MIND THE GAP WORKBOOK: SUPPORTING STUDENTS TO SUCCESSFULLY START SECOND LEVEL EDUCATION IN SEPT 2022

In 2017, Navan School Completion Programme (NSCP) staff team with the support of Meath CYPSC, LMETB and Meath Springboard Family Support Services developed a workbook called;

“Mind the Gap” Transition Steps from Primary to Post Primary

The main aim of the workbook and its associated video is to assist young people successfully transfer from primary to secondary school. It encompasses exercises to help pupils negotiate second level time tables, teacher expectations, new environments and the journey from established social groups into new social relations.

In response to the needs of 6th Class pupils during this time, the Mind The Gap Steering Committee have taken the generous decision to continue to make the successful Workbook available online as a pdf. Please click on the link below to access the Mind The Gap Workbook.

Navan School Completion Programme MindtheGap Workbook

Hard copies of the Mind the Gap Workbook are available and can be ordered through valerie@springboardnavan.ie. The workbooks are very reasonably priced at €2 each to facilitate mass distribution. The Mind the Gap Steering Committee note from their experience that children absorb the learning best when completing hard copy material.

The online video resource that accompanies the workbook can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5eQVbZBs3I

Trim Family Resource Centre: Upcoming Programmes

Please see link and posters below with information about upcoming Parent and Toddler Group, Pregnancy Yoga and Infant Massage happening in Trim Family Resource Centre.

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CyberSafe Tool for Primary Schools: Programme Places Still Available

Meath CYPSC together with Louth CYPSC and Wicklow CYPSC are working with CyberSafeKids (an Irish charity that educates kids on how to stay safe online), to deliver the ‘CyberSafe Tool for Schools’ to Primary Schools in these counties. Online safety has been identified by us as a key issue for young people and 98% of Irish Primary School Principals surveyed by CyberSafeKids* said that they considered online safety to be an issue in their school.

To support schools, CyberSafeKids has launched the ‘CyberSafe Tool for Schools’, designed to help schools to achieve a safer online environment in school communities. Thanks to funding from Rethink Ireland, CyberSafeKids is now offering 100 FREE places on the programme to Primary Schools in ALL COUNTIES, which involves a self-assessment tool, a report, a mark of good practice and bespoke consultation (normal package price €349).

The programme is available for Primary Schools to sign up here: https://www.cybersafekids.ie/our-tool/ or by emailing office@cybersafekids.ie. Although similar tools exist in the UK, this is the first tool of its kind in Ireland.

A short information flyer is available hereIf you have any queries on this, please contact vicki@cybersafekids.ie.

SunSmart Campaign 2022 – Children and Young People

As part of the SunSmart campaign the HSE’s National Cancer Control Programme, in collaboration with Healthy Ireland and cross-sectoral partners are working together to support people to protect their skin from the sun. The aim of the campaign is to increase awareness of the steps you and your family can take to protect your skin from the sun and reduce your risk of skin cancer in Ireland. Click on the link below for more information:

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/5/cancer/prevention/skin-cancer-prevention-sunsmart.html

National Parents Council Primary Information Helpline to Support Ukrainian Children and Families in Education in Ireland

The National Parents Council have launched a Ukrainian helpline to support children & families in education in Ireland. They have a new helpline officer who speaks English, Ukrainian & Russian. Please click on the flyers attached below, which are in English, Russian, and Ukrainian, for more information.

 

 

Minister Harris announces central helpdesk for Ukrainian people seeking access to third level education

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, announced on 3rd May the establishment of a National Student and Researcher (NSR) Helpdesk.

This facility will be available to assist Ukrainian students and researchers who are seeking to continue their higher education studies in Ireland. Click on the link below for further information:

https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/3bc36-central-heldpdesk-for-ukrainian-people-seeking-access-to-third-level-education-announced-by-minister-harris/

World Maternal Mental Health Day Campaign 4th May 2022

Let’s Break the Silence

World Maternal Mental Health Day:

Maternal Mental Health Day is an international campaign dedicated to talking about mental health problems during and up to one year after pregnancy.

It’s all about raising public and professional awareness of maternal mental health difficulties, advocating for women affected, changing attitudes, and empowering women and families by helping them to access the information, care, and support they need to recover.

Our key messages:

  • Let’s Break the Silence – It’s time to start a conversation about maternal mental health.
  • Up to one in five – Maternal mental health issues are common and can affect up to one in five women.
  • Help is available – There are supports and services that can help. Visit http://parentingsupport.ie/mmh for more info.

Mental health difficulties can occur in pregnancy and after your baby is born. Getting help early will give you and your baby the best start. Remember your needs matter too. This initiative is supported by Kildare CYPSC and Wicklow CYPSC.

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Duleek Family Fun Day for Ukrainian Families

The Feel Good Project Duleek are hosting a Family Fun Day to welcome Ukrainian families on Sunday, 1st May from 2:00pm to 4:00pm in Duleek Community Facility. Click on the poster link below for more information.

Duleek Family Fun Ukrainian Families

Supports for Ukrainians in Ireland

Click on the Citizens Information link below to access lists of organisations that are helping people who have come to Ireland from Ukraine. The organisations listed are providing services across the whole country. Many local groups and charities provide help too.

https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/moving_country/ukrainian_refugees_in_ireland/supports_for_ukrainians_in_ireland.html#l4a2ce

Trim FRC Women’s Development Coffee Morning

Click on the poster below for our upcoming coffee morning in Trim Family Resource Centre (FRC). This is an introduction to our Women’s development programme and an opportunity to meet previous participants over a cuppa.

For more information contact: Caroline Morris, M: 0876031108, T: 046 9438850