The Changing Lives Initiative is a community-based project creating a better understanding about ADHD and providing an intervention programme for families with children (aged 3-7) experiencing behaviours consistent with ADHD.


In April 2021, the Initiative concluded our three-year cross border project to deliver and evaluate a new community based early intervention approach to ADHD. Further information on the project and the results of the evaluations are available in the final Project Report.  Video interviews with some of the parents involved in the project can also be seen here.

The Initiative has recently secured funding under the All Island Fund to continue our work to disseminate the project results and to work to shift policy and service provision in the area of ADHD.  We are working hard to try and secure ongoing funding for the provision of our ADHD intervention, in the meantime the Project App is still available to families and practitioners.


The Changing Lives Initiative have developed an App to help families understand what ADHD is and provide practical strategies and tools for parents to use with their children.  The App is particularly relevant for parents who have concerns about their child’s behaviour but are not yet sure if their child may have ADHD.  The App is also extremely useful for those working with children, in helping them understand ADHD and how they might support children who have issues with inattention, hyperactivity or impulsivity.  Click here to access the free App


On 13th April 2021 The Changing Lives Initiative project partners held an online celebration of the project and launch of the final project report.  Attendees heard about the excellent results that The Changing Lives Initiative has delivered including the success of the cross-border initiative in demonstrating that early intervention parenting programmes provide for a much more effective and less costly approach to ADHD.  Attendees also heard from families that had participated in the intervention about the impact the programme has made for them.  You can see a recording of the Event here

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The Initiative’s three-year cross border project was supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

The Initiative has recently received funding from the All Island Fund, operated by The Community Foundation for Ireland and The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, to help us continue to disseminate the project results and to further develop our cross border partnerships


Finalist 2022 Irish Health Centre Awards

The Changing Lives Initiative project was delighted to be a finalist in the prestigious 2022 Irish Healthcare Centre Awards.  Our innovative early intervention programme was shortlisted in the category of Healthcare Initiative: Child Health & Wellbeing.

Winner 2021 Public Sector Magazine Awards

The Changing Lives Initiative was the proud recipient of Ireland’s 2021 Community Project Award (Excellence in Business Awards) from the Public Sector Magazine.