Rise in number of people using Family Resource Centres

Family Resource Centres (FRCs) say there has been a significant rise in the number of people using their services because of the recession.

That’s according to the Family Resource Centre National Forum and the Family Support Agency, which today launched a report detailing the work of the 107 FRCs throughout Ireland over the course of 2009.

The number of clients rose by 20% between 2008 and 2009, with users experiencing stress and mental health problems because of financial difficulties.

Pat Bennett is CEO of the Family Support Agency, which is responsible for running the centres.

He said they are a lifeline for many people from every walk of life who have lost their jobs.

“Today’s report shows that FRCs impact positively on the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, and respond in a flexible manner to the needs of their local communities," Mr Bennett said.

"The way in which they have adapted their programmes and services in response to the growing numbers of unemployed is evidence of the success of their approach."


More in this Section

Family concerned as woman goes missing from her home in CarlowFamily concerned as woman goes missing from her home in Carlow

Gardaí appeal for help to find teenage boy missing for almost a weekGardaí appeal for help to find teenage boy missing for almost a week

PSNI investigate ‘deliberate ignition’ at Blaze & Glaze restaurant in BelfastPSNI investigate ‘deliberate ignition’ at Blaze & Glaze restaurant in Belfast

Louth man forced to breach bail conditions to stay alive, court hearsLouth man forced to breach bail conditions to stay alive, court hears


Lifestyle

Hannah Stephenson has advice on how to care for your garden when wet weather strikesHow to prevent and deal with waterlogging in the garden

If you're down in the epidermal dumps, exfoliation, hydration and decongesting is what you need.The Skin Nerd: How to prep and pep that played-out January skin

The Winter Show, which gets underway in New York this Friday, is a celebration of world cultures, from antiquity to the present.Time travellers are packing their suitcases for New York this week

“Finish him!” It’s one of the most famous lines in video games – in fact, they pretty much built the entire series around it. Mortal Kombat is notorious for brutal finishing moves, in which the characters kill off their opponents in horrific (and often humourous) fashion.Game Tech: Mortal line lives on in the cinema

More From The Irish Examiner