Main Street, Finglas Village, Finglas, Dublin 11
Phone+353 (0)1 8643342 firstname.lastname@example.org
PASS is funded by FAS Community Employment,
The Department of Social Community and Family Affairs and
the European Union.
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BACKGROUND TO PASS
was established in 1995 by founder members of established
lone parent groups such as Finglas Separated Parents Group,
One Plus, Contact and SPAN. Through their involvement
with these groups, they recognised the need to establish a
centralised Drop In Information centre for all lone parents
regardless of age or gender. At present PASS employs
18 part-time Community Employment participants and has a pool
of approximately 15 volunteer staff. To date there are
approximately 250 members of PASS with this number increasing
daily. Membership is open to all lone parents regardless
of age, gender, religion, politics, sexuality, parents with
custody shared or access. PASS activity encourages
and supports the involvement of male lone parents.
is a lone parent support group managed by lone parents, for
lone parents to further the interests of lone parents. We
believe there is a need for recognition of lone parent families
as equal to any other family formation.
has an "all inclusive" interpretation of the term
lone parent and its membership is open to all irrespective
of gender or circumstances of parenting alone.
are committed to encouraging the fullest participation of
both parents in the upbringing of their child/ren where the
best interest of the child is being served.
are committed to working towards an just society where equal opportunity
is afforded to all irrespective of gender, ethnic origin or
a pro active organisation providing a confidential non-judgmental
support system for all lone parents.
develop a lone parent Family Resource Centre in Finglas
where 75% of queries can be handled in the one place.
- PASS realises
the importance of professional, affordable and accessible
childcare facilities for lone parents and are committed
to supporting their introduction to allow access to training,
education, employment opportunities and equally to allow
for free time.
facilitate the role of men as active lone parents.
awareness of issues affecting lone parents and work towards
education and employment opportunities for lone parents
and to act as a channel for information.
network with other relevant groups and organisations.
develop the capacity of lone parents to actively participate
in their own communities and address issues of their concern.
work for positive changes in the public perception of
oppose all forms of discrimination against lone parents
or any other minority groups.
lone parents empowerment through supporting self help
groups, further education, training and other options
as identified by lone parents themselves.
recognises the importance of information technology and
is committed to encouraging its understanding and wider
uses by lone parents.
information service is non directive available to lone parents
and the general public no-one is turned away. The
service operates counselling services or other specialist
services, such as mediation etc. However, we refer
people to agencies for these services. PASS provide
general information on the following categories:
are committed to highlighting and removing discrimination
and barriers to lone parents development and to working
towards a society free of discrimination. To
this end, PASS have produced information literature that
focuses on lone parents issues and has run/supported campaigns
in the past, These have included: