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Raphoe Springboard to benefit as part of funding increases for Family Resource Centres- Minister McHugh

11 new Family Resource Centres revealed nationwide as funding increases by 21%

Donegal TD and Government Chief Whip Joe McHugh has this morning announced that Raphoe Springboard Family Resource Centre is to benefit under funding for additional new centres.
11 communities will receive additional support and services through expansion. 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 McHugh, “This centre carry out important work, with a range of activities and the implementation of a number of courses including afterschool Clubs, Parent Plus Programmes, Transition Programme for students, Adult Programmes and the provision of a community Minibus, and I am delighted to see them benefit under today’s announcement.

“This centre provide direct services to children and works hard to build support networks for families in the community, and I wish to commend Corina Catterson-Flynn and her team on their successful application.”
Speaking at the announcement, Minister Zappone said “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.”

Cllr. Martin Harley, also welcoming the funding, “Family Resource Centres are an integral part of our local communities and the work carried out by Raphoe Springboard is of great benefit to Raphoe and the surrounding areas and I wish to congratulate them on their hard work in this regard.”
The announcement is part of a range of initiatives announced for Family Resource Centres as part of Budget 2018. 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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Notes to Editors:
The Family Resource Centre Programme is a national programme core funded by Tusla, which currently provides funding to 109 Family Resource Centres in Ireland. This number will rise to 120 in 2018.
A full list of all Family Resource Centres broken down by county is available here.
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
The principal objective of the Family Resource Centre Programme is to combat disadvantage and to strengthen and empower children, families and communities. A Family Resource Centre is a service which provides supports to families such as family support work, counselling, education and training courses, and youth groups.
Each Family Resource Centre is established as a voluntary community group and operates autonomously working inclusively with individuals, families, communities, and both statutory and non-statutory agencies. There are currently 109 communities supported through the Family Resource Centre Programme, covering a catchment area of nearly one million people.
The 11 new Family Resource Centres will be supported by Tusla to join the Programme in the coming months.

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