Sligo Family Resource Centre
The Sligo Family Resource Centre is one of 120 Family Resource Centres under the Family Support Services Programme based throughout the country. Sligo FRC, as we are commonly known, operates at the heart of the Sligo Community and works with individuals, communities and organisations to try and bring about positive change in the quality of life for all people living in and around Sligo town. We encourage all community members to drop in and see what we have to offer.
At Sligo FRC we hope to:
- ensure individuals, families and groups have access to a range of supports and services that enable and promote an active and healthy lifestyle and physical and mental wellbeing
- support people to actively avail of a variety of community-based learning and development opportunities to achieve full potential in learning and development
- ensure that children’s holistic development is nourished in a safe, comfortable and fun environment.and feel safe and protected from harm
- provide a support to individuals and families in times of need and help them to build the capacity to attain economic security and opportunity
- create an environment whereby minority individuals and groups are empowered to be connected, respected and contributing to their wider world
Programmes and Services
Some of Our Core Parent and Family Support Programmes Include;
- Footprints crèche open every day from 09:30 to 16:00 – bookings can be made at short notice.
- Family support directly in the home is available to families who need some support at a challenging time in their lives. This is provided by trained Family Support Workers to families in Sligo Town North Sligo and North Leitrim. Families can refer themselves and we take referrals from GPs, PHNs, schools and other professionals.
- Parent Zone – every Thursday morning – trained Family Support Available for one to one support for parents on anything parenting/children related – can drop in or make an appointment with Karen.
- Danu Birth Mothers are a group for mothers who have placed their child for adotpionwho meet 4-5 times a year to talk about their experiences of adoption. It is an opportunity to meet others who have been in a similar situation, gives confidence to speak about their experiences and to gain an understanding about the grieving process associated with placing a child for adoption.
- Parenting Support Champions This initiative is part of a wider programme in Túsla to develop prevention partnership and family support. Parenting Support Champions role is to promote parenting family well being and the Túsla Parenting Support Strategy within their area by finding local opportunities to develop approaches to supporting parenting to disseminate the 50 Key Messages and to link with Children and Young Peoples Services Committees (CYPSC) and Children and Family Support Network areas. (CFSN).
- Adoptive Parents Support Group Parents who have adopted children set up this group in 2005. In the early years the group met on the last Monday of every month, organised and attended relevant workshops, liaised with other adoptive parents support groups throughout the country, organised a summer event and Christmas party for families. Nowadays the group meets independently of the FRC but links in when necessary as in when we have an inquiry from an adoptive parent, to share information etc.
- Access Visits – We provide space for children in care to meet with their parents/families in a safe friendly environment
Other Services Include:
Parent and toddler group
Every Tuesday there is parent and toddler group held, from 10:30 to 11:30. It involves music, games, drama and everything fun for parents and children.
Parents Plus Early Years Programme
Our Parents Plus Early Years Programme starts Wednesday 16th January.. This 8 week parenting course is very popular, it is practical and positive in promoting confidence, learning and good behaviour in young children aged 1 to 6 years.
For children third – sixth class available one evening /week with qualified primary school teachers.
Sligo FRC has food hampers for those in need. This initiative is funded by European Union and the Department of Social Protection Sligo. All families who need a food hamper can come and get it in the Sligo FRC. All done in confidence.
Sligo Intercultural project
This project provides various forms of support to all minority ethnic individuals and groups that live in Sligo to contribute to developing new ways of living together in peace in our County. Some of our January activities are:
Crafty Friday Mornings
Starting with 18th January 2019, there are Crafty Friday Mornings every second Friday in Sligo Family Resource Centre. People with various cultural and ethnical backgrounds, those coming from other countries together with people from Ireland will come together to enjoy their time together from 10:30 to 12:00, while making crafts and sharing their stories over a cup of tea and coffee. This way we support integration, friendship and we help build strong community.
New Year message from Syrian families
We started this year by receiving a wonderful message full of love and hope from a Syrian family that is under our befriending project. This project connects our 12 befriending Volunteers to the Syrian families in Sligo, helping them integrate, get over English language obstacles and different areas of everyday living. Here is the message we received and want to share: “We wish you and all the Irish people a happy life and a year full of happiness and love. Happy New Year! In the name of God. On behalf of every Syrian refugee in Ireland. I appeal to the Irish people, for the warmest congratulations and love of the New Year 2019. I hope that this year will be of great love and peace all over the world. Every year the Irish people are OK.”
Growing presence of group meetings
We have more and more groups meeting in Sligo Family resource Centre, celebrating their culture, using our premises to socialise, sing, dance, support parenting. Here are just some of the countries represented by this activity in January 2019: Poland, Latvia, Egypt, Libya, Pakistan.
In order to do this work we receive funding from Túsla Child and Family Agency National Office, Túsla Child and Family Agency Prevention Partnership and Family Support (PPFS) local office, Health Service Executive – disability services, Pobal, Department of Justice, Healthy Ireland, Sligo County Council Grants as well as support from the Department of Social Protection through the Community Employment Programme.