Our Services

 
 

What can we do for you?

We can support you with information and advice on any issue you may need help with. We can help with filling in forms and dealing with agencies.

The aim of the Family Resource Centre is to provide these range of supports to all families living in the Newbridge community. We work with other agencies to ensure that if we cannot help you we will put you in touch with someone that can.

As well as our core activities, we run special programs from time to time. Please clink on our calendar of events to see the our upcoming events here

Our main services..

We offer a large range of services, which adapt and change according to the needs of our community. Some of the principal services are listed below.

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Counselling

We provide a low-cost Counselling service for individuals, couples, children & families. We operate a sliding scale fees policy to enable people to avail of the service at a price they can afford to pay.

Childcare

Early Years Services including ECCE Scheme (Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme - free Pre-School place), CCS (Community Childcare Subvention) Programme & a Parent & Toddler Group.

Support groups

We host several groups including Women’s Group, Men’s Group, Parent and Toddler Group, Golden Girls, and Men's Breakfast Club.

 
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youth work

We provide a range of activities, projects & programmes for young people of all ages including Homework Club, Junior Youth Club and Swagalicious, our Youth Club.

 
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community development

Practical assistance to community groups (such as training, information, advice on how to address specific social issues, assistance with accessing funding and use of shared facilities). We have a Sensory Garden Project, and have recently recruited a Men's Development Worker.

 
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family support

We provide family support through one to one meetings & parenting programmes, as well as the establishment of peer support networks and grant-funded programmes.

 
 

Regular Activities

Parent & Toddler Group

Friday mornings, 10am to 12pm

Parent, Baby and Toddler Groups can provide a stepping stone for children preparing to go to a playgroup. These groups provide children with a relaxed, friendly environment in which they are able to play independently with other children, while still having the security of their parents close by. This can be a great help in building a child’s confidence. The group offers a variety of activities such as play dough, painting and water play for the children, as well as Pediatric first Aid, Parenting Classes, plus others as the need arises.


AA Meetings

Tuesday evening 8-10pm.

New members welcome, just turn up on the night.


Golden Girls Group

Wednesday mornings

The Golden Girls are a group of retired women who meet every Wednesday morning. The group formed eight years ago, is well established and very well attended. The women take part in a variety of activities throughout the year including art, pottery, knitting crochet, chair exercises and day trips. The group was formed to ensure there is a place where older women can meet up for support and to prevent social isolation within our community.


AA Meetings

Tuesday evening 8-10pm.

New members welcome, just turn up on the night.


Men's Group

Monday's 11am to 1 pm

The Men's Group runs from 11 am - 1 pm each Monday (excluding Bank Holidays ) and is also open to all men who wish to get involved in tasks chosen by the group, whether it be construction of their projects, renovation of their Men's Group space (cabin) or even just to hang out to break the cycle of thinking that there's nothing for them to do on a Monday morning.

Special Programmes

Preparing for Life


WHAT IS IT?

Preparing for Life is a home visiting programme for families who are expecting a new baby or have a baby under 5 months of age.

HOW IT WORKS:

Our mentors work with parents and will provide you with helpful tips around caring for yourself during pregnancy. When your baby arrives, the mentor will provide information & support around feeding and sleep routines, play and development throughout the various stages. Our mentors are friendly and will work with you to help you enjoy time with your baby and enjoy being a parent.

If you would like more information please contact Sarah at 045 438173


Strengthening Families

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAMME (SFP)

NFRC have several staff members who can offer this course to groups of parents.

The Strengthening Families Programme is a 14 session family skills training programme designed to increase resilience and reduce the risk factors for substance misuse, depression, violence and aggression, involvement in crime, and school failure in high risk, 13-17 year old children and their parents.

Positive results from over 15 independent research replications demonstrate that the programme is robust and effective in increasing assets and protective factors by improving family relationships, parenting skills, and improving youths social and life skills.

The SFP curriculum includes three courses (Parent skills training, Teen skills training and Family life skills training) taught in 14 two-hour periods. In the first hour, parents and children participate in separate classes; each class is led by 2 co-facilitators. Parents learn to increase desired behaviours in children by using attention and rewards, clear communication, effective discipline, substance use education, problem solving, and limit setting.

Children learn effective communication, understanding feelings, coping with criticism, stress management, social skills, problem solving, resisting peer pressure, consequences of substance use and compliance with parental rules. During the second hour families practice structuring family activities, family meetings, communication skills, effective discipline, reinforcing positive behaviours in each other, and jointly planning family activities.

Incentives for attendance, positive participation, home practice completion, and graduation are recommended. Family meals before each session, transportation, and child care all reduce barriers to participation. Booster sessions and parent run family support groups for Strengthening Families Programme graduates are encouraged.

The original SFP for high-risk families with children ages 6 to 11 years (SFP6-11) was joined in the early 1990’s by a shorter 7-session version for low-risk families with pre- and early teens (SFP10-14). SFP6-11 has now been joined by 14-session versions for high-risk families with both younger children (SFP3-5) and early teens (SFP12-16).

For more information about the Strengthening Families programme, go to:

http://www.strengtheningfamiliesprogram.org/

http://www.lecheile.ie/what-we-do/strengthening-families-programme/


Meitheal

Meitheal is a national practice model and is aimed at supporting children and families experiencing problems in their lives before the issues become so big they require Social Work intervention. It involves gathering all the necessary people, agencies and services around the table to ensure the child or family receive the supports they require. This process is family-led and the family is the ultimate decision maker. Newbridge FRC can support you in organising a Meitheal for your child or family if you feel it is the most effective way of getting the supports and services you need to assist you with your difficulties.

For more details call us, drop in or look at the following web document:
http://www.tusla.ie/uploads/content/Tusla_Meitheal_A_National_Practice_Model.pdf

Adult Education

Education courses are run in the Centre day and evening. Many of these classes are funded by the KWETB. 

Click here to check for news on courses and classes.

Some examples of the types of courses held at the Centre:

  • Sewing & Embroidery Classes
  • Computers Classes: Beginners & Advanced
  • DIY Course - Modules included wallpapering, painting, health & safety, electrics, tiling and plumbing.
  • Etc., etc.

If there are any courses you are particularly interested in, please let us know.


 

Other Services and Facilities

We also provide the following

 
 
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Senior alert system

The Seniors Alert Scheme provides grant support for the supply of equipment that enables older people of limited means to continue to live securely in their homes. The scheme is run by Pobal, a not-for-profit organisation that manages programmes on behalf of the Irish Government and the EU. The grant assistance is made available through community, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations that are registered with Pobal. For more information drop into NFRC or call us on 045 438173 or email admin@newbridgefrc.ie and ask for Eilish/Carrie

 

Office facilities

We look after anybody needing faxing / photocopying. A small fee applies. Please ask for prices.

 
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Driver theory test

Have you got your Driver Theory Test coming up? We have recently purchased the Driver Theory Book and CD. This allows you to track and monitor how well you are progressing each time you practise. Just call the Centre on  045 438173 to book a session. A fee of €1 per session.