Launch of innovative new programme to tackle ADHD
An innovative new early intervention programme which will help thousands of families affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) was launched on Monday 6th November 2017 in the Carrickdale Hotel by Mairead McGuinness MEP.
The Changing Lives Initiative is a new cross border project to support families with children at risk of ADHD.
The initiative is being supported by an award of €2.7m by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, a programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) and will be focused on County Louth, West Belfast and the Argyll & Bute region in Scotland. The programme is set to benefit over 2,000 families in these regions.
As many as 5 to 6% of school aged children are affected by ADHD. The Changing Lives Initiative is a community-based programme. It aims to create a better understanding about ADHD and provide an intervention programme for families with children (3-7) experiencing behaviours consistent with ADHD. As well as working with families the programme will provide training for those working with young children, in particular teachers and early years professionals. The programme will provide internationally recognised good practice models of intervention for children with ADHD.
The new Initiative will be delivered across County Louth, Colin/West Belfast, and the Argyll & Bute region of Scotland. There are five partner organisations involved: Archways (lead partner), Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, Dundalk Institute of Technology, The Genesis Programme (Louth Leader Partnership) and NHS Highland. The project will be delivered locally by The Genesis Programme.
Launching the initiative Mairead McGuinness, MEP said: “This is an excellent programme that will transform many lives for the better, forever. It is beyond doubt that early intervention is essential. The initiative will enable children who may have ADHD reach their full potential and it will help their parents and teachers first understand the challenges and then experience the joy and fulfilment of seeing the children develop their innate skills and talents.” She congratulated everyone connected with the new service.
Welcoming the project, Gina McIntyre CEO of the SEUPB said: “This is an excellent and much needed project which will directly benefit young people and families affected by ADHD, on a cross-border basis. Best practice early interventions will be delivered by way of new and innovative partnerships across Northern Ireland, Scotland and Ireland, reflecting one of the key objectives of the INTERREG VA Programme which is to improve the health and well-being of citizens by improving access to health and social care services in the most appropriate setting to their needs.”
Hugh Doogan, Programme Manager with The Genesis Programme, who will delivering the initiative in Co Louth said: ‘The Changing Lives Initiative is an innovative new project that will provide a much needed support for families with children aged 3 to 7 years who are concerned about ADHD. The Initiative aims to significantly reduce dependence on medicalised interventions among this group of children by providing a high quality evidence based programme to the local community. This project will make a real difference to families locally. We are extremely grateful to the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme for funding this initiative.’
Roll out of the programme has commenced in County Louth and West Belfast, with roll out in Scotland due to commence in Autumn next year. Further information on how families can avail of the programme is available at www.changinglivesinitiative.com.
Match-funding for the project has been provided by the Department for Health in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health in Ireland and NHS Highland.
What is ADHD?
- ADHD is the chronic, debilitating disorder which has a substantial effect on many aspects of a person’s life, from family and school life to their social environments. It is characterised by considerably high levels of impulsivity, hyperactivity and inattention.
- Archways is a national organisation working in collaboration with local and national agencies to promote and research evidence based programmes for children & young people.
- Archways provides a bridge between evidence based programmes and communities and supports the development of sustainable linked practices that build on existing strengths and resources.
- Archways was established in 2006. Initially the role of Archways was to promote the roll-out and evaluation of the Incredible Years programme in Ireland. Over the last number of years Archways have begun delivering and supporting other evidence based interventions including the Mentoring for Achievement Programme (MAP) and Functional Family Therapy (FFT).
INTERREG VA Programme
- The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV and INTERREG VA which are designed to enhance cross-border cooperation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society.
- The Programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG VA, Western Scotland.
- The INTERREG VA Programme has a value of €283 million and aims to address the economic and social problems which result from the existence of borders.
- For more information on the SEUPB please visit SEUPB