Collaboration



“One of the joys of our work at Ag Eisteacht is to connect and collaborate with individuals and organisations who understand the value of taking a relationship-centred approach in their work.”

Dr Maeve Hurley

We welcome opportunities to work with like-minded organisations with shared values and an interest in relationships in frontline practice.  Here are just some of the successful collaborations we have undertaken to support our mission and our values.  For more information, please email Sabrina Moris at [email protected]ht.com.

Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice

Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice
A collaborative initiative with SHEP and Dr Nicola O’Sullivan to support frontline practitioners’ health and wellbeing.

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Let’s Grow Together! Infant & Childhood Partnerships CLG

A collaboration with Let’s Grow Together to support ACE awareness by providing facilitated screenings of the award-winning documentary, "Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope."

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Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice

“We are building a community of multidisciplinary reflective practice so that we might all feel more sustained and supported in our work ahead.”

Aware of the huge pressure that frontline practitioners work under, we formed an alliance with Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan (independent social care consultant) and SHEP (The Social and Health Education Project) in 2019, long before Covid-19 times.

In March 2020 with the arrival of the global pandemic, our collaborative group immediately rallied and responded by providing a series of free online self-care, reflective practice and peer support opportunities for frontline practitioners.

Since then, the Heart of Frontline Practice has:

Given the enormous pressure on systems and people, we feel that it is essential to create these regular ‘touch points’ so that we can take time out to pause, reconnect and think about how we are feeling.

 

Dates for the diary:

February 8th 2022:

A two-hour touch point facilitated by Andrew Cooper – Professor of Social Work at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, hosted by Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan

May 24th 2022:

Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice one-day national seminar

October 4th 2022:

A two-hour touch point facilitated by Jim Sheehan, SHEP

 

*Feedback from attendees of Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice 2020 seminar

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Let’s Grow Together! Infant & Childhood Partnerships CLG

 

“What is lovely about Ag Eisteacht’s screenings is that there is no agenda. This isn’t about skills development but simply, awareness. We are left with feelings and thoughts about how we might do things differently and what changes we might make. It’s like opening a window or placing a lens that might align our approach or thinking differently so that we can be more empathic to ourselves and others.” Katherine Harford, manager, Let’s Grow Together

 

Our collaboration with Let’s Grow Together Infant & Childhood Partnerships CLG (formerly known as Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Programme) continues.

We have provided five free and facilitated screenings to date of the award-winning documentary, ‘Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope’ to date.

Our goal is to raise awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the positive impact that supportive relationships have on those who have experienced adversity in childhood. The safe and facilitated nature of our screenings offers opportunities for attendees to absorb the information, think about its relevance in their work and to explore the ways in which they can support individuals and families by building positive relationships with them.

Attendees to date have been multidisciplinary practitioners who support the Knocknaheeny catchment area of Cork City. These have included community family support teams, speech & language therapists, early years professionals, healthcare and allied professionals, teachers and representatives from the Traveller Visibility Group.

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“Our hope is that this seminar and our other series of initiatives will help to raise awareness of this important issue and stimulate a national conversation about what more we can do in Ireland to provide emotional and psychological support to our frontline practitioners,” Dr Maeve Hurley

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