What is a Family Resource Centre


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

Introduction to Community Development – information evenings starting this week

Introduction to Community Development

Are you a woman who is interested in developing your skills to work in your community?

Interested in developing and supporting services for the good of your area?

An Cosán Virtual Community College (VCC’s) Introduction to Community Development course could be for you! We have alimited number of places available for women to join this course.

Funded by the City & Guilds Group, VCC is partnering with community groups in West Donegal, Letterkenny, Inishowen and Derry to bring higher education into communities via blended learning.

Starting 30th January 2018Introduction to Community Development (ICD) is highly interactive and will be delivered through blended learning, with a mixture of face-to-face workshops and online, virtual classes.

ICD will lead to a QQI Level 6 (UK Level 4) Certificate in Introduction to Community Development (10 credits)

Want to find out more? Drop into an information session on the following dates:

  • Monday, 8th January – The Yard, Falcarragh, 11.30 am – 1 pm
  • Monday, 8th January – Congress Resource Centre, Pearse Road, Letterkenny, 3 – 5 pm
  • Tuesday, 9th January –  The Women’s Centre, Derry, 12.30 – 2.30 pm
  • Tuesday, 9th January –  Inishowen Development Partnership, Carndonagh, 5.30 –7.30pm

For more information, please contact Maria McHale, m.mchale@ancosanvcc.com+353 (0)1-5341847+353 (87) 229 8934 or any of the locations named above.