The pilot Parent Link training workshop took place over two days (7th and 21st of September) in the Field of Dreams, Cork. Olive Buckeridge – Early Years Specialist and Eileen English – Parent Link Facilitator were warmly welcomed by Down Syndrome Ireland President, Liam Ahern and Jason Pierce – Early Intervention Coordinator at our Cork Branch.
Eileen provided training to our Parent Link volunteers who represented Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford branches. Eileen used creative and thought-provoking activities throughout the training days. For many, being faced with emotional and challenging scenarios can be difficult, however Eileen’s relaxed presence fostered an atmosphere of calm reflective thought. The training days were gently paced and the Parent Link volunteers were open and light-hearted.
Parent Link training focuses on helping volunteers provide support to new parents.
Since our volunteers have already had experiences similar to what new parent may be facing currently having someone who is happy to listen to your concerns, answer any questions and share what life has been like for them can be a valuable and vital support for new parents.
A big thank you to Eileen English for facilitating this two-day workshop and to our Cork branch for hosting the training.
We look forward to rolling out this training programme to more branches in the coming months.