Restorative Practices
The Blue Skies Initiative supports Restorative Practices and hopes to facilitate training for local teachers and community workers in West Dublin throughout 2019. The idea of 'Restorative Practices' is to put good, healthy relationships at...
Paediatric First Aid
The Blue Skies Initiative is proud to facilitate a number of Paediatric First Aid talks throughout the year. It is our aim to give as many adults as possible the knowledge to help if a...

About Us

The ABC Programme

The Blue Skies Initiative is one of 12 Area-Based Childhood (ABC) programmes which aims to improve outcomes for children, families and services in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country. The programme has a particular emphasis on improving health, educational and social outcomes for children and on improving the effectiveness of existing services for them.

ABC Programmes target investment in evidence-informed interventions to improve the long-term outcomes for children and families living in areas of disadvantage. It aims to break the cycle of child poverty in areas where children are most disadvantaged through integrated and effective services and interventions.

Blue Skies Initiative

Blue Skies Initiative

Who We Are & What We Do

The Blue Skies Initiative is the name of the Consortium in the Clondalkin area (specifically North and South West) under the Area Based Childhood programme (ABC). The ABC Programme is an innovative prevention and early intervention initiative consisting of committed funding for an area-based approach to helping to improve outcomes for children by reducing child poverty. The initiative is managed locally by the Consortium which is made up of members from several statutory and community organisations in the area and is led by Archways. The Blue Skies Initiative is designed to improve the overall wellbeing for children and families in the area.

The focus of the work under the ABC Programme covers in the main:

  • Child Health & Development
  • Childrens Learning
  • Parenting
  • Integrated Service Delivery

Areas are implementing a range of programmes and services in a variety of settings including schools, early years settings, and in the home. Emphasis is being placed on enhancing interagency collaboration to ensure services being delivered are timely, accessible, and have the potential to become mainstreamed.



Blue Skies Programmes