Barnardos Unveils Its Child-Focused Extended Service in Thurles

01 Oct 2014 in Press Releases, Events

Barnardos Thurles

Wednesday, 1 October, Tipperary. Barnardos today celebrated the opening of its newly extended purpose-designed space in Thurles. The expansion of the service will enable Barnardos to continue its vital work with children and families in Tipperary in a more welcoming, comfortable and child-focused environment specifically designed to meet the needs of children and families.

The much-welcome expansion of the Centre was made possible by a generous donation from the Tony Ryan Trust.

Fergus Finlay, Barnardos Chief Executive said:We are thrilled to be here today to open this fantastic new space which is so warm and inviting. Research has consistently shown that high quality environments have the greatest impact on children’s outcomes. Rich and stimulating layout and design can enhance all aspects of children’s experiences and help build confidence in their own abilities and resilience for dealing with life’s challenges. I want to thank our funder Tusla for their ongoing commitment to the work we do here in Thurles and especially to thank the Tony Ryan Trust for the generous donation that made this wonderful redesign and expansion project possible”.

Barnardos first opened its doors in Thurles 15 years ago. The service provides an integrated model of an early years and family support service for children and families living in Thurles and its environs. Programmes of support cover a broad range of topics including parenting, children’s development, bereavement, parental separation, bullying, poor mental health, domestic violence and other challenges children and families may face. Support can be delivered through individual work, family work or group based programmes. As part of Barnardos’ early years work, 23 children also attend the Highscope and Tus Maith programme daily which supports children’s physical, emotional and social development and helps prepare them for starting school. Referrals to the service come from a variety of sources including self- referrals.

Speaking at the opening, John Lonergan, former Governor of Mountjoy, Barnardos Board member and author of Parenting – Raising Your Child in Ireland Today said: “The focus of Barnardos work is to ensure better outcomes for children and families and that children have positive childhood experiences with their families. As a father and grandfather I know how hard it can be to bring up a family - we all need support at some point. I’m delighted to see how welcoming this new space is for families in particular and that these supports can continue to make a positive impact in the local community”.

Fionnuala Kenny, Tusla, the Child and Family Agency said: “Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, enjoys an excellent working relationship with Barnardos Centre in Thurles. It is only through family agencies all working together that we can achieve the best possible outcomes for children”.

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