Last week saw the official opening of Barnardos and the Finglas West Family Resource Centre (FRC) new premises
Since 2018, the community initiative led by Barnardos and funded by Túsla, has engaged with 2,400 children, parents and carers.
The work of the Finglas West FRC is overseen by a steering group, on which there is local representation of 16 people living and working in the area including community representatives, Finglas Cabra Local Drug & Alcohol Services, Gardaí, Pavee Point and Dublin City Council.
The official opening drew a large attendance among them Barnardos Director of Children’s Services Siobhan Greene, Minister for Children, Roderic O’Gorman TD, Barnardos CEO Suzanne Connolly, Deputy Paul McAuliffe and Roisin Shortall TD, Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr Caroline Conroy, along with local councillors and members of Finglas Cabra Local Drug and Alcohol Services, An Garda Síochána, Pavee Point, Túsla, St Kevin’s Boys’ School and St Joseph’s GNS.
Cllr Keith Connolly (FF) stated it was great to see the new Finglas West Family Resource Centre now open on Barry Avenue.
“A €600,000 investment in the area and an expanded range of very important services for Finglas West. Some the services provided by the FRC include a parent and toddler group, community wellbeing projects, mindfulness for children, homework stay and play group, parenting programmes and sensory play groups. All groups provided are free and universal to all,” he added.
He acknowledged the funding received especially from Dublin City Council and Túsla. “I was happy to help secure some of funding along with my colleagues Paul McAuliffe TD and Cllr Briege Mac Oscar.”
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