The Genesis Programme is a consortium of some fifty Partner Organisations.
It is delivering the Incredible Years® suite of programmes and other evidence-informed interventions to children, families and communities in Dundalk and Drogheda in County Louth as part of the ABC Programme.
The Partner Organisations of The Genesis Programme comprise Early Years settings, Schools, Community Groups, Louth Children & Young People’s Services Committee, Louth County Childcare Committee, Dundalk Institute of Technology, National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) and a range of departments within the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Tusla – the Child & Family Agency including four School Completion Programmes.
Louth Leader Partnership is the lead agency.
The consortium developed a proposal that would become The Genesis Programme when a call was made in April 2013 for area-based consortia to submit applications for funding under an initiative which at that time was called An Area Based Response to Child Poverty Programme 2013 – 2016.
It was the Department of Children and Youth Affairs who invited these proposals under a new programme of area-based interventions focused on addressing child poverty. This was part of the Programme for Government and it’s primary objective was to break the cycle of child poverty within areas where it was most deeply entrenched.
Following a rigorous selection process, The Genesis Programme was selected as one of the ABC Programme areas announced by the then Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, TD in November 2013.
During 2014 The Genesis Programme further developed a Logic Model (outlining six key objectives, inputs, outputs and outcomes), a comprehensive supporting Implementation Plan and a detailed Budget.
The Project Team were recruited in September and October 2014 through an open-call and on the 1st December 2014 the new team commenced the implementation of the programme in collaboration with all of the Partner Organisations.