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Recent ABLE Training!

April 27, 2018

Our Ag Eisteacht trainers have been very busy lately delivery training to different groups in various locations around the country. Our year started off with 2 very successful commissioned courses with highly skilled multi-disciplinary teams in Dublin and Meath. We have also delivered 3 open courses so far this year which took place in Cork, […]

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ABLE4Teachers back for another year!

April 19, 2018

“Good quality relationships not only give our lives meaning, but couple, family and social relationships hold they keys to children’s educational attainment, child and adult mental health and well-being, parenting, quality of life for people in later life and preventing crime and anti-social behaviour.” (Dr. David Marjoribanks)

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Relationships Matter Working Group

April 12, 2018

Following the successful launch of Ag Eisteacht’s ABLE training programme last May, a ‘Relationships Matter Working Group’ was established. After attending the launch, many like-minded practitioners were discussing the role that relationships play in shaping our lives and in order to take this discussion further, the working group was formed. Through much discussions and research […]

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Nurturing Framework for Childhood Development

March 29, 2018

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF, in collaboration with The EDC Action Network, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and many other partners are working together to develop a ‘Nurturing Care Framework’ for early childhood development. To date they have had 2 online consultations inviting people to make comments and have […]

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Loneliness: More than just a feeling!

March 22, 2018

Loneliness is generally described as a feeling of lack of connection or communication with others. According to the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, in recent times loneliness has become a social epidemic. Findings from our recent publication ‘Relationships Matter’ suggest that loneliness can now lead to chronic health problems. Irish charity Alone have found that […]

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Welcome to the Ag Eisteacht team Stacey!

March 16, 2018

We are delighted to welcome Stacey to the Ag Eisteacht team as our new business development executive. Stacey previously worked in Laya Healthcare and has over 5 years’ sales and customer service experience Stacey is a UCC graduate and has a BSc in International Development and Food Policy. While studying in UCC Stacey’s voluntary experience […]

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CUH Charity staff feel ‘empowered’ after 2 hour ABLE2Listen booster session

March 12, 2018

Following a very successful 1 day ABLE2Listen workshop with CUH Charity in November, Ag Eisteacht’s trainers Maeve Hurley and Patsy Hannan checked in with the team to deliver a 2-hour booster session. The day began by the team reflecting on the strengths that they recognised in each other. The trainers used the ‘At My Best’ […]

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Hospital Patients given a voice!

December 14, 2017

This week results of a ‘National Patient Experience Survey’ were announced. This survey has been described by Minister Simon Harris as the “first real effort” to hear the voice of patients. The survey was conducted by HIQA (Health information and quality authority) in over 40 public acute hospitals. Feedback was gathered across a number of […]

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Christmas Celebrations 2017!

December 7, 2017

Kinsale was the destination for the annual Ag Eisteacht Christmas celebration on Tuesday the 5th of December. We completed a pottery workshop with Adrian from Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre. We certainly worked up an appetite as we worked hard on our creations! To finish the day we had a beautiful lunch in Fishy Fishy […]

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Recent Training Participants

November 30, 2017

Our team of Ag Eisteacht trainers have been extremely busy lately delivering training in various locations. Here are some photos of some of our recent endeavors. Many thanks to all participants for all your hard work.   Patsy, Rose & a group of Public Health nurses recently trained in Mallow.   A fantastic bunch of […]

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Universal Children’s Day 20/11/2017

November 20, 2017

Universal Children’s day is a day to listen to children and to give them the opportunity to have a voice about the things that matter to them. Below are some stats on Children’s views on relationships with their parents taken from Ag Eisteacht’s Relationships Matter document (Harris, Doyle & Greene, 2011, p.1)   To read […]

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Interim Report on the Meitheal Process and Outcomes Study

November 16, 2017

Tusla defines Meitheal as ‘a national practice model to ensure that the needs and strengths of children and their families are effectively identified, understood and responded to in a timely way so that children and families get the help and support needed to improve children’s outcomes and to realise their rights’ (Gillen et al., 2013: […]

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CUH Charity staff members get a little more ABLE2Listen!

November 9, 2017

On Tuesday the 7th of November Maeve and Patsy delivered training to members of the CUH Charity team.  This one day training brought participants through the ABLE model with a particular focus on the skills and attitudes that help us to listen well, and to be open and receptive to what someone has to say. […]

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Health, Disability and Carers figures released today by CSO.

November 2, 2017

13.5% of the population indicated that they had a disability in figures released by the CSO today. Furthermore, there are 195,263 carers in Ireland, which is up 4.1% since April 2011. 3800 of these carers are under the age of 15. 87% of the population are in good or very good health! To view the […]

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Relationships matter for children in Foster Care

October 26, 2017

The theme of this weekend’s Irish Foster Care Association conference is Realising Potential in Foster Care. Evidence shows that the quality of our couple, family and social relationships is a key determinant of health and well-being and this is pertinent to children in foster care, who may have more relationships to navigate than a child […]

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Busy, busy, busy!

October 19, 2017

Despite Storm Ophelia taking hold on Monday this has been a very busy week for the Ag Eisteacht team. Our Homeless Initiative training continued in Northridge house on Tuesday where Patsy and Una trained dedicated participants from the Simon Community and Threshold.  Our first of two Dublin Open Courses continued this week also with a […]

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Reflecting, reviewing, revising and reconnecting at the Ag Eisteacht Trainer Update day 2017

October 12, 2017

Reflecting, reviewing, revising and reconnecting were at the fore of our trainer update day which was held yesterday in Nano Nagle place. We hold an update day for our Trainers annually so that we can see how our trainers are finding delivering the ABLE training, and let them know of changes to the programme for […]

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Relationships matter in the fight against homelessness

October 5, 2017

“A home is not just a house, it’s a set of relationships in a community where you have trust.” Niamh Randall, National Spokesperson SimonCommunity. This week is Simon Week which is an annual awareness of homelessness week. Coincidentally our ABLE training tailored for workers in the homeless sector commenced on Monday the 2nd of October. […]

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“Can you help me?” Infant Mental Health Conference, Belfast, September 2017

September 29, 2017

Maeve attended the Association for Infant Mental Health (Northern Ireland) 5th Conference in Belfast on Wednesday 27th September 2017. The Title of the conference was “Can You help Me?” Raising awareness and building understanding of resilience in babies, children, families and practitioners. The event was oversubscribed and about 240 delegates attended – from a wide range of […]

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What exactly do we mean by a ‘relational approach’?

September 28, 2017

A ‘relational approach’ can be defined as: being mindful of our relationship with our client, and using opportunities to support clients in forming and sustaining quality relationships.  Ag Eisteacht advocates a relational approach across a spectrum of support. This ranges from recognising opportunities; To promote relational capability in families, within couple relationships, in schools, in […]

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