Education Initiative Programme

Education Initiative Programme

Five Rivers Fostering Education Initiative Programme aims to support educational progression and achievement for all children and young people in its care.

The Education Initiative develops tailored interventions for each child and young person. However, how these interventions are provided and what is entailed varies greatly and depends on each individual child and young person’s specific learning needs. These education interventions are framed in a holistic manner holding individual strengths in high regard and difficulties as areas to be supported and overcome. Overtime, every child, and young person in care will need education support to some degree, with some needing more extensive support than others.

Below is an outline of some such educational interventions that have been delivered


In the provision of the above interventions, the Education Initiative supports each child and young person to become intrinsically motivated to achieve their educational aspirations. In doing so, it promotes the educational achievement of children and young people to develop in line with their peers.

Become an Education Volunteer with Five Rivers Fostering

Children and young people in foster care can sometimes struggle with education and school. At Five Rivers Fostering, we are committed to ensuring that children and young people are given every opportunity to realise their full potential with regard to education.

Education is a crucial aspect in the lives of all children and should be viewed as a positive period coinciding with significant developmental periods which influence the formative years. Education and school is a time and place to enhance the intellectual, social, emotional, and behavioural development of children and young people. For children and young people living in foster care, education is often disrupted rendering specific areas of development compromised and in need of support. Children and young people in foster care often have additional needs and require greater support throughout their development.


Understanding and supporting the needs of these children and young people can be life-changing. Self-belief and self-worth are critical factors for successful development, positive school participation and life outcomes. Through support and understanding, these children and young people can greatly improve their expectations and potential.

In light of this, we have an Education Initiative Programme within the organisation. The support that education volunteers provide is child-centred and informed by the needs of the child. The Education Volunteer work takes place typically once a week for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the age of the child or young person. Each volunteer will be required to work with a child or young person for a block of ten weeks. All Education Volunteers are Garda Vetted, given Child Protection Training, and must provide names of two referees. Five Rivers Fostering will compensate for travel costs incurred because of this work. Education volunteers are welcome to attend any of the regular training workshops which we facilitate throughout the year.

Education Volunteers can have a significant impact on the outcomes of children and young people in our care. Support provided by education volunteers can significantly shape the learning of a child or young person through subject-specific support and general educational support.

Education Volunteer Application

If you are interested in becoming an Education Volunteer within Five Rivers Fostering or require any additional information, please fill out the application form below.

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