RESIDENTS and representatives of community groups from across the city gathered in Ballybeg on Friday for the launch of a new Family Resource Centre.
BRILL (Ballybeg Region integrated with Larchville Lisduggan) FRC, formerly the Ballybeg Community Development Project, will be a community base for comprehensive services geared towards benefitting local families, young people and individuals in the area.
Manager Glenn Lynch told the Waterford News & Star that he was delighted with the launch event, which was attended by local politicians with Junior Minister John Halligan addressing those gathered.
Mr. Lynch said of the day: “It was great. We had fabulous weather and a brilliant turnout with an awful lot of services and agencies from the area turning up as well as people from across the community so there was a very positive atmosphere on the day.”
The FRC originates from CDPs in the three areas and the Manager stated that it is an exciting time for the local communities who will benefit from the presence of BRiLL. In recent years funding changes impacted on CDP’s, with the one in Ballybeg managing to keep their services going without any direct funding.
“The FRCs main role is to communicate and coordinate with all of the different services in the area who work with younger people, families and individuals across the community to see what is available in the three communities and look at the connections between them. Do the communities know that these services are there for them? We will try to direct the right people to the right service from there.
“We will also realise where the service gaps are so all of the groups will be able to come together and say ‘this service is needed, how can we do it’.”
“We’re here, we’d like to offer support. We want to try and figure out how we can assist people or add to the quality of life of residents in the areas. We’re not coming in with a magic wand. What we are coming in with is a willingness to work with local people and local groups. Based on their experience, we want to know what other additionalities would the community benefit from.”
The community base, @theCampus, is already home to 10 services which can already be utilised by those across the three communities, including IT classes, after school support and a community café.