Tusla National Child and Family Support Week, which celebrates support services available to parents, children and young people, took place last week with several successful local events.

Centres in Clondalkin and Ballyfermot played host to teams from Tusla’s Prevention, Partnership and Family Support [PPFS] Programme who spoke with local parents and staff about the supports available in their area.

In addition to attending these community events, Tusla support workers also met the public at information stands in Lucan Shopping Centre and Jervis Shopping Centre throughout the week.

The team also visited St Matthew’s Family Resource Centre on Friday to take part in the monthly Coffee Morning hosted by staff at the centre on Drumfinn Park.

The event was attended by local parents as well as Child and Family Network Coordinators Grainne Finnegan and Miriam Schweigard.

Speaking following the conclusion of National Child and Family Support Week last Friday (17th), Gráinne Finnegan was happy with the local community’s interaction with Tusla.

“There has been an unbelievable response from the public across Dublin all week,” she said.

“It has been hugely beneficial for us to be able to meet so many parents and offer advice and information about services and supports that they may not be aware of.

“We have been able to spread the word about the Meitheal process, family support service as well as groups and classes taking place right here in the community.”

As part of the week-long awareness event local services part-funded by Tusla held their own activities, programmes and classes within the community.

Many families receive the current services that are on offer both from Tusla, and from Tusla- funded services in the community and voluntary sector.

It is vital to promote the services and supports that are available on an ongoing basis so all families, parents and children are aware of the range of services provided by Tusla.

Families can directly contact the services at times of need to avail of supports.