Lifestart Supporting Parents CLG

Contact Details


Lifestart Supporting Parents CLG Sligo, Leitrim & West Cavan

Contact name(s):

Regional manager - Kate Donnelly.  Assistant Manager - Catherine Meehan


Pearse Road, Sligo F91K5TF






[email protected]


Programme Details

Parent Plus Programmes
Lifestart Supporting Parents’ staff are trained to deliver the Parents Plus Programme and we generally focus on the Early Years Programme, we also facilitate other programmes such as Parents Plus Children’s Programme and Parenting When Separated Programme.

Early Years Programme
The first 5 years of a child’s life are crucial. By supporting families during this early stage you can make a long term positive difference for children. Our Early Years programme is practical, solution-focused and draws on parents’ strengths and is suitable for parents of children aged 1 to 6 years, including young children with additional needs. It is flexible and can be delivered over 6-12 weeks in small groups or with individuals and more recently, online via Zoom for groups or individual sessions.

How it helps:

  • Help their children develop good attachments and relationships
  • Manage tantrums and misbehaviour
  • Build their children’s language and development
  • Reduce their own stress as parents
  • Help their children to concentrate and learn
  • Increase their children’s self-esteem
  • Establish positive daily routines

Shaping Our Selves & Our Children Programme
The programme aims to support parents of young children in Northern Ireland and the border region of the Republic of Ireland to create a home conducive to good child social and emotional development, inclusiveness and a respect for social and cultural diversity.

Target audience:


Pre- birth

New born babies & children up to 5yrs

Theme/subject matter:

Information for all first time parents on monthly child development in all areas and six monthly review checklists provided for parents to review developmental milestones. Also, extra support for other parents with additional needs on various topics. For example, attachment & bonding, behaviour management, communication, nutrition, toilet learning, self- esteem and routines.

Method of delivery:

Home visits / Groups

All in line since Covid-19 restrictions

Programme aims:

To empower, encourage and educate fathers, mothers and others who parent in the holistic development of their children, with particular emphasis on the new born to age five years. To raise awareness of parenting as crucial in the development of community. To promote inter-community dialogue based on the common concern of parents for the future of their children, so that children will no longer be marginalised and excluded from future opportunities for development as individuals and citizens

Resources used:

The Lifestart Growing Child Programme, administered by the Lifestart Foundation.   

Monthly information on all areas of child development & age appropriate developmental activities i.e stacking cups, puzzles or books                                   

About the Facilitator


Family visitor    


Minimum qualification = Fetac Level 5 Childcare up to Masters Level 9     


Variety of experience from childcare to social care

Location & Duration of the Programme


071 9146034

Local venue

Drumsna Office
Drumsna Community Resource Centre,
Quay St. Drumsna, Co Leitrim F91 YK5R




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Local Venue

Manorhamilton Office
New Line,
Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim F91 YK5R


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Other details about the location of the programme:


Number of sessions:

sessional work = 4-6.  Growing Child programme = 36 /60 

Frequency of sessions:


No. of hours per session:

Sessions are needs led and agreed with parent, therefore can vary from 40minutes to longer if required.

When is the programme held?

Agreed suitable time with the parent Monday to Friday. Evening visits may be offered if required.

Booking the Programme

How do I book a place on the programme?


Parent may phone or email to express interest or referral via the area Public Health Nurse


Total cost incl. materials: N/A 
Parent Plus booklet – €10