Our Progress to Date
Chairpersons Report on 2018
In this my first Chairpersons report for South West Wexford Family Resource Centre, I would firstly like to thank the previous Chairperson Jack Butler for his excellent stewardship and I only hope I can continue in the same vain. Secondly to director’s past and present for their contributions all of which have be invaluable. Thirdly the manager Sharon Kennedy and her staff team without which none of the incredible successes of this year would have been achieved. Lastly the local community, service users and volunteers whose contribution ensure we do not loose sight of what is our true objective.
The most recent years have been about managing change within the organisation, in terms of programme, personnel and partnerships with Government agencies. It has been difficult to take the same time to reflect on the core values of the organisation and why we do what we do? We have had some chance to reflect on these issues and it is my intention we ensure we take this time especially as we devise our new strategic plan 2020-25. In taking this time it is important we involve all our stakeholders.
Every staff member of SWWFRC, volunteer, Director and member here must take responsibility for spreading a positive and reinforcing message that SWWFRC is strong, resilient and there for our local families. We need this commitment at every level in the organization to begin to repair relationships and restore public trust and confidence in charities like ourselves given the barrage of bad media in the press in recent years.
It is important to acknowledge the work of the existing services we provide to the community. Our childcare services continue to deliver quality childcare to the highest standards and at the same time train individuals who wish to pursue a career in this area. Our Family support service has bedded in well and will continue to support those families in need over the next year. Our Glor programme have increased the number of interventions with young people and their families who require support. It is worth noting these services are hard to deliver and deliver well. The scale of concerns any one individual may have requires skilled intervention and time to ensure they have the support they need. This work is highly commended by our funders.
The Read Programme continues to offer innovative courses at reasonable cost to the local community. All of these services would not be possible without the support of the staff on the community employment and Tus schemes who not only support the programmes but fulfil the necessary requirements to service the organisation in their roles of administration and maintenance.
Over the past year I am gladden by the extent of engagement with the organisation by the community and its service users. I look forward to the next year of even greater achievement and notwithstanding the challenges ahead I believe that we are now in an era at SWWFRC that is transformational and that opportunities and challenges exist and if we embrace them with passion, openness, ambition and bravery can bring to us dynamic programmes and projects to ensure we are around for a long time to come .
Sean Cooke Chairperson