Parent Forums in Dundalk and Drogheda: Focus on Bullying, Mental Health & Resilience
The Genesis Programme in conjunction with its four Area Coordination Teams (ACTs) is hosting a series of Parent Forums in Dundalk and Drogheda as follows:
Wednesday 25th April
9.15am – 12.00noon
- North Dundalk Parent Forum @ The Lisdoo, Newry Road, Dundalk
- South Drogheda Parent Forum @ Boomerang, Fair Street, Drogheda
- North Drogheda Parent Forum @ St. Brigid’s NS, Bothar Brugha, Drogheda
Friday 27th April
9.15am – 12.00noon
- South Dundalk Parent Forum @ Muirhevnamor Community Centre, Muirhevnamor, Dundalk
The focus of all four is Bullying/Online Safety for Children and each has a range of expert speakers on this topic.
Other community organisations will also be in attendance to highlight the supports they can offer.
All parents are welcome to attend and to bring their smartphones, iPads etc.
The idea of bringing parents together or a Parent Forum came about as a result of a group of parents wanting to continue to meet following completion of a Parent Programme in Muirhevnamór, Dundalk in 2011.
It was pretty obvious from their meetings that these parents were gaining a lot of support and learning from each other. So, the idea developed into bringing all parents together who had completed a parent programme. We started off with Parent Forums in Dundalk and then in Drogheda.
In May, 2017, The Genesis Programme held a number of Focus Groups with parents to find out how they wanted the Parent Forums to operate and parents were clearly saying that they wanted a Parent Forum to be localised, in their own communities – hence the reason, we are having 4 Parent Forums in Co. Louth next week – one in North Drogheda, one in South Drogheda, one in South Dundalk and one in North Dundalk.
When parents were asked which the issues they would most like to discuss at the Parent Forums, all four areas agreed that bullying was the main issue impacting on children and parents lives at the moment. The issue of mental health will also be addressed. That is the reason why all four Parent Forums are focusing on bullying and mental well-being,
Tea/Coffee/Scones will be served from 9.15am and a Light Lunch will be provided at the conclusion of each forum.