What We Do

Aster Family Support runs a number of home based services which offer supports to families in different ways:

  • Our Family Support service offers practical, home based, one-to-one supports to families to help them overcome complex family challenges, and develop the skills and positive networks to successfully navigate family life in the future. Areas of focus can include household hygiene, supporting educational needs, attendance at appointments, supporting families with specific health needs, supporting the re-unification process of families with children in care, helping a family to make more nutritious meals, to spend more positive time together and to achieve their goals.
  • Meitheal is a model of practice that will be used when a family or child is involved with or will benefit from more than one type of support to form a ‘team around the child’ and ensure effective collaboration between service providers to meet the needs identified. Aster Family Support runs Meitheals both as part of a Family Support programme or independently depending on the family and child(ren)’s needs and circumstances.
  • The Household Assistance programme helps families to manage and maintain the home, ensuring that all the practical things are in place; housing applications or rent allowance is processed, electricity is hooked up and bills are managed, furniture is in place, rooms aren’t too cluttered and unusable, there’s a household budget; all those foundations for a home. It’s generally a specific, targeted and usually short-term intervention that aims for relatively quick changes and positive outcomes for the family.
  • Triple P is an evidence based parenting programme that supports parents to learn new skills, develop new strategies and discover new ideas, based around core themes like bedtime routines, dealing with disobedience, managing fighting or aggression and hassle free shopping. Aster Family Support runs both small group and one-to-one sessions of Triple P.
  • The Family Resource Centre programme is to combat disadvantage and improve the functioning of the family unit. Aster Family Resource Centre is now based at 1 Georges Square, Balbriggan, Co Dublin.

  • Principles of Our Services

    Our Family Support, Household Assistance and Triple P programmes follow a general set of family support principles which are:

    1. To intervene early when difficulties arise in order to prevent problems escalating
    2. To work in partnership with families, professionals and communities
    3. To ensure interventions are needs led and strive for minimum intervention.
    4. To empower families to master the challenges in their lives and strengthen informal support networks
    5. To recognise that all families have strengths which are unique and depend upon culture, beliefs and socioeconomic status
    6. To be non-judgmental and work with all families in a respectful way

Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct tells families and partner organisations exactly what they should expect from Family Support Workers and other team members in Aster Family Support. Our staff provide safe and compassionate support of a high standard within the following code of conduct:
  • Be accountable by making sure you can answer for your actions or omissions.
  • Promote and uphold the privacy, dignity, rights, health and wellbeing of people who use our service at all times.
  • Work in collaboration with your colleagues and other agencies to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe and compassionate support.
  • Communicate in an open, and effective way to promote the safety and wellbeing of people who use our service.
  • Respect a person’s right to confidentiality.
  • Strive to improve the quality of Family Support and our interventions through continuing professional development.
  • Uphold and promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

Please note: Aster Family Support has now moved to its new home in the Northside Enterprise Centre, Bunratty Drive, Coolock. All downloadable forms have been amended, please ensure you have the up-to-date versions. Thank you.