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Northside FRC

Clonconnane Road, Ballynanty, Co. Limerick, V94 APX8
(Mid West Region)

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Core Staff

Role: CEO

Name: Ciara Kane

Role: Coordinator of Community and Family Services

Name: Mary Mulcahy

Role: Financial Officer

Name: Naomi Smith

Core Activities

  • Childcare and Afterschool Services
  • Youth Work Services
  • Psychotherapy and Creative Therapies
  • Parenting Programmes
  • Adult and Community Education
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Home supports for Older People
  • Clubs and Social Groups
  • Support groups
  • Advocacy and one-to-one support
  • Personal Security Alarms
  • Transport

About Us

Northside Family Resource Centre is located in the heart of Limerick’s Northside Communities on the border of Ballynanty and Moyross.  Northside Family Resource Centre is committed to building upon the strengths of families and the community, facilitating the community to reach its full potential while supporting those who are living in deprivation, experiencing a crisis or who are at risk or vulnerable.

Northside Family Resource Centre (originally named St Munchin’s) was established in 1987 and has grown and developed in response to the needs of the communities in which it operates.  In 1994, the International Year of the Family, the Family Resource Centre was one of a small number of centres which was funded for the first time under the Department of Social Welfare.  The rationale for this funding was “the perception of a possible gap in the statutory support for Community Development activities focused on support for family and tackling child poverty”.
Community development principles are central to the functioning of the Centre and underlie all activity and support at the Centre.
The Centre, its services and community development work, have organically grown over the last 30 years.  In response to the demands placed on the Centre to extend its services outside of the old RAPID area St Munchin’s Family Resource Centre changed its name in 2013 to Northside Family Resource Centre to reflect the areas in which the Centre was really operating.
 The Centre has a clear commitment to discovering our community's capacities and assets while allowing for flexibility to respond to the needs as and when they emerge.  The Centre aims to:
  • Engage in community development supporting local community people’s commitment to investing in themselves and their community
  • Provide structures which facilitate local people to support each other and search for ways to improve the quality of life in the area.
  • Ensure services are in place that meet the defined needs of individuals, families and the community, positively affecting families both directly and indirectly.
  • Provide interventions and compensatory programmes which are open to all while supporting those most disadvantaged and socially excluded to avail of such services.
  • Exploit the skills of local residents, the power of community-based organisations, and the supportive functions of local institutions.