The Incredible Years

The Shannow FRC Incredible Years Parenting Programme is due to start on Friday 18th January 2019 from 10am to 12noon.

When: This 14-week programme starts Friday 18th January 2019

Where: Shannow Family Resource Centre, The Cloisters, Abbeydorney

Time: 10am – 12pm

Cost: Free of Charge

Who is it for?

Mum, Dad, Grandparent or Carer with a child/children between 3-12 years

If you are concerned about your child/children’s behaviour and/or social skills

If you are looking for some new parenting tips?

To apply:

Places are limited. Please call Shannow FRC at 066 719 8018, or drop into the Shannow Centre in the Cloisters Abbeydorney for more information or to register.



‘Rainbows’ is a peer support group to help children where a significant loss has affected their lives.  There are 3 levels within Rainbows:

Level 1:  4-6 years

Level 2:  7-8 years

Level 3:  9-11 years

Each group will have between 3 and 6 children and will be organised and facilitated by trained and compassionate volunteers.

One to One Family Support + Meitheal (Tusla)

Kenmare Family Centre are offering support to families through challenging issues in their lives. This can occur at the Kenmare Family Centre/Family Homes/Schools etc. It’s ongoing and free of charge. For more info contact Kenmare family resource centre on 064 6642790 / 087 7086641 or

Jigsaw Kerry

Every Wednesday Jigsaw Kerry provide mental health support for children and young adults (12-25) for the full day free of charge. Appointment only, please contact Jigsaw for further information.

Homework support where English is not the first language – SWKFRC & Third Age.

Help for parents and children to improve their English and cope with overseeing homework/developing links with new families. Contact SWKFRC 066 948100 / 087 0629072

Empowering Young People SWKFRC.

These workshops are in response to a sizeable number of parents who have requested a programme to help their child who is being bullied or suffering from very low self-esteem. (5th & 6th class). These workshops are dependent on requests from schools. For more information, contact 066 9481000 or


Sexual Health & Relationships Support for Parents

A comprehensive programme for developing parents confidence, skills and knowledge to approach the area of sexual health with their children. For further details contact SW Kerry FRC on (066) 9481000 /

Special Needs Support Groups

Kenmare Family Centre offer support for parents of Special needs children (weekly Mon-Thurs). Its a free service that runs from 6pm-7pm Monday and 3pm-4pm Thursday. Drumming happens on a Monday and Monkeynastics is on a Thursday. For further information phone 064 6642790 / 087 7086641 or email

Post Natal Depression Support Group

North Kerry Primary Care Team, HSE in partnership with Listowel FRC is supporting a new Post Natal Depression Support Group.  It takes place the first Wednesday of every month at 8pm in Listowel FRC.

The group provides a confidential space and listening ear with other moms who may be experiencing some of the following:

  • Finding it difficult to cope – that everything is an effort?
  • A lack of interest in yourself or your baby?
  • Feeling anxious, angry, confused?
  • Not enjoying your time with your baby as much as you anticipated?

If so, consider coming along to the new Post Natal Depression Support Group.  Partners and family members are also welcome.  Please contact 086 7872107 for further information on the support group meetings.

For further information on Post Natal Depression contact or facebook PND Ireland.

Strengthening Families Programme

A Fourteen week preventative programme for families at risk of drugs & alcohol abuse.

Parent Plus – Parents of Children with Additional Needs

This is a programme for parents of children with additional needs, and the programme focuses on connecting with and building relationships with their children.

Support For parents of Children with Disabilities

Droichead na Daoine FRC facilitates monthly meetings at the Seaview Day Care Centre where parents meet to support each other and share information.  For further details contact 064 6675879 /

Empowering Parents! Peer Support Programme for Parents of Children who Experience Disability

The aim of the programme is to facilitate parents to express their hopes and fears  for their children, to seek supports based on equality of opportunity and respect, to provide parents with information on their rights and entitlements and to support them in expressing their views and accessing these rights.  This is an opportunity for parents to meet others who have similar experiences and create supportive links within the community.  The content of this programme includes asking what disability is, as well as exploring the medical versus the social model of disability.  The group will also look at inclusion, barriers to inclusion, communicating about children’s needs, advocacy, legal and policy provisions, and the emotional needs of parents themselves.

Ballyspillane Family Resource Centre:  If you are interested in this programme and would like more information please contact:  Michelle Moore (Family Support Worker), Ballyspillane Family Resource Centre, Killarney on 064 6635589 / 087 3907478.

SWKerry FRC:   Details to be confirmed.  For information contact SWKerry FRC on 066 9481000 /

Education Supports

Many of the Kerry Family Resource Centres offer homework supports for children:

Maine Valley FRC offer educational supports for children in the afterschool settings.  This is offered on a referral basis.  Contact 066 9767833 /

Maine Valley FRC also deliver a workshop ‘Math for Parents for children in Primary School’. For further details contact 066 9767833 /

SWKerry FRC offer homework supports for children where English is not their first language.  Contact 066 9481000 /

Castleisland FRC offer primary school learning supports on Tuesdays from 3 – 5pm during the school term.  Cost €3.  Contact 087 7553066 /

Learning Support Unit

Castleisland FRC offer support for children throughout the school year on Tuesday from 3-4 and 4-5 at a cost of €3. It is available to those who require additional assistance (referrals through schools). Family support. For more information contact 087 7553066 or

Bi-monthly meetings facilitated by Droichead na Daoine FRC at Kenmare Day Care Centre where parents of children with learning difficulties can gain information on services available to them.  There is no cost to participants.  For further information contact SWKerry FRC on 064 6675879 /


Additional Needs Camp

Castleisland FRC run an ongoing programme for primary school children with additional needs/support for families every Wednesday from 3pm-4pm at a cost of €15.  For further details contact / (087) 7553066.

Castlemaine offer an additional needs camp for school aged children at different times throughout the year.  The camp offers a wide variety of topics.  The camp provides 3 hours of supervised fun, one to one support, and activities to suit all children’s individual abilities, needs and interests. It is in a secure, safe and child friendly environment. This camp also provides respite for the parents/guardians during out of school holidays. Along with offering an opportunity for the parents to meet each other and have a chat over a cup of tea/coffee. Minimal cost to parents.  For further details contact Castlemaine FRC on 066 9767833 / 086 0580019 /

Play Therapy 

Play therapy is suitable for children who are experiencing: difficulty maintaining healthy social relationships; increased aggression or acting out behaviour; difficulty concentrating in school;  becoming withdrawn or bullied; becoming anxious with difficulty separating from family.

Killorglin FRC – for further details contact Killorglin FRC on 066 9762933 /

Maine Valley FRC – for further details contact 066 9767833 / 086 0580019 or

SWKerry FRC facilitate play therapy sessions on Thursdays at a cost of €50 per session.  For further details contact SWKFRC on 066 9481000 /