Our Services & Supports

Supporting Families and the Community

Our Supports & Services


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Family Supports

New Family Registration

A time for new families to meet with the staffs. Learn about our programme and complete the registration process.


Fridays:   9.00 am – 12.45pm 

Parent & Child Groups

These groups provide a safe space to engage and play alongside your child, to meet other parents, make friends and share experiences. Group leaders are present to offer child development and parenting support and advice.


Every Wednesday (outdoors):   9.45 – 11.15am
Every Thursday (indoors):   11.30am – 12.45pm

Parent & Baby/ Toddler Groups

This is a group for parents/carers to deepen your understanding of your baby’s development and to support you to discover your baby’s unique and amazing abilities.


Every Friday:   11.15am – 12.30pm

Parent & Child Creative Mindfulness Strategies

A group for learning simple strategies to practice mindfulness with your child at home. Parents and children can feel unsure or overwhelmed in daily life, particularly during the current crisis, the aim of the group is to give parents skills and ideas to feel confident to implement some mindful practice at home with their children.

  • €3 voluntary contribution per course
  • €6 voluntary contribution with childcare


Every Friday:   9.30 – 10.45am

Supporting Access Visits

We offer a supportive and neutral environment for agreed child access visits for separated parents. Agency referral only.

 

Contact Ying on 01 874 6810 for more information. 

FURTHER INFORMATION

For more information on our family supports, classes and programmes please contact Alison or Jennifer on 01 874 6810 or email childteamleader@hillstreetfrc.ie

Parent & Care-Giver Supports

Parents Cafe

The Parents’ Café provides parents with an opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and discuss issues that matter to you most. Group open to Preparation for Preschool parents/carers only.


Every Tuesday:   9:15 – 11:00am

Every Friday:   9:15am – 11.00am

Parenting Course

This 10-week course is designed to support parents/ carers and strengthen their parenting skills. It covers a range of parenting topics including communication and dealing with behavioral issues.
Limited childcare spaces available.

€25 voluntary contribution for the course.
€3 voluntary contribution for childcare session.

Mondays for 10 weeks from 26th Sept 2022:   9:15 – 11:30am

Mindful Parenting Course

This 10-week course will introduce parents/ carers to mindfulness and self-compassion practices. It will explore how to create more calmness, connection, and happiness in everyday family life. Parents will be introduced to fun and creative ways to support their child’s positive mental health and well-being. Limited childcare spaces available.

€3 voluntary contribution per class.
€6 voluntary contribution per class with childcare.


Thursdays for 10 weeks from 6th October 2022:   9:30-10.30am

Parent & Child Creative Mindfulness Strategies

A group for learning simple strategies to practice mindfulness with your child at home. Parents and children can feel unsure or overwhelmed in daily life, particularly during the current crisis, the aim of the group is to give parents skills and ideas to feel confident to implement some mindful practice at home with their children.

  • €3 voluntary contribution per course
  • €6 voluntary contribution with childcare


Every Friday:   9.30 – 10.45am

Parents Forum

This is a group for parents/ carers attending Hill Street FRC to meet in a supportive environment to share information, knowledge and skills, discuss ideas, views, concerns and make suggestions. The group works together to input into future programmes for our families and the community.

For more information contact Kata on 01 874 6810 or email developmentworker@hillstreetfrc.ie

One-to-One Parenting Support

Parenting support is offered to parents individually or through joint parent and child work. The joint parent and child work focuses on enhancing the relationship through play activities in the Centre’s Family Support Room. Agency and Self referrals are accepted.

For more information contact Kata on 01 874 6810 or email developmentworker@hillstreetfrc.ie

FURTHER INFORMATION

For more information on our Parenting classes and programmes please contact For more information contact Kata on 01 874 6810 or email developmentworker@hillstreetfrc.ie

Child Supports

Afterschool

Afterschool activities with a focus on child development for children aged 4 – 6 years. Activities include free play, arts and crafts, mindfulness, yoga, sports, science and outdoor play.

Every Monday: 2.15 – 4.15pm
Every Tuesday: 2.15 – 4.15pm
Every Wednesday: 2.15 – 4.15pm
Every Thursday:   2.15 – 4.15pm

Preparation for Preschool Programme

These sessions help prepare your child for preschool by gradually developing your child’s independence, language and communication skills. Parents attend with their child from September to December and then attend our Parents Café from January to June. The programme is suitable for children aged aged 1 year, 9 months to 3 years+.

Every Tuesday:   9:15 – 11am   
Every Friday:   9:15 – 11am   

Child Play Therapy

Our play therapists work with children and families to nurture change and development. They address issues around: parental separation, attachment, bereavement, loss, behavioral problems, trauma, anxiety and more.

  • Agency and self-referrals are accepted.
  • Payment by donation.

For more information please contact our Confidential Counselling Line on 085 853 2741

Children's Activity Camp

Afterschool activities with a focus on child development for preschool and primary school children aged 3.5 – 6 years. Activities include play time with a wide variety of age appropriate toys, arts and crafts, stories and songs, music and movement, outdoor play, fun and games.

  • Contribution of €3 per session.

Every Monday:   2.15 – 4.15pm
Every Thursday:   2.15 – 4.15pm 

FURTHER INFORMATION

For more information on our Parenting classes and programmes please contact For more information contact Kata on 01 874 6810 or email developmentworker@hillstreetfrc.ie

Community Supports

Adult English Classes

A welcoming environment to learn and improve your English through conversation with other parents in a supportive class.

  • €3 voluntary contribution per class.
  • €6 voluntary contribution per class with childcare (limited childcare spaces available).


Thursdays from 15th September 2022:   9:15-11:15am

Adult Yoga Class

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. Reduce anxiety and stress and strengthen your body with our 6-week Yoga Programme.

  • €3 voluntary contribution per class.
  • €6 voluntary contribution per class with childcare (limited childcare spaces available).


Mondays for 6 weeks from September 19th 2022:   10:15 – 11.30am

Intercultural Community Theatre Group

The Theatre Group is open to all adults in the community. The group meets every week to explore culture and what it means for them while participating in drama workshops, story exchange, playwriting, dancing and collaborating on a theatre play to perform. 


Wednesdays from 26th September 2022:   6:00 – 8:00pm

Hill Street Men's Group

A space for men to come together, meet new people, share stories and learn new skills.


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Dublin Central Housing Action Support Group

Trouble with your landlord? Worried about being evicted? Has your rent increased? Living in poor conditions? Living in an overcrowded home?

Contact Housing Support Group for:

  • Practical information on tenant’s rights
  • Support dealing with landlords & the council
  • Help accessing services


For more information contact: dublincentralhousingaction@gmail.com or visit the DCHA Facebook page at facebook.com/dublincentralhousingaction

Summerhill Public Health Nurse Outreach Clinic

Public Outreach Clinic from Summerhill Public Health Nurse.


Every Wednesday:   10am – 12pm and 2 – 3.30pm (by appointment only)
Please contact Summerhill Health Centre directly outside of these hours on 01 921 1500.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For more information on our Community Supports please call  01 874 6810 or email info@hillstreetfrc.ie

Mental Health Supports

Adult Counselling

Confidential counselling service available to adults 18+ who feel they would benefit from support on issues relating to bereavement, loss or relationship difficulties. To make an appointment please leave your details on the counselling line message service and a counsellor will contact you to make a suitable appointment time.

  • Agency and self-referrals are accepted.
  • Payment by donation.

For more information please contact the Confidential Counselling Line on 085 853 2741.

Child Counselling

Our child counsellors and play therapists work with children and families, to nurture change and development. Family counselling tends to view change in terms of the interaction between family members and can help them by improving listening and communication skills through play and dialogue. Child Counselling involves working with the child using creative methods such as art, drawing, sand tray, play and story making.

Counselling can address address issues around:

· Parental separation
· Bereavement /Loss
· Attachment
· Behavioural problems
· Trauma
· Anxiety

  • Agency and self-referrals are accepted.
  • Payment by donation.

For more information please contact the Confidential Counselling Line on 085 853 2741.

Positive Health & Wellbeing Course

You will learn the importance of how positive health contributes to your overall wellbeing, learn how you can realise your own abilities and potential, and learn coping skills to deal with the normal stresses of daily life. Including relaxation, mindfulness and coping strategies.

  • € 3 voluntray contribution per session.
  • €6 voluntray contribution with childcare.

Every Tuesday:   9.30 -10.45 am and 11.15am – 12.30pm (limited childcare available)
Every Wednesday:   9.30 – 10.45am (no childcare available)

Hearing Voices Peer Support Group

mHearing voices, seeing things and other unusual experiences are common responses to extreme stress. This peer support group is open to everyone who has these experiences.

For more information please contact Bernie on 085 782 7596

FURTHER INFORMATION

For more information on our Parenting classes and programmes please contact For more information contact Kata on 01 874 6810 or email developmentworker@hillstreetfrc.ie

What People Say About Our Supports & Services…

Afterschool Group Testimonial

My children attended the Afterschool groups in Hill Street FRC, the days of the group are happy days. The Hill Street FRC provide amazing time for the kids, with new experience, learning, playing, fun. They have also made so many friends.

Always after the groups the kids came back home very happy and telling me all how nice it was. When I ask to Daniel what he liked the most his answer is: Everything. I have no words to describe how thankful I am for having the opportunity to send my children to the afterschool groups.

The Afterschool team in Hill Street FRC is amazing, full of kindness and patience.  

Felipe and Daniel love it and they are buiding very nice memories in Hill Street FRC.

Thanks a million.

Note: We will miss you Jennifer

Jaque

Parent and Child Group Testimonial

My son and I attended the Parent and Child Groups in Hill Street FRC every week.

We really enjoyed the group, they are very organised and fun. From aprons for water and sand-play to every small bit and piece for parents’ peace of mind. Place where not only children get to socialise, play and grow together but parents too. It’s a lovely opportunity to meet neighbouring families and exchange tips and tricks! 

Kaori

Preparation for Preschool Testimonial

Because I wanted my son to mix with other kids his own age and just have fun especially through Covid it was harder  for them to socialise. In Hill Street in the preparation for pre-school programme my son did have fun and mixed with lots of kids while learning so many skills like speaking, listening, socialising and even sharing.

I feel this programme really helped us to be better prepared for preschool.

Eileen