Meath Local Sports Partnership are hosting a FREE Skip ‘n’ Play activity on National Play Day

National Play Day is taking place on Saturday 4th July!! The theme for National Play Day 2020 is Playful Communities, Playful Homes. Meath Local Sports Partnership (LSP) are hosting a FREE Skip ‘n’ Play activity for children aged between 8yrs-13yrs in the car park of Meath County Council, Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath. There will be 2 activity sessions on the day, first session will commence at 10.30am & second session commencing at 11.30am. As places are limited, early booking is essential and no walk-in’s will be accepted. Every child who attends will receive a goody bag! Pre-registration is essential as places are limited. To register click the link below and follow instructions.

For further information contact Conor Gonnelly, Community Sports Development Officer, Meath LSP, Town Hall, Watergate Street, Navan , Co. Meath 046 9067337

Edition 12 of the Meath CFSN Newsletter – Local Service Delivery During Covid 19

Please click on the link below for the 12th edition of the Meath Child and Family Support Network (CFSN) Newsletter, which provides details of Local Service Delivery During Covid 19. Please note that the information is up to date as of 29th June, 2020.

Meath Child and Family Support Network Service delivery 12th Edition 29.06.20

Jigsaw WebChat

Jigsaw are now ready to welcome young people aged between 12 – 25 years-old to WebChat with one of our national team Monday – Friday, 1pm-5pm. Young people can also email [email protected] at anytime, and we will get back to them during working hours. You can go here for the link to the registration page, and to get a sense of how it works. The WebChat service can support a young person with sessions up to 40 mins and a number of sessions can be arranged, much like the face to face service in your local Jigsaw Service….but from home! It is a very innovative and exciting platform with the capacity for pictures, drawings, notes, which can be uploaded and shared between the clinician and the young person. 
With the resumption of face to face services, the continued support over the phone and video, and now with the exciting WebChat facility, we really do hope that with Jigsaw Meath and the wider Jigsaw organisation in working together, are providing more options now to support young people so they have the right support when they need it.

Free Online Parenting Teenagers Talk on 14th July

One Family and Parents Plus are delighted to host a special online parenting talk that is free to attend

by Dr John Sharry

Tuesday 14th July  11am – 12:15pm  including (Q&A)

Talk Description

Based on his best selling book ‘Parenting teenagers’, John will present a practical approach to parenting that allows you to

  • Manage the most common challenges of the teenage years
  • Maintain a warm connected relationship with your teenager
  • Encourage them to grow up to be responsible and well-adjusted adults.

Dr John Sharry is a  social worker and family psychotherapist and founder of the Parents Plus Charity. He is co-developer of the award winning Parents Plus Adolescents Programme, and the best selling author of fourteen positive psychology and self-help books for families including Positive Parenting and Parenting Teenagers.

Attendance is free, but places are limited and you must book in advance by sending your name and email to [email protected]. A zoom link will be sent to your email 15 minutes before the talk starts.


NYCI Launch New Toolkit ‘Let’s Talk About Sexting’

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) National Youth Health Programme with support from An Garda Síochána, has developed this toolkit to assist youth workers and those working with young people to start a conversation with young people on the topic of sexting.

The toolkit provides guidance on:

  • What is meant by the term sexting
  • Sexting and the Irish law
  • Guidance for young people on what to do if they are involved in a sexting incident which they are not comfortable in
  • Guidance for the youth worker if a young person notifies them on a sexting incident
  • Additional supports and services for both the youth worker and young people

Click on the link below to download the toolkit.


Press Release: Launch of How’s Your Head Survey – Young Voices During Covid-19

Minister Zappone launches ‘How’s Your Head – Young Voices during COVID-19’, a national consultation with young people on mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19

On 24th June the Department of Children and Youth Affairs opened a national consultation with young people on mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19. How’s Your Head – Young Voices during COVID-19 will hear directly from young people about what they have found hard during COVID-19, what changes in their lives they would like to retain, and what would help young people to improve their mental health and well-being over the coming summer months and beyond.

Opening the consultation, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone said, “It has always been my experience that young people are the best architects of the solutions to address the challenges in their lives. COVID-19 is impacting on young people’s lives in many ways and now my Department wants to hear directly from them about what these impacts are and what might improve their situation as we continue to live alongside COVID-19.”

The consultation, hosted on, is open to all young people between the ages of 15 and 24 and will remain open from 24 June to 3 July. A Youth Advisory Group* designed and piloted the consultation questions and decided on the title; How’s Your Head – Young Voices during COVID-19.

Since the onset of COVID-19, and its related restrictions, concerns have been increasing about its impact on the mental health and well-being of young people. Research findings and reports from those in the youth sector indicate that young people are one of the groups most impacted. The consultation will help to deepen the understanding of how young people have experienced life during COVID-19. It will also provide valuable information that will influence our decision-making on how society can respond during the next period of living with COVID-19.
The findings from the consultation will be documented to inform relevant service design and delivery for young people. It will also assist Government in developing other appropriate policy responses on the issues raised by young people, supporting an informed, whole of society response to COVID-19 as relevant to the lives of young people.

A group of key stakeholders representing the National Youth Council of Ireland, health services, and research experts are working with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to oversee the consultation and to ensure findings from the process are listened to and responded to in a timely and appropriate manner.

*Note: Members of the Youth Advisory Group come from across the country, range in age between 15 – 24 years and are nominated through a range of youth groups and organisations including Comhairle na nÓg, Foroige, Youth Work Ireland, and the National Youth Council of Ireland.

Please click on the link below to access the survey

Parents Centre – An Information Platform for Parents

The Parenting Support Policy Unit launched Parents Centre, an information platform for parents, in May. The platform is hosted on and brings together new and existing resources that parents may find helpful. Parents Centre helps parents access reliable information and support quickly.

National Be Active Day Sunday 28th June

Check out the Meath Local Sports Partnership Facebook page for simple games to play

All you will need to do in order to be a part of BeActive is:

Pick an Activity 

Get your household together and pick an activity. You can play the games included on the Meath Local Sports Partnership Facebook page or make up your own, go for a walk or a cycle. No matter what you do, you must be active for 60 minutes!

When and Where

Pick a time that suits you and where you are going to be active – indoors, outdoors, in your back garden or local park?

Be Active 

Get everything you need ready and enjoy the games. You can  take part for fun or why not make it competitive and track the scores on the score sheet provided!

Celebrate and Share

Share a photo of your activity or games with us on social media. Tag @SportIreland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and @MeathLocalSportsPartnership and don’t forget to use #NationalBeActiveDay

BeActive Day

Edition 11 of the Meath CFSN Newsletter – Local Service Delivery During Covid 19

Please click on the link below for the 11th edition of the Meath Child and Family Support Network (CFSN) Newsletter, which provides details of Local Service Delivery During Covid 19. Please note that the information is up to date as of 22nd June, 2020.

Meath Child and Family Support Network Service delivery 11th Edition


Family Addiction Support Network Press Release

Family Addiction Support Network (FASN) shut down it’s services at Lios Dubh on 12th March in line with the COVID19 Government Guidelines but more than ever families needed support. As a result, FASN developed online services for family members impacted by a loved one’s substance misuse using a fully GDPR compliant communications platform as best practice.

What we are experiencing from supporting Family Members is the increased worry and psychological stress, strain on family relationships, intimidating behaviour by a loved one’s addiction, financial burden of supporting drug user to buy drugs, impact on mental health from stress and worry of lockdown and caring responsibilities, isolation and loss of social life.

Our fundraising activities have all been cancelled due to Government Guidelines leaving us with no core funding and no fundraising activities in which to carry on supporting families and communities impacted by the increase in home drinking, domestic violence, isolation and threats of drug related intimidation amid this pandemic.

Following our Stop the Stigma event on 24th February, Sinead Hussey RTE contacted the FASN to conduct an interview to shine a light on the work of volunteers responding to the drugs issue within their community in the North East.

The interview took place at our premises in Lios Dubh, Dundalk on 12th June. Please click on the link below to access the news item featured on yesterdays 6pm RTE News.