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Launch of 'Our Story'

Wednesday, 21 st October 2020

Family Resource Centre’s will to play a vital role in the battle against Covid-19 in the lead up to


As the country enters level five restrictions, Family Resource Centres will continue to play a vital role
in promoting important Covid-19 public safety recommendations and advice amongst harder-to-
reach communities in the build up to Halloween. That’s according to the Family Resource Centre
National Forum (FRCNF), who today (21.10.2020) launched a new report outlining the historical,
current, and potential future development of the National Family Resource Centre Programme.
Speaking today, Clare Cashman, Chairperson of FRCNF said: “Since the outbreak of Covid-19, Family
Resource Centres throughout Ireland have played a key role working on the ground supporting
communities. As we have seen in recent weeks, the Covid-19 crisis has not gone away, and the work
of Family Resource Centres is critical as the country moves to tighter restrictions. Coming up to
Halloween, people will be tempted to socialise, to let their children have a “normal” Halloween
celebration or let their guard fall which may inadvertently result in the spread of Covid-19. A key
focus for FRCs over the next few weeks will be to help make sure that the public health guidelines
and up-to-date restrictions are communicated effectively with all members of society.
“During the initial lockdown period earlier this year, FRCs experienced an increase in the number of
people seeking mental health support and food and essential home supplies. They received more
calls from migrant communities, including those in direct provision. The increase in demand came
from many new people who had never used FRC services before, such as older people cocooning
and people asking for food.
“FRCs will continue to play a key role in supporting communities by broadening our range of services
and responding to the direct needs of some of our most vulnerable in society, we can effectively
communicate the changing public health advice and provide vital supports.”
Digital Toolkit for FRCs
The FRCNF today launched the ‘Our Story’ report. The Report locates the work of Family Resources
Centres within current Government policy and demonstrates how the centres work with individuals,
families and communities responding to locally identified needs.
As part of today’s report publication, the FRCNF launched a new digital toolkit aimed at equipping
Family Resource Centres with online resources to support our communities to stay safe this
Halloween by following Covid-19 guidelines.
Commenting on the toolkit, Clare Cashman said: “The past number of months has cemented the
FRCs’ role as important messengers for public health advice and guidelines in light of Covid-19. The
digital toolkit we are providing is a helpful resource for all 121 FRCs around the country to enable
them to communicate this important information using social media locally to try and keep our
communities safe during these difficult times.”
The Family Resource Centre programme has been in operation for over 25 years. Further
information is available at

Contact: Emily Brennan / Ciarán Garrett, Alice PR & Events, Tel: 086-1658629 / 087-7158912,
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