Bagenalstown FRC is a not for profit registered charity that was originally formed in 2001 in response to social problems facing children, young people and parents.
then we have grown to a large and diverse social and community
support service running a variety of family, children and adult
support, and training services including – Stepping Stones
Childcare and Afterschool service, Computer & IT Training, Adult
Education service, Counselling service, Play Therapy, Family support
service, Senior alert and Social groups for older people and
support and advocacy service for older people in the area, Our
charity shop DeJaVu on the main street in Bagenalstown helps
fund many of the support services.
All these services and
initiatives have grown from our Family Resource Centre. The buildings
and surrounding space, was developed by the then Board of Directors
for community use, with an investment of two million euro this new
buildings now boasts some of the best family and children support and
training facilities in Carlow with the environmentally sustainable
purpose built childcare building with play grounds, and parking
facilities and also our purpose built family and community building
and our therapeutic hub.
Resource Centre now employees a large team of specialist family,
children and youth professional support workers that are responsible
for the many children’s
and young people’s education, parent and family support service and
older peoples service.
Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre has a 3 year plan which is developed by our management team who draw from evidence based programmes and individually designed projects which are carefully put together in response to carrying out a needs analysis survey. Our focus is to offer a holistic approach to family needs, through this comprehensive and inclusive approach families are more likely to achieve positive outcomes. Our ethos is to challenge inequality, to encourage personal, family and community autonomy and ultimately promote a more equal society.
There are currently 6 voluntary directors on our Board of Governance who have overall responsibility for the operation, management and the strategic development of all projects, enterprise and services run from our various facilities.
Finuala McGuinness, Pat Purcell, Adele Kidd, Fr. Declan
Foley, Mairead Phelan, Eddie Corcoran,
Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre - Building an integrated and welcoming community, where families and individuals will have the opportunity to reach their full potential
Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre will work closely with the community to strengthen participation, equality and positive outcomes for all families and individuals by working from the guiding principles of Community Development and Family Support Practice.