Taghmon gets ministerial treatment
OFFICIAL OPENING OF NEWLY REVAMPED FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE
JOSEPH'S Street in Tagmon was full of colour and music last Friday afternoon, as Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald arrived in town to officially open the Taghmon Family Resource Centre.
Though the organisation has been up and running since 2008, it shared the premises with other agencies until last year. In the past three years, it has grown from small beginnings to the active organisation it is today.
The Centre has seen much work done in the past year, and it is now fully accessible, and looks much brighter, so the management committee decided it was finally time to 'officially open' the centre, and to celebrate all the great activities that go on there.
With music and dancing on the street, and bunting flying high, it was a real day of celebration. The Minister was given a guided tour of the facility, and was shown some of the work done by the Men's Shed Group, and the Women's Group. She also heard from three participants in various groups - Dylan Murphy, Dolly Waters, and Peter Marshall - who all spoke about their positive experiences at the Centre. Peter presented the Minister with a bog oak pen, fashioned from bog oak found in the grounds of Horetown Church.
' Taghmon Family Resource Centre offers a full range of supports, services and learning opportunities to people within our community,' said Voluntary Management Committee Chairperson Dan O'Flaherty. 'Examples of these are: Men's Breakfast Club; Monday Morning Women's Group; Youth Summer Programme' Catch 22 Young Men's Programme; GROW Support Group; educational courses and literacy supports; information; service referral and advice. In 2010 there were almost 3,500 visits to the Centre.'
'All of the work above has helped to develop a sense of ownership and pride in participants for the centre,' he added. 'We are proud of what we have achieved so far, and we know that we are making a difference to the lives of people and families in our community. I wish to thank all those who have been involved in the centre both participants and funders and continue to contribute to its success.'
Minister Fitzgerald acknowledged the work of the centre and the contribution of the Voluntary Management committee and how important it was to hear from the participants themselves about their experiences.
The FRC is funded by the Family Support Agency which is now placed under the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.