Deansrath Family Centre has started a fundraising campaign for a new building after outgrowing its current base in Clondalkin.
The organisation is hoping to raise €1 million for the new space which will house programmes and services offered by the Family Centre.
Currently some of the programmes run by the centre including Dinosaur School, which tackles behavioural issues in young children, CoderDojo which is a computer coding club, Baby Programmes and the Young Persons’ Working Group which gives teenagers from the area an opportunity to have their say, are held in a separate building in Bawnogue.
Project workers from the Family Support team are also working outside the building in Deansrath and area based in a portacabin at the back of the centre.
Siobhan Feehan, Deansrath Family Centre Manager explained that there are many challenges for staff in the current building.
She said: “The staff here are so dedicated and passionate about the work they do but there is frustration around the working conditions. Our Family Support team struggle to find quiet rooms to meet with clients and there is limited space for children who might need extra support. Over the years we have grown along with the community and now is the time to move to a bigger building so as we can deliver the service that our community deserves.”
Staff from the centre, along with board members, recently organised a fundraising concert to help raise awareness and money for the project.
They raised €2500 during ‘An Intimate Evening with Celine Byrne’ which saw performances from Ian Doyle and Barry Dowling from the Homonics.
Staff plan to hold a number of fundraisers locally in the new year to raise more money for the fit-out of the building.
To donate to the cause visit https://www.paypal.me/deansrath.