By Elizabeth Lee
THE newly opened Carlow Parent Hub will be a one-stop shop for moms and dads by offering parenting advice, programs and community support.
The new center will provide information on a variety of parenting support services, such as drop-in centers across Carlow, which offer free and confidential advice and support for parenting workshops and programs.
The Carlow Parent Hub was developed in response to feedback from parents who identified a need for a central source of information on parenting support in Co Carlow. The Hub aims to increase awareness of, and access to, parenting support and programs provided by community and statutory services. The project is supported by St Catherine’s Community Services Centre, Barnardos, Forward Steps Family Resource Centre, Tullow, Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre, Carlow Youth Service and Tusla’s Parents Coordinator.
Annmarie Stafford, Tusla Area Manager, said at the launch of the Carlow Parent Hub, “Hearing what parents have told us about the type of parenting support they need and how they plan to use that support is key to the design and the provision of a coordinated parent support center in Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary. We hope that by making parenting services more accessible to all parents in Carlow, we can help them find the right support when they need it most.”
The Carlow Parent Hub resource provides free and confidential services for parents and caregivers across the county to discuss any concerns or issues they have regarding their child. The aim of the service is to provide advice and support on a range of issues affecting children aged 0-18 such as: B. Behavioral difficulties and parenting problems. Parents in Carlow can also contact the dedicated email address and text number below [email protected] or 087 1241321.
A calendar of the dates and locations of the weekly focal points and contact details is available from local and public services in the region on the Children and Young People’s Committee website https://www.cypsc.ie/your-county-cypsc/carlow.195 .html and on the dedicated Carlow Parent Hub Facebook page, which is updated weekly.
At the launch of the parenting center, held at the Éire Óg clubhouse in Carlow, Tusla’s Tullow School Completion Program also received the Investing in Children award for their work with the LGBT+ community.
The Investing in Children Award recognizes and celebrates examples of imaginative and inclusive practice with young people. The awarded agencies are achievements committed to a dialogue with young people that leads to change.