M-PACT Moving Parents and Children Together

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Sligo Development Centre, Cleveragh Road, Sligo, Ireland
General Details
Contact position: Philip Maree
Service / Organisation: Service Lead M-PACT
07191 50578
Description of main activities / services for children and families:

Throughout the eight week programme M-PACT helps build resilience and coping strategies by promoting positive change and honest communication in a friendly non - judgemental environment.


M-PACT supports families to work together to understand how parental substance misuse has affected their lives. M-PACT promotes a whole family approach and focuses on helping and supporting families to make positive changes. The programme, which is free, helps build resilience and coping strategies by promoting positive and honest communication.

A programme can bring together up to eight families at any one time, where at least one parent has or had an alcohol or drug problem and where there is at least one child aged 8-17 years old. The programme runs for eight consecutive weeks. Each session covers a different topic, and combines separate group work with children and adults, work with family units and whole group work when all participants come together.  Each family has a review session shortly after the programme ends and a reunion session, approximately three months later, bringing the families together for the final time.

Service Areas
Service Areas:
  • Sligo town and environs
  • Sligo - north
  • Sligo - south, east and west
  • Leitrim - Carrick-on-Shannon and environs
  • Leitrim - south
  • Leitrim - north

West Cavan

Where service is provided
Where service is provided:
  • Service provided at above address
  • Service provided at various locations throughout the area covered

Sligo Development Centre
Cleveragh Road
F91 W2KH

Cost of service to user
Cost of service to user:
  • Free

This is a totally free service for all Service Users

How to access the service
How to access the service (referral pathways) :
  • People can self-refer / access the service directly (without the need for a referral)
  • Parents / guardians can refer
  • Through GP
  • Through schools
  • Through Tusla Child and Family Social Workers
  • Through other Tusla services (e.g. Education Welfare Service)
  • Through HSE services
  • Through other statutory services
  • Through other community / voluntary service
Parental permission needed
Do young people need parental permission to use your service? :
  • Under-18s need parental permission
  • Under-16s need parental permission
Age-range catered for
Age-range catered for:
  • Primary school age (4-12 years approx.)
  • Post-primary school age (13-18 years approx.)
  • Young adults (18-24 years)
  • Adults (25-64 years)
  • Adults (65+ years)

Families can attend with Children from 8 years upwards

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