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St. brigid's family & community centre presentation

  1. 1. St Brigid’s Family & Community Centre
  2. 2. CORE FUNCTIONS OF THE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE Establishing new groups Providing information resources Progression Education/ Training Support:- Self development parenting Building partnerships and networking Influencing Policy Promoting self alliance and autonomy (helping existing groups Enhance contact and participation
  3. 3. Our Remit <ul><li>Geographical Area: Waterford Inner City </li></ul><ul><li>Population: 11,000 approx. </li></ul><ul><li>Target Groups include Families, Individuals, Unemployed, Older People, Travellers, People with Disabilities, Women, Men, Children etc….. </li></ul><ul><li>Funded through Family Support Agency from Dept of Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs?? </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Community Development </li></ul><ul><li>and Family Support are the primary focus of our work </li></ul>
  5. 5. Working Definition of Family Support <ul><li>Supporting families in communities </li></ul><ul><li>to identify their family and local needs: </li></ul><ul><li>to develop holistic responses and </li></ul><ul><li>enhance participation in wider </li></ul><ul><li>community life </li></ul><ul><li>(Needs led, early intervention focused and preventative by nature) </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is Community Development ? <ul><li>A focus on empowerment and participation of marginalised groups in decision-making that impacts on their lives and communities </li></ul><ul><li>A collective rather than an individual approach to tackling problems </li></ul><ul><li>A social analysis and understanding of the causes of the problems- </li></ul><ul><li>People doing it for themselves - PEOPLE POWER! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Staff Team <ul><li>Co-ordinator : Anne Goodwin </li></ul><ul><li>Community Development workers : Mags Drohan and Liz Power </li></ul><ul><li>Administrator: Imelda Doyle </li></ul>
  8. 8. St. Brigid’s Key Actions for 2011 <ul><li>Community Development & Social Inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity Building: continue to deliver community development workshops to local groups </li></ul><ul><li>Support Local Residents Associations in conjunction with SNU i.e. support and organisation of special events (Pride of Place, social events, de-briefing, St Patrick’s Day Parade etc.) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Community Development Cont’d <ul><li>Continue to distribute information on services through information events, meetings and local media etc </li></ul><ul><li>Hold Environmental Awareness Workshops with the local community and City Council as needed </li></ul><ul><li>Pluto pre-employment /training programme </li></ul><ul><li>FADO Inner City Heritage & Arts Project up and running – LTI training programme </li></ul><ul><li>Regular art & craft workshops with a range of age groups in the community </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Family Support </li></ul><ul><li>Drop In Centre established and ongoing development of a comprehensive group programme </li></ul><ul><li>Delivery of Parenting and Grand Parenting Programmes at the Childrens Centre, Parent & Toddler Group, Keeping Safe Child Protection Training for community and voluntary groups </li></ul><ul><li>A series of Health Workshops focusing on families, women and older people e.g. yoga, meditation, information talks etc </li></ul><ul><li>Local Area Network on Domestic Violence – 16 Days of Action Awareness raising </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing development of Childrens Centre </li></ul>
  11. 11. Family Support Cont’d <ul><li>Waterford Contact Project: up and running with Volunteers visiting Older people in their own homes in the community </li></ul><ul><li>Intergenerational Project: building on the success of ‘Waterford Life: Now and Then’ book, 2011 project focuses on exchanging skills e.g. cookery and dance, between older and younger people </li></ul><ul><li>Community Safety Month: Information talks with the local community from Gardai, HSE, Fire Service re: personal/home/neighbourhood safety </li></ul>
  12. 12. Family Support Cont’d <ul><li>Continued Awareness Raising regarding Elder Abuse – Coffee mornings with professionals & community </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly Friday Coffee Morning Group with Older Women with a focus on social and informal educational opportunities & information talks </li></ul><ul><li>Holding/linking in with regular social events for older people e.g. tea dances etc </li></ul>
  13. 13. INTER AGENCY INVOLVEMENT <ul><li>Local Area Network on Domestic Violence </li></ul><ul><li>MEND (Men Ending Domestic Violence) </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy Cities Waterford Working Group </li></ul><ul><li>Inner City Community Drugs Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Waterford Integration Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Dessa </li></ul><ul><li>Waterford Literacy Link </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping Safe Steering Group </li></ul><ul><li>Waterford Parents Network </li></ul><ul><li>Waterford Contact Project Steering Group </li></ul><ul><li>South East Regional Forum of FRC’s </li></ul><ul><li>National Forum of FRC’s </li></ul>
  14. 14. Other Services in St Brigid’s <ul><li>Citizens Information Service </li></ul><ul><li>Therapeutic Services: </li></ul><ul><li>- Adult Personal Counselling </li></ul><ul><li>- Marriage & Relationship Counselling </li></ul><ul><li>- Teen Between </li></ul><ul><li>- Play Therapist </li></ul><ul><li>DESSA Worker </li></ul><ul><li>CIB Advocacy Service </li></ul><ul><li>Jobs Sampling Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Sr Philomena’s Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Range of Support Group meetings e.g. AA, Stammers Assoc., GROW etc. </li></ul><ul><li>St Brigid’s Shops </li></ul><ul><li>St Brigids Children Centre </li></ul>
  15. 15. St Brigid's Children Centre <ul><li>A purpose designed space which is child-centred </li></ul><ul><li>Completely accessible & integrated </li></ul><ul><li>Affordable and quality assured </li></ul><ul><li>Providing a range of services to support parents e.g.. talks, workshops, the big school project and individual sessions when required </li></ul>