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Another successful year for ABLE4Teachers!

July 19, 2018

Following on from the success of our ABLE4Teachers courses last year, we were again delighted to run our training in Cork from July 2nd-6th. Trainers Bernie and Rose were welcomed by an enthusiastic group of 20 teachers as they began their training. The trainers reported high engagement from participants and were extremely pleased with how […]

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Hospital FRC are ready, willing and ABLE!

June 28, 2018

Our trainers have been very busy so far this year delivering our ABLE training in various locations. Most recently our trainers Patsy and Trish completed training with Hospital Family Resource Centre. For all of our training, participants complete a pre and post course questionnaire. We then use this feedback to evaluate the training and the […]

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Farewell Terri and Welcome to Kate

June 14, 2018

It is with feelings of both sadness and good will that I am sharing the news of Terri O’ Sullivan’s departure from Ag Eisteacht. Terri has been an integral part of the team for the last four years and has contributed on every front to the values, vision and progress we have made during this […]

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ABLE4Teachers Booking now LIVE!

May 29, 2018

ABLE4Teachers is back for another year in 3 locations; Cork City, Bandon (West Cork) and Laois and will be running in all three venues from 2nd – 6th of July. Places are already starting to fill up, so be sure to book your place before it is too late! Booking for the training is available […]

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GDPR

May 25, 2018

As I am sure you are all aware by now, GDPR (general data protection regulation) will come into effect today, May 25th. These 4 letters, GDPR, have been imprinted on our minds for the last number of months as we all scramble to get things in order before it arrives. GDPR is the new EU […]

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Breakfast Briefing to develop a Workplace Relationship Scale

May 18, 2018

Following the launch of Ag Eisteacht’s ABLE relational-based training programme last year, we have gathered a panel of health and social care professionals at a Breakfast Briefing to support research into how interpersonal relationships in the workplace can be measured. The Breakfast Briefing was held last Friday May 11th in Northridge House, Mahon, Cork. Here […]

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Building Good Relationships

May 11, 2018

This week we were delighted to see Stacey, our Business Development Executive, feature in the Evening Echo WOW! Supplement in the “My Career” section. In the article Stacey speaks about her career and how she got to where she is today. She speaks a lot about relationships and the importance of them in every aspect […]

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Mental Health Awareness Month

May 3, 2018

Research carried out by See Change has found that 4 in 10 people would not want their family, friends or colleagues to know if they were struggling with their mental health. The stigma in Ireland around mental health is seen to be one of the main reasons people would not seek the help that they […]

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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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