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Mountmellick is set to benefit from a new Family Resource Centre which will receive €160,000 per year according to a Laois TD and Minister.
Minister Charlie Flanagan has announced that the Family Resource Centre will receive the funding in 'early summer 2018'. Mountmellick Development Association (MDA) and Mountmellick Youth Development Centre (MYDC) will benefit from the investment.
“The opening of the Family Resource Centre in Mountmellick continues to be one of my priorities and I would like to see the Centre opened and up and running when funding for the first tranche of new centres is allocated.
“I am now confirming that Mountmellick Family Resource Centre will be awarded funding €160,000 per year commencing in early summer of 2018.
"This funding will provide the staff of the MDA and the MYDC with the resources to sustain and develop the existing range of services currently being provided.”
“I wish to acknowledge the role of TUSLA in providing funding for the FRC and pay tribute to the board members and staff and volunteers of the MDA and MYDC who work tirelessly, with limited budgets, to create a safe environment for young people and deliver services to disadvantaged families in the area," he said.
It was announced in March this year that Mountmellick was one of 11 towns across the country to receive an additional Family Resource Centre supported by additional funding provided to Tusla as part of Budget 2018.
The centre is planned to be based at the MDA building in Irishtown, Mountmellick.
In March, 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.
In a strong demonstration of interest, 47 applications from around the country were received and assessed by Tusla before 11 new Family Resource Centre locations were chosen. The locations are:
Mountmellick, Co. Laois
Teach Dara, Kildare
Athy, Co. Kildare
North Tipperary Community Services, Co. Tipperary
Raphoe Springboard, Co. Donegal
Aster, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
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.