Our Board of Management

The aim of the Family Resource Centre programme is to combat disadvantage and improve the functioning of the family unit.  Each Family Resource Centre operates autonomously, working inclusively with individuals, families, communities and both statutory and non statutory agencies.

FRCs are an integral part of the Child and Family Agency's Local Area Pathways model and act as a first step to community participation and social inclusion. The programme emphasises involving local communities in tackling the problems they face, and creating successful partnerships between voluntary and statutory agencies at community level. The Board of Management plays a key role in the oversight and running of NFRC. 

 
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VOLUNTARY BOARD MEMBERS

BACK ROW: Joe Burke, Paddy Purcell, Michael Higgins , George Perry, Mick Deeley

FRONT ROW : Marie Walsh, Ann Murphy, Teresa Keogh

ABSENT MEMBERS: Fr Paul, Peggy 

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JOE BURKE

" I have been involved in the community all my life .Starting as Chairperson for the LHD.Then onto board member for Newbridge FRC.

As an activist i am involve in many activites to hopefully improve the welfare of the Community.I believe if this generation dont try to enforce change our children and grandchildren have little hope."

 

 

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PADDY PURCELL

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MICHAEL HIGGINS

"I got involved in the homework club as my daughter was in Scoil Mhuire. Asked to join the board and now I am Treasurer for the past 3 years.I really see the benefits of the Resource Centre to the area and how it helps people. I enjoy golf and horse racing in my spare time."

 

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GEORGE PERRY

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MICK DEELEY

"Born in the first half of the last century. I have been interested in Community organisation and development for many years and i have served ten years on Newbridge Town Council. I am keenly interested in sport and walking is now my favourite passtime."

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MARIE WALSH

" I started my Career in Social care working with Special needs .

When i retired i wanted to get involved in the community then i got the chance to volunteer in the Homework club and it went form there , I love my involvement in the centre and i enjoy giving back to the community and helping vunerable people in need."

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ANNE MURPHY

"My grandchildren were in the preschool when i joined my first group here Awesome mothers from there we started the sewing and knitting group . I then volunteered for the youth club. I have been a member of the Board of Management for 3 years .I volunteer for the S.V.P and Share food. My Hobbies are Reading  Massage therapy and Reiki ." 

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TERESA KEOGH

 

Family Resource Staff

The second element in the delivery of the Family Resource Centre model is the staff team. These are professional community workers, youth workers, counsellors and early childhood care practitioners who perform a crucial role in building the fabric of a vibrant and engaged community.

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Maeve Errity

Co-ordinator
 

"I have been working for the Family Resource Centre for 10 years , firstly as Development Worker and then as Coordinator. My initial career was in childcare and later community equality studies. I am a cat lover and in my spare time I love to upcycle old furniture, make my own cards, reading, writing and have been known to lose a few hours watching Netflix!"

 
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sarah mcelroy

Development Worker (Full-time)

"I have been working in the Centre since May 2014. Previously, I worked in Kildare Youth Services for 4 years having graduated from Maynooth University in 2009 with a  Community and Youth Work qualification. In my spare time I love practising yoga, spending time in the garden and with friends and family."

 

Maggie Lally

Development Worker (Part-time)

"I have worked in the Resource Center as Development worker for over 12 years. I like the way my job changes to meet the needs of the community. It never gets boring ! I love the outdoors especially running to keep fit "

 

Anna Farrell

Administrator

" I have been working in the Family Resource Centre since 2003. I am the accounts & payroll administrator.I enjoy walking, reading and socialising with friends".

 

Wendy Rave

Preparing For Life Mentor

"I am currently studying Play Therapy and also have a background in psychology. My interests include arts & craft-paper cutting, painting and very amateur embroidery! My best days are trips to the beach (even when its cold) with my family and music festivals or gigs, which are in sparsity of late!"

 

Amy Doherty

Preparing For Life Mentor

I am one of the newbies to Newbridge Family Resource Centre, I started in January 2018 on the Preparing for Life Programme as a Mentor.

I have worked in Community Development/Social Care settings of over 10 years and I really enjoy meeting new people. I have a big interest in attending concerts, especially out  door events on lovely sunny days. 

 

 

Luke DEvlin 

Development Worker

"I am a fully accredited psycotherapist with a particular interest in and a passion for male health and well being. I have been a part of the team at Newbridge FRC since January 2018 and i facilitate the Men's Sensory Garden Group.I love music and sport."

 
 

Annette Brogan

Caretaker / Maintanance

I have been working in the centre  since 2014 taking care of our groups needs .I Have lived in Newbridge all my life and enjoy dancing, cycling, swimming and going to the cinema."

 

Donal quirke

Caretaker / Maintanance

"I have been working here at Newbridge FRC  since 2016 as Caretaker which i really enjoy. When I am not working I enjoy walking and watching football."

 

noel mcdermott

Caretaker / Maintanance

Noel joined our team since August 2017 as caretaker .Noel enjoys all things football when not working and is a huge Liverpool supporter. 

 

Carrie McNeill

"I started here in August 2017 as receptionist and have really enjoyed my first year here at Newbridge FRC. When I am not in work I enjoy music, walking,  photography and pilates."  

 

EILISH KENNY

Receptionist/Administrator

"I have been working as receptionist/administrator in Newbridge FRC since 2016 and I love my job .I live in Kildare but originally from Newbridge .When I'm not working iIlike to go walking or to the gym (occasionally).I also love watching soccer and I am an avid Aston Villa supporter."

Early Childhood Care Staff

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Suzanne Connolly

Childcare Manager

I have been working in childcare for over 30 years and working in the Centre since 1999.I believe in a child led childcare service and I am passionate about providing this as a foundation of learning for all children. I love working with the children and their families. When i am not working i enjoy walking and reading. 

 

pAMELA GORMAN

Childcare Practitioner

" I have been part of the Childcare team since 2006. I love working with the children and seeing them progress. In my spare time i enjoy aqua aerobics & spending time with my family."

 

 

 

 

 

TINU SOLANKE

Childcare Practitioner

" I have been working in Childcare department for the past 5 years , I enjoy working with the childrean and helping them reach and explore their potentials.In my spare time i enjoy reading novels , dancing and watching soaps."

 

 

 

Urszula

Childcare Practitioner

Urszula is a dedicated team member and enjoys working with Children.

 

 

 

Noelle donoghue

Childcare Practitioner

" I have been working in the Centre in the preschool school room for the past 14 years.I feel happy and fulfilled when i get to see the children's progressionin the class room and seeing them doing well many years later.

I love to go home and chillout, I enjoy walking my dog and aqua aerobics and meeting all the women I also love  interior decoration"

 

 

 

 

amanda williamson

Childcare Practitioner

"I have been working in Childcare since 2004 and started here at Newbridge FRC since 2015. I love the friendly atmosphere and interaction of everyone in the centre.Iam interested in arts &crafts and DIY in the home. I have recently stared aqua aerobics and met a fun group of ladies.In my spare time i have volunteered for a couple of charity groups".

 

Anita Kinsella

Childcare Practitioner

" I have been working in the childcare 2007 and i love my work with the children .I enjoy art and listening to music"

 

Our Volunteers..

The NFRC has a dedicated group of volunteers who contribute greatly to the community by their tireless efforts.

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homework club volunteers

Lisa Duggan , Patricia Whyte, Annette Stack, Marie Walsh, Joe Coogan

 

Youth Club volunteers

                                  

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