for Mica families
A UNIQUE opportunity for
families affected by Mica in Inishowen to help improve
their wellbeing and resilience is set to take place next
Community resilience training to help families affected
by Mica to manage and respond to stress will be
delivered to interested families online over a four week
period beginning on May 5. This is open to families
across the county.
This is the second round of community resilience
training, this time funded mainly by the Children &
Young Peoples Services Committee (CYPSC), and is
co-ordinated by the Inishowen Development Partnership (IDP)
in collaboration with the Inishowen Family Action
Network (IFAN) Mica subgroup.
The resilience training aims to help people manage
stress and anxiety caused by the defective blocks as
well as helping with overwhelming feelings of the whole
Mica scheme in general.
The initiative is open to all families and individuals
affected by Mica, as well as for support services
working in the communities which are impacted by Mica in
Denise McCool, Team Lead
with Inishowen Development Partnership, said the IFAN
Mica subgroup are delighted to work with CYPSC and Tusla
and to be able to hold the four weekly training sessions
“The feedback we received from the participants in the
last training was so positive, so we are delighted that
we are in a position to hold these training sessions
once more,” said Denise.
“The impact Mica has had and is continuing to have
across our whole county is devastating. From young
children to elderly relatives, everyone is aware of the
stress and strain mica is having on our people.
“The whole process is causing an immense strain within
our families and on our people so with that in mind the
IFAN members wanted to see how they could help,” added
CYPSC and IFAN are now calling on people affected by
Mica to sign up for the resilience training sessions,
which starts on Thursday, May 5th and continues every
Thursday evening online between 7pm and 9pm.
IDP’s Joint CEO Shanua McClenaghan said the training
should offer people a practical opportunity to build
their own resilience and in the lives of their families.
“The Community Resilience Model has been used in over 20
countries to support and rebuild resilience in
individuals and communities impacted by a crisis and
severe stress,” explained Shanua.
“It has had many successes and we are hoping it will
have a similar impact here in the county."
To register for the Community Resilience Training
programme, which is completely free of charge, visit
You can also register via the IDP website
Meanwhile, in coordination with the Inishowen Family
Action Network, Moville FRC and Lifeline, are
continuing to provide free short-term counselling
sessions to those affected by Mica. These can be booked by contacting the IDP
office in Buncrana on 074 93 62218.