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Turkey Gobbler Fundraiser

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Many thanks to all who supported our recent Fundraising Event.

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Empowering Parents Programme

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The DESSA Empowering Parents Programme seeks to support parents to acquire the knowledge and skills to effectively advocate on behalf of their children. The Empowering Parents Programme is a 6 week programme (2.5 hours per week) for the parents of young children with disabilities, including learning disabilities e.g. ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum disorders etc.  It’s local and it’s free of charge. “Empowering Parents” will: show you new ways of thinking about your child’s disability, which will help you to see new possibilities and ways of doing things tell you about your child’s rights, and how to achieve them explain who can help you to get what you need from public services and your local community help you to build your confidence and keep your spirits up! Programme Topics: Disability and Inclusion Legislation and Policy Inclusion in Education Advocacy Skills and Strategies Meeting Parents Emotional...

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Supporting Young People Mental Health

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Aimed at parents of children in 4th, 5th & 6th class ‘Supporting Young People’s Mental Health’ is an hour-long talk aimed at parents and other adults concerned about the mental health of young people’ Tuesday 28th June @ 7pm to 8.30pm at Castlemaine Community Centre Topics include:  Key issues impacting on the mental health and well-being of young people  The building blocks of mental health  The 5-a- day for promoting positive mental health in young people  The value of listening as a way of supporting youth mental health   To register please contact Maine Valley Family Centre on 066 976 7833 or 086 058...

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Parents Plus Children 6-11

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A practical and positive course on managing emotional/behaviour problems and promoting children’s learning and confidence aged 6 to 11 years. The aim of the course is to help parents not only solve discipline and other childhood problems, but also for parents to develop closer and more satisfying relationships with their children. Topics include : Solving childhood problems, Play and special time with children, Building children’s self esteem and confidence, Encouraging children’s learning/supporting homework, Setting rules and helping children keep them, Establishing daily routines, Managing misbehaviour using consequences & sanctions, Problem solving/talking problems through with...

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Parent First

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This parenting programme considers how parents connect with and build good relationships with their child. Through use of facilitator input and guided discussions the course aims to teach parents the skills of effective communication and conflict resolution. Topics include : Positive Communication, Coping with Negative Behaviour, Managing Conflict, Encouraging Positive Behaviour, Discipline, Self Esteem, Sex Education, Self Care. This programme is facilitated by a Parenting Counsellor from SouthWest Counselling Centre,...

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First Steps Online

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  Would You Like To Be Able To Use The Internet? Are You Ready To Take Your First Steps Online? 4 X 2 hour sessions, designed to provide patient instruction and inspire confidence in the use of the internet.  Computers will be provided or you can bring your own.  ...

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