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 well-being for children and families in the area.
The focus of the work under the ABC Programme covers in the main:
- Child Health & Development
- Children’s Learning
- 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 inter agency collaboration to ensure services being delivered are timely, accessible, and have the potential to become mainstreamed.