Family Resource Centres, which combat disadvantage and support families, are still funded at 2014 levels.
Despite 5 per cent funding reductions year-on-year from 2012 to 2014, FRCs are still expected to maintain supports and services at pre-cut levels.
Tony McDaid, project manager of Raphoe Family Resource Centre, said they have been able to keep their services in place, but running costs, such as heating and lighting, can be a problem.
“There have been days when we’ve sat with coats on us, sat with no lights on to cut down costs,” Tony said. “A big thing for us is when people come into the centre there should be a warm and friendly environment, and that’s the basis for a lot of things we do.
“If we can’t do that, something is wrong somewhere,” he said.
To raise €5,000 for Raphoe FRC, and raise awareness of the work Donegal FRCs do, Tony will undertake a 388-km sponsored walk around the county’s nine FRCs. The others are The Forge, Pettigo; Donegal FRC, Donegal town; Downstrands, Narin/ Portnoo; Dunfanaghy FRC; Mevagh, Downings; Cara House, Letterkenny; St. Johnston and Carrigans FRC and Moville and District FRC.
The walk begins on May 4th and finishes on May 15th, the International Day of the Family.
To combat funding cuts, the Raphoe centre has held smaller fund-raisers, and while they are grateful to people for their support, they wanted an event to raise a substantial sum of money and draw attention to the work of the FRCs.
FRCs provide broad and targeted services and development opportunities to address the needs of families, from providing information, advice and support, to education and training, to counselling and support to individuals and groups. The centres serve all ages, from pre-school through to adults and older people. They work to “build their self-esteem and confidence capacities to deal with what life is dealing them at a particular time,” Tony said.
There’s more on the Raphoe FRC Facebook page.