The greatest influence on any child’s development is the family unit.
Many YMCA programmes aim to work with the whole family, providing opportunities for parents and carers to gain from peer and other supports while providing experiences to develop shared memories with their children.
PAKT (Parents and Kids Together) is one of the longest established family youth work programmes in the YMCA. It offers a suite of activities for children in the 6-16 age group as well as fun family activities where the emphasis is on inter-generational learning. PAKT operates in Dublin City, West Dublin, Ballincollig, Bantry and Cobh. A PAKT manual has been developed and this helps ensure the core ethos of the programme is maintained in local centres