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Parenting and Family Support

Kells Family Resource Centre offers a range of family support services to the local community. Our services are designed to provide community-based support to families in need. We adhere to community development principles and our approach is characterized by local management by a voluntary team. Our team of professionals is dedicated to providing the best possible support to families. We believe that every family is unique and our services are tailored to meet the specific needs of each family. We provide a safe and welcoming environment where families can access a range of services including parenting classes, family mediation, counseling, and support groups. At Kells Family Resource Centre, we are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of families. Our mission is to empower families to reach their full potential and to build stronger, healthier communities. If you have any questions about our services, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Family Support Service

Our team of friendly family support workers is here to help families in Kells town and nearby areas. We want to make sure families feel supported and can handle any challenges they face.

How We Can Help You:

  1. Parenting Help: We work with parents to help them understand and deal with their children's behavior.

  2. Friends and Support: We introduce parents to people and services that can help them, especially with mental health. We believe in taking care of the whole family.

  3. Breastfeeding Support: For new moms, we can help with breastfeeding and make sure it's a positive experience.

  4. Money and Welfare Support: We help families figure out money issues, get welfare payments, and manage their finances.

  5. Homework Assistance: We support kids with their homework to make learning at home easier.

  6. English Help: If English is not your first language, we can help you improve it.

  7. Emotional Support: We understand that everyone needs someone to talk to. We're here for parents when they need someone to listen.

  8. Special Help for Some Families: We can provide extra help for families with kids who need more support.

  9. Help for Teenagers: We work with teenagers to help them through the challenges of growing up.

  10. Early Years Support: We give guidance and help for the early years of a child's life.

  11. Parenting Tips: We share ideas to help parents connect with their kids.

  12. Support for Young Moms: We offer special help for young moms, giving guidance on parenting and personal growth.

 Contact us today, and let's work together to make your family life even better!

Family Mediation Service

What is Family Mediation?

Family Mediation is like having a calm guide by your side during difficult times.

Our trained mediators are here to help you and your family communicate better, make decisions together, and move forward.

How Does It Work?

  1. Talk with a Mediator: We have friendly and trained professionals who will listen to your concerns.

  2. Find Solutions Together: We'll help you and your family talk about important things like living arrangements, parenting, finances, and childcare.

  3. Your Choices Matter: You have a say in the decisions. We believe in giving you control over what happens in your family.

Why Choose Family Mediation?


  • Affordable: We provide a cost-effective way to resolve conflicts.

  • Confidential: Your privacy is important. Our sessions are private, so you can speak openly.

  • Respectful Environment: We create a space where everyone's opinions are valued.

  • Your Needs First: We help you identify your needs and work towards solutions that matter to you.

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Ready to take the first step towards a more harmonious family life? Reach out to us we're here to support you through this journey.


Family Therapy



Parent Plus - Parenting Adolescents

Our program is designed to empower parents to establish not just connections, but strong bonds with their teenagers. We understand the delicate balance between being an authoritative figure and a supportive influence in your teen's life.

Our dedicated team brings you a wealth of insights, drawing from well-researched principles of communication and conflict resolution. Through relatable examples, we guide you in applying effective strategies that foster healthy relationships with your teenagers.


The program features real-life scenarios, including role-play scenes and interviews with both parents and young people, providing practical tools for you to implement in your daily interactions.

As we explore the intricacies of parenting adolescents, we cover a range of topics that are crucial for fostering a positive and harmonious family environment. From getting to know and connecting with your teenager to negotiating rules and boundaries, our comprehensive program addresses the multifaceted aspects of guiding your teen toward responsible adulthood.

Discover the art of positive communication and effective negotiation, key components in building your teenager's self-esteem and confidence. Learn how to instill a sense of responsibility in your teenager, and explore positive discipline methods that promote growth and understanding.

Furthermore, gain valuable insights from real-life experiences shared by young people, offering you a unique perspective on what it's truly like to be a teenager in today's world. Their perspectives provide valuable guidance on creating a family environment that runs smoothly, fostering mutual respect and understanding.

Join us on this transformative journey as we equip you with the tools to navigate the challenges of parenting adolescents, helping your teenagers develop into confident, responsible, and well-adjusted young adults. Together, let's build a foundation for lasting connections and a harmonious family life.

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Parent Plus - Parenting When Separated

We're here to help families going through tough times of separation or divorce.

We know it can be hard, causing stress and conflicts. 

It doesn't matter if you're just starting the separation process, going through a divorce, or it's already happened – our program is made for you. We keep things practical and focus on solutions to make co-parenting easier for you and better for your kids.

Here's what you'll get from our program:

  1. Solving Problems Together: Learn how to fix issues with your ex in a good way, always thinking about what's best for your kids.

  2. Plans for Your Kids: Figure out easy and stress-free plans for your kids that keep things stable and calm.

  3. Talking Better: Get better at talking not just with your kids but also with your ex, so you can both help your kids together.

  4. Feeling Better and Less Stress: Get tips to deal with all the feelings from the separation and learn how to manage stress during this tough time.

  5. Helping Your Kids Feel Better: Learn ways to help your kids handle their feelings about the separation, making sure they're okay.

  6. Handling Parenting Alone: Get support on dealing with being the main parent or living away from your kids.

Our program is made to be easy to understand and focused on what makes you strong as a parent. By joining the Parenting When Separated Program, you're taking a step to make things better for your family. Enroll now and start making co-parenting smoother, ensuring your kids not only get through it but also do well despite the changes.

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Parent Plus - Healthy Families

Our 8-week course is designed to help families thrive by promoting well-being and supporting healthier lifestyle choices. Each session lasts 2.5 hours, giving you the time and tools to build a happy and healthy family life.

Here's what we'll cover during the program:

  1. Creating Healthy Family Habits: Discover simple yet effective habits that contribute to your family's overall health.

  2. Positive Family Relationships: Learn strategies for fostering strong and positive relationships within your family.

  3. Healthy Food Routines: Explore the importance of nutrition and how to establish healthy eating habits for the whole family.

  4. Healthy Mealtimes: Make mealtimes enjoyable and nourishing, creating positive experiences around food.

  5. Active Play and Physical Activity: Discover the fun in staying active as a family and promoting physical well-being.

  6. Managing Screens and Technology: Find a balance in the use of screens and technology to ensure a healthy environment.

  7. Ensuring Restful Sleep Routines: Learn tips and techniques to establish peaceful and restful sleep routines for your children.

  8. Looking After Your Children’s Emotional Well-being: Understand and support your children's emotional well-being as they grow.


Parenting Plans - mentoring

Parenting can be challenging, and sometimes you need a tailored plan to navigate through specific needs or difficulties. Our accredited creative psychotherapist is here to support you in creating a parenting plan that suits your family's unique situation.

Here's how our service works:

  1. First Parent Consultation: We start by understanding your concerns and needs as a parent.

  2. Child Observations: Our therapist observes your child at home and school to gather valuable insights.

  3. Detailed Written Parenting Plan: Based on the consultations and observations, we craft a detailed parenting plan.

  4. Second Parent Consultation: We explain the parenting plan and determine the start dates for implementation.

  5. Two-Week Review: We check in with you through a phone call or Zoom meeting to discuss progress and make any necessary adjustments to the plan.

  6. Four-Week Review: Another follow-up to ensure the plan is effective, with additional recommendations or modifications as needed.

The entire process, including the parenting plans and two reviews, spans six weeks and costs €350.

Once the parenting plan is established and reviewed after four weeks, further therapy options may be considered, such as 1-1 therapy for the child/children or additional parenting sessions. These sessions are payable per session, and we work together to find the best path forward for your family.

Let us help you create a customized parenting plan that addresses your specific challenges and supports the well-being of your family.

Download Therapeutic Services application form:

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Non-Violent Resistance

We understand that sometimes things can get tough, and parents or caregivers might feel scared or overwhelmed by their child's abusive and violent behaviors.

Our NVR program is here to assist parents in changing the way they handle these difficult situations. We believe that the child is not the problem – the problem is the problem. In our family-focused approach, Non-Violent Resistance starts with parents acknowledging this crucial distinction.

NVR empowers parents to take positive action against violent and aggressive behaviors. By providing tools and strategies, we help parents regain control and end the cycle of violent and controlling behavior within the family. Our proven program has successfully supported many families in creating a safer and more harmonious home environment.

If you're looking for a supportive community and effective methods to address challenging behaviors, you're in the right place. Join us on this journey towards positive change and healthier family dynamics with our Family Support Non-Violent Resistance Program.


Circle of Security

Family Support Program, where we embark on a transformative journey to strengthen the bond between parents and children, fostering a secure attachment that lasts a lifetime.

Our program is a comprehensive guide to understanding and supporting your child's emotional world, equipping you with the tools to read their emotional needs, enhance their self-esteem, and honor your innate wisdom as a caregiver.

At the heart of the Circle of Security is a visual map of attachment, inspired by John Bowlby, the pioneer of attachment theory. Bowlby emphasized the central role of intimate attachments in shaping a person's life, from infancy to old age. The Circle of Security draws on this wisdom, recognizing that strong, secure attachments are the foundation for a fulfilling and well-adjusted life.

Key Principles of the Circle of Security Program:

  1. Early Intervention for Lifelong Well-being: Addressing attachment problems in infancy and early childhood significantly reduces the likelihood of psychopathology later in life.

  2. Building a Foundation for Social Competence: Cultivating secure attachment relationships with caregivers in the early years lays the groundwork for social competence and effective functioning of emotion regulation and stress response systems.

  3. Change is Possible: The quality of the attachment relationship is not fixed; it can be positively influenced and improved.

  4. Learning from a Secure Base: True learning and therapeutic change occur within the context of a secure base relationship.

  5. Relationship Capacities Over Techniques: Lasting change stems from caregivers developing specific relationship capacities rather than relying on behavioral management techniques.

  6. Parental Aspirations: All caregivers share a common goal – wanting what is best for their children. Our program aligns with this innate desire, providing guidance and support for optimal child development.

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