Saturday, October 17, 2020

A campaign to establish a Family Resource Centre (FRC) in Erris has resumed.

In 2018, community representatives with the local Tusla area office in Mayo submitted an application for a FRC for Erris. Three new FRCs were funded under the Department of Children and Youth Affairs as part of this new investment in the FRC programme. Unfortunately, the Erris application just missed out, coming in fourth place.

A recommendation from the department following this application was to set up a local steering committee and one was established. The committee is made up of members from across the five local parishes.

“A number of people have come forward but this working group is fluid and where people have a particular interest, expertise or experience they are invited to become involved in this really important and valuable piece of work for the Erris area,” says Elaine Lindsay, Committee Secretary.

“It is crucial that the community is at the heart of setting up an FRC and the committee wants to engage with as many members of the community as possible around this project; outlining the work of FRCs and showcasing the potential and benefits for our community were we to secure the necessary funding.”

Chairperson of the committee Leanne Barrett added: “A Family and Community Resource Centre would serve to fill some of the many gaps that exist in the Erris community and could ensure that the area has the necessary services and supports that people need, all under the one roof.”

You can contact the committee on [email protected] with any questions or to express your interest or support.

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By Keith Bourke
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