Aosog works with children aged 7-12 years only.
Referral forms are available from the Project on request. The reason for referral must be clear, and that the children needs some additional support educationally/ socially/ emotionally. The parents/ guardians must be aware of the referral and in agreement with it, and sign the referral form.
Children are offered a place for 1 year from when they start, a second year may be offered if it is deemed necessary or will benefit the child/family.
The catchment area for places in Aosóg is the NCR, Rathdown Road, North Quays, Infirmary Road and all the roads/ Streets within this boundary, including Stoneybatter, Drumalee Estate. Children from Blackhorse Grove and Dunard may be considered for places if they attend one of the following schools, St Gabriel’s, Stanhope Street NS or St Paul’s CBS, Brunswick Street.
Due to the limited number of places, we cannot accept referrals from outside our catchment area.
Schools, Tusla/ HSE staff, Gardai, local voluntary agencies, and parents/ guardians can also self -refer. Tusla referrals take priority for vacancies and on the waiting list.
Children can be referred to Aosog for a variety of reasons, welfare concerns, poor school attendance, need for help with homework, support in making friends/ social skills, family circumstances such as poor housing/ parental separation, social isolation, need for support for emotional/ behavioural issues.
If you are unsure of the suitability of the referral, please ring and speak to a member of staff or the Project Leader 01 8102122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Making a referral to the Project, does not guarantee a place. Each referral is assessed on the level of need, and the child’s potential to benefit from participating in the Project. The Referral Committee looks at all referrals.
Aosóg is not a club, it is a Children’s Project where the welfare and safety of the children is our primary concern, Aosóg has structures and routines for the safety of the children attending the project, programmes for social and educational development, supports for vulnerable children and also provides support to the parents/ families of participants.
The Project is open Monday to Fridays 10am -6pm. Children are invited to attend after school from 2.30 to 5pm approximately, times may vary depending on the programmes being run, children may attend from 1 to 3 days depending on the level of need.
During the Summer months, children attend the Summer Programme on block weeks, each child gets a minimum of 1 weeks activities, and a maximum of 3 weeks.
Yes, Aosog runs informal and formal parents groups September to June 2-3 mornings a week. Priority is given to parents of children on the Project but if there are places available they are open to parents in the community.
The courses include cooking, crafts, mindfulness, personal development, parenting skills, budgeting, healthy eating etc.
There are also regular family visits, advocacy and advice.
Family days and events throughout the year.
There is no charge for attending the Main Programme after school. For the Summer Programme, we ask for a small contribution of €10 per child, this covers all trips, food, transport, and activities.
For Family trips, there is a small contribution per person, however if a family cannot afford the fee, no child will be excluded for non -payment. Please talk to a Staff member.
Parents groups are free.
Aosóg is core funded by Tusla, Child and Family Agency, along with small grants, donations and occasional family contributions.
Aosóg is a Limited Company by Guarantee, and is managed by a Voluntary Board of Management.