Newpark FRC serving the community

Jimmy O’Shea, who looks after all things horticultural at Newpark Close community centre

Photos by jbs photos Kilkenny

Newpark Close Family Resource Centre was built in 1976 to provide services and support for families living in Newpark Close and the surrounding areas. Primarily, its remit was to address the needs of children in the area and to eliminate the sense of isolation and social exclusion that some residents were experiencing.

The success of their work is the result of over forty years of dedicated commitment from the community. Pride and satisfaction resonate as the next generation of new up and coming community activists participate in, and drive the programmes.

Over the past four decades Newpark Close Family Resource Centre has grown from a small centre into a thriving and busy community facility that achieves and maintains the highest standards of management and organisational development.

Central to its success is the dedicated involvement of local people in identifying needs and developing needs-led responses.

FRCs are participative and empowering organisations that support families while building the capacity and leadership of local communities.

FRCs provide a range of universal and targeted services and development opportunities that address the needs of families.

The centre currently offers – Childcare Centre (12months to 6th class), Youth and Older persons social groups, Family Support & Community Development, Counselling Services and a Men’s Shed.

In addition to the services and supports for the families, they interact positively with the Local Residents Group. Integral to their work is the provision of confidential support for individuals and families within the wider Kilkenny community.

The work in tandem with Kilkenny County Council regarding community needs and the constructive re-generation of infrastructure within the area.

They also engage pro-actively at a local, regional, and national level, promoting the ethos and raising the profile of our Centre.

This involvement allows them to access new resources and development opportunities for the community.

Simultaneously, they influence policy and actions that tackle impediments to social inclusion. Empowered and energised they can commit professional human resources to vigorously combat the scourge of socioeconomic disadvantage and to promote equal opportunities for all.

If you wish to participate in any of their programmes you can contact them, confidentially:

Phone: (056) 7723309


Alternatively feel free to drop into the centre and talk to the manager Margaret Tone or a specific member of their dedicated and friendly staff.


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