Minister Frances Fitzgerald Opens Balgaddy Child and Family Centre
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Local T.D., Minister Frances Fitzgerald, officially opened the Balgaddy Child and Family Centre on Friday last. Local residents, members of the Balgaddy Working Together Group, representatives of the County Partnership, South Dublin County Council, Archways, Oakfield Trust, local Family Support Centres and Atlantic Philanthropies attended the packed event. Deputy Lord Mayor Gus O’Connell, Joanna Tuffy TD and Councillors. Eamon Tuffy and Emer Higgins also attended.
"I am delighted to be here today to officially open the Balgaddy Child and Family Centre. Today’s opening is the culmination of 4 years of work and partnership and represents a positive investment into the community and for the residents of Balgaddy who have been waiting for these kinds of support services. With Atlantic Philanthropy funding and the guidance of both South Dublin County Council and project managed by Oakfield Trust, this initiative has been nurtured and turned what was a blueprint in a County Plan to the fantastic, warm and welcoming space showcased here today and fought for by the Balgaddy Working Together Group,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald at the launch.
“Barnardos, Oakfield Trust, Archways, Deansrath Family Centre, Balgaddy Working Together Group and Dublin West Child Care and Learning Services have all played important roles in making the transition from a plan to a service and I commend them for their vision and commitment to the people of Balgaddy. The aim of the Centre is to support parents and the community as they create a warm, supportive and secure space in which children can grow, develop and flourish,” continued Fitzgerald.
The building opened its doors in September 2012 with the opening of the Beech Tree Community Childcare. The Centre has since gone on to develop a range of programs for children, families and the community. Services provided in this building include Family Mornings, Healthy Food Made Easy, Community Coffee Mornings, Family Days, After School Activities, New Mums Group and the Centre is getting busier and busier. All of these activities contribute to and indeed are vital ingredients for a vibrant successful community.
“The community in Balgaddy has proven itself to be resilient, proactive and, above all else, positive. Initiatives like the Balgaddy Child and Family Centre and the extra services involved, will give residents the support that families in our area often need,” said Minister Fitzgerald before she cut the ribbon on the plaque for the Balgaddy Child and Family Centre.
Project: Clondalkin Tus Nua
Clondalkin Tus Nua was established in 1997 by a group of concerned parents. A community based response to the drug problems in the Southwest Clondalkin area.
As a community we sought solutions to our drug problem by developing practical and affective ways of working with the statutory agencies and service providers.
Through funding from the Health Service Executive, D.S.P. and the Clondalkin Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Clondalkin Tus Nua contact centre was opened in September 1999.
The project has developed into a unique community based addiction support centre providing a holistic and therapeutic service.
In September 2011 the project moved to a purpose built facility on the New Nangor Road with the help of Oakfield Trust who project managed the entire planning and site build of this facility. In 2013 changed name from The Bawnogue Youth & Family Support Group to Clondalkin Tus Nua
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Project: ACE Enterprise Park
ACE Enterprise Park (ACE) is a Clondalkin based Community Enterprise Centre, established in 1995 by the local community to enhance the capacity of local people to enter and remain in employment. Among a range of supports, ACE offers 30,000 sq ft of high quality business space and practical business training to small enterprises. As a registered charity and independent social enterprise, ACE has a deep commitment to supporting and advancing the well-being of the local community. With the help of Oakfield Trust, Ace was able to refurbish their training rooms to the highest specifications.
ACE Enterprise Park runs a number of practical business workshops, which are designed to be immediately useful to small business owners. We deliver a variety of courses, which offer an invaluable insight into the key requirements for getting a business on track. The courses include taxation, cashflow management, sales & marketing, digital marketing and bookkeeping. We also conduct regular surveys to find out what courses are most relevant to clients, so that they are relevant and engaging.
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