Children of Prisoners Europe Conference

C.O.P.E. Conference 2023

Limerick, Ireland – Bedford Row Family Project and Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE) are excited to announce “Reconnecting through Play,” a three-day conference on learning through play, took place in Limerick on June 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2023. The conference was hosted at Mary Immaculate College and featured an exciting line-up of keynote speakers, interactive workshops, networking opportunities, and more, all focused on the benefits of learning through play.

The conference brought together educators, parents, social care professionals, researchers, and anyone interested in exploring the power of learning through play. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with thought leaders, network with peers, and explore new techniques and research in the field.

“We believe that play can be a vital role in helping us reconnect with each other, with our communities, and with our own sense of joy and creativity,” said Alison Curtin, Project Leader at Bedford Row Family Project. “We’re thrilled to be co-hosting this conference in collaboration with Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE), Limerick Prison and Mary Immaculate College in the vibrant city of Limerick.”

The highlight of this three day event was the graduation of the Family Support and Crisis Intervention training. The six graduates received their certificates after completing the year year program.

About Bedford Row Family Project

The Bedford Row Family Project works collaboratively with individuals and communities impacted by imprisonment, using a child-centred and strengths-based approach.

About Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE)

Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE) is a European network of organizations and individuals that works to support the rights and needs of children of imprisoned parents. COPE seeks to raise awareness of the impact of parental imprisonment on children, promote good practice and provide support to those working directly with affected children and families.

08.06.23 “Reconnecting through Play”: Bedford Row Family Project and Children of Prisoners Europe Co-Host Three-Day Conference on Learning through Play at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. Pictured at the C.O.P.E “Reconnecting through Play” Conference were, Larry De Cleir, Imelda Wickham and Paul Murphy. Picture: Alan Place

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