Wicklow Child & Family Project
The Wicklow Child & Family Project provides a community based family support service in Wicklow Town and surrounding areas. The project is managed by County Wicklow Partnership and funded through TUSLA Child & Family Agency. The Project aims to provide services and support that improve the quality of life for children and their families. It also works with families to increase their capacity to provide a safe and caring environment for their children and also to promote the personal and social development of children and young people and parents. The Wicklow Child & Family Project carries out intensive family support work with families. Families are either referred by other agencies, or can self-refer to the Project. The project accepts referrals from agencies working with families such as; Child & Family Agency Social Workers, Schools, Public Health Nurses, Gardaí, I.S.P.C.C., WAY Project, HSE disciplines and other relevant local agencies. A central aspect of any referral is the commitment by the family to engage with the service. The intensive work with families involves either family group work or one to one work with individual members. The work carried out addresses issues such as:- parenting skills; parent / child relationships; relationship issues; separation; behavioural difficulties; alcohol & drug issues; domestic abuse; anger management; mental health issues; housing; finance. Project staff work closely with other agencies to avoid duplication of services . When required the staff also deliver parenting courses and children groups that match the identified needs of the projects current client group. The Reception / Administration staff manage the Project’s reception area ensuring that all visitors’ needs are appropriately met; that there are relevant information leaflets available to the public; that enquiries from the general public, by either phone or drop in, are dealt with sensitively. All work undertaken is strictly confidential.
The Wicklow Child & Family Project engages psychotherapists,family therapist, play therapist and counselling psychologists on a sessional basis to deliver both individual & family therapy to the families linked with the project. This service offers support around bereavement, child therapy, relationships, addiction, depression and suicidal tendencies. Additional funding supports the delivery of this service.
Family Learning Pre School Programme:
The Wicklow Family Learning Programme (WFLP) is a preschool facility for children aged 3 ½ -5 years. The WFLP is committed to promoting the development of children, with their parents, to realise their full potential in a safe and caring environment. It aims to provide the highest possible standard of childcare for the families using the service, by helping the children to develop cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically, at their own pace through positive encouragement and caring support. The programme is delivered by fully qualified members of staff.
Community Programmes: The project carries out / supports several community programmes during each year such as kids clubs, children and adult groups, out of school activities and summer camps. Each year seasonal events are arranged for families & children who work closely with the Wicklow Child & Family Project, such as family day trips, Easter activities and Christmas party. Children and parents from the Family Learning Programme also attend end of term outings, such as visits to children’s farms and Santa.
Interagency work: An additional aspect of the projects work is the effective interagency partnerships that enhance the services available to children and families within the community . The sharing of resources, skills and knowledge proves invaluable to families, prevents duplication of work and provides them with a much more cohesive approach when addressing their needs. The Project works closely with agencies such as: TUSLA Child & Family Agency , MABS, Wicklow Town & County Councils, HSE Departments, Lucena, HSE Addiction Services, East Coast Regional Drugs Task Force, ISPCC, WAY Project, Crosscare , Community Mental Health Services, KWETB Adult Education, Youthreach, SVP , Arklow Springboard and with colleagues from our management company, County Wicklow Partnership.
Main office, The Mall, Wicklow Town
De la Salle Pastoral Care Centre- Family Learning Programme
Wicklow Enterprise Centre- Counselling Services
Crosscare , Collins Street , Arklow – Counselling Services
Ms Christine Keegan – Manager
Ms Deirdre O’Sullivan –Project Worker
Ms Helen Crowe – Project Worker
Ms Michelle Cox – Reception / administrator
Ms Annabelle Wright – Reception / administrator
Ms Kirsty Doyle – FLP Supervisor
Ms Jill Doyle – FLP Childcare assistant
Ms Ina Braun- FLP Childcare assistant – Community Employment
Ms Shirley Reid – Project Support Worker – Community Employment
Manager: Ms Christine Keegan
Phone: (0404) 64725
Mobile: 087 2873789 Fax: (0404) 64720
Opening hours: 9.30am – 1pm, 2pm – 4.30pm Mon to Fri