Monday 14 October 2019

Community house gets some emergency funding

Steve Connolly at Wolf Tone Community House.
Steve Connolly at Wolf Tone Community House.

By David tucker

WOLFE Tone Community House has been saved from closure, at least for now, after the county council stepped in with some once-off emergency funding.

The management group operating the house, for almost 30 years a beacon of light in a deprived area of Wexford town, had appealed to councillors for help because it had run out of money.

'They will receive some funding, around €8,000, from the community section of the county council,' said Cllr George Lawlor, who said his intervention had a least provided a stop-gap.

'We will sit down with the board of management early in the next to look at the overall fundng of the project. I'm talking about government funding, not council funding,' he said, 'they provide a tremendous place in the heart of Wolfe Tone and it's essential that we keep this facility going.'

Wolfe Tone Community House opened its doors over 27 years ago and has been a focal point for community activities ever since.

It has hosted men's groups, women's groups, and older people's groups meet there every week on community education courses. The Wexford Community Health was based in Wolfe Tone for a number of years and ran many successful courses.

In spite of funding cutbacks over the years the Community House has continued to provide a childcare service and have a shared community employment scheme, providing employment opportunities for local people. It also provides placements for TUS participants and students.

'The closure of the Community House would be a great loss to the community,' the committee said in a statement, appealing for assistance.

Cllr Fergie Kehoe said funding for the community house had been made through childcare and a fall in the numbers on its books this year, has made the situation worse.

Wexford People