Networking event for people working with one-parenting families, 9 June, Dublin Castle – all welcome

Do you want to participate in a free networking day for people who work in the areas of family and parenting supports for one-parent families? Do you want to hear some great key-note speakers such as parenting expert John Sharry and Gordon Jeyes, HSE’s National Director of Children and Family Services? Then the One Family Links event is for you! It will be opened by Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald TD at 10.30am on Thursday 9 June 2011 at the Coach House, Dublin Castle, and runs until 6pm. It’s free to attend and learn about best practice, what services are available locally and nationally – and how you can facilitate your professional development. You can come for the whole day or just drop in to hear the speakers that interest you.

There is a minimal charge if you want to take a stand* – by doing so you can showcase and demonstrate your services and disseminate information about what you do. All participants receive a One Family Certificate of Professional Development.

Minister Fitzgerald will launch the event, as well as our Family Communications – Coping with Family Life and Communicating with Teenagers manual and the evaluation of our Training Links pilot in conjunction with the Family Resource Centres in the south-east.

As well as a fantastic range of information stands, there will be a range of expert speakers all day including:

Gordon Jeyes, HSE’s National Director of Children and Family Services; Dr John Sharry, parenting expert and guests from the Teen Parent Support Programme, MRCS, the Family Mediation Service and many more…

The One Family Links event is a national programme that will:

  • connect you to leading and pioneering speakers on parenting and family supports
  • provide you with a services trade fair and InfoBuzz sessions
  • give you an opportunity to promote your services to support those parenting alone and sharing parenting.

*Cost: there is no funding in place for this event and the costs for taking an information stand are:

€25 for Community and Voluntary Agencies.

€50 for Partnerships and Statutory Agencies.

€200 for Private Sector Services.

Final programme to be confirmed on Wednesday 1 June, contact us for more info or see or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

To book a stand or to let us know that you will be attending please email: or ring 01 662 9212. Many thanks from the One Family team.

One Family looks forward to linking with you and enabling your connections.

One Family Links

Schedule for Thursday 9 June 2011, Coach House, Dublin Castle

9am                Open and One Family set up infrastructure; all information stands to arrive

10am              Information stands to be set up

10.30am        Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs launches Family Communications and Training Links Report.

Photographs of Minister Fitzgerald at launch

11am               Venue opens

11.30 am        InfoBuzz Session 1: Teen Parent Support Programme

12 noon          Practice Session 1: One Family & Southeast Family Resource Centres Training Links project. Paula Lonergan (One Family Training Manager) and Anne Goodwin (Coordinator, St Brigids Family & Community Centre)

12.45pm         Keynote speaker 1: Gordon Jeyes, Head of Children and Family Services, HSE

2.00pm          InfoBuzz Session 1: MRCS

2.30pm          Practice Session 2: Child & Family Contact Centre pilots. Karen Kiernan (Director, One Family) and Robert Dunne (Contact Centre Project Coordinator, Barnardos)

3.00pm          InfoBuzz 3: Family Mediation Service

3.30pm          Practice Session 3: Family Policies that Work Best for Children: a report of a Eurochild Study Visit to Sweden and Denmark. Candy Murphy (Policy & Research Manager, One Family) and Anne Marie O’Connor (Dept of Social Protection)

4.00pm          Keynote speaker 2: John Sharry, Parenting Expert and co-developer of Parents Plus.