Tipperary Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly travelled to Tipperary Town on to launch Tipperary Town Local Area Pathway Hub at Three Drives Resource Centre.
This important initiative links youth services for young people and provides family support services.
Deputy Coonan said: “This is Minister Reilly’s first visit to Tipperary since his appointment as the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. I was pleased to invite him to meet many local interest groups so he can be briefed on the importance of their work in Tipperary.
“We were given an overview of the priorities of the Family Resource Centre and the valuable services they provide in the heart of the community in Greenane Drive. The staff work at the coalface assisting families and children; providing individual responses to each child. It is clear that the centre is making a huge difference in the area. It is a welcoming space where people know they can receive help. The Centre provides many programmes and courses to tackle problems faced by children or families. It is important to pay tribute to the local community volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts to support people in need.”
Addressing the gathering, Minister Reilly said: “I would like to pay tribute to the staff here who have worked so diligently to ensure that this day has arrived. I must also thank the Child and Family Agency and its local area manager Marie Kennedy for their input and for working closely with the Centre to form this great partnership.
Also, I would like to place on record my support and appreciation for the work carried out by all the staff and by the volunteers in the Family Resource Centres both here and around the country. You have taken on the responsibility for delivering services to some of the most vulnerable people in our society and I want to applaud the very valuable work which you are doing.
The vital services provided by Family Resource Centres are wide ranging and include the provision of information and support to families at local level, including education courses, training opportunities and the provision of childcare facilities. I am delighted that Three Drives Family Resource Centre has been selected by the Child and Family Agency to provide the Child and Family Support Network for Tipperary Town and to be a hub for the Local Area Pathways project.
This Centre provides a neutral setting for family support with a range of providers operating within these facilities and because of this, your Centre is seen as the best placed Local Area Pathway Hub for the town itself,” concluded Minister Reilly.