Family Area Based Childhood programme support families

By Maurice Garvey

THE launch of a programme to help families in need of support took place at the Ballyfermot Civic Centre this week.

Barnardos CEO Fergus Finlay officially launched the Family Matters Area Based Childhood (ABC) programme at the Civic Centre on Wednesday.

Ballyfermot Traveller Action Project

The ABC Programme is jointly funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Atlantic Philanthropies, and is nationally managed by the Centre for Effective Services (CES) and Pobal.

The scheme aims to break the cycle of child poverty within areas where it is most deeply entrenched, and where children most experience disadvantage.

There are 13 ABC programmes nationally – including the Family Matters programme in Ballyfermot. 

Family Matters is a child-centred, family wellbeing initiative, providing a spectrum of support programmes for children and young people while enhancing the capacity of parents-guardians as primary educators.

The overall aim of the programme is to connect with those families most in need of support.
The initiative works under three strands, oral language development, parent and family support, and youth mental health and wellbeing.

Family Matters ABC Programme is a consortium of over 30 local organisations with Ballyfermot and Chapelizod Partnership acting as lead agency.



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