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Dads ‘Take the Time’ for Wellbeing at Derry Residential


A group of 21 dads attended the Dads Project residential, with speakers Conor McCafferty and Glenn Hinds. 

The Dads Project hosted a residential for separated fathers in St Columb’s Park House, Derry over the weekend.

A group of over 20 dads from across Northern Ireland attended a weekend of activities which focused on father’s wellbeing ahead of Men’s Health Week. Men’s Health Week runs from 10th June to 16th June with the theme ‘Make the Time. Take the Time.’

The Dads Project, which local charity Parenting NI lead with thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, organised the event to offer men an opportunity to not only access emotional support but also to get together and enjoy a range of talks and activities.

The dads were actively involved in planning and putting on activities across the weekend, with Cuthy Diamond leading some exercise between sessions and Gary Nash performing music in the evening.

Cahir Murray, the Dads Project Coordinator, said,

“It was wonderful to be able to gather together over the weekend and give the men space to explore the positives of being a dad in Northern Ireland’s society. We wanted to help dads build up their understanding of their value and the important role they have as fathers.

Over the course of the weekend we also took time to reflect on our wellbeing which many men struggle with. I hope that the dads have come away from the experience feeling better equipped to cope with the many challenges life throws at them whether they live with their children or not.”

In an effort to further highlight positive images of fathers, the Dads Project also have a photo exhibition titled ‘Men as Dads’ in the Verbal Arts Centre. Local photographer Mura McKinney took on the project to help celebrate dads as positive role models and the unique contribution they make to their children’s lives. The exhibition runs from Monday 10th June until Wednesday 19th June.

Parenting NI would like to thank People Plus and SDC Contractors for their support in making the weekend possible. To find out more about the Dads Project and how to get involved visit the webpage

Parenting Children’s Challenging Behaviour Newtownabbey

Duration: Every Tuesday for 6 weeks
Aim: To help parents understand and manage their children’s challenging behaviours

The Parenting Children’s Challenging Behaviour programme will:

  • Help parents understand children’s behaviours
  • Recognise the triggers to their child’s behaviour
  • Give practical tips on how to reinforce positive behaviour

The programme promotes the Authoritative Parenting style which research shows to be the most effective.

The programme is particularly suited to those parenting children aged 2-10 years old.

Families Together Sink or Swim Programme Strabane

FREE 6 Week Programme Supporting Mental Well-Being of Parents & Carers

Duration: Every Thursday for 6 weeks

Do you sometimes struggle with parenting? Are some days better than others? Many parents feel exactly the same way!

Sink or Swim explores the realities of parenting, while sharing tips & tools on how to look after your own mental health. 

All parents & carers welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

To register call us on freephone 0808 8010 722.

Parenting NI and Bank of Ireland UK have their Eye on the Ball for Working Parents

Left to right: Gail Toal, Bank of Ireland UK, Charlene Brooks, Parenting NI and Simon Fitzpatrick, Irish Football Association. Parenting NI partner with Bank of Ireland UK to host a special event at the National Stadium focusing on workplace support for parents.

It’s often said that being a parent is the most important job you will ever have; but for many parents it’s not their only job, and the challenge of trying to find a balance between work and family life can be difficult.

A breakfast networking seminar will take place in the Danny Blanchflower Room at the National Stadium on Monday 22nd October which will explore how businesses can support staff with work life balance and engage them on issues relating to gender equality and diversity.

Award winning ex-CNN journalist and author of ground breaking book All In, Josh Levs will be keynote speaker at the event. When Levs was denied fair parental leave by his employer after his child was born, he fought back and won. In the process he became a leading advocate for modern families, now working with corporations and organisations to build policies that support men as equal caregivers, a crucial step towards ensuring equal career opportunities to women.

Parenting NI CEO, Charlene Brooks, said with all the pressures on modern families it’s time for a change of perceptions and workplace culture.

“We believe it’s important for workplaces to move with the times when it comes to family friendly policies. Employers who support and respond to the needs of working parents are helping to shape a workplace for an evolving workforce.

“We are encouraged at the number of employers Parenting NI are working with in Northern Ireland who help provide support to their parent employees. The rewards for businesses who do so include a more productive, engaged, motivated workforce, reduced absenteeism and employers are more likely to be successful at recruiting and retaining staff.”

Charlene Brooks explained that Parenting NI hopes the event will open up more conversation in businesses about how they can help ease work life balance stresses for families in Northern Ireland.

“We are particularly excited to be hosting this event with Josh Levs and our partners Bank of Ireland and Citi. Parenting NI hope that the event will help start a wider conversation within more organisations about offering more support and flexibility for their parent employees, not only to benefit children and families but also to the benefit of their own businesses.”

Ian Sheppard, Managing Director Northern Ireland at Bank of Ireland UK, said: “Bank of Ireland UK are delighted to be supporting our partners, Parenting NI, with this exciting ‘Make Parenting Work’ networking seminar. As an organisation, our purpose is to enable our customers, colleagues and communities to thrive. At the heart of this purpose is our commitment to Inclusion & Diversity and to foster an inclusive working environment where all colleagues are enabled to reach their full potential. Collaborating with Parenting NI, a leading organisation for supporting parents since 1979, has given us the tools to support our parent employees through a range of needs-led sessions.”

Belfast Parenting Your Teen Programme

Duration: Every Thursday for 2 hours
Aim: To improve the parent/adolescent relationship

FREE for parents/carers to attend

“I don’t want to talk about it.”

“Leave me alone.”

“You’re a melter!”

These phrases are often all too familiar for parents of teenagers. The teenage years can be notoriously challenging but Parenting NI and the Odyssey, Parenting Your Teen Programme can help you navigate your way through the reality of parenting teenagers.

The programme promotes the Authoritative Parenting style, which has been proven to be most effective.

Odyssey Parenting Your Teen Topics

The programme explores a range of topics relating to parenting young people, including:

  • Teen Development
  • Self-Esteem
  • Setting boundaries
  • Rules and consequences
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Problem solving

Call us now on 0808 8010 722 to register. If you would prefer you can complete the Expression of Interest form at the bottom of the page. Completing this form does not secure you a place on the programme, you will need to complete a short registration over the phone. Once the team receive your details they will be in touch to complete your registration. Please note this can sometimes take a few days.

Parents Walking on Eggshells Portadown

Non Violent Resistance Programme

Due to funding stipulations for this programme is only available to women at this time. Men interested in this programme can contact our Helpline on 0808 8010 722 to be placed on a waiting list and contacted when the next suitable programme becomes available.

Duration: Every Thursday for 8 weeks
Aim: To provide parents with the skills to achieve a calmer and violent free home

Child to parent violence is an abuse of power through which the child or adolescent attempts to coerce, control or dominate others in the family.

The Parents Walking on Eggshells Programme uses the principles of Non Violent Resistance to help parents experiencing child to parent violence overcome their sense of helplessness, develop a support network, stop destructive behaviours inside the home and improve relationships between family members.

  • Overcome sense of helplessness
  • Develop a support network
  • Stop destructive behaviours
  • Improve family relationships

This programme is particularly suited to parents of children aged 8-16 years old.

All parents and carers need to complete an initial telephone assessment to ensure the programme is suitable for their family circumstances. Call 0808 8010 722 to complete and register. If you would prefer you can complete the Expression of Interest form at the bottom of the page and we will get in touch with you. Please note that sometimes this can take a few days.

Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles Derry~Londonderry

Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles

This workshop will explore what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, giving parents the opportunity to consider why we need to incorporate healthy lifestyle principles in our daily lives and develop realistic and effective plans to improve our health and the health of our family. Taking place in PeoplePlus, Derry on Wednesday 22nd February.

  • Health & wellbeing – A healthy lifestyle can have a positive impact on your mental health & wellbeing.
  • Healthy eating – Exploring portion size & forming good habits with food.
  • Physical activity – Encouraging exercise through more family activities.
  • Sleep routine – Develop an effective sleep routine for your family.

This workshop is proudly supported by the Public Healthy Agency through the CLEAR Project.

Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles Banbridge

Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles

This workshop will explore what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, giving parents the opportunity to consider why we need to incorporate healthy lifestyle principles in our daily lives and develop realistic and effective plans to improve our health and the health of our family. Taking place in Banbridge Methodist Church with Homestart Banbridge on Wednesday 21st February.

  • Health & wellbeing – A healthy lifestyle can have a positive impact on your mental health & wellbeing.
  • Healthy eating – Exploring portion size & forming good habits with food.
  • Physical activity – Encouraging exercise through more family activities.
  • Sleep routine – Develop an effective sleep routine for your family.

This workshop is proudly supported by the Public Healthy Agency through the CLEAR Project.

Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles Holy Trinity P.S.

Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles
This workshop will explore what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, giving parents the opportunity to consider why we need to incorporate healthy lifestyle principles in our daily lives and develop realistic and effective plans to improve our health and the health of our family. Taking place in Holy Trinity Primary School, Belfast on Monday 13th February.

  • Health & wellbeing – A healthy lifestyle can have a positive impact on your mental health & wellbeing.
  • Healthy eating – Exploring portion size & forming good habits with food.
  • Physical activity – Encouraging exercise through more family activities.
  • Sleep routine – Develop an effective sleep routine for your family.

This workshop is proudly supported by the Public Healthy Agency through the CLEAR Project.

Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles Holy Evangelist P.S.

Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles

This workshop will explore what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, giving parents the opportunity to consider why we need to incorporate healthy lifestyle principles in our daily lives and develop realistic and effective plans to improve our health and the health of our family. Taking place in Holy Evangelist Primary School, Belfast on Wednesday 8th February.

  • Health & wellbeing – A healthy lifestyle can have a positive impact on your mental health & wellbeing.
  • Healthy eating – Exploring portion size & forming good habits with food.
  • Physical activity – Encouraging exercise through more family activities.
  • Sleep routine – Develop an effective sleep routine for your family.

This workshop is proudly supported by the Public Healthy Agency through the CLEAR Project.