Local Family Resource Centres receive over €82,000

Minister Zappone with Carmel Connolly, Chair of the Board, St Kevin's Family Resource Centre, Kilnamanagh

Eight Family Resource Centres are to receive over €82,000 in funding to allow for small works to go ahead before the end of the year, according to Independent Minister Katherine Zappone.

Centres in Ballyboden, Killinarden, Kilnamanagh, Balally, Ballyfermot, Cherry Orchard and Quarryvale will benefit from the grants announced by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

Minister Zappone and the Chief Executive of Tusla, Mr. Fred McBride at St Kevin’s Family Resource Centre, Kilnamanagh

The funding marks the start of a 12-month period which will see an extra €5m pumped into such centres across the country.

Announcing the grant, Minister Zappone said:

“Family Resource Centres are the very hub of community life. I have seen their impact in Kilnamanagh, Ballyboden, Kilinarden and across South and West Dublin.

“As an Independent Minister with a background in community work I firmly believe that Government has a duty to support the work with children, families and older people on the ground in local areas.

“A whole range of services are provided through the centres, often they work with people from the cradle to the grave. They are where people gather to socialise, can receive vital supports and information on how to improve their lives.”

Minister Zappone meets some younger members at the St Kevin’s Family Resource Centre in Kilnamanagh

The Minister added that supporting Family Resource Centres was one of her top priorities in the recent Budget and we are beginning to see the start of the extra €5m secured being invested.

“These small grants will allow for improvements before the end of the year.

“In the New Year it will be followed by further funding and also investments to allow for the opening of eleven new centres.”