Clones Family Resource Centre (FRC) is a locally based community development and family support project based in Clones, Co. Monaghan. It was established in 2008 and its main aims and objectives are to identify and address issues of social exclusion and poverty in Clones town and the surrounding rural area.
The focus of the work is to empower the community to identify their own needs and explore solutions to best address these needs and to create successful partnerships between voluntary and statutory agencies at community level. Clones FRC aims to assist local people to have an improved quality of life and a sense of wellbeing through encouraging equality, participation, community ownership and a recognition of the diversity of families. Clones FRC receives its core funding from Tusla, Child and Family Agency.
General Principles of Operation
All matters discussed with staff in Clones Family Resource Centre will be kept confidential. The one exception to this is in relation to child protection issues which must be reported to the Tusla Duty Social Worker. policies and procedures are in place in relation to data protection and these are strictly adhered to. All voluntary Board members, staff and volunteers are Garda vetted and have completed child protection training.
Current activities include:
- Provision of education and training courses for all the community in Clones
- Run family support programmes and events in the Centre
- Support the development of various groups in the community and provide facilities to support them where necessary. Examples include Clones Men’s Shed, Circle of Friends Women’s Group, Toddler Group & the Parenting Group
- Provide a support and information service to the local community on various rights, entitlements and housing issues. Referral support to appropriate agencies when necessary
- Training of eight fully qualified community and family mediators to work in the region
- International Fund for Ireland funded project to support all our core group with an underlying theme of positive mental health
- Charity shop, Second Time ‘Round to provide affordable pre-loved clothes to local people and act as a social hub in the community
Clones Family Resource Centre aims to empower the people of Clones to have an improved quality of life and sense of wellbeing through encouraging equality, participation, community ownership and a recognition of the diversity of families.
This vision is brought about by:
- Supporting, encouraging and providing opportunities to individuals and families, groups and communities
- Networking and working in partnership with community, voluntary and statutory organisations
- Maintaining and developing a strong, vibrant organisation that works well together as a team
Children, their families and the broader community will:
- Be more aware and more active in pursuit of their own health, have greater confidence and improved mental health, be freer to talk about health issues and be more resilient.
- Be aware of learning opportunities, within and outside of Clones, that are appropriate to their needs and interests, be supported in overcoming barriers to accessing learning and, as a result, will actively participate in learning, have greater self- confidence, increased employment, and more fulfilled lives.
- Have the skills, confidence and knowledge to pursue employment opportunities and the support and capacity to access economic resources, which will enable them to have greater dignity and a better quality of life.
- Be part of groups and networks, which will build confidence and positivity in the community, give them a stronger voice and ensure better sharing of, and access to, resources.