Background of Trim FRC

Trim FRC is a locally based family support and community development project, based in the Mornington Estate in Trim. It was established in 2001 in response to a need to tackle disadvantage and poverty in Trim using a community development approach and to improve the functioning of the family unit.
The main aims and objectives of the centre are to identify and address issues of social exclusion and poverty in the immediate area of Trim town and to help foster an understanding of family and community development within the community. The focus of the work is to empower families and the community to identify their own needs and explore solutions to best address these, and to create successful partnerships between voluntary and statutory agencies at community level.
The project is managed by volunteer members of the local community who employ a coordinator, Community Development Worker and an Administrator to implement a 3-year strategic community work plan. Target groups include parents, children & young people, men, women, migrants, older people, young women, people with disabilities, and the unemployed.
Some of the supports, activities and services provided by Trim FRC are:
- Facilitate education and training courses for all the community in the centre
- Run family support programmes and events in the Centre
- Support the development of various groups in the community and provide facilities of the centre
- Provide a support and information service to the local community on various rights, entitlements and housing with referral to appropriate agencies when necessary
- Run a low-cost counselling service
- Link with relevant agencies to tackle disadvantage locally and raise these issues nationally

As a result of increased queries for counselling and further supports offered by the FRC the project expanded its catchment area to cover South (West) Meath.

Front page of Focus on Trim from December 2002

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