Education Minister congratulates Full Service Community Network
The Education Minister, Caitriona Ruane, has congratulated the Full Service Community Network (FSCN) for the success of their first year.
Speaking at an event in Belfast to showcase the various initiatives and successes, the Minister said: "The FSCN has achieved a phenomenonal amount since it first began in April 2009. Since then, many people in the Ballymurphy and Upper Springfield communities have benefitted from the wide range of services on offer.
"The services have a direct impact on the lives and well-being of those in the community and beyond. Pupils and parents can avail of counselling services and child bereavement services as well as children's song, dance and music programmes, yoga for nursery school children and story telling.
"Initiatives like this are so vitally important in the community. We have a moral obligation to ensure that we give them our full support and help them to address the needs of those who require it most. There is a direct link between social deprivation and levels of educational achievement and I am committed to narrowing the gap in attainment levels. This programme goes some way to addressing the needs of the community and allowing children to achieve their full potential.
“To achieve the aims of the Action Plan it will cost £850,000, £150,000 of which has already been provided for start-up costs to 31 March 2009. In 2009/2010, £350,000 was provided and the same amount has recently been allocated for the 2010/2011 programme.
"The FSCN requires more than educational provision if it is to continue being successful, it requires the support from sectors beyond education, such as the business and volunteering community, to develop the concept for the whole community.
“I would like to congratulate all those who have made this initiative a success and encourage you to go from strength to strength in the coming years."