Wednesday 23 October 2019

Funding crisis for community house

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

By david tucker

WOLFE Tone Community House, for almost 30 years a beacon of light in a deprived area of Wexford town, is facing closure because it has run out of money.

'The Community House is now at risk of closing unless we can source some funding or financial support immediately,' the management group operating the house said in an urgent appeal to county councillors. 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.

'I'd be very supportive of the community house and all of these involved in it. It is a very improtant facility for the area and funding will have to found to facilitate all the good work that they are doing,' said Cllr Fergie Kehoe. He said he was confident the funding could be found.

Cllr. Kehoe said funding for the community house is made through childcare and a fall in the numbers on its books this year, has made the situation worse with central government cutting its fund in line with the fall in children's numbers.

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