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Review & Demand

Karen and Stuart summarise our Annual Review and state our demands to Government for Budget 2015 in this short video.

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New! Two half-day workshops for professionals working with families have been added to our professional development training calendar: Talking to your child about the non-resident parent and Coaching parents in successful shared parenting. Book now for 29 September and 22 October.

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Here’s a fun Family Day Festival 2014 video that’s guaranteed to make you smile. If you’d like to be a part of next year’s Festival, call 01 662 9212 to discuss opportunities.

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Our Autumn Family Communications 3-day programmes for professionals working with families take place in Dublin, Galway, Tullamore and Meath. You can learn how to deliver family strengthening programmes with extra supports built in for those parenting alone, sharing parenting and parenting through family change.

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Registration is now open for our Autumn 2014 parenting courses! Also Welfare to Work programmes including New Futures and Options are now enrolling. These programmes for people who parent alone or share parenting offer a range of wrap-around supports including mentoring and free childcare in our crèche.  Call 01 662 9212 or click below to find out more.


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Are you expecting a baby or have you recently become a parent? Are you in care or have you just moved into your own place? If the answer is ‘yes’ to both questions, the Pregnancy & Parenting Support Service at One Family is here to help you. This is a free service that you can contact yourself. Text or call us on 086 079 3072 to find out more. Referrals also accepted.

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In her own words, Tina’s story

In her own words, Tina's story

October 22nd, 2014

It is National Parents Week, a time to celebrate all the wonderful parents out there who are raising happy, healthy children in all kinds of circumstances and family structures. The routes to lone parenthood are many and varied, and everyone has their own story. Recently Tina wrote to us after the birth of her little boy. His father has opted not to be a part of his son's life. This is Tina's story. My name is Tina and I'm from Offaly. I've recently become a single parent and when I stumbled across this site I shed a few tears of happiness to see [...]

Our New Specialist Services for Separating Families Announced in National Parents Week

Our New Specialist Services for Separating Families Announced in National Parents Week

October 20th, 2014

Press Release Separating Families in Dire Need of Supports New Specialist Services Launched by One Family to Meet Demand (Dublin, Monday 20 October 2014) One Family – Ireland’s organisation for people parenting alone and sharing parenting – launches its Positive Parenting for Changing Families programme at a Seminar in Dublin Castle tomorrow, Tuesday 21 October, in celebration of National Parents Week which runs from 20 to 26 October. Karen Kiernan, One Family CEO, comments: “We are pleased to launch our new Positive Parenting for Changing Families programme. Carefully researched and developed over several years, this parenting programme is expertly designed to meet the needs o[...]

10 Ways to Encourage Your Toddler to Eat

10 Ways to Encourage Your Toddler to Eat

October 17th, 2014

Parents often worry that their toddlers aren't getting enough nutrition, and ensuring that they do is an important job. Toddlers are known for going through a 'fussy' or 'picky' eater stage as part of their developmental process.  This week in our parenting tips series, 10 ways becomes 15 ways as we explore how parents can take steps to make sure mealtimes aren't a battleground, our toddlers get the nutrition they need, and how to encourage them to eat. Your role as the parent is to provide the food, not force children to eat it. Sometimes the more attention we give to not eating, the mo[...]

askonefamily Budget 2015 Changes Summarised

askonefamily Budget 2015 Changes Summarised

October 14th, 2014

There was little change in the Budget to address the needs of one-parent and shared parenting families in Ireland. However, the main rates of social welfare payments went unchanged and there was a small increase in Child Benefit rates for 2015. A small bonus for Christmas for recipients of many social welfare payments was also among the Budget 2015 announcements made today. askonefamily, our information service, summarises the key changes relevant to one-parent families below. Summary of Relevant Budget 2015 Changes Main social welfare payments rates (including One Parent Family Payment, Jobseeker’s Allowance Transition, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Carer’s Allowance and others) The rates of weekl[...]

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Government Promised to Make Work Pay but Budget 2015 Will Push More Vulnerable Families Out of Work

October 14th, 2014

Press Release  Government Promised to Make Work Pay But Budget 2015 Will Push More Vulnerable Families Out of Work (Dublin, Tuesday 14 October 2014) One Family – Ireland’s organisation for people parenting alone and sharing parenting – today responds to Budget 2015 acknowledging the small increase in the universal child benefit and the partial reinstatement of a Christmas Bonus, yet noting that the failure to commit to retaining the Income Disregard level or provision of affordable accessible childcare prove that Government’s ears are still not fully open to the voices of Ireland’s one-parent and shared parenting families. Karen Kiernan, One Family CEO explains: “Enda Kenny said t[...]

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