One Family 40th makes RTE TV news

Happy 40th! One Family Founder Members – Ailen Mulhern, Evelyn Forde, Aileen Kelly, Nuala Feric, Karen Kiernan – Director One Family ,Mary Liddy, Mary Kerrigan, Annette Hunter Evans

Thanks to everyone who joined us in the Pillar Room at the Rotunda last night for a wonderful celebration of the work One Family/ Cherish has done over 40 years – and looking forward to what has yet to be achieved for better lives for one-parent families – see some of our impressive founders here on the RTE TV news at 17 minutes 25 seconds

More clients’ stories for our 40th


Thanks to Katherine and Joanna for sharing their One Family experiences with us. We will be posting more stories from clients over the next week, to mark our 40th anniversary year.

One Family founder Maura O’Dea’s memoir now on Amazon

To mark the 40th Anniversary of Cherish/ One Family we’re delighted that Poolbeg Press has re-issued ‘Single Issue’ – the memoir of Cherish’s key founder Maura O’Dea Richards, as an eBook. See here It only costs €5 and Maura is donating any profits to the charity. It is a great read – all about her memories of setting up Cherish and her own personal story.

Read our Clients’ Stories

Read our Clients’ Stories of how One Family helped them

To mark the occasion of our 40th, some of our clients have kindly shared their stories with us and we will be publishing them on the website all this week. See the first of them here, thank you to Marian Tannam and Rebecca for these stories.

Read about One Family founders in Irish Examiner 16th October

This interesting piece in today’s Irish Examiner explains how some brave single parents set up One Family, forty years ago, when things were very different in Irish society.


Listen to One Family on Pat Kenny 15th October

To mark our 40th Anniversary, Maura O’Dea Richards, the founder of Cherish, and Karen Kiernan, the current Director of One Family, were on Pat Kenny this morning – they are on at 34 minutes into the show.

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Join us to celebrate our 40th!

One Family is 40! We used to be called Cherish and we’d love everyone who has been involved over the years – clients, staff, supporters – to join us  for a big celebratory event in Dublin’s Pillar Room on the evening of Thurs 18 Oct. We will be recalling the past, with some of the founder members of Cherish, and looking to the future as One Family.  Places are limited and will be strictly by invite only so if you’d like to come RSVP by Monday 1 Oct 01 662 9212 or


One Family’s Sherie de Burgh to give masterclass on challenges around unplanned pregnancy

One Family Counselling Coordinator Sherie de Burgh will be delivering one of a series of masterclasses aimed at giving professionals in-depth knowledge and skills to resource them in managing the challenges that present around unplanned pregnancy. The masterclasses are being organised by the Deptartment of Adult and Community Education, NYU, Maynooth. Applications will be taken on a first come first served basis for all classes and early booking is advisable. The first class is at the end of September. See the link below

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Update on our campaign to reverse budget cuts

Here is any update on what we’ve been doing – we have lobbied every TD and senator by phone or email and have managed to get meetings with Labour and FG politicians today to try and get changes to the proposed cuts. Senators are also raising questions for us today. We have also emailed thousands of supporters and other organisations asking for support to reverse some of the cuts. We are constantly in touch with Dept of Social Protection seeking clarification on dates and phasing in times. We can respond to any individual queries if anyone wants to call our helpline 1890622122. One Family is joining a protest tomorrow being organised by a group of enterprising lone parents and we encourage everyone to join us to show your support. 2-5pm outside the Dail Friday 9 Dec!/events/129422247170088/

Volunteer Parent Mentors required

Volunteer Parent Mentors required One Family would like to expand its Parent Mentoring Service …