Family Resource Centres
Family Resource Centres are projects involved in anti-poverty and social inclusion initiatives in their communities and have a clear focus in identifying the needs of family and in providing community based supports. FRCs operate under the Family Support Agency within the Family and Community Services Resource Programme. The aim of a Family and Community Services Resource Centre is essentially to help combat disadvantage by improving the functioning of the family unit. Centres can provide special services for lone parent families, young mothers and others considered in need of extra support and can act as a first step to community participation and social inclusion. Centres actively foster the participation of local people, including people with disabilities, in all aspects of the work of Centres and participants should be involved in the planning and management of Centres as well as the design and delivery of specific programmes.
Family Support Agency
The Family Suport Agency was establised in 2003 and operates under the aegis of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. The agency is overseen by a Board appointed by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.
Local and Community Development Programme
The programme aims to tackle poverty and social exclusion through partnership and constructive engagement between Government and its agecnies and people in disadvantaged communities.