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National Wellbeing Project

The Barnardos National Wellbeing Project is a new trauma-informed intervention strategy for children (4 – 18 years), together with their parents and significant others in their communities. 

This National Wellbeing Project comprises a range of evidence-informed and creative service components that aim to foster calm, mind-body awareness and sense of belonging. The overarching objectives of the programme are to: 

  • Strengthen coping skills/stress relieving mechanisms 
  • Enhance integration
  • Promote community engagement

Group-based programmes such as Breath-Body-Mind, Creative Mindfulness and Grow from Seeds are delivered in community settings and tailored to need. Delivery of service components is underpinned by interagency working and partnership with communities. 

The Barnardos National Wellbeing Project is currently available on a universal basis in five pilot sites located across the East and Middle of the Republic of Ireland: MacUilliam (Tallaght); Tyrrelstown  (Dublin 15); Clonmel/Carrick on Suir (South Tipperary); Athlone; and Thurles (North Tipperary). 


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National Wellbeing Project Webinar - Watch back

In September 2023, we launched the findings of our National Wellbeing Project Evaluation. The webinar was entitled, Children’s Wellbeing Post Covid. 

Speakers included:

  • Suzanne Connolly – CEO Barnardos
  • Dr. Catriona O’Toole – Psychologist & Associate Prof. in Education Maynooth
  • Siobhan Greene – Director of Children’s Services Barnardos
  • Grainne Hickey PhD – Barnardos Evaluation & Research Manager
  • Richard Brown M.D. & Patricia Gerbarg M.D. from BREATH-BODY-MIND™
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