Newbridge Family Resource Centre is one of 109 Family Resource Centres in the country. Family Resource Centres are not-for-profit organisations managed by a Voluntary Board of Management and funded by Tusla Child and Family Agency. Every Family Resource Centre was established to provide a range of supports that help families meet the day-to-day challenges of everyday life.
Newbridge Family Resource Centre grew out of the 'Happy Morning Women's Group' which was established and developed by local women in September 1996. The 'LHD' Centre (Lakeside, Highfield and Dara Park) was housed in a three bedroomed house in Dara Park, until the opening of the Resource Centre. In 2004 the LHD group were successful in becoming a part of the National Family Resource Centre Programme. This funding enabled us to provide Family Support and Community Development services for the wider Newbridge community. Newbridge Family Resource Centre has operated within the purpose built building in Dara Park since April 2004.
We aim to respond to the needs of the community through a variety of Family Support and Community development programmes. We also provide a quality Childcare service. Core to the work of the Centre is the provision of a friendly and accessible drop in service where you can access information and support . The Centre serves not only the local community of Lakeside, Highfield and Dara Park, but the wider community of Newbridge .
Newbridge Family Resource Centre is committed to being an inclusive organisation which encourages participation from all sectors of the community. We aim to create an environment where all people are treated with respect regardless of gender, marital status, age, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or membership of the travelling community. We acknowledge and respect difference and diversity where all are supported in developing their full potential. The Centre will ensure equality standards are maintained and reflected in all its policies. Our core values are Respect, Equality, Empowerment, Inclusion, Integrity and Accountability.
Newbridge Family Resource Centre provides a welcoming space and works with the community to facilitate the growth of individuals through the provision of family support and community development programmes.
Homework Clubs helps primary school students to build a positive experience of school, to raise their aspirations and to encourage them to continue in education.
Volunteers support the children with their homework and supervise the children with a short activity after homework. The children are aged between 9yrs - 11yrs and primarily from third and fourth class. Most children are referred from local schools in the area by their home school liaison teacher.
The club runs from 2.30pm – 4.30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. The same children attend each day.
The homework club is free of charge. Children can be referred directly to Maggie, the coordinator of the Homework Club for consideration.