Parentstop offers a place and space to talk about any parenting challenge – The way we work at Parentstop is all about meeting the needs of parents facing any kind of parenting challenge. Mostly parents phone our services in Letterkenny or any of the outreach service areas and make an appointment to talk to someone on a one-to-one basis. You will be given an appointment within the following week and you will come and meet with one of the team – Helen in Letterkenny; Gertrude somewhere in Inishowen; Julie in Donegal Town and Sarah in Downings. Usually an appointment lasts for about 1 hour and you have the place and space to talk about whatever the parenting challenge. Many parents come back again for a few more appointments trying out different suggestions and taking small steps to get to where they want to be.
This is a free service supported by public finance and all information is confidential between the Parent Support Service and the individual parent. Your data is protected and records are held on the numbers coming to the service and the type of challenge or support required. The only exception to this is under Children First where a disclosure has been made concerning Child Protection.
This support is for all parents; guardians; co-parents; foster parents; carers; grandparents and those in parenting roles and our only requirement is that all parents must want the support offered at Parentstop and in most cases make the appointment themselves. In many cases parents are advised to come by their GP; the Principal or teacher at their child’s school; the local Garda; the PHN; other family support services; other health services; a family member; a friend; a counselor; or community worker – to name a few.