Aosóg is a community based Child and Family Project based in the North West Inner City of Dublin. Aosóg was established in 1997 by people living and working in the area, who identified a need for a project to support children and their families. The Project works with children aged 7-12 years and their families who live and attend school in the area.
The safety and welfare of the children attending the Project is central to our work, we see each child as an individual with their own needs and interests, and work in partnership with parents and guardians to support children’s wellbeing and safety. Aosóg is inclusive, we welcome and respect children regardless of race, religious beliefs or background. We accept all referrals but places are offered on the basis of need and potential to benefit from the support offered. Places are limited due to high staff to child ratio. The initial placement is for 1 year, with a possibility of a second year. Aosóg is a children’s project not a club, therefore places are by referral from schools, agencies and self referral.
Aosóg is core funded by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, and adheres to Children First Guidelines and legislation, has a Child Safeguarding Statement, Health and Safety Statement, and all policies and procedures are regularly reviewed and updated.
Aosóg is managed by a voluntary Board made up of people living and working in the area, the Board meet regularly and are responsible for the governance and financial compliance of the Project.
The aim of the Project is to support the personal and social development of the children who are referred to Aosóg, to help them meet their full potential socially and educationally in a safe, caring and fun environment.
Aosóg offers after school groups daily from September to June, and activities/trips during midterm and holiday breaks.
Aosóg offers both individual and group programmes depending on the social, emotional and educational needs of the children.
Aosóg staff work closely with parents to support them in their role as parents, to build their capacity and skills, and to empower them to provide a safe, caring environment for their children.
The Project is staffed by qualified and experienced personnel, the staff team comprises of the Project Leader, 2 Project Workers, Relief Staff, part time Administrator. The Staff team meet weekly to review and evaluate the programmes and to plan for the week ahead. Staff also avail of relevant training such as First Aid, HACCP, Parenting / facilitation skills, Meitheal training and more. All staff are Garda vetted prior to starting work on the Project.
Aosóg also has 2 volunteer Play Therapists, who provide one to one support to children experiencing emotional and social difficulties. These sessions are weekly for 10/12 weeks, and are extended where needed. The sessions take place in the Aosóg Family Room which has a newly fitted sensory wall and equipment.
The Project takes third level students on block placements subject to interview, suitability and Garda vetting. Aosóg also takes students from transition year and LCA for work experience when possible and if the candidate is suitable.