North West Clare Family Resource Centre

North West Clare Family Resource Centre CLG (NWCFRC) was established in 2000 and is limited by guarantee with charitable status. It is a locally managed community organisation with a voluntary board. It is very much rooted in the community and its work is guided by community development principles and practices.

The NWCFRC operates two national programmes, both under the Department of Children and Youth Affairs:

  • Family and Community Services Resource Centre Programme supported through the Child and Family Agency (TUSLA)
  • National Childcare Investment Programme managed by POBAL

The range of services offered by North West Clare Family Resource Centre is broken down into four themes:

Family Supports

  • Crèche offers full time community creche for 0-12 years. Currently 70 registered
  • A Counselling service for adults and adolescents.
  • Play Therapy for children.
  • Parenting Programmes- Parents Plus parenting programmes, Circle of Security
  • Rainbows Programme – for children experiencing loss due to separation, divorce and bereavement.
  • Information provision for families and individuals. Drop-in service offered one day a week
  • One to one support
  • Food Cloud
  • Parent and Toddler groups
  • The centre is one of six pilot sites nationally that received funding for the Traveller Pilot Parenting Programme funded by “What Works Funding”.

Community Services

  • Ennistymon Men’s Shed.
  • A women’s creative textile crew.
  • A Community Garden.
  • Meeting spaces for voluntary groups, TUSLA, TESS and Schools.
  • Provision of administration support to a community group who oversee the only all-weather out door facility in Ennistymon
  • Befriending service

Employment and Training

These supports include:
  • Joint Sponsors of a CE scheme including provision of office space for CE supervisor
  • Adult Education classes.
  • and Homework Clubs for Traveller and Syrian Children.
  • Provision of student placement for third level students in social care and childcare
  • Provision of Iscoil to young people who are unable to engaged with mainstream education. This is for teenagers age between 13-15 years
  • Provision of outreach space for Employability

Youth Services

These include:
  • A Youth Club.
  • An Integrated Soccer Club for traveller and settled teenage boys.
  • A Film Club for youth.
  • Life Skills and Personal Development for teenage traveller girls.
  • Gym training, Bike Workshop for teenage traveller boys.
  • Youth Volunteering Action Group.
  • Driver theory classes
  • Education and Recreation Programmes for young people.
  • Provision of Easter and Summer camps catering for children and young people

Gambling Therapy

This is a new service and the Gambling therapist is currently engaged in consultations with community groups facilitated by North West Clare Family Resource Centre, Killaloe/Ballina, West Clare and Shannon FRCs. There will be information and awareness sessions organised in each location.

All services provided by the gambling therapist will be provided at a reduced cost. A contribution fee ranging from €5 to €50 depending on the client.

The gambling therapist is available Monday 930am -2pm, Tuesday 9.30 -2pm and Thursday mornings 930am-230pm. These times will change to meet the needs of the clients and groups that require the service.

Referrals can be made directly to the Gambling therapist by phone, email or post to:
Eamonn Lodge
North West Clare Family Resource Centre
The Ennistymon Hub,
Parliament Street
Co. Clare
V95 NX86
Tel: 065 707 1144 / 083 451 5245
Email: [email protected]

Online therapy and support will be offered to those who need it after completing an assessment if requested. In person counselling will also be offered in Ennistymon.