Mary Immaculate College offers a dedicated service to student parents and expectant parents through the Student Parent Support Service. The service which began in October 2007 is funded by the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme and Mary I Students’ Union (MISU).
The aim of the service is to ensure that students experiencing crisis pregnancy, expectant parents and student parents are aware of the supports available to them, both within the College, and with external agencies.
MIC is the only Irish third-level college with a specifically dedicated service for expectant/student parents to which over 260 students have engaged to date. In a college that has at the core of its mission a commitment to provide ‘an environment where all have freedom and opportunity to achieve their full potential’, the SPSS achieves just that!
Student Parent Support Service Coordinator
T.3.07 (within the medical centre)
“Through the provision of practical information and emotional support, this person is the first point of contact for students experiencing crisis pregnancy, and student parents, in the event of them experiencing difficulties in any area of student life”
Nicola is responsible for the provision of one to one support to student parents and expectant parents, in addition to the coordination of all other aspects of the service. She is also responsible for reporting to the HSE CPP on a regular basis and welcomes feedback or new ideas from current students to ensure the SPSS remains relevant and meets the specific needs and concerns of student parents and expectant students. Nicola regularly attends on-going professional development in the area of crisis pregnancy counselling and support through the HSE CPP.
Nicola is here to support both student parents and expectant parents in a number of ways, including the following:
- One to one support (Emotional support & Practical information)
- Crisis pregnancy support
- Parenting support
- Community Welfare Officer Clinics on campus/information on social welfare entitlements
- Student Parent Welfare Fund /information on financial assistance/childcare provision
- Linking and referral to other College supports as appropriate
- Information on and referral to outside agencies and supports
- Mother & Baby Room for Nursing mothers /supports for expectant mothers
If you wish to make an appointment with Nicola, please click here
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