Nurturing 

Centres

The experience of being homeless is deeply traumatic for children and their parents, homelessness itself is traumatic and puts families in situations where they are at greater risk of additional traumatic experiences.

Sophia recognises this and has a dedicated childcare team working in our Nurturing Centres. The Nurturing Centres focus on each child encouraging them to thrive despite any traumas they may have experienced. 

In our dedicated Nurturing Centres in Donabate and Cork St, Sophia provides support to the families living in Sophia tenancies. We also provide support to families living in emergency accommodation through our Outreach Services.

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In total 48 children were supported by Sophia Nurturing Centres through pre-school and after-school services in 2019 with our Afterschool Club which went from strength to straight in 2019.

 

The St John of God early years group continued to work with our Nurturing

Centre in Cork St taking part in drama classes.

Sophia’s Nurturing Centres are the children’s own space, a space where all they need to be is a child.  An importance is placed on the children being able to see themselves in each centre, where their identity, family and sense of belonging is on show. Our nurturing centres not only work to support the child but they also support each parent valuing them.

Cork St Nurturing Centre 

Located in a purpose-built facility in Sophia's Cork St Project, the Cork St Nurturing Centre provides preschool services 5 mornings a week for children aged 2 to 5 from both families onsite and from the wider local community. Afterschool services are also provided. 

Our Cork St Nurturing Centre works with the St John of God early years group.  The onsite cafe in Cork St also provides food and snacks to the pre-school children.

Donabate Nurturing Centre 

Located in a purpose-built facility in Sophia's  Donabate Project, the Donabate Nurturing Centre provides preschool services 5 mornings a week for children aged 2 to 5 years from both onsite and from the wider local community. Afterschool services are also provided. 

Intergenerational Project

In 2019 Sophia’s nurturing centres looking towards the Together Old and Young (TOY) Initiative set up Sophia’s Intergeneration Project. 

The project brings together young children with older adults to learn and benefit from each others company. The project has clear benefits of learning together for both young and old and for communities at large. It creates usual understanding as some of the children we support have little or not contact with older relatives. The project crates improved feelings of wellbeing, decreased loneliness.

They were also successful in applying for a grant from Applegreen Ireland which meant that the project was able hire a Drama Teacher. Old and young took part in the drama classes and are hoping to build on this to produce a book of stories in the future. School age children took part in intergenerational gardening and horticulture workshops. In Dublin 8, the SICDA over 55 group which meets in Sophia Cork St, were also involved in the project

Registered Charity Number: 20042363 Charity Number: CHY 13516