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Bronntanas Project

Bronntanas Project, Co Mayo – Project managed by Tusla staff in Co Mayo in collaboration with HSE and Mayo Co. Council staff

The Bronntanas Project supports parents in Mayo who are experiencing difficulties at Christmas by providing a gift for them to give to their children on Christmas morning.

How it works

Volunteers from around the county purchase a small Christmas gift for a specific child whose parents are unable to do so. The families are identified by community services or by their contact with the Scheme Coordinator. Their requests are then coded and volunteers are given brief details of what gift to purchase and a central point to drop it off.

The Scheme Coordinator coordinates the distribution of the gifts. The coordinators also share responsibility for recruiting volunteers, assessing needs and distributing gifts.

The team

Volunteers are recruited through media campaigns on local radio and newspapers. Local staff in TUSLA, HSE, and Mayo County Council are also recruited.

The Bronntanas Scheme demonstrates that the management and staff of the HSE and Tusla are being encouraged to be innovative in the way they support families in addition to their everyday work duties. The scheme also shows care and compassion for members of the local community who may not be in a position to provide for their children at Christmas.

The scheme is coordinated by HSE and Tusla staff and has become a part of their working lives from October to December each year. They rely on the goodwill of the general public. Some volunteers have been donating for more than a decade. The scheme is a cooperative between HSE, Tusla and the people of Mayo.

Impact of this project

The parents who use the scheme find the professional way in which the gifts are organised to be supportive and non-judgemental.

Every year there is more demand for gifts. Last year the scheme provided over 350 gifts for children in Mayo.

Project submitted by the Prevention, Partnership and Family Support Programme, Tusla , Castlebar, Co Mayo