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Resilience training for Mica families 26.04.22

A UNIQUE opportunity for families affected by Mica in Inishowen to help improve their wellbeing and resilience is set to take place next month.
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 Donegal.
To register for this free programme, visit .
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 online again.
“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 Denise.

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.
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