Donegal is about to get its tenth Family Resource Centre based in the Finn Valley.
Donegal’s Family Resource Centres are part of Ireland’s largest family support programme providing services to families living in disadvantaged areas across the country.
What do Donegal’s Family Resource Centres do?
They provide information, advice and support. Information on services and options available locally, advice on accessing rights and entitlements and one-to-one support to families on a range of issues. The Family Resource Centre’s act as a focal point for onward referrals to main stream services.
They also provide services in their centres to local families such as Parent and Toddler groups, Breastfeeding support groups, Parenting programmes, Carer’s groups and Bereavement groups. Many of the Family Resource Centres run their own local counselling services and Social Prescribing services which work together with GPs and health professionals to help fill the gap in services to families.
They offer a range of after-school activities for children; sports, arts and homework clubs as well as specialist learning support for children with particular needs such as dyslexia.
The Family Resource Centres in Donegal work closely with Donegal E&TB to provide a wide range of community education classes for adults at their centres such as arts and crafts, computer and IT classes, fitness and wellbeing classes.
In addition Family Resource Centres work together with volunteers from the community to develop things like Men’s Sheds, Breakfast Clubs, Community Gardens, Writer’s Groups and Walking Groups. They often hold events and open days for health screening, wellbeing and pampering and family fun days.
Please drop into your local Family Resource Centre you will always find a friendly face, a staff member who will listen and treat your enquiry in total confidence.
The Forge Family Resource Centre, Pettigo: 071 9861924
Donegal Town Family Resource Centre: 074 9725337
Downstrands Family Resource Centre, Portnoo: 074 9545879
Cara House Family Resource Centre, Letterkenny: 074 9123986
Raphoe Family Resource Centre: 074 9145796
Moville and District Family Resource Centre: 074 9385548
Mevagh Family Resource Centre, Downings: 074 9155055
Dunfanaghy Family Resource Centre: 074 9136548