Family resource centres are now the main vehicle for delivering community development and family support, according to the Family Resource Centre National Forum.
Social and Family Affairs Minister Seamus Brennan today its three-year strategic plan ‘Supporting Families, Building Communities’ in Dublin today.
“(This) plan sets out key areas of growth and policy development which will give us a much stronger voice at local and national fora,” said National Forum chairperson Packie Kelly today.
“To help promote more family-friendly policies and initiatives, we will be participating on an increased number of policy-formation bodies, and seeking representation on Government advisory committees. Issues including childcare provision and support for vulnerable and disadvantaged families will be central to our work.
“By 2009, we expect to have strengthened our voice and role to such an extent that we will be considered as an essential player in the social partnership process.”
Family resource centres offer a range of support and initiatives aimed at combating disadvantage and enhancing the function of the family unit.
Homework clubs, pre-school care facilities, welfare advice, counselling and parenting advice are among the diverse initiatives available at the centres.