My office is in Drogheda, but my day often starts in Dundalk as The Genesis Programme is a consortium of 50+ organisations working with children, families and communities in Dundalk and Drogheda.
Much of our work is about driving the delivery of the Incredible Years programmes through partner organisations so there are lots of inter-agency meetings.
The Incredible Years is a series of interlocking, evidence-based programmes for children, their parents and teachers.
Its goal is to prevent and treat young children’s behavioural problems and promote their social, emotional and academic competence.
We are funded through the ABC Programme so there is lots of contact with the Department of Children and their programme managers about implementation and evaluation. Sometimes this involves meetings in Dublin.
I have a great project team to ensure programmes deliver the best outcomes for children and families. We put an hour aside each week for a team meeting but there are lots of day-to-day conversations on progress.
I always make time for lunch but sometimes it entails having a meeting as we need to be flexible to work with our partners — early years and schools — who have their own work to do as well.
Recently a lot of my time has been spent planning the Making Change Happen conference we hosted with Louth Children and Young People’s Services Committee. It was a great opportunity to showcase all the work we do.
New needs are always emerging and we will be introducing new programmes to support families with children at risk of ADHD and for parents of children with autism. This involves funding applications, seeking new partners and planning programme delivery.
I get home as quick as I can to see my wife and kids and have dinner together.
As coaching officer with my local GAA Club there’s always a meeting or a session.
* Hugh Doogan, programme manager with The Genesis Programme, an Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme for Louth funded by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs and Atlantic Philanthropies
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