The Genesis Programme is a consortium made up of partner organisations (see Partners section of this site for full list).

The Genesis Programme is delivering the following programmes:

  • The Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme
  • The Changing Lives Initiative


Partner Organisations of The Genesis Programme include Early Years Learning & Care Centres, Schools, Community Groups, Louth Children & Young People’s Services Committee,  Louth County Childcare Committee, Dundalk Institute of Technology and 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.

Project Team

The Genesis Programme's Changing Lives Initiative team at the launch with Mairead McGuinness, MEP and Gina McIntyre, CEO/SEUPB
Hugh Doogan
Programme Manager
Marie Clare Hamill
Frances McNamara
Admin Assistant/ABC Programme
Laura Sherry
Development Officer/ABC Programme
Claire Gleeson
Development Officer/ABC Programme
Yvonne Forde
Development Officer/ABC Programme
Alice Malone
Programme Implementation Coordinator/ABC Programme
Christina Ryan
Local Coordinator/The Changing Lives Initiative
Eileen Costello Rawat
Data & Communications Officer (PT)/The Changing Lives Initiative
Annemarie Ó Murchú
Facilitator - Drogheda & South Louth/The Changing Lives Initiative
Siobhan McDonald
Facilitator - Dundalk & North Louth/The Changing Lives Initiative
Sandra Farrell
Facilitator (PT) - Mid Louth/The Changing Lives Initiative

Lead Agency

Louth Leader Partnership is the lead agency for The Genesis Programme and provides governance and project team employment.

Programme Management Committee

The Programme Management Committee provide technical expertise and have overall accountability for the successful delivery of The Genesis Programme.

Members of the Programme Management Committee are:

Claire Woods Manager, Louth County Childcare Committee
Dr. Edel Healy Head of School, Health & Science, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Hugh Doogan Programme Manager, The Genesis Programme
Benny McArdle Retired - former HSCL, St. Joseph's NS, Dundalk
Joanne Murphy Coordinator, Louth Children & Young People's Services Committee
Ciarán Reid CEO, Louth Leader Partnership

Area Coordination Teams

In March 2016, following widespread consultation and discussion, it was agreed to establish Area Coordination Teams (ACTs) to coordinate the delivery of the programme at a local level..

With the The Genesis Programme now delivering upwards of one hundred programmes each academic year from pre-birth right through to the series of Parent Programmes, there was a growing need for greater coordination of these at a local level as different services (schools, early years settings, community, statutory – Tusla/HSE) engage with the programme.

The ACTs cover the areas detailed below and are supported by a staff member from The Genesis Programme project team.

The key function of the ACTs is to improve outcomes for children and families in the local area by ensuring appropriate interventions for children and families across The Genesis Programme suite of programmes and continuity of support throughout a child/children’s early years.

Specific tasks may include:

Membership is drawn from local community stakeholders.

Area Coordination Team (ACT) The Genesis Programme Project Team Representative
Drogheda Yvonne Forde
Dundalk Claire Gleeson
Mid/Rural Louth Laura Sherry

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