RTÉ Late Late Toy Show Fund 2021

In 2021 the Late Late Toy Show Fund announced ELI as a key partner organisation tasked with improving well-being for children in need in Ireland today. Receiving €100,000 from the fund, through the Community Foundation for Ireland, ELI has begun work on the Parenting 365 Pilot Programme for children with additional learning needs.

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About the Parenting 365 Pilot Programme

The Parenting 365 Pilot Programme is for families with young children with disabilities and additional needs in Dublin’s Docklands. This programme will begin in September and will work with families who are already on ELI’s ParentChild+ Programme, responding to a growing need for disability services and supports.  

“We are so grateful to Late Late Toy Show Appeal donors and Community Foundation of Ireland for making this possible. The Community Foundation has been very supportive of ELI over the past decade, including of families already engaging in ParentChild+. We look forward to sharing success stories from Parenting 365 over the coming year,” said Jennifer O’Neill, ParentChild+ Coordinator. 

This funding will make an enormous difference in the lives of children and families. Parents of children with additional needs face so much challenge and uncertainty, particularly over the past two years. ELI will host weekly play sessions in NCI to support children's learning, exploration and development. Parents attending will receive professional support and practical advice on what is best for their children. They will also be resourced to form a support network, where they can share experiences and ideas going forward.

We would like to extend our thanks to the RTE Late Late Toy Show viewers for their generosity. We look forward to reporting on the positive impact that this programme will have on so many young lives.

If you are a parent who would like more information on this programme you can contact Jennifer O'Neill, ParentChild+ Coordinator at jennifer.oneill@ncirl.ie.