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Will YOU be our next Parents Plus Board Trustee in 2020?

Parents Plus is currently looking for talented and motivated new Trustees who can serve on the Parents Plus board to advise and guide the organisation to the next stage of its development.

We are interested in hearing from potential Trustees  who:
  1. Have experience of delivering the Parents Plus Programmes in frontline agencies and/or managing the roll out of the programmes to communities.
  2. Are service managers and have experience of service development in agencies such as the Department of Education, the Department of Health, H.S.E. and TUSLA.
  3. Other individuals who may not be directly involved in the services above but who have specific skills in organisation development for charities, finance and accounting
    Commitment of Trustees
    Trustees are expected to attend 5-7 board meetings per year and to participate in various subgroups that may be established from time to time.While the Trustees are elected at the AGM each year, we envision that Trustees who become involved consider they are making a 3 to 5 year commitment to this position.As per the Charity Goverance code, Trustees are voluntary appointments.Application Process
    You can apply to this rewarding and exciting role by:1) Forwarding your C.V. and a statement of interest in the work of Parents Plus to the contact below.
    2) C.V.’s will be reviewed by the CEO and the Chair of the board, and suitable applicants will be invited to interview for the position
    3) Once a candidate is approved, he/she is invited onto the board for a trial period of six months.  This trial period allows both the candidate and the Parents Plus board to decide if there is a good fit.  At the end of the six months, if both the candidate and the existing board members are happy, then the candidate is invited to become elected as a director at the next AGM.For more information
    If you would like more information or an informal discussion relating to this post, please email John Sharry, CEO of Parents Plus, john@parentsplus.ie.

Background – Parents Plus CLG
Parents Plus CLG was founded in 1998 and works to develop and disseminate evidence based programmes for families in Ireland and internationally.  In order to ensure long term sustainable benefit, the charity adopts a ‘train the trainer’ approach to empower professionals and community leaders to deliver the programmes in their agencies and local areas.  Specifically,  Parents Plus provides programme materials and facilitator training, post training supervision and coaching, as well as evaluation and implementation support to local agencies and groups over time, to build long-term family support capacity, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

Background – Parents Plus Programmes
Parents Plus currently have seven flagship programmes, which are delivered as structured courses with small groups of parents, children and adolescents utilising DVD input, hand-outs, group exercises and homework.

The Programmes are delivered over 6 -12 weeks to small groups of parents and adolescents by community professionals who have undergone Parents Plus training.

The seven evidence based flagship programmes are:
1) The Early Years Programme (For parents of children 1-6 years)
2) The Children’s Programme (For parents of children 6 -11) 

3) The Adolescent’s Programme (For parents of adolescents 11-16 years)
4) The Working Things Out Programme (Targeted at adolescents aged 11-16)
5) Parenting when Separated Programme (Targeted at parents post separation)
6) Parents Plus Special Needs Programme (To support parents with an adolescent with an intellectual disability)
7) Parents Plus Healthy Families Programme (To support healthy, active and positive family lifestyles)

The Parents Plus Programmes have all been developed in partnership with Irish parents and children specifically including their individual experiences. 

There is now a substantial body of evidence demonstrating the high impact of the Parents Plus Programmes in terms of reducing emotional/behaviour problems for children, alleviating parental stress, as well as improving children’s learning within the home.  See www.parentsplus.ie/research for further details.

Organisation Structure
Parents Plus was established as a registered charity under the auspices of the Mater Hospital in 2001 (Charity No. CHY 13664) and a company limited by guarantee in 2013 (CRO 530105). 

The conduct of our organisation is governed by our Memorandum and Articles of Association.  All profits from sales of programmes and training are re-invested in developing new materials and sponsoring facilitator training. 

Parents Plus also receives funding through a variety of grants and government bodies including An Pobal/ Dept. of the Environment and the ESB.  Recently, Parents Plus was awarded an innovation grant via TUSLA to develop the Parents Plus Healthy Families Programme.

Parents Plus is governed by a voluntary board and run by a small number of part-time staff.  Parents Plus has signed up to the Charity Governance Code.
See www.parentsplus.ie/about for details of the current trustees and key personnel