Dolly Parton Imagination Library’s 1st Birthday

We celebrated the 1st birthday of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Cork on 23rd November 2021. We had several celebrations planned to mark the occasion, some of which had to be amended at the last minute due to the updated Covid restrictions. We hosted a site visit from Dr Marion Gillooly, Executive Director The Dollywood Foundation UK & Ireland, and Emma Reilly, Literacy Co-ordinator Childhood Development Initiative CLG. This was an important opportunity for Marion and Emma to meet with some of our local Cork interagency working group members to reflect on the 1st year of the programme in Cork and to plan for next year. Marion and Emma presented at our virtual celebration event. During this event we shared a montage of photographs and video clips of babies, toddlers, children, parents, caregivers, families, EY settings and schools enjoying their favourite books across the community! Thanks to everyone who sent in their fantastic photographs and video clips: https://www.facebook.com/letsgrowtogethercork/videos/1086488172121885/

We also shared a storytelling session by Kathleen Gildea, EY Mentor, reading her favourite book from the Imagination Library. We were delighted to have parents/caregivers, children, EY settings and schools tune into the virtual event on the day. We will have a link to the recording of this event available on the website very soon. There are over 1,000 children currently registered with the Imagination Library and receiving books in the post every month!

Tender for Clinical Psychologist Contract for Pilot Service

Following a period of organisational change and development we wish to invite suitably qualified individuals to tender for a contract for the provision of external psychological consultancy services to the organisation on a fixed-term pilot basis until the end of 2021. The purpose of this pilot is two-fold: to provide ongoing psychologically informed support to … Read more

Launch of Lets Grow Together! Infant and Childhood Partnerships CLG

  Summary Launch of Lets Grow Together! Infant and Childhood Partnerships CLG 4th of June 2021   Officially launched by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin. A launch that inspired many and brought people together to focus on what young children need, their rights, the value of prevention and early intervention, which sets children up for lifelong … Read more

New Publications

  Our Strategic Plan for 2021-2025 and the Many Voices of Let’s Grow Together! Both documents are available for download here If you would like to get a hardcopy of either document please email info@letsgrowtogether.ie

Molly and Wally arrive to their new schools

We are delighted that these schools have received their new pupils! (puppets) to now use the IY Dina Programme which they have also been trained to deliver. Dina is a very children friendly, strengths based way to support children as they develop their social skills, communication and problem solving. 6 schools in our area now … Read more

Let’s Grow Together! Infant & Childhood Partnerships: Vacancies x 3

We are now seeking to recruit a for a number of roles within our organisation with various closing dates as follows, with details of the vacancies available here:- Temporary full-time Post-Doctoral Researcher [fixed-term contract to 31st December 2021] Recruitment closes: 12pm on 17th May 2021 Full-time Infant Mental Health and Wellbeing (IMHW) Co-ordinator* [initial contract … Read more

Cork Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force Representative

Cork Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force are reaching out to local community groups and agencies seeking a community member to represent Cork North West. North West of Cork City includes the areas of Knocknaheeny / Hollyhill, Faranree, Fairhill, Blackpool, Shandon, Shanakiel and Gurranabraher. A community representative’s role is to bring issues from their community … Read more

Schools Community Support Worker (Part-Time)

  We are now seeking to recruit a part-time (25 hours per week) Schools Community Support Worker to join our team for an initial fixed-term contact to 31st December 2021 (this may be extended based on operational need and continued funding). For full details please go to the Vacancies page.

ECEC Blog!

Although Early Childhood Education and Care settings are currently opened for children of essential workers and vulnerable children, more children will be returning this Monday, the 8th of March on a phased basis. I can only imagine the excitement this Sunday night as more children are reunited with their key workers and their friends! This … Read more