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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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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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10 Ways to Make the Most of the Playground

10 Ways to Make the Most of the Playground

September 19th, 2014

Playgrounds are wonderfully exciting for children. As well as providing an opportunity to make friends, using playground equipment can help to build children’s dexterity, strength and confidence. Being outdoors regularly is good for both children and parents’ well-being and sharing fun at the playground also creates more opportunities to bond with your child. Read on for this week’s instalment of our ’10 Ways to’ parenting tips series which explores how to make the most of the playground. Get to know your local playground. Become familiar with the equipment and the space, and which equipment is appropriate to your child’s age and development. Help your c[...]

More New Research from Australia Proves Marriage is not Responsible for Children’s Well-being

More New Research from Australia Proves Marriage is not Responsible for Children’s Well-being

September 18th, 2014

"Growing up in a single parent family or being raised by parents who are not married does not condemn children to a life of unhappiness, underachievement and delinquency. Rather than blaming parents and labelling their life circumstances as selfish choices, it is time for social policy debates to focus on how we can effectively support parents. Irrespective of family structure, we want parents to give their children the best possible start to life," writes Jan M Nicholson, Roberta Holmes professor for the Transition to Contemporary Parenthood Program at La Trobe University, and advisory group member to the Longitudinal Study of Australian [...]

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Child Payment a Start for Budget 2015 but Lone Parents Need Support to Stay in Work

September 15th, 2014

Press Release  Child Payment a Start for Budget 2015 but Lone Parents Need Support to Stay in Work   (Dublin, 15.09.2014) One Family – Ireland’s organisation for one-parent families and people sharing parenting – today welcomes the welfare to work dividend for parents returning to work provided it is combined with an income disregard for those parenting alone. This is the only way it will help to lift hard pressed one-parent families out of consistent and persistent poverty. The key aim of Budget 2015 must be to ensure that work pays and is seen to pay. It costs a lone parent more than a couple to bri[...]

10 Ways to Make Play Dates Positive

10 Ways to Make Play Dates Positive

September 12th, 2014

“Play date” or “playdate” is a US expression that has become popular in Ireland in recent years.  Simply put, a play date is an arranged appointment between parents for their children to get together for a few hours at home. Play dates support children to form friendships, to practice their social and relationship building skills, and increase their confidence. Friendships are an important part of life, and start in the preschool years. As part of our weekly series of parenting tips, here are our tips to help create positive play date experiences for your children and you, their friends and their friends' [...]

Volunteer with our askonefamily Helpline

Volunteer with our askonefamily Helpline

September 11th, 2014

Are you interested in a challenging and vital volunteer role that makes a real difference? We are seeking volunteers for askonefamily, One Family’s national lo-call helpline service for all members of one-parent families and those who share parenting, their families and friends, and professionals working with them. The aim of the role is to assist helpline callers in finding their own resolution to issues affecting them through the provision of information and emotional support. Based in Cherish House, Dublin 2, full training and ongoing support and supervision will be provided. If you are: Able to listen A clear communicator Able to commit to a daytime helpline shift once a we[...]

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