What’s on this week!

COMMUNITY NOTES COMMUNITY NOTES
Week Beginning 11th December 2017

Food cloud
Volunteers needed urgently.
Please contact Sharon Kennedy on 051-389418

COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT SCHEME

We are presently recruiting for a Community Café Assistant and Front Desk Receptionist/Administrator CE.
Contact Tilly Carroll on 051 389418 for Application Form.

EDUCATION AT SWWFRC, RAMSGRANGE
New evening courses starting in January 2018:
Early Childhood Level 5:
Health Care Support Level 5
Social Care Level 5
Business Level 5
Book-keeping Manual and Computerised
Accounts
Business Level 6:
Communications

Courses will run subject to minimum numbers confirmed. Phone Jan/Diane on 051-389418.

Getting Citizens Online at SWWFRC
Avail of 10 hours free training to enhance your digital skills by Getting Citizens Online. Next class commencing shortly. Please call reception at 051 389418 to secure a place.

St Louis Stitchers
Meet every Wednesday 11am -1pm at South West Wexford Family Resource Centre (SWWFRC). New members very welcome. Reception: 051 389418.

Shelbourne Women's Group
Meets every Monday 10:30am -12:30pm at South West Wexford Family Resource Centre (SWWFRC). New members very welcome. Reception: 051 389418

Blokes with Cameras
Meet every Wednesday at 7pm in (SWWFRC) for more information please contact Reception on 051 389418.

Yoga
Every Monday evening from 7.30-8.30pm at SWWFRC. Classes are €10 drop in or 6 class cards for €50. Contact Finola on 087-3641540 for more information.

Ramsgrange Active Retirement
Next monthly meeting
January 2018. in St Louise Day care. start 2-15pm,
Come along for a chat with new and old friends over a cup of tea and a bun. New members welcome.

Cinema Wexford.
Trip to Omniplex Cinema, Wexford Wednesday 13th December to see Wonder. Cost 12 Euro, Bus leaves Ramsgrange at 12 noon Sharp, Pickups from Ramsgrange to Wexford. to book please call 389012, 087 0544976.

May Holiday 2018.
From MONDAY 14th May to FRIDAY 18th May.,
Staying in the Arklow Bay Hotel. Cost Per Person Sharing 335 Euro single Room Supplement 70 Euro for the 4 nights. Cost includes 4 nights Bed and Breakfast and evening meal. Day Trip each day. Transport to and from Arklow and Gratuities. Booking Fee of 100 Euro (Non-Refundable) required. Booking open to Non- Members from 1st February 2018. Enquires to 051 389012 or 087 0544076.Travel Insurance -Allainzie.IE Tel 01 4484848

Ramsgrange Community School
Gym/hall is available for hire. Very competitive rates. Contact Bridget on 051-389211 to book.

St. Louis Day Care Centre Ramsgrange
Assisted Home Living for the Elderly provide the following services: Meals on Wheels (daily delivery), Day Care Service, Home Baking Service, (Sweet & Savoury Orders can be catered for), Medical Service and Counselling services, including Bereavement Support, Chiropody and Hairdressing. Services by appointment. For more information ring the Centre on 051-389509.

CHRISTMAS BAKING AT ST LOUIS DAY CARE CENTRE
We are now taking orders for Christmas Baking -Order your Mince Pies, Christmas Pudding, and Christmas Cakes - last date for orders is 12th of December – Phone 051-389509 or call to the Centre to order. We are also holding a Christmas Bakery Fair on Saturday the 9th of December 2017 between 9am to 1pm in the Day Care Centre

Bluebell Café
The Bluebell Café is open on the first Wednesday of every month, to older people, their families and carers who are coping with memory loss issues. We welcome you to come in, enjoy a cup of tea, chat and meet with others in similar situations. We offer you an opportunity to obtain information and to speak with health care professionals in your area.
ALL WELCOME at St Louis Day Care Centre, Ramsgrange, New Ross, Co Wexford Tel 051 389509

Local Link Wexford
To book your seat on the Local Link Bus please contact the office on 053 9196276 or email wexford@locallink.ie.

Slimming World
Saturday mornings at SWWFRC, weigh in time is 9.30. Please contact Yvonne Byrne on 086 3147332 for more details.

New Personal Training
Business in Ramsgrange / Campile area. Tailored exercise & nutrition programs to suit your goals. Classes of 6 people due to start from next Tuesday with the aim to increase Strength and Fitness over a number of weeks. Contact Gary on 087-2223450. Please see 'garywatersfitness' on Facebook for up-to-date information on the classes or if you have any further questions.

Hook Counselling and Psychotherapy Service
A Counselling and psychotherapy practice has been established in Duncannon .Working with clients who experience issues such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, low self-esteem, addiction, from her base in Duncannon, Ann Cadogan can be contacted by phone or email.annpcadogan@gmail.com phone 089-7055256

Campile Hall
There is a weekly game of Bingo being held in Campile Hall every Monday night at 8.30pm in aid of the ongoing development of the Hall, with prize money of €1,250 approx being paid out each night with a rolling in House Lotto and Snowball also being played each night. We welcome each and every one senior citizens, young and children alike to try it and enjoy a great night out and win some money into the bargain.

MEDITATION CLASSES at SWWFRC
Weekly Meditation classes with Reiki Therapist, Ann Considine of Tranquil Healing will take place at South West Wexford Family Resource Centre, Ramsgrange commencing on 11th of October, 2017 on Wednesday mornings from 10am to 11am. The cost of each class will be €10. To book a place contact Ann at 085 7555844 or 051 389703. Facebook page: Tranquil Healing

Campile Hall Study Group
Campile Hall Parents Supervised study group is going well so far but we still have some places available if anyone else is interested in joining, this study group is the perfect opportunity to get homework or study done without any of the usual home distractions three evenings a week here in Campile Hall, It is open to anyone in 3rd, 5th or 6th years that might be interested in joining, study is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6pm-9pm at a cost of €20 per month to book in or to make inquiries contact Nicholas on 0879418661 or Campile hall on 0872183300

Irish Classes for parents.
Introduction to Irish for parents of primary school children. These classes are for beginners and are designed around the primary school curriculum with view to helping your child with Irish homework. These classes are starting on Wednesday 4th October for 10 weeks and the venue is South West Wexford FRC. These classes are delivered by a fully qualified tutor in a relaxed and learner friendly environment. For more information or to book your space contact Denise Murphy on 051 389418.

Rathnure Pantomime Society
Rathnure Pantomime Society presents their Christmas Panto "A Fairytale Wedding: And You're Invited! A show not to be missed!! Call the Box Office now on 0870687801 or 0876954112 to book your tickets now. The show runs from Dec 10th @ 6.30pm, 11th, 13th, 14th, 15th @ 7.45pm, 17th @ 6pm, 18th @7.45pm, 27th & 28th @ 6pm, 29th @ 7.45pm.

Childminder available
Childminder available to mind child in her own home in Ramsgrange. Contact Ann 086-1687644



Progress in 2016

 

Progress in 2016

AREA OF WORK: Overall day to day management and operational issues

  1. PROGRESS ON INTERNAL POLICIES

 

  • All relevant FRC policies completed and financial and childcare policy developments;
  • Internal polices updated and developed include;
  • 2016 Income and Reserves Policy 2016 Apportionment Policy
  • Anti –Racism Code of Practice
  • Code of Practice relating to Domestic Violence
  • Code of Practice for working with Lesbian, Gay and Trans Communities
  • Communications /Media Policy
  • Policy for working with Volunteers, Work Placements and Internships
  • Policy on Use of the SWWFRC Centre
  • Staff Code of Conduct Policy
  • Data Protection policy
  • Code of Practice on Suicide Prevention
  • Disability Inclusion Protocol
  • Sugradh Childcare Centre Childcare Policies Developed and approved by board 2016 :
  • Administration of an Epi Pen
  • Emotional wellbeing Policy
  • Behaviour Policy
  • Sleep Policy
  • Outings policy
  • Healthy Eating Policy
  • Student Supervision policy
  • Updated Fee Policy 2016

 

CHALLENGES IN THE WORK

Just as much of 2015 was dominated by the transition of South Wexford Community Development Project to South West Wexford Family Resource Centre under TUSLA 2016 continued this transition phase as both staff and management engaged with the challenges of moving our thinking and practice towards targeted family support services and activities .

A transition nonetheless into 2016 that whilst this new funding stream is very much appreciated and welcome for our sustainability it continued to demand time and energy from both staff and directors for some time into 2016.

BTEI Strand reduced to pre –development work

A planned launch for 2016 of the FRC / Glor Project did not take place due to resource allocation prioritised for time and planning to the strategic planning process; significant HR and staff support and supervision and the bedding down of the Glor project from pilot initiative to on-going project

Staff recruitment and retention

Recruitment was on-going for the Board of Management Directorships throughout 2016 with two Board member resigning during the year due to work commitments and family health matters. Two potential new members have been identified as replacements for 2017 following induction .

Costs re maintenance and development of The Centre – sustainability

Time for H&S review, Risk Management Review and Staff appraisals 2016 outstanding

Continued resource support for community development activities – Penny Bank, Befriending Project, Food Cloud , supports fro groups @ SWWFRC , Mens Shed

Challenges remain in funding and delivering upon a full SWWFRC team event whilst also enabling time for regular communications with the full staff team from management The annual

Challenges remain in funding and delivering upon a full SWWFRC team event whilst also enabling time for regular communications with the full staff team from management;

Management faced some challenges in continuing long standing work in the area of community development and devoting time and staffing to development of targeted family support services alongside centre management and significant time spent on staff support and supervision during 2016.

The Community and voluntary sector that we operate in is an ever changing environment and the past 12 months has been no exception to that rule. There have been many new challenges both operational and financial which the directors and staff here at SWWFRC have had to cope with. Other challenges for us as an organization continue to focus around our financial stability as a mainly government funded organization and how to address this in the context of sustaining or growing our activities with limiting staff resources . We are also faced with the increasing pressures that come with increasing compliance requirements and trying to balance the need to provide more services to the community with reduced operational funding and core staff resources.

 

PROGRESS ON OPERATIONAL ISSUES:

·          Health and safety work on fire escape removal and exits

·          2016 – 9 directors on board

·          Income 2016 – 1,117,095

·          Compliance complete with Charity Regulator and Companies Act ( Re memo and Arts0

·          Legal name of FRC changed to SWWFRC

·          Extensive work was undertaken in 2016 to rebrand the CDP to an FRC, with new logo development , changes to internal and external signage and stationary, emails and website and restructuring of the organisations facebook pages, alongside staff training in social media .

 

 

GENERAL IMPACTS IN THE OVERALL WORK

·          Family support Work initiatives and local networking increased;

·          Continuation of Glor Project into 2017 – purchase of vehicle for youth activitie’s

·          Development of Penny Bank, Befriending Project, Food Cloud,

·          11 women, 10 men, 5 children, received counselling services

·          26 care plans developed by FRC

·          11 Meitheal meetings attended with 4 as FRC as lead practitioner

·          175 people informed and directed re back to education

·          Referred 161 people to CWO

·          221 people used Internet services, 602 used administrative services

·          7 groups helped with fundraising referred

·          25 volunteers supported and trained

·          269 people attended courses ( 238 completed)

·          73 children/YP attended courses/programmes (66 completed)

·          11 groups/initiatives supported with 36 people overseeing same and 215 adults and 218 children benefitting from the activities and 14 volunteers involved.

·          1802 people and 375 children accessed our projects services and initiatives in 2016 @ cost of 476,222 with funding received of 459,510 and fee income of €19,139 covering 11,275 meeting hours n total

·          Volunteers are supported continuously and there was a great interest in recruitment for volunteers for out Pilot Be-friending Project in August 2016 wit 17 volunteers initially being trained for the programme. Inductions were also carried out with all volunteers to assess their interests and levels of commitment and for Garda Vetting.

 

GENERAL IMPACTS AND CONSIDERATIONS FOR 2017

·          To enable us as a company to provide the community services to this rural part of Co. Wexford requires a team of highly qualified and dedicated staff and we as a company are very fortunate to have such a team. There has been a transformation in the makeup of the board of management over the past few years with a complete turn over of Board members and also new staff joining the staff team through the CE/TUs schemes and The Glor Project which always brings with it new energy and ideas.

·          The principal activity of the company is to deliver, develop and support existing government programmes in family supports, childcare, employment and education schemes and initiatives. The organisation provides additional youth and community social inclusion activities projects and facilities annually which enable access to services, provision of information, training and advice and other supports to the community. It supports volunteer and community involvement at all levels of the company.

·          All this planned activity for 2016 moved well with the core staff team operating at break-neck speed delivering on programmes during their high activity phases (e.g DSP CE Scheme rollover ; BTEI/READ Courses; TUS staff rollover) . Other activities such as the FIT Programme, application and planning process for the 2016 Glor Project and the planning process for the Strategic Plan and 2016 Launch ramped up towards the end of 2016 as they make initial headway into 2017. Our strategic planning process supported by Framework was a welcome development for Management and it also that took e up considerable planning and development time in the first quarter of 2016.

·          Under our community development activities we continued with Fundraising, awareness and information workshops and events towards year end with engagement in the 16 days of violence campaign with NWC and a Breast Cancer awareness event. Fundraising towards our counseling services was again of particular focus for 2016 as demands increased from the community. Maintaining links and communications with the users of the centre , participants on programmes and courses, staff, volunteers and board members continues to be a challenge on an ongoing basis , as does the background work on building maintenance , and operational systems upgrades such as electrics and IT. Operations planning and budget setting for 2017 began anew in our thinking as the year progressed and staff resource management is continually under review for programmes and activities for 2017.

·          Overall the strategic planning process that we formally embarked upon in 2016 was a great time for this organisation. So much has changed for us in the external environment of this sector over the last 7 years and that has, in turn caused quite a lot of learning and change to occur within SWWFRC. This strategy planning process provides us with a well timed opportunity to think through the implications of both the external policy transformations on our sector led by funding shifts led by tendering mechanisms and commissioning strategies and also the internal organisational changes we have had to adapt to as a result. In addressing these adjustments we can consider our current vision and mission for the community of SWW and SWWCDG /FRC as a whole in a strategic and reflective way , so as to ensure our success for next 6 years and more

SWWFRC is compliant with the Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland
Registered Charity Number : 10553
Company Number : 48807201
Telephone +353 (0) 51 389 418
Facsimilie +353 (0) 51 389 254
Email reception@swwfrc.ie
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The Ramsgrange Centre, Ramsgrange
New Ross, Wexford
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