The South Roscommon FRC was set up in November 2019 with the employment of Sarah Brennan who is the co-ordinator of the Centre, followed by the employment of Felicia Loughrey in March 2020 who is our family support/community development worker.  Faye Hayden is also part of our team. Faye is the Young Carers Project Leader for County Roscommon.  We got the keys for our new base in 17 Castle View, Castle Street, Roscommon Town in April and were delighted to physically move in June 2020 once some COVID restrictions were lifted.

Background to the South Roscommon Family Resource Centre

At the Family Resource Centres we provide universal family support to families and individuals.  We also signpost families and individuals to external organisations for relevant supports.  We operate from a community development approach which means our groups and activities are based on the needs of the families using our service and the general geographical area.  Since we opened we have facilitated parenting courses, parent & toddler groups, Brazilian Women’s Group, Bingo, Easter and Summer camps amongst other activities.  We also provide supports to individuals in terms of Social Welfare Applications/Appeals, Social Housing Applications/Appeals, parenting, mental health & addiction supports and along with many other issues.

A Family Resource Centre is a centre that organises activities, groups and other relevant supports based on the needs of the local community.  It is called using a bottom up approach. This means that the people living in the local area, agencies working with individuals, families and communities living in the local area inform us of the needs of the locality and our workplan in the FRC responds to these needs.

Examples of what we can do include (this list is not inclusive):

  • Parenting Courses and Supports
  • Supports for people feeling isolated and lonely
  • Supports for people with mental health needs
  • Information Provision
  • Referral and Signposting to other agencies
  • Personal Development and Growth
  • Supports for families going through difficult time
  • Counselling
  • Housing Supports
  • Developing the capacity of local individuals and communities
  • Support Groups e.g. Parent & Toddler Groups, women’s groups, men’s groups, older peoples groups etc
  • Developing and delivering training programmes
  • Ensuring issues affecting the local community are being brought to the relevant policy maker’s attention.

All supports are confidential. 

Zoom

At the moment some of our supports on virtual using the zoom platform.  If you see something you are interested in but If you do not know how to work zoom, please let us know and we can walk you through it with your device.  It is not only useful for us working with the community, but it also a very useful tool for keeping in touch with family members and friends who are not living near us.

Sarah Brennan, Project co ordinator

 

Faye Hayden has worked for Vita House since March 2020, she runs the Roscommon Young Carers Project and is involved in setting up the local Restorative Practice Network.  Faye studied Law at university and is currently studying for her MA in Social Justice and Public Policy.  She has worked in Finance, and also with Foroige and Social Justice Organisation Sligo Social Services.  Faye runs youth clubs for Autistic teens and adults in Leitrim and she writes children’s books about Disabilities and Inclusion.

Contact Details

The FRC phone number is 09066 28621 and the general email address is info.srfrc@vitahouse.org