Previous IAN Events

Video Highlights from our 2017 IAN Conference

PICTURES FROM OUR IAN CONFERENCE –

22nd May 2015 in the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth

Fr. Peter McVerry and the IAN Committee

IAN Committee & Fr. Peter McVerry

Mr. Wayne Dignam from The Irish Care Leavers’ Network Ireland

Launch of IAN website

Dr Austin O’Carroll-G.P with the Homeless Access Team in Dublin

 

Dr. Austin O' Carroll

 

Irish Aftercare Network Regional Meeting

Date: Wednesday 29th March 2017 Time: 12.30pm- 4.00pm. Venue: Clayton Hotel, Galway RSVP to info@breakingthrough.org no later than Monday 13th March 2017 Lunch & Refreshments provided

Agenda Registration

12.30pm – 12.45pm National Policy Update

Neil Forsyth (Irish Aftercare Network)

12.45pm – 1.30pm Speed Networking Marie Halligan, Breaking Through

1.30pm-2.15pm Lunch

2.15pm – 3.00pm Immigration Issues for Young People Leaving Care Immigrant Council of Ireland Katie Mannion, Solicitor

3.00pm – 3.45pm Peer To Peer Education EPIC “Empowering People in Care. Sabrina Harty, Laura Martin, Ciara O Driscoll

3.45pm – 4.00pm AOB

Date for Annual Conference: Friday 26th May 2017, Sheraton Hotel, Athlone

Wrap up & close

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Details for next Irish Aftercare Network Meeting

Date: Tuesday 21st February 2017

Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm

Venue:Holycross College,Clonliffe Road ,Dublin 3.

Cost: €10.00 per person payable on the day with light lunch and refreshments provided. RSVP to info@breakingthrough.org no later than Friday 17th Feb

Agenda 10.45am- 11.00am Registration

11.00am – 11.10am Welcome Sharon Corish, Chairperson (Irish Aftercare Network)

11.10am -11.30am Speed Networking 11.30am -12.00pm Access Services and Supports. Presentation followed by Q &A Cathy McLoughlin, Senior Access Officer, Dublin City University

12.00pm-12.15pm Tea/Coffee Networking

12.15pm – 1.00pm What about us? Hard to reach young peoples perspective of their experience of the care system. Report Presentation Ciaran Kenny, Don Bosco Care & Ian Doyle, TUSLA

1,00pm – 1.45pm Lunch & Networking

1.45pm – 2.30pm EPIC “ What We Do Peter Lane, Advocacy Officer for DML and Fidelma Guiney, Advocacy Officer for DNE

2.30pm – 3.00pm Aftercare Policy Update Neil Forsyth, Focus Ireland

3.00pm -3.30pm AOB

Date for Annual Conference :Friday 26th May 2017, Sheraton Hotel, Athlone

______________________________________________________________________ Details for next Irish Aftercare Network Meeting

Date: Tuesday 21st February 2017 Time: 10.30am -3.30pm Venue:Holycross College,Clonliffe Road ,Dublin 3. Cost: €10.00 per person payable on the day with light lunch and refreshments provided.

RSVP to info@breakingthrough.org no later than Friday 17th Feb Agenda 10.45am – 11.00am Registration

11.00am – 11.10am Welcome Sharon Corish, Chairperson (Irish Aftercare Network)

11.10am – 11.30am Speed Networking

11.30am – 12.00pm Access Services and Supports. Presentation followed by Q &A Cathy McLoughlin, Senior Access Officer, Dublin City University

12.00pm-12.15pm Tea/Coffee Networking

12.15pm – 1.00pm What about us? Hard to reach young peoples perspective of their experience of the care system. Report Presentation Ciaran Kenny, Don Bosco Care & Ian Doyle, TUSLA

1.00pm – 1.45pm Lunch & Networking

1.45pm – 2.30pm EPIC  What We Do Peter Lane, Advocacy Officer for DML and Fidelma Guiney, Advocacy Officer for DNE

2.30pm – 3.00pm Aftercare Policy Update Neil Forsyth, Focus Ireland

3.00pm -3.30pm AOB

Date for Annual Conference :Friday 26th May 2017, Sheraton Hotel, Athlone

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Details for last Irish Aftercare Network Meeting

Date: Tuesday 15th November 2016

Time: 10.45am – 3.30pm

Venue: The Red House, Holycross College,Clonliffe Road ,Dublin 3.

Cost: €10.00 per person payable on the day with light lunch and refreshments provided.

Please RSVP no later than Friday 11th November to info@breakingthrough.org

Agenda

10.45am – 11.00am Registration 11.00am -11.10am Welcome Sharon Corish, Chairperson (Irish Aftercare Network)

11.10am – 11.45am PALS “ Peer Aftercare Led Support Paul Flynn, Crosscare

11.45pm – 12.00pm Tea/Coffee Networking

12.00pm – 12.45pm Lunch & Networking

12.45pm -1.45pm Youth Homelessness Dr Paula Mayock, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and Social Policy in Trinity College and Senior Researcher at the Childrens Research Centre

1.45pm – 3.00pm Immigration Issues for Young People Leaving Care-Presentation, Discussion, Q&A Katie Mannion,Solicitor & Leanne Caulfield, Legal Researcher Immigrant Council of Ireland

3.00pm 3.30pm AOB Conference Planning Date for Conference 2017 :Friday 26th May

Wrap up & close

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 13/09/2016

Notice of AGM

Breaking Through Ltd

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Breaking Through Ltd will take place on:

 Date:        Thursday 6th October 2016

Time:       11.00am-1.00pm

Venue:     Focus Ireland, 9-12 High Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8     

For further information or to notify your intention to attend email:info@breakingthrough.org

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Date For Diary

Next  Irish Aftercare Network Meeting

Tuesday 15th November 2016

Venue:TBC

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19th July 2016  GREAT NEWS!!!

We are delighted to  let you know that Breaking Through have been successful in receiving  core funding to  coordinate, develop & administer The Irish Aftercare Network.

We are very grateful to The Department of the the Environment, Community & Local Government through Pobal for this funding.

It is an exciting opportunity and  we would really like you to be involved. Please help us to plan by clicking on the online questionnaire below and taking a few minutes to complete.  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LC7WDND

We look forward to  continuing our work with you.

Yvonne  & Marie (Breaking Through)

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On behalf of the IAN Committee, we wish to welcome Yvonne and Marie into our Network on a full-time basis and are thrilled to have their assistance, expertise and commitment for the following years to come to ensure that the Network is continuing to improve Aftercare for our young adults.

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2nd June 2016

Annual Conference a great success again!

The Irish Aftercare Network in Association with Breaking Through hosted their annual conference on Friday 27th May 2016 and the theme of the day was ‘Caring for Carers’ and feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

Here are a few snippets of what delegates enjoyed about the day….

“Learning how important self-care is & how we need to look after ourselves in work”

” I found the theme of the day very useful it really energised me and its great to leave a conference on a positive note”

“All speakers were excellent – information & knowledge they shared is what I found most useful”

“Really enjoyable and uplifting  acknowledging the work that we do & how valued we are”

Roll on next year!______________________________________________________________________

20th April 2016

Bookings are now open for the Seminar “Aftercare-Caring for Carers

on Friday 27th May 2016  –

Please click on the following link to book online

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/aftercare-caring-for-carers-tickets-24617391280

Cost 30.00 per delegate which also includes hot lunch, teas & coffees

09.30am   10.00am  Registration  
   
10.00am   10.10am Welcome & Opening Address
   Sharon Byrne – Chairperson Irish Aftercare Network (IAN) Chairing the event, Ciaran Kenny – Aftercare Worker, Don Bosco Care
         Keynote Address“Caring for those who care for others Dr Jim LuceyMedical Director of St Patricks Mental Health Services and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College.  
 Aftercare and Me -Telus Stefan– a young persons experience of aftercare    

Tea/Coffee/Networking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Building Resilience in Caregivers- Resourcing and Sustaining Ourselves in the Work-Tricia McDonnell- Psychotherapist/Consultant/Facilitator/Trainer

 Lunch  

 Laughter Yoga Angie Kinsella  Yoga Teacher & Holistic Therapist  A Practical Approach to Developing a Self-care Plan

-Ger McHugh Coach, Trainer and Facilitator

 

Wrap Up & Close

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Hi All,

Please see below for the ‘Save the Date’ for our upcoming IAN Conference. An information brochure on the upcoming presenters will be circulated soon.

SAVE THE DATE

Friday 27th May 2016

 Irish Aftercare Network 

in partnership with

Breaking Through

Conference

Aftercare-Caring for Carers

Bookings open next week on Eventbrite

Cost €30 per delegate

Self-care

Building Resilience

Stress Management Techniques 

The Glenroyal Hotel

Maynooth

Co Kildare

9.30am-3.30pm 

Professor Jim Lucey-Keynote Speaker

 To register your interest

E-mail info@breakingthrough.org

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14th January 2015

Hi All

Happy New Year to you all. The next Irish Aftercare Network Meeting has been pushed back from February to March and  will take place on the following;

Date:      Tuesday 8th March 2016

Time:      10.30am 3.30pm

Venue:    The Cedar Room, The Red House, Holycross College, Dublin 3

Cost:       10.00 per person to cover costs with light lunch provided

Please let me know if you have any items you would like to see on the agenda please also circulate details of the meeting to any of your aftercare colleagues who may not be on the mailing list with Breaking Through. 

Other Useful Info:

The link to esuicideTALK is now live on yourmentalhealth.ie: http://www.yourmentalhealth.ie/Get-involved/Community-action/esuicideTALK/

esuicideTALK Free online programme exploring issues about suicide.

esuicideTALK is a one to two hour exploration in suicide awareness. The programme is organised around the question “should we talk about suicide?” and offers a space to safely explore some of the more challenging issues relating to suicide. The programme encourages everyone to find a part they can play in preventing suicide. Its goal is to help make direct, open and honest talk about suicide easier.

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23rd October 2015

Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2015

The new bill has been published which includes Aftercare amendments.

Please see below;

Full bill doument;

http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/bills28/bills/2015/9415/b9415s.pdf

Memo highlighting Aftercare amendments;

http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/bills28/bills/2015/9415/b9415s-memo.pdf

21st October 2015

UNITY Through Relationships Conference

Monday 09th – Wednesday 11th November 2015

The conference should be of interest to Aftercare Workers especially the Wednesday date with Profession Robbie Gilligan, (TCD), who will speak on developing a range of responses to the diverse needs of young people making transitions from life in care

“The second annual UNITY conference will build on connections and relationships between staff from all discipline involved with the provision of services to child, youth and families.

Audience: These events are designed to bring together professionals and carers from across ALL disciplines working with and looking after children, youth and families, including: social care practitioners, social workers, EWOs, inspectors and monitors, parents, foster parents, family support, educators, researchers, students and, clinicians. FULL details on all the speakers, workshops and presentations will be available on the Unity Through Relationship website:

http://unitythroughrelationship.com/

See link below.

http://unitythroughrelationship.eventbrite.ie

There are reduced rates available until the end of October which makes it extremely good value for a conference. The cost per day is €75 and this includes:

Conference pack, refreshments, lunch and full online access to materials (including presentations and videos of presentation (post event).

NOTES

  1. Bookings for conference evening dinner can be made on the event-brite page.
  2. Accommodation can be booked directly with the Regency Hotel at http://www.regencyhotels.com (use promo code: UNITY)

UNITY Through Relationship 2015

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20th October 2015

‘Irish Aftercare Network Meeting’

We had a very successful Network seminar today with over 40 of our members attending. This created a great forum for highlighting the ongoing national issues affecting our care leavers today, with the main topic of concern regarding the lack of appropriate and supportive housing for our young people leaving the care system.

We hope to accumulate all feedback and concerns and advocate these through the IAN.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our guest speakers today:

– Gemma Collins, Manager Crinan Youth Project Dublin http://crinanyp.org/

– Jacqueline Bourke, Development Officer for Aftercare, Dublin Nth East, TUSLA Child & Family Agency

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19th October 2015

NB Re: Youthreach Allowances for Care Leavers

It has come to our attention that the full rate of €188.00 weekly payment is not being paid by all Youthreach placements to care leavers. On following up on this, we have not been able to receive a full explanation from the Department of Social Protection regarding this however we believe it is due to local area agreements.

Once we have more information regarding this, we will update the information here.

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15th September 2015

NOTE FOR DIARY:

The Next ‘Irish Aftercare Network Meeting’

Date: Tuesday 20th October

Time: 11am – 3pm

Venue: Holycross College, Drumcondra, Dublin 3

If there are any items you would like to add to the agenda or anything you would like discussed at the next meeting on Oct 20th please forward to Yvonne at info@breakingthrough.org

It is hoped that the afternoon session will consist of the group discussing current issues and planning for the year ahead. This would also include any CPD Continuing Professional Development needs you may have.

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04th August 2015

We are very proud to see the news reporting on Jamie Harrington who saved a stranger from Suicide and gave him support to seek help. This young man has since had a baby with his partner and called the baby after Jamie.

If you remember, Jamie gave a brave speech at our recent IAN Seminar, sharing his story regarding mental health.

Please see link below:

http://www.thejournal.ie/young-man-thanked-saving-strangers-life-2252036-Aug2015/

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28th July 2015

Child and Family Agency defends plan to revise allowances for over-18s in State care

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/aftercare-reforms-will-cut-back-foster-family-payments-1.2298887

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The current Irish Aftercare Network Committee would like to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and commitment of the founder members of the Irish Aftercare Forum and appreciate their work in setting up this valuable support for Irish Aftercare Workers.

The Committee would also like to take this opportunity to thank BreakingThrough (especially Marie & Yvonne) for all their support, dedication and hard work in providing us with the means to establish and run the Network for all our members.

Aim of Irish Aftercare Network:

Provide support to people working with Care Leavers