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20/10/2021

Bridgeways Family Resource Centre celebrating two years under new management in Ballymahon

Bridgeways Family Resource Centre celebrating two years under new management in Ballymahon

Members of the Bridgeways Family Rescource centre celebrating their second year under new management

Bridgeways Family Resource Centre celebrated two years under new management. Bridgeways is providing a range of services and interventions for the community, Project Coordinator Grace Kearney stated “two years ago there was an average of 50 people a week using the service, now there is approximately 100 people daily.”

Bridgeways has an array of events, community supports, youth supports and activities for the whole community. “The demand on the service is unbelievable, we are finding it difficult to meet the demand as we are very limited with staffing, many of our services are at all full capacity.”

Services in the centre include: youth groups, women's groups, men's groups, recreational courses, counselling, mental health support, family programmes.

Bridgeways operates with only one full time & two part time staff members. “Family Resource Centres need to be prioritised, we are in the front line providing vital services to the communities in which we serve.”

Grace Kearney explained that the demand on the counselling service is at an all time high “counselling is imperative to our service, however we only receive €4,000 a year to provide this service, this is not enough funding to meet the demand on the service, mental health is an area of serious concern in the county and the funding allocations need to be addressed immediately.”

If you wish to find out more about Bridgeways contact Grace Kearney on 085-8668062 or grace.kearney@bridgewaysfrc.com.

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