The Linn Dara School Transition Programme has been operating since November 2015, as part of an Erasmus + project. This pilot phase will conclude in December 2016. From January 2017, CDETB has funded the programme.
As these are not designated Department of Education classes, school transport is not provided and unfortunately this programme is no longer a year long programme. Due to limited resources and high demand, we have had no option to change this to a 9 week programme for the 2018/19 school year and currently we can only take a maximum of 12 young people at any one time. While enrolled on the programme, young person will be timetabled to attend every day (Monday to Friday 9.30 am – 2.30 pm).
This programme is available to young people between 15 and 18 years of age. They must be attending a CAMHS service and be referred by their CAMHS team.
The programme is suited to young people who are experiencing difficulties at school due to mental health difficulties, which may be leading to social challenges, low attendance, or the risk of educational disengagement. The primary aim of the programme is to support young people with mental health difficulties back to education.
The main focus of the programme is to support transition to school or an alternative education setting and we will therefore maintain close contact with schools of origin (or new placements) during their time with us also.
As the programme is funded by City of Dublin ETB, we accept referrals from all CAMHS areas within commutable distance. Once the young people are out of school, are attending (and referred by) CAMHS, are able to travel to the centre (as no school transport is provided) and are willing to engage with the programme, then they are placed on a waiting list on a first come basis. We will be running screening meetings for the first group of 2018/19 during the week of August 27th. Any referrals received after that point will be considered for the later groups.
Video explaining more about the programme:
The programme content will include
- QQI modules including Communications, Mathematics and Personal Effectiveness.
- Support is given in Junior and Leaving Certificate subjects.
- Art, SPHE, Physical Education, Careers and Horticulture are also offered as part of the weekly timetable.
- SPHE sessions.
- Liaising with educational placements.
The transition programme is a group, activity based, part time programme that aims to
- Re-engage students in a positive learning environment by providing an academic, social skills and activity based program,
- Enhance personal development,
- Promote personal skills,
- Provide learners with the opportunity to gain certification at either Junior Cycle and QQI level 3 or QQI Level 4.
- The focus of the programme is on improving basic skills, goal setting and building skills and confidence of the participants. During the programme, the teachers work closely with each young person to build resilience and skills to facilitate social and educational success. The Linn Dara School Transition Programme endeavours to establish appropriate pathways back to education by linking in with students’ regular school or prospective alternative placements.
The programme has moved location to Quarryvale Community and Leisure Centre (near Liffey Valley Shopping Centre). It is still beside the 40 bus route for those travelling from Ballyfermot, Inchicore, City Centre or Finglas.
Programme Booklet and Further Information:
Referrals can only be accepted from CAMHS teams and we require a designated link person for the duration of the placement. It is also a condition of enrolment that young people are attending their CAMHS appointments while enrolled with us.
For further information contact
Anthony Burke 0766956525 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to what young people who previously participated on the programme thought about it.