Who we are
Cork based training charity
Ag Eisteacht is a Cork based training charity (CHY number 20668). Founded in 2001 by Maeve Hurley and health visitor Kathy Jones, we were initially called Brief Encounters® Ireland but later rebranded as ‘Ag Eisteacht’ to reflect the wide range of training programmes on offer and the core skill of listening as key to empowering people.
What we do
Empowerment training for frontline workers
We equip frontline workers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to respond effectively and sensitively to the needs of others. Our aim is to train practitioners so that they are in a position to empower those they support. By providing new insights, we enhance people’s capacity to engage with confidence and listen constructively without feeling they have to fix it.
Why we do it
Relationships are at the heart of what we do. We recognise their impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and children. In short, we show people that by learning to listen, they can listen to learn, and that by following some simple techniques and strategies, they are empowered to help those around them.
For our ABLE training we use two experienced and licensed trainers. Here are some reasons for this:
- Brings different experiences and attributes to the group.
- Means a greater sharing of skills, resources and energy.
- Co-facilitating can generate synergistic outcomes through the personal and professional interchange that results from working toward a common task.
- Trainers are modelling the behaviours and attitudes they see as being central to a relational approach to working with each other and the group. This provides additional learning opportunities for the group.
Meet the Team