Mayor Holland commends invaluable work of family resource centres
Speaking after a visit to Killinarden Family Resource Centre in Tallaght yesterday, Mayor Holland has commended the work of staff and volunteers in providing a first class service for the community.
“Family Resource Centres are there at the front lines of combating disadvantage and support families of every kind.
“The services they provide are second to none and they are often the first port of call for families, particularly mothers, who want to start retraining themselves and readying themselves for employment.
“They provide childcare whilst Mam or Dad studies and attends classes – the value of this to lone parents in particular and never be underestimated, given the massive costs of childcare here in Ireland and recent cuts to lone parents benefits.
“The centres manage to provide these invaluable community supports with meagre funding from Tusla.
“An area of concern for the centre managers is that funding mechanism was recently changed, so that instead of being granted on a three year basis, it now has to be applied for annually.
“This funding model may be deemed appropriate by Fine Gael, but it is not at all suitable for the community sector.
“It inhibits planning and creativity and they simply don’t have the man power to offer the services they do and have someone spare to apply for funding and go through the prescriptive application process.
“They rely very heavily on volunteers – these volunteers are the unnoticed community champions, without whom the family resource centres could not function.
“I would ask Tusla to look again at the funding models – particularly given the Governments eagerness to help lone parents back to work.
"Granting adequate resources to Family Resource Centres so they could offer more classes & childcare would be a practical step forward in this regard”