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South West Wexford FRC

Ramsgrange Centre, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Y34 DP26
(South East Region)

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Core Staff

Role: Company Operations Manager

Name: Sharon Kennedy

Role: Administrator

Name: Ann Rice

Role: Family Support Worker

Name: Sinead Colfer

Core Activities

  • Fusion Youth Cafe & Youth Camps
  • Local Job Supports under CE & TUS schemes
  • Community Cafe and Therapy Room
  • Rural Community Based Childcare Centre
  • Rural Information Point & Advocacy Support
  • Adult Counselling
  • Community Based Family Supports and Referral
  • Adult and Community Education Courses
  • Food Cloud
  • Health and Wellness Group and Programmes
  • Rural Social Inclusion Groups and Activities
  • Rural Facility Hire and Secretarial services

About Us

South West Wexford Community Development Group (SWWCDG),  trading now as SWWFRC was established in 1989 by members of the local community, who recognised the need to tackle the problems of unemployment, exclusion and disadvantage in the South West Wexford ('Hook') area.SWWCDG is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status managed by a voluntary management committee of Directors who are supported by a full and part-time staff complement of up to 40 full, part-time and CE contract staff along with 3 TUS participants in 2022. Since 1996 SWWCDG is based in The Ramsgrange Centre Ramsgrange. The catchment area for project activities is in the seven parishes of  Ramsgrange, Duncannon, Tintern, Horeswood, Clongeen, Carrig-on-Bannow, and Templetown. These seven parishes roughly fall within the following District Electoral Divisions; Rathroe, Templetown, Tintern, Ballyhack, Fethard, Killesk, Dunmain, Clongeen, and Bannow.
Funded Programmes at SWWFRC in 2022 include the following:
  • TUSLA Family Resource Centre Programme
  • Local Training Initiative in Tourism and Business 
  • National Childcare Scheme 
  • Community Employment Scheme (CE)
  • TUS Programme
Currently, we address the needs of local families and support them to access childcare facilities and supports, community-based youth work, provision of facilities and services for young people, local community services, counselling, sign-posting for information and delivery of education and training services locally and affordably in their own community @ The Ramsgrange Centre. We involve local people in the decision-making processes around these services and have done this through two and a half decades of relationship-building, and tangible partnerships with the community and voluntary and statutory agencies at the local, regional and national levels. We have always looked at these services from a family support perspective and we are cognisant of both the levels of need of rural families and the interagency approach necessary to meet these needs. We are also open to examining our work using other models of family support and moving towards them more explicitly to meet local needs.

Family support services to date at the Centre have been evolving in response to our changing rural community needs as well as reflection on our experience and analysis of our strengths and challenges. We are as a result moving towards delivery of more cost-effective service to our target groups that are challenging for some of our traditional service provision.  Now working with TUSLA under the FRC Programmewe are further already committed to collaborating in our approach to family support service provision using the Meitheal approach and are open to any and all staff training under the new programme in this regard.

Our work to date has yielded many positive results for local people with a special focus on the needs of local unemployed people, one-parent families, older people and rural youth. Over the course of the next three years, we plan to continue and develop our work with families and aim to expand services with additional actions that will complement the prioritised elements of our local family support strategy over the next three years.

We strongly believe in our ability to continue to harness and develop local support to address local issues. We want to continue to work to do this without losing the local autonomy to make local relevant decisions. Our participation in the FRC programme has shown us and our community that even centralised policies and programmes can accommodate local situations to support them to retain the unique features that make their proven ways of working successful. Our knowledge in action through the hands-on approach of local governance can now still remain accountable and transparent with the FRC supports. Enabling and supporting established community development is in line with best practices for community and economic development and the sustainability of a strong and vibrant community here in SWW. 

It is essential that The Ramsgrange Centre remains a core resource for this community and maintains a core budget, management structure, monitoring system and adequate policy and practice in governance to stay accountable and transparent to the public for all programmatic funding and activities the company may leverage on behalf of the community.  This way the Centre can continue to offer a basic safety net for rural families in these difficult times.