New family directory is launched for the county
LAST TUESDAY was National Children's Day, a very suitable day for the launch of helpformychild.ie, a new online directory which lists all the child and family support services available in Drogheda and all over Louth.
The directory, which was launched at the Holy Family Community Centre and Lifestyle Development Group in Ballsgrove, contains information on a wide range of child and family related topics such as entitlements and allowances for children and families to support groups in areas such as addiction, bereavement and loss, disability and mental health.
There are also details on parent and toddler groups, pre-schools, primary schools, parenting courses as well as an extensive section on a range of sports, recreation and leisure activities available in the county.
An information campaign is to be conducted to ensure that people who need the services listed in the directory will know how to access them.
Every child aged 6 and under in the county will receive a fridge magnet with the logo and web address www.helpformychild.ie through their pre-schools or primary schools.
Posters, in the five most commonly spoken languages in Louth (English, Irish, Latvian, Lithuanian and Polish), will be displayed in doctors surgeries, pre-schools, primary schools and public offices.
Funding for the initiative came from Louth Leader Partnership with contributions from the other stakeholders involved.
Fiona Kearney of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, said the directory will result in an increased knowledge of services which will result in a higher level of uptake of the various support services that are available for parents and children in Co. Louth.
The directory can be seen, and downloaded, at www.helpformychild.ie
There is also a facebook page www.facebook.com/helpformychild which the organisers hope will receive lots of 'likes' and become an online forum local parents.