Meath Community Resources and Supports Booklet – For Families with Additional Needs

Families of children with additional needs are being brought up to speed on supports available to them, thanks to the publication of the Tusla and CYPSC funded Meath Community Resources & Supports booklet.

Launched in Navan on 29th February by Meath Child and Family Support Networks (CFSNs), the booklet is the culmination of 18 months work undertaken by the CFSN Coordination team in Co Meath, the working group, and parents. It was funded through Tusla Parental Participation Seed funding, Meath Children & Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC) BOBF 2023 Programme funding and Navan library.

The need for the booklet arose through the Meath CFSNs, which realised how families were asking for signposting to supports while seeking/awaiting assessment.

As a result, a working group was formed to include interested CFSN members. Led by Jackie Jackson and Alice O’Halloran, Tusla CFSN Coordinators for Meath, it was made up of representatives from Navan Library, Primary Care Social Work, CDNT, Trim FRC, Navan FRC and Meath County Childcare Committee.

Following a mapping exercise, consultation with services and parents, it became clear that there were far more services and supports to be included than initially envisaged, resulting in a sizeable booklet that is packed with information.

Representatives of services listed in the booklet were present on the day, with stands placed around the room to meet parents before and after the presentation and speeches.

Speaking at the launch, mental health advocate Rory O’Connor, of Rory’s Stories, gave practical and helpful advice to the 80 parents present along with services in attendance, and highlighted how much value such an information booklet can bring to families who are desperate for support.

Click on the link below to access the Meath Community Resources and Supports Booklet

Meath Community Resources and Supports – Additional Needs 2024