Kildare to get two new family resource centres

Announcement brings county's total to four

Conor McHugh

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Kildare to get two new family resource centres

Announcement was made by Minister Katherine Zappone earlier today.

Kildare town and Athy will be the recipients of two of 11 new family resource centres announced earlier today by Tusla and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone.

The news was delivered by Minister Zappone, and Tusla’s Chief Operations Officer, Jim Gibson earlier today.  “The additional Family Resource Centres will be supported due to additional funding provided to Tusla as part of Budget 2018,” Tusla said in a statement.

The two Kildare locations beat off competition from 47 different towns around the country. Family Resource Centres are the very hub of the communities which they serve,” Minister Zappone said. “I have seen this at first hand in every part of the country. They provide a huge range of services by working with people from cradle to the grave. They also support those going through a difficult period in their lives including bereavement, unemployment and addiction.”

The 11 new Family Resource Centres will be supported by Tusla to join the Programme in the coming months. This announcement will bring the total in Kildare up to four. The two new ones will join Newbridge Family Resource Centre and Curragh Pride Family Resource Centre in the Curragh Camp.

The announcement was welcomed by Deputy Martin Heydon: “I am delighted that the Minister has recognised the need in Kildare which I have highlighted with her many times and awarded two of the 11 new centres to Co. Kildare today.  We have now doubled our representation to four with two very strong applications from Teach Dara in Kildare town and Athy Community and Family Centre now approved.”