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."