This is Maghnus Collins’s bright idea for Limerick.

Home-based literacy & parenting programme that strengthens families and prepares children to succeed

HOW WE WILL SPEND THE MONEY

Home-based literacy & parenting programme that strengthens families and prepares children to succeed.

Home Visitors, all local women, act as ambassadors for education in the community through the Parent Child Home Programme. They model oral language, reading and play in their twice weekly visits. The families continue the activities in their own time, enabling the child and siblings to develop their language, literacy and numeracy skills.

They build parents’ abilities to proactively support their  children’s education, act as advocates and get involved in school/community life.

We’ll build the educational capital of Garryowen, a highly disadvantaged community, so children in the area can reach their educational and career potential.

Disadvantaged parents often do not know how to best support their children’s progress through the education system. Home Visitors bridge this “preparation gap” for families challenged by poverty, limited education, language/ literacy barriers and other obstacles to school success.

They build parents’ abilities to proactively support their children’s education, act as advocates and get involved in school/community life. We’re establishing a cross sectorial network made up of Public Health Nurses, community/youth workers and primary educators.

In the 2011 Census, Garryowen was identified as a “highly disadvantaged”community. Subsequent reports have identified on-going problems within the community:

  • Lack of Community Facilities/ structures
  • Early school leaving
  • Extremely high levels of unemployment (youth unemployment > 40%)
  • Lack of supports for older people
  • High demand/low supply services for young people at risk

Our organisation, since its establishment in 2008, has identified the following needs in the community from working with the local community through carrying out surveys and consultations with groups, agencies and organisations in the community.

The following are the needs most prevalent in the area which have influenced the objectives of our Strategic plan: youth provision, drug use, crime and poverty.

The vital role of early intervention and education is an issue we are acutely aware of, and one we desperately hope to address. PCHP is an evidenced based approach to early education, giving our families and children a chance to reach their potential. We have witnessed the success of PCHP in other communities and want to ensure we can provide it in Garryowen.