Blue Skies Initiative
ABOUT THE PROJECT
What is Blue Skies Initiative?
Blue Skies Initiative is one of 12 Area Based Childhood (ABC) programmes in Ireland that aim to improve outcomes for children and families in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country. Blue Skies Initiative operates in the Clondalkin, Balgaddy and Adamstown areas of Dublin.
The ABC Programme has a particular emphasis on improving health, educational and social outcomes. The programme targets investment in evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions to improve the long-term outcomes for these children and families.
Blue Skies Initiative works directly with children and families through a variety of programmes which range from perinatal support, an early literacy home visiting programme, through to parenting your teen programmes. Additionally, we work in collaboration with various other statutory and non-statutory groups through our community-based learning networks and also provide upskilling in Restorative Practice.
Blue Skies Initiative delivery approaches, like all ABC sites, operates at three levels of change:
Frontline delivery of Prevention and Early Intervention services for children and families which support attachment based early child development and emotional well being.
Capacity building, facilitation and support to other service providers to implement evidence-based ways of working.
Systems change efforts with managers and decision-makers at local, regional and national level.
families availed of Antenatal and Postnatal Supports and Programmes
parents completed the Upto2 Programme
children and families graduated from the ParentChild+ Home Visiting Programme
children were provided with the Ready Steady School Transition Programme packs
parents, 10 teachers and 120 secondary school children benefitted from the Understanding Anxiety Workshops
professionals availed of Restorative Practice Training and/or Communities of Practice
Blue Skies Initiative Areas
The project works with children and young people aged 0-18 years and their families, located throughout Clondalkin, Balgaddy and Adamstown.
Referrals can be made directly to one of the Blue Skies Initiative team members either by participants themselves or through local services.
Kind words from you
“I found the workshop excellent, and really calmed down after talking to you about my fears. I also loved all the resources that were sent.”
– Preparing to Parent, Online Pregnancy Workshop
The ABC Programme is a national prevention and early intervention initiative funded by the Department of Children, Disability, Equality and Integration (DCDEI), delivered through the Prevention Partnership and Family Support Programme (PPFS) within Tusla: