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ABLE accredited by the NMBI!

April 5, 2017

The NMBI (Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland) have recently accredited our 3 day ABLE programme for 16.5 NMBI CEU’s (Continuing Education Units).   Thank you to Dr. Sinead Hanafin for her help in getting this accreditation through.  We’re delighted that nurses & midwives who undertake ABLE will gain CEU’s and that our training meets […]

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Ag Eisteacht team members attend CCHN meeting

March 28, 2017

Maeve, Terri and Andrea attended the recent Cork Community Health Network meeting last Thursday the 23rd of March in the Nano Nagle Place. It was great to be able to meet people from like-minded organisations committed to promoting well-being throughout Cork. There were 3 presentations given on the day using the ‘PechaKucha’ style. The three […]

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Supporting Parents of Children with Disabilities

March 23, 2017

Good quality relationships are an integral part of each individual’s health and well-being.  A survey conducted by Relate UK found over one third of parents of a child/ children with a disability were in distressed relationships. It was also found that these parents were more than twice as likely (as parents of children without a […]

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Autism and Me Documentary

March 16, 2017

This week a remarkable documentary aired on RTE. Autism and Me looked at the lives of young people living with mild to severe forms of autism.  The documentary was hugely powerful & educational. Each young person featured is unique & this highlighted the issue of generalisation of people on the autistic spectrum.  Ag Eisteacht trainers […]

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International Women’s Day

March 8, 2017

“Our mission is to enhance front line workers’ capacity to engage with and support clients, particularly those in distress. We provide evidence-based training that develops and strengthens this process.”  The theme of this year’s International Women’s day is ‘be bold for change’.   Here at Ag Eisteacht we aspire to a positive change for women who […]

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Ag Eisteacht is compliant with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland

March 8, 2017

All Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations have a responsibility to provide and follow a code of good practice when it comes to how their organisations are run, directed and controlled. The Good Governance Code: a Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community Voluntary and Charitable Organisations of Ireland is based on five main principles, […]

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ABLE accredited by the IASW

February 28, 2017

The Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW ) CPD Committee has accredited our 3 day ABLE training as relevant to the social work profession for CPD purposes.  We are delighted to have received confirmation that our ABLE programme is now accredited by the IASW. ABLE is designed to build on social worker’s existing skills and […]

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Relationships Matter!

February 16, 2017

The evidence is indisputable. Good quality relationships have a positive effect on the quality of life and poor quality relationships have a negative effect. Relationships impact on every aspect of people’s lives – their health, wellbeing, ability to live independently, to engage with family and friends, participate in society and to enjoy life to its […]

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Maeve delivers workshops with GP Registrars

February 9, 2017

As you may know Ag Eisteacht’s CEO Maeve Hurley is a GP by profession & worked in general practice in both Cork & the UK. It was during Maeve’s time in the UK that she became interested in relational well-being & how it can enhance a front-line practitioner’s work with patients. In turn Maeve delivers […]

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Ag Eisteacht airs on Limerick radio!

February 6, 2017

Prior to our recent successful Active Listening course in Limerick, Declan & Thérèse spoke to Derry O’Malley host of ‘Headspace’, a programme on Limerick City Community Radio, which discusses various aspects of positive mental health & well-being. Limerick is a busy area for the Ag Eisteacht team at the moment- we are delighted to be running an […]

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Ag Eisteacht AGM & Appointment of New Chair​

January 26, 2017

Ag Eisteacht held its annual AGM on Tuesday in Northridge Hose, Mahon.  We are delighted to announce the election of the new Chair of the Ag Eisteacht Board – Donncha Casey – and can confirm that our directors for the coming year are: ​Patsy Atkinson, Donncha Casey, Brendan Cunningham, Johanna Fitzpatrick, Maeve Hurley, and Kathy […]

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Infant mental health

January 19, 2017

Our newly developed ABLE Training programme includes a module on Infant Mental Health.  Infant mental health is defined as:“the developing capacity of the infant (from birth to 3 years of age) to experience, express, and regulate emotions; form close and secure relationships; and explore the environment and learn—all in the context of cultural expectations”  (Zero […]

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ABLE Training Programme

January 17, 2017

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Ag Eisteacht successfully delivers new training course.

January 12, 2017

Happy New Year everyone and let’s hope that 2017 will bring with it enriched and supportive relationships. The end of 2016 and the beginning of this year have been extremely busy for our team, as together we finalised details of our new training programme- ABLE. A-   Adopt a relational approach B-   Build & boundary L-   Listen […]

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Christmas Lunch

December 12, 2016

The Ag Eisteacht team had our annual Christmas event last Friday the 9th of December in the beautiful setting of Ballymaloe House.  We were treated to a gorgeous three course lunch, including the famous Ballymaloe desert trolley which was nothing short of epic! As part of the day we as a team created some festive […]

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Why listening is not a passive act!

December 7, 2016

The average person spends 30% of their life working. (Reference, 2016) As this is such a significant amount of one’s time, it is important that managers, leaders & employees themselves recognise the importance of being attuned to others in the workplace.  If you are a manager in a huge company you may be forgiven for thinking “being […]

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National Strategy for the CVC Sector

December 1, 2016

Last week members of the Ag Eisteacht team were delighted to receive an email from The Wheel which contained news of a very positive development for the community, voluntary and charity (CVC) sector.  The Minister for Housing, Community, Planning & Local Government Simon Coveney TD has signalled the beginning of a process to develop a national strategy for the […]

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The impact of violence on children & what you can do to help

November 24, 2016

From the 25th of November to the 10th of December, UN women are running a campaign entitled ’16 days of Activism against Gender Based violence’.  (UN Women, 2016) “Domestic and/or sexual violence is the threat or use of physical, emotional, psychological and sexual abuse in close adult relationships.” (Tusla.ie, 2016) As domestic and/or sexual violence is one of […]

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Young Knocknaheeny Inaugural Conference Nov 2016

November 11, 2016

Implementation Deficit Disorder or A Transitioning Landscape? Ireland’s Family and Childcare Support System There was a stellar line up of researchers, policy makers and practitioners at the packed to capacity Young Knocknaheeny Inaugural Conference on Monday in Cork City Hall. Presentations were delivered, ideas discussed, frustrations vented and hopes shared for an improved, co-ordinated delivery […]

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Ag Eisteacht Autumn/ Winter Homeless Initiative Training

November 11, 2016

Yesterday the 18th of October marked our final training day in Waterford with members of the Focus Ireland team, as part of our 2016-2017 Homeless Initiative which is part-funded by the Energy for Generations fund. We have trained over 220 front line staff over the last three years as part of this programme and feedback […]

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