people to great personal action plans and engage in relevant services.

Kildare COVID-19 HelpdeskKildare County Council

The Helpdesk will respond to the needs of vulnerable members of our community by signposting them to relevant available supports:
Collection and delivery of food, essential household items, medication
Transport to testing centres, clinical assessment hubs, GP and hospital appointments
Social isolation
Meals and delivery
Garda related queries
Other medical and health queries and concerns

Newbridge Family Resource CentreNewbridge Family Resource Centre

Newbridge Family Resource Centre provides quality affordable services and programmes to the community of Newbridge through family support, community development, childcare services and the provision of information and support.

We specialise in the following:
- The provision of family support through one to one meetings & parenting programmes.
- The establishment and maintenance of new community groups to meet local needs and the delivery of services at local level (for example, childcare facilities, after-school clubs, men?s groups, etc.)
- Practical assistance to community groups (such as training, information, advice on how to address specific social issues, assistance with accessing funding and use of shared facilities).
- Education courses and training opportunities.
- Early Years Services including ECCE Scheme (Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme - free Pre-School place), CCS (Community Childcare Subvention) Programme & a Parent & Toddler Group.
- After-school clubs.
- The provision of counselling and support to individuals.
- Developing capacity and leadership within communities.
- Supporting personal and group development.
- Supporting networking within the community.