The Family Resource Centre National Forum (FRCNF) will release the findings from a survey of Ireland’s 121 FRCs tomorrow, Thursday, 11th June, at 9.30am. The survey aims to capture the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on Family Resource Centres nationwide; and give deeper insights into the new needs that are emerging in relation to family and community supports. The findings will be published online at www.familyresource.ie tomorrow.
The survey findings are expected to show the extent to which demand for FRC services has increased due to Covid-19, and the way in which FRCs have been supporting vulnerable families nationwide. The survey results will also focus on the challenges facing FRCs in the future; their concerns in relation to re-opening and the feasibility of providing their services in line with public health guidance; and the ways in which Covid-19 has impacted on vulnerable communities.
Commenting in advance of the survey results launch, Clare Cashman, Chair of the FRCNF, said: “There has been a huge demand for the services of FRCs in recent months, and they have played a central and leading role in the community response to Covid-19. Ongoing investment in FRCs will be essential to ensure the most vulnerable communities can recover in the aftermath of Covid-19.”
The FRCNF is the national representative body for Family Resource Centres. The Family Resource Centre programme has been in operation for over 25 years, and is currently funded by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. Further information is available at www.familyresource.ie.