FRC conference speakers announced

Boyle Family Resource Centre is celebrating their 30th anniversary of supporting individuals, families and the community by holding a conference in King House, Boyle on November 23rd.

The Conference theme is ‘It Takes a Community to Raise a Child’.

In England at a School Leavers Forum recently, The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton stated when speaking of her son George: “As a mother, just getting used to leaving my own child at the school gates, it is clear to me that it takes a whole community to help raise a child. Whether we are school leavers, teachers, support staff or parents we are all in this together”

You don’t need to go through life alone there are people, supports and community there for you every step of the way and as Boyle FRC often would say we offer service and support ‘from the cradle to the grave’.

The conference has a variety of speakers which include:

Chris Monahan who is Interim National Family Resource Centre Manager with Tusla will officially open the Conference.

Joe Dixon:  Joe is a role model, an inspiration, a clever and funny man, Joe is a compassionate, sensitive human being who himself experiences depression from time to time and has once contemplated suicide.  It is Joe’s dearest wish to try and educate families to be able to reach out to loved ones and seek help.

Gillian Roddie: Snapchat: gemeroodles Gillian is a Mum of two who works in Trinity College as a Student Support Officer, a Tutor with the Trinity Access Programme and curator of the ‘ScienceSnaps’ series on Snapchat. Despite working as a Science Tutor for ten years her biggest learning experience has come from becoming a mother, and quickly found out that having kids exposes everything you never knew.   She’s still waiting on the Course Handbook to help her figure it all out.

Noel C Duggan is an entrepreneur who brought the Eurovision Song Contest to Millstreet in Cork. He is an inspiration with his words of wisdom and those of his humble beginnings in County Roscommon.

Tiffany Jennings Walsh:   Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer for County Roscommon based in Boyle FRC and Vita House, Roscommon

Sean Maguire: Accredited Addiction Counsellor with over 20 year experience working in both inpatient and outpatient addiction services.  Speaking about addiction & the family focusing on evidence base approaches in responding to a loved one’s substance misuse.

Sinead Raftery: Accredited Psychotherapist & Addiction Counsellor, wide range of experience in working with families and substance misusers in outpatient addiction services. Speaking about addiction & the family focusing on evidence based approaches in responding to a loved one’s substance misuse.

Moya Mohan: Moya has experience working with adults and adolescents both in a private setting at Boyle Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre (where she remains as a member of the Board of Directors), and with children both privately and as part of a multi-disciplinary team within a primary and secondary school. She also works with Lawcare, a psychological support body for solicitors, barristers and legal professionals across Ireland, the UK and the British Isles.

Annette Keenehan is a volunteer on the Board of Directors of Boyle FRC; she has been involved in the Centre for the past 30 years. She is retired from her career in the bank and is mother and grandmother.

Marie McNamara is a volunteer of Boyle FRC and has been for a number of years. Marie has seen the value of ‘It Takes a Community to Raise a Child’ first hand and will speak about her experience in the local community

At the conference you will also hear from Evelyn O’Donnell who is Chairperson of the Board, Louise Moran (Manager), Maura Callaghan (Director of Counselling and Psychotherapy), and Fr Michael Duignan (Chancellor of the Diocese of Elphin)

This conference is open to all and promises to be a very interesting day.

This conference is free, lunch is provided and places need to be booked in advance as places are limited. To book you can phone Boyle FRC on 0719663000, email [email protected] or through Eventbrite

Boyle FRC supporting you, your family and our communities.


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