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Run

Step Out with us! Run, jog or walk in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon as part of Team One Family. Use Cherish House as your base (we’re on the route) and have fun while raising much needed funds to help towards our work with vulnerable families.

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Watch

This short video features men and women who found themselves parenting alone through a variety a circumstances. Everyone has a different story.

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Train

Our next Family Communications accredited courses for professionals are in Dublin, Ballinasloe, Waterford, Mullingar and Tallaght. Booking now for April, May and June. Learn how to design and deliver family strengthening courses with extra supports built in for those parenting alone, sharing parenting and parenting through family change.

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Learn

Registration is now open for our Summer 2014 parenting courses starting in May. We offer a range of courses for people who parent alone or share parenting including Positive Parenting, Family Communications and Shared Parenting. Click here to express your interest or call us on 01 662 9212.

 

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Ask

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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Join

Help us to build a nationwide movement of people who are committed to change for one-parent families. Click here to become a One Family Member.

 

 

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Modern Family on Today FM featuring One Family

Modern Family on Today FM featuring One Family

April 18th, 2014

Modern Family is a new Today FM four-part documentary series on family diversity in Ireland, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and narrated by Ray D'Arcy. The series aims to explore the changing face of modern families. Part 4 is a focus on one-parent families and separated parents sharing parenting. It features interviews with one of our founders, Evelyn Forde, and other One Family friends and colleagues. The four episodes will be first broadcast over this Easter Weekend as below: Modern Family Ep1: Same-sex parents | Friday 18 April 10.30am (Listen back here) Modern Family Ep2: Families with disabilities | Saturday 19 April 10.30am Modern Family E[...]

10 Ways to Make the Most of School Breaks

10 Ways to Make the Most of School Breaks

April 18th, 2014

As part of our '10 Ways to …' series of weekly parenting tips, and in celebration of mid-term break, here are our tips on how to make school breaks enjoyable for all members of the family so you'll never hear the infamous "I'm bored" - hopefully! 10 Ways to Make the Most of School Breaks Time off: Plan time off work for school holidays. Get the list of days off from the school at the start of each term and use this to plan your time off. If this is not possible, try to finish early over a few days during the mid-term. Grandparents/family: En[...]

National Policy Framework for Children and Young People Published Today

National Policy Framework for Children and Young People Published Today

April 16th, 2014

One Family strongly welcomes the publication of Better Outcomes: Brighter Futures - the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020 which was launched today by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD, in Dublin Castle and attended by our CEO Karen Kiernan. Better Outcomes: Brighter Futures aims to get 70,000 children in Ireland out of poverty by 2020. Speaking at the launch, Minister Fitzgerald said: "The purpose of this framework is to coordinate policy across departments to achieve the best for children." Commitment 4.4 of the Framework is to: Reform the One-Parent Family Payment Scheme so[...]

10 Ways to Successful Shared Parenting

10 Ways to Successful Shared Parenting

April 11th, 2014

For many parents sharing parenting after separation, one parent is the 'primary carer' and the other spends their time with their child at weekends and holidays. As part of our '10 Ways to ...' series of weekly parenting tips, here are our suggestions on minimising stress and helping both parents to focus on keeping the child at the centre of parenting. 10 Ways to Successful Shared Parenting You will always be parents: no matter what happened in the adult relationship you will both still be the parents of your child. Allow each other to parent. Move on: get support to deal with what happened [...]

Coping with the End of a Relationship

Coping with the End of a Relationship

April 10th, 2014

A relationship ending can mean a huge sense of loss, shock and disbelief, and result in anger, fear and stress. There are many practical issues to be sorted out which can seem overwhelming, particularly in a difficult break-up without both persons cooperating. These practical issues need attention and the sooner separating parents begin resolving them, the sooner the family can settle into new routines and arrangements. 5 Ways to Cope with the End of a Relationship Talk to your children about what is happening in the family, once the decision to separate is final. Mums and dads might like to think children are not aware of difficulties betw[...]

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How we support families

If you are a member of a one-parent family, find out about our specialist services for you – everything from our helpline and counselling, to brand new courses to get you back to work or education.

Family Day

Family Day

One Family is the founder of the Family Day Festival, the largest celebration of the diversity of families in Ireland today with 10,000 attending in 2013. Join in the fun on Sunday 18th May 2014!

Single Issue

Single Issue

'Single Issue', the memoir of our founder Maura O'Dea Richards (Poolbeg Press), is available as an e-Book for just €5. It is a moving, funny and fascinating read. Please support our work by purchasing a copy today.