What’s on this week!

RAMSGRANGE COMMUNITY NOTES

Week Beginning 2nd July 2018
Penny Bank
The penny bank operates every Friday at SWWFRC. The Pay 0ut date is Friday 30th November 2018. New savers are always welcome. Bank transfers are also an option. This is a great way to save a little every week - and get ready for Christmas (or other plans) by reducing the headache! Every bit counts and before you know it, a nice sum is waiting for you by the end of the year. Please contact reception at 051-389418 for more details.

Volunteers Needed Urgently
At SWWFRC we run projects with a group of core staff, a team of CE workers (of which there is always space to join) and a dedicated group of volunteers. We are asking for people to join us - simply by offering their time. A few hours a week can make a huge difference to the services we can offer. Full training (if necessary) will be given. WE NEED YOU!!! If you can help, contact reception for more details. We look forward to having you on board.

Family Support Worker @ SWWFRC
The Family Support Worker Service offers practical and emotional support to families during difficult times. The service offers support to families for an agreed number of hours per week in some of the following areas:

• Parenting Skills
• Confidence and Personal Development
• Home Care Management
• Diet, Nutrition and Health Care
• Budgeting and Family Finance

For Further information or to make an appointment please contact our Family Support Worker Denise Farrell on 087 7685930 or Reception on 051 389418.

Food Cloud
SWWFRC are recruiting for volunteers to help with our weekly food cloud collections. Food cloud at present supports many family with our community. Please contact Sharon Kennedy on 051-389418 to express an interest

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.

Yoga
Yoga classes are running every Monday evening from 7.30-8.30pm at South West Wexford Family Resource Centre. Classes are €10 drop in or 6 class cards for €50. Contact Finola on 087-3641540 for more information.

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
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.

Bluebell Café
The Bluebell Café takes place on the first Wednesday of every month from 2 pm to 4pm in “The Tea Room” at St Louis Day Care Centre, Ramsgrange, New Ross
The Bluebell Café is open to people with dementia, their partners, Carers, families and friends.
• Meet others with similar experiences
• Enjoy a cup of tea and a chat
• Speak with health and social care professionals and other experienced volunteers
To find out more:
Contact us on 051-389509
Or email stlouisdaycarecentre@gmail.com
2018 Café Dates
May 2nd, June 6th, July 4th, August 1st, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th, December 5th
Local Link Wexford
To book your seat on the Local Link Bus please contact the office on 053 9196276 or email wexford@locallink.ie.

Yoga with Bridget
Yoga classes are running every Thursday evening from 7.30-8.30pm at South West Wexford Family Resource Centre. Contact Bridget on 089 4549029 for more information.

Ramsgrange Active Retirement
Next monthly meeting 2nd July
Monday 2nd July in St. LOUIS Day Care Centre. start 2-15pm,
Come along for a chat with new and old friends over a cup of tea and a bun.
New members welcome.

Mystery Tour on Monday, 9th July. Cost €15, non-members €20. Bus leaving Ramsgrange car park at 9.00 am sharp. Deposit €10. Pick-ups at Ballymitty/Wellingtonbridge 8.30, Elm tree X/Balliniry 8.40 am and Campile 9.10 am. To book, please phone 051 389012 or 087 0544976.

Jack Meads and Tramore 25th July. Cost €20. Sit down Bar-B-Q. Visit Tramore then onto Jack Meads for Sit down Bar-B – Q.
Leaving Ramsgrange 11am Sharp. Normal pickups on the way. Names and deposit at the July Meeting. Please call to book 087 637 2084. Or 051 593836.

Slimming World
Slimming World Classes here in South West Wexford FRC on Saturday mornings, weigh in time is 9.30. Please contact Yvonne Byrne on 086 3147332 for more details.

New Personal Training
New Personal Training business in Ramsgrange / Campile area. Tailored exercise & nutrition programs to suit your goals. Classes of 6 people due 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 approximately 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.

Danescastle Music Group Seisiún
Danescastle Music Group will host Seisiún, an evening of traditional music, song and dance in Horse & Hound, Ballinaboola on Tuesdays in July and August commencing on Tuesday 3rd July at 8.30pm. Come and enjoy a relaxing evening of entertainment.
Ramsgrange Community Market An opportunity for crafters/food producers to take part in Ramsgrange Community Market on Friday mornings in the Community Hall Ramsgrange. Limited spaces available, for further information contact Anne on 085 – 7555844.

Ballyhack NS Parents Association
Ballyhack NS Parents Association and Ballyhack NS would like to thank all the local businesses and everyone who made donations and came along to support our field day, 10 June 2018. It was a great success. Many thanks to you all.

St James GAA Lotto
There was no winner of the €5,900 jackpot in the draw held on Tuesday 26th June 2018. The winning numbers were: 6, 17, 19 & 31. St James Club had one match 3 winner; Rosanne Nolan, Clonsharragh who won €30.Jackpot for the next lotto draw on 10th July 2018 will be €6,200. Lotto tickets are available from committee members and local shops & pubs.

Abbey Ladies Golf Society
In glorious sunshine 31 Abbey Ladies played their 6th competition in Abbey Par 3. There was a great turnout despite clashing with the Captain’s Mixed in New Ross and other competitions. The golf course was in superb condition, true to form, thanks to Frank and Ned. After enjoyable golf, ladies returned to the clubhouse to the whiff of BBQ food catered for by Frank yummy, delicious. Thanks to Frank and Kylie his helper serving the food. Great scores were returned to the excitement of all.
1st Eileen Mullally, (36) 45pts. 2nd Esther Finn (22) 39pts. 3rd Eileen Wallace (17) 38pts. Category 1 Dympna Molloy (15) 36pts Category 2 Mary (H) Murphy, (27) 38pts. Category 3 Pauline Byrne (35) 34pts Visitor’s Prize Mary McNamara 33pts Nearest Pin: Hole 6 Eileen Wallace 15ft.3ins. Nearest Pin Hole 18 Pauline Byrne 17ft. 6ins. Congratulations and well done Girls !! Next competition Saturday 10am 7th July in Blackwater. Match Play running smoothly with round 3 finishing 15th July. Enjoy your golf.

Penny Bank
The penny bank operates every Friday at SWWFRC. The Pay 0ut date is Friday 30th November 2018. New savers are always welcome. Bank transfers are also an option. This is a great way to save a little every week - and get ready for Christmas (or other plans) by reducing the headache! Every bit counts and before you know it, a nice sum is waiting for you by the end of the year. Please contact reception at 051-389418 for more details.

Volunteers Needed Urgently
At SWWFRC we run projects with a group of core staff, a team of CE workers (of which there is always space to join) and a dedicated group of volunteers. We are asking for people to join us - simply by offering their time. A few hours a week can make a huge difference to the services we can offer. Full training (if necessary) will be given. WE NEED YOU!!! If you can help, contact reception for more details. We look forward to having you on board.

Food cloud
SWWFRC are recruiting for volunteers to help with our weekly food cloud collections. Food cloud at present supports many family with our community. Please contact Sharon Kennedy on 051-389418 to express an interest

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
St Louis Stitchers Group meets every Wednesday 11am-1pm at South West Wexford Family Resource Centre (SWWFRC) Ramsgrange. New members very welcome. For more information contact SWWFRC Reception on 051 389418.

Yoga
Yoga classes are running every Monday evening from 7.30-8.30pm at South West Wexford Family Resource Centre. Classes are €10 drop in or 6 class cards for €50. Contact Finola on 087-3641540 for more information.

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
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.

Bluebell Café
The Bluebell Café takes place on the first Wednesday of every month from 2 pm to 4pm in “The Tea Room” at St Louis Day Care Centre, Ramsgrange, New Ross
The Bluebell Café is open to people with dementia, their partners, Carers, families and friends.
• Meet others with similar experiences
• Enjoy a cup of tea and a chat
• Speak with health and social care professionals and other experienced volunteers
To find out more:
Contact us on 051-389509
Or email stlouisdaycarecentre@gmail.com
2018 Café Dates
May 2nd, June 6th, July 4th, August 1st, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th, December 5th
Local Link Wexford
To book your seat on the Local Link Bus please contact the office on 053 9196276 or email wexford@locallink.ie.

Yoga with Bridget
Yoga classes are running every Thursday evening from 7.30-8.30pm at South West Wexford Family Resource Centre. Contact Bridget on 089 4549029 for more information.

Ramsgrange Active Retirement
Next monthly meeting 2nd July
Monday 2nd July in St. LOUIS Day Care Centre. 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. Date and film to be confirmed Trip to Omniplex cinema, Wexford, Cost €12. Lunch in Kelly’s café before (optional) Bus leaving Ramsgrange car park at 12.00 pm sharp. Usual pick-ups from Ramsgrange to Wexford.
To book, phone 051 389012 or 087 0544976.

Slimming World
Slimming World Classes here in South West Wexford FRC on Saturday mornings, weigh in time is 9.30. Please contact Yvonne Byrne on 086 3147332 for more details.

New Personal Training
New Personal Training business in Ramsgrange / Campile area. Tailored exercise & nutrition programs to suit your goals. Classes of 6 people due 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 approximately 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.

Danescastle Music Group Seisiún
Danescastle Music Group will host Seisiún, an evening of traditional music, song and dance in Horse & Hound, Ballinaboola in July and August commencing on Tuesday 3rd July at 8.30pm. Come and enjoy a relaxing evening of entertainment.
Ramsgrange Community Market An opportunity for crafters/food producers to take part in Ramsgrange Community Market on Friday mornings in the Community Hall Ramsgrange. Limited spaces available, for further information contact Anne on 085 – 7555844

St James GAA Lotto
There was no winner of the €5,600 jackpot in the draw held on Tuesday 12th June 2018. The winning numbers were: 6, 26, 27 & 30. St James Club had one match 3 winner; Jason O’Leary, Mersheen who won €70.
Jackpot for the next lotto draw on 26th June 2018 will be €5,900. Lotto tickets are available from committee members and local shops & pubs.



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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