De­tails of par­ent­ing sup­ports at Cork event

Irish Examiner - County - - People - Áilín Quin­lan

A spe­cial event which pro­vides help­ful in­for­ma­tion around par­ent­ing and show­cases a range of sup­ports avail­able to fam­i­lies in the Ban­don and West Cork area will take place tonight.

Hosted by Matt Tal­bot Ado­lesc t Ser­vices, Cara Lodge, the event will fea­ture John Lon­er­gan, for­mer gover­nor of Moun­tjoy Prison, and psy­chother­a­pist Caro­line Crotty, both of whom will ad­dress the topic ‘Par­ent­ing in These Chal­leng­ing Times’.

The event takes place in Ban­don Rugby Club from 7.30pm and is be­ing held in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Tusla and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

It will show­case sup­ports of­fered by fam­ily-ori­en­tated or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Ban­don Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre, Dun­man­way Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre, and Ban­don Foróige Youth Project.

“The ob­jec­tive is to show that there is sup­port for fam­i­lies out there. There will be stalls pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion for peo­ple on how to ac­cess that sup­por ex­plaine rstieSmit se­nior child and fam­ily net­work co­or­di­na­tor with Tusla.

“We are hop­ing that fam­i­lies will go away with a sense of be­ing sup­ported by their lo­cal com­mu­nity in their role as par­ents — and have a bet­ter idea about how to ac­cess sup­ports in their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“All the lo­cal com­mu­nity sup­ports have been in­vited to come along and have a stand on the night rep­re­sent­ing their ser­vices.

“This is the first such event in West Cork. We hope to or­gan­ise sim­i­lar events down the line,” said Ms Smith. She also said Mr Lon­er­gan brought “a vast ex­pe­ri­ence with him and an un­der­stand­ing of the dif­fi­cul­ties par­ents may face in mod­ern times”.

“He is will­ing to share this ex­pe­ri­ence with us and an­swer any ques­tions peo­ple care to ask,” she ex­plained, adding that tea, cof­fee, and light re­fresh­ments will be avail­able.

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