New Family Resource Centre announced for Mountmellick

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Mountmellick Charlie Flanagan Laois Family Resource Centre

Picture from Mountmellick Development Association website http://www.mountmellickdevelopment.com

Mountmellick is one of the eleven towns nationwide that will receive a new Family Resource Centre under new funding announced today.

Laois TD and Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, has this morning announced that a new Family Resource Centre is to be established in Mountmellick Development Association.

“I am delighted to announce that a new Family Resource Centre is to be established in Mountmellick Development Association. 

"This is excellent news and will provide the staff of the MDA and the Mountmellick Youth Development Centre with the resources to sustain and develop the existing range of services currently being provided.

“The primary purpose of a Family Resource Centre is to combat disadvantage and improve the working of the family unit. They offer core services including support to people facing unemployment, addiction and bereavement.

“I wish to commend and pay tribute to the board members and staff of the MDA and MYDC who work tirelessly, on tight budgets, to create a safe environment for young people and deliver services to disadvantaged families in the area," Minister Flanagan said. 

Manager of the MDA, Paddy Buggy, said he was delighted that the application for a Family Resource Centre servicing the greater Mountmellick area was successful.

Mr Buggy added that he would like to thank the different agencies and individuals who supported the application.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to develop local services for the children and families in the greater Mountmellick area. It will also be of great assistance to groups within the community to help them grow and develop.

"We are looking forward to working with Tusla to roll out the services over the coming weeks,” he said.

The number of Family Resource Centres in Ireland is set to grow from 109 to 120, with the addition of 11 new centres this year.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, and Tusla’s Chief Operations Officer, Jim Gibson, announced the locations of 11 new centres during a visit to the Hill Street Family Resource Centre in Dublin on Monday.

“Family Resource Centres are the very hub of the communities which they serve – I have seen this at first hand in every part of the country.

"They provide a huge range of services by working with people from cradle to the grave. They also support those going through a difficult period in their lives including bereavement, unemployment and addiction.

"The demand for new centres speaks for itself and underlines their important role. This year I am delighted to increase funding by 21% to €16.37 million for centres nationwide," Minister Zappone said.

Jim Gibson is the Chief Operations Officer at Tusla.

“We’re delighted to announce the 11 new Family Resource Centres today. The expansion of our Family Resource Centre Programme will see 11 more communities supported through a range of community services including family support work, counselling, education and training courses, and youth groups.

"Family Resource Centres are rooted in and part of local communities and as a result they can identify need in families and communities early and offer appropriate interventions and supports. Tusla’s Family Resource Centre Programme is an important part of our work to prioritise early intervention across our services," he said.

The additional Family Resource Centres will be supported due to additional funding provided to Tusla as part of Budget 2018. In a strong demonstration of interest, 47 applications from around the country were received and assessed by Tusla. The 11 new Family Resource Centres are:

Mountmellick, Co. Laois
Teach Dara, Kildare
Athy, Co. Kildare
North Tipperary Community Services, Co. Tipperary
Raphoe Springboard, Co. Donegal
Aster, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
Laytown, Louth/Meath
Finglas West Barnardos Dublin North City
Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork
Roscommon Leader Partnership Company
Ballybeg CDP, Co. Waterford 

Tusla is investing a total of €16.37 million into the Family Resource Centre Programme in 2018, an increase of 21% compared to 2017.

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