FAMILIES MATTER

Families Matter is dedicated to developing responsive multi agency work by promoting and supporting the application of evidence-informed approaches in working with families.  Families Matter’s longest established programme is the evidence-based Strengthening Families Programme which has been rolled out in Donegal since 2010. The Families Matter Advocacy Service is the most recently introduced service which is being implemented in conjunction with the Strengthening Families Programme since 2014.

What We Offer

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAMME

The Strengthening Families Programme (SFP) is an evidence-based family skills programme. SFP is a family based intervention programme for the ‘whole family’. It is available for families with children aged 6-12 years old and teens aged 12-16 year olds. Families attending the programme gain improved family relationships, enhanced parenting and communication skills and skills to manage stress, anger and peer pressure. It has been found that by improving parenting protective factors and family relationships and resilience it will lead to reducing problem behaviour, improve school performance and reduce criminal behaviour and alcohol and drug use in young people….

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ADVOCACY SERVICE

The Families Matter Advocacy Service serves families with identified needs who are currently or who have previously attended the Strengthening Families Programme. The provision of this service extends the flexible, strengths based wraparound model of family based intervention which SFP already provides, and builds on the multi-agency approach. The focus of the Advocacy Service is to encourage and support families to speak up for themselves so as they can enjoy the education, health, lifestyle and living conditions that should be available to all families. It supports families, parents and guardians to advocate on behalf of themselves and their children….

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