Activities

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Newbridge Family Resource Centre aims to provide a wide variety of quality services within family support, community development and childcare. Click here to view our current schedule of courses and projects.

Our services include:

 

Early Years

We believe that each child is an individual who should be given the chance to express themselves freely. We create an environment that allows each child to develop at their own pace. We believe that a relaxed happy environment creates a relaxed happy child.


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Preparing for Life
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Preparing for Life is now open to families who are expecting or have a new baby who are living in the Curragh and Newbridge areas.Mentors work alongside parents from pregnancy to when the child starts school. We visit families in their homes and give information on child development and parenting, with the aim of improving school readiness. When you join one of our mentors will visit you every month with tip sheet information and activities based around child development and parenting.

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Parent & Toddler Group
Friday mornings 10am-12pm

Parent, Baby and Toddler Groups can provide a stepping stone for children preparing to go to a playgroup. These groups provide children with a relaxed, friendly environment in which they are able to play independently with other children, while still having the security of their parents close by. This can be a great help in building a child’s confidence. The group offers a variety of activities such as play dough, painting and water play for the children, as well as Pediatric first Aid, Parenting Classes, plus others as the need arises.

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Playschool
Monday-Friday

We can cater for 65 children. We participate in the Community Childcare Subvention Scheme.  This scheme provides financial assistance with childcare fees, to parents who meet the eligibility criteria of the scheme. We also participate in the Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (Free Preschool Years). Registered and regulated by the Health Service Executive.

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Homework Group
Tuesdays & Wednesdays

The Homework Club runs on Tuesday or Wednesday for children from third, fourth, fifth and sixth class.The club offers a safe, friendly and supportive environment for young people to develop a positive attitude towards learning and homework, as well as having fun! 

Our Young People:

 



Junior Youth Club
Thurs. evenings

If you are aged 8-10 years old, we are looking for new members to join our Junior Youth Club. The group meet every Thursday from 4.30 - 6pm to have fun and to make new friends.

 


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Youth Club
Thursday evenings

Swagalicious is a group of boys and girls ranging between 10 - 13yrs who meet each Thursday evening from 7pm - 8:30pm to get together, have fun, engage in fun activities, go on outings, have movie and pizza nights and much more. All this for a small charge of only €2 each week.

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Our Women:



Women's Group
Tuesday evenings

The Women’s Group first met at the beginning of 2012. Throughout the year the group has participated in personal development, meditation, stress relief course, learning to live a healthy life, pottery and are learning to sew and crochet. Throughout the year the group has formed a strong bond and the personal development course has cemented this bond. The Women’s Group was formed to allow women a space to meet new friends, learn new skills and to get support from each other or staff in the Centre when needed.

 


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Golden Girls Group
Wednesday Mornings

The Golden Girls are a group of retired women who meet every Wednesday morning. The group formed eight years ago, is well established and very well attended. The women take part in a variety of activities throughout the year including art, pottery, knitting crochet, chair exercises and day trips. The group was formed to ensure there is a place where older women can meet up for support and to prevent social isolation within our community.

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Our Men:


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The Men's Breakfast Club
Mondays 10am

This is an ongoing group which is open to all men. They meet every Monday morning at 10 (excluding Bank Holidays) for an hour to have a hot meal and a chat. (Donations welcome for breakfast.)

 


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The Men's Group
Mondays 11am-1pm

The Men's Group runs from 11 am - 1 pm each Monday (excluding Bank Holidays ) and is also open to all men who wish to get involved in tasks chosen by the group, whether it be construction of their projects, renovation of their Men's Group space (cabin) or even just to hang out to break the cycle of thinking that there's nothing for them to do on a Monday morning.

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Community Space Plan
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Plans are ongoing towards continued development of the areas around the lake, the Centre and the whole surrounding green area. The dream is that this area will be planted with native trees, flowers and shrubs to make it a beautiful area that will continue to be a shared community space for local people to use and enjoy. We are always looking for people to get on board and support this project in any way they can. Please contact the Centre if you would like to get involved. 

 


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Counselling
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We currently have 5 Counsellors, 2 fully qualified and 3 trainee counsellors working with us in the Centre. We offer a quality, confidential and affordable counselling service to people living in the Newbridge area.

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AA Meetings
Tuesdays 8pm

Meetings held in the Centre every Tuesday evening at 8-10pm. New members welcome, just turn up on the night.

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Local Politicians Clinics
To be advised

We currently do not have any local politician clinics running from the Centre.

 

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Volunteers
Ongoing
Newbridge Family Resource Centre has a large and experienced team of volunteers and relies greatly on the contribution of volunteers. For that reason we are committed to the ongoing development of the role of volunteers within the organisation. We realise that people volunteer for different reasons including: a personal interest in the Family Resource centre, a wish to contribute something back to the community, or an interest in developing new skills. Whatever your motivation may be, we are committed to ensuring that your volunteering experience will be a pleasant and positive one.

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Adult Education
Ongoing

Education courses are run in the centre day and evening. Many of these classes are funded by the kwetb. Click here to view our current schedule of courses and events.

  • Sewing & Embroidery Classes
  • Computers Classes: Beginners & Advanced
  • DIY Course - Modules included wallpapering, painting, health & safety, electrics, tiling and plumbing.
  • Etc., etc.

If there are any courses you are particularly interested in, please let us know.

 


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Also
Ongoing

We also offer the following:

  • SAS Senior Alert System - for over 65 year old who are eligible - The Family Resource Centre are registered to operate this Scheme. Please contact the Centre for further information.
  • Office Services:Office Services: We look after anybody needing faxing / photocopying. A small fee applies. Please ask for prices.
  • Driver Theory Test practise - Have you got your Driver Theory Test coming up? We have recently purchased the Driver Theory Book and CD. This allows you to track and monitor how well you are progressing each time you practise. Just call the Centre on  045 438173 to book a session. A fee of €1 per session.
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