Service Details

Target Age

  • 0 - 11 years
  • 12 - 16 years
  • 12 - 18 years
  • 16 - 18 years


  • Child & Family Support
  • Training

Support Type

  • In-person - Group
  • In-person - One-to-one
  • Online - Group
  • Online - One-to-one
  • Telephone


  • Laois

Contact Details

Contact Person(s)

Geraldine Kelly: director of parenting - Aisling Kelly - Practice Manager


One Family 8 Coke Lane, Smithfield, D07 En2y,



Contact Hours

office hours and extended evening services - Phone lines are 9-5pm
Askonefamily national helpline - office hours


Emergency Assistance

Open Up is not a crisis service. If you or someone you know needs immediate help please contact one of the services below immediately.

If someone is hurt or in danger call the emergency services straight away. Emergency services can be contacted at any time by dialling 999 or 112 in Republic of Ireland or 112 in Europe.

Additional Service Information

Referral Process

  • Self-referral
  • GP referral
  • Other healthcare/socialcare provider
  • Referral with parental consent for under 18's

Service Description

One Family is working to ensure a positive and equal future for all members of all one-parent families in Ireland – changing attitudes, services, policies and lives. Together with one-parent families and those working with them, we are committed to achieving equality and respect for all families.

In addition to striving for fundamental structural change, we support individual one-parent families as they parent through times of family, work and life change, and those experiencing a crisis pregnancy. We know that every family is unique, and so we work in a family centred way to bring about better lives for parents and children.

One Family work with lone parents and this includes children and extended family members. We offer a range of supports which include:
Counselling which includes teen counselling
Askonefamily national helpline
Employability programmes
Separating Well for Children – which includes play and art therapy for children
Parenting and family support includes interagency work, Meitheal etc

One Family also engage in policy issues affecting one parent families.

List of Services Available

Parenting and Family Support – includes group-based courses for parents

Counselling – includes Post Abortion, Crisis Pregnancy and General Counselling


Separating Well for Children – includes creative therapy for children, teen counselling, parent mentoring and keyworking

Separating Well for Children

Employability Programmes for lone mothers

Askonefamily National Helpline


Many services are offered on the phone, in person, via zoom and we also offer a range of e courses – self taught

Parenting Education Courses

Wheelchair Access

yes we have wheelchair access in our main office in Smithfield.

Before this website came along, we weren’t sure what services were available locally and how to access them. It’s great to now see them all listed in one place with lots of useful information and contact details.