10th Anniversary Celebration
being held at Spafield Family Resource Centre in Cashel

Spafield Family Resource Centre (SFRC) is celebrating ten years of being at the heart of the community in Cashel this Friday.

Spafield Family Resource Centre (SFRC) is celebrating ten years of being at the heart of the community in Cashel this Friday.

SFRC is a registered charity and originated as Spafield Residents Association in 1996 . It became a company limited by guarantee in 2001.

The remit of the organisation is to combat social exclusion in the Cashel catchment area which includes Cashel town and areas within a 15 mile radius including Dualla, Rosegreen, New Inn and Boherlahan.

It is the organisation’s mission to work with families and individuals in an inclusive and developmental way so that all needs are taken into account.

Activities and services provided include:

Adult Education - Local Training Initiative (Fás), Back to Education Initiative (Department of Education & Science), Community courses (Arts and Crafts, Creative writing, Creative Photography, Cookery, etc. ) and Computer classes are provided. Over 80 participants per week receive adult education classes in the centre.

Art Classes - Art classes take place once a week and encourage creativity of all participants with the use of a wide variety of water colours. The classes take place in a therapeutic setting and provide opportunity for enjoyment, socialisation and relaxation.

Psychotherapy/Counselling – Individual one to one support is provided in a confidential therapeutic environment.

Rainbow peer support - This is a peer support programme for children who have been bereaved by death, separation or divorce. The programme is delivered through the medium of art and reading and ran for 12 weeks last September.

Community Development - Groups facilitated include a women’s group, men’s group, English classes for foreign nationals, parent and toddler group, Traveller parent and toddler group.

Childcare – Crèche, Preschool and After Schools services are provided. This is community based affordable childcare delivered to approximately 120 children. The centre is running the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme in the preschool which has been very successful. The ECCE is a free pre school year funded by the Office of the Minister for Children for 38 weeks per year.

Room rental - The centre has expanded considerably since its establishment in 2001. A building extension was completed in 2009. This is a state of the art building which is 5,775 square feet. The facility includes a large catering kitchen, meeting rooms, training rooms and counselling rooms. All of the building is accessible for people with disabilities.

There has been an increase in demand from organisations at a local, regional and national level for room hire in order to run courses and facilitate group meetings. These agencies include the VEC, HSE, Fáilte Ireland, Disability Federation of Ireland and local
voluntary groups.

The building is accessible for people with disabilities and was delighted to receive a Gold status award form the Goldstar task group. The Goldstar initiative aims at improving the integration of people with disabilities and to assist local organisations in ensuring all premises and activities are accessible for people with disabilities.

The centre is celebrating ten years of service to the community. Why not come and visit the centre on Friday, March 8. Call in anytime between 10am and 3pm for a cup of tea, meet the staff, volunteers and take a tour of the new state of the art building. All are welcome.