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About: Operational Philosophy

Overall Vision

The agreed Mission Statement of Loughrea Family and Community Resource Centre is:
  • To provide supports and services that meet the needs of local people.
The work of Loughrea Family and Community Resource Centre is informed by a community development approach that proactively encourages and supports participation for all.

Specifically, Loughrea Family and Community Resource Centre will:
  • treat people with respect
  • maintain a focus on equality and advocacy
  • be an open, friendly and welcoming space for all members of the community
  • be respectful, non-judgemental and inclusive of all people
  • ensure that all our work is conducted in a safe, professional and confidential manner
  • be an accessible, independent, informative and creative organisation
  • adopt a flexible and positive approach to our work
  • value partnership

Community Development – “collective action for social change”

i) Regional and National Forum

The Family Resource Centre programme is a key player in lobbying for social change to enhance the lives of communities, families and individuals affected by inequality, disadvantage and poverty. Issues that arise at local level and that impact negatively on communities and families are brought by individual Family Resource Centres to the Regional and National Fora of the programme.

The Western Regional Forum

The Western Regional Forum of Family Resource Centres is made up of staff and voluntary management committee members of the 13 Family Resource Centres in Galway and Mayo and is one of 8 regional forums that make up the National Forum of Family Resource Centres.

The Western Regional Forum meets approximately twice a year but in order to achieve its objectives a Steering Committee of the Forum, which meets monthly, operates.

Aim of the Western Regional Forum

To network, support and represent the voice of the 12 Family Resource Centres in the Western Region in order to affect change at regional and national policy levels.

Objectives of Western Regional Forum
  • To provide a platform for Family Resource Centres to network, build links, consult and be consulted on a wide variety of topics relating to the work of all FRC’s.
  • To provide an opportunity to improve skills, knowledge and information sharing of voluntary management committee members and staff in combating poverty and social exclusion.
  • To support FRC’s to participate in, and influence decision-making structures concerned with issues affecting them and their communities.
  • To provide a platform for communication between all Family Resource Centres locally regionally and nationally.
  • To be pro-active around influencing policy at local, regional and national level.
Examples of pieces of work undertaken by the Western Regional Forum

The Family Resource Centre National Forum

The Family Resource Centre National Forum (FRCNF) is a support network working with Family Resource Centres throughout Ireland. The aim of the Forum is to represent the views of all Family Resource Centres nationally and provide practical support to Family Resource Centres involved in family support and social inclusion initiatives.

The Regional Steering committee of the Western Regional Forum elects four members as representatives to the Board of the Family Resource Centre National Forum - two from Galway Family Resource Centres and two from Mayo Family Resource Centres. For more information please see the the Family Resource Centre National Forum website.

ii) Community Response to Domestic Violence Network.

The Network comprises of all 12 Family Resource Centres in Galway and Mayo and frontline workers from Waterside House Domestic Violence Refuge Galway, Mayo Women’s Support Service and Roscommon Family Life Centre.

As a member of the Community Response to Domestic Violence Network, Loughrea Family and Community Resource Centre is committed working within the Network’s Code of Practice to raise awareness of and highlight the issue of domestic violence in the community.

Aims and objectives
  • Channelling and enabling the real voices of those who have experienced Domestic
  • Violence to influence practice and policy at local, regional and national levels.
  • Supporting and encouraging a holistic and culturally appropriate approach to the development of prevention and protection systems/services for women and children experiencing Domestic Violence.
  • Progressing the issue of Domestic Violence at local, regional and national policy levels by promoting and encouraging good practice and policy across our Projects and other community and voluntary groups in the Western region.
  • Seeking the development of a co-ordinated strategy in the development of support infrastructure and services for women and children throughout the area.
  • Sharing information, experience and learning on the issue of Domestic Violence across the Projects in the Western Region.
  • Reviewing and evaluating its actions regularly.

iii) LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Network

Loughrea Family and Community Resource Centre works within this Network’s Code of Practice to respond appropriately to the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgenderpeople in the local community and beyond. To this end Loughrea Family and Community Resource Centre is an active member of the Galway-Mayo LGBT Network.

Aims and objectives
  • Raising awareness around LGBT issues within Family Resource Centres and within the broader community
  • To ensure Family Resource Centres are LGBT friendly spaces
  • The provision of information and assistance on local, regional and national LGBT supports and initiatives
  • Coordination of 'Out and Proud Roadshow' during Social Inclusion Week
  • IDAHO T Day (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) display and presentation
  • Gay Pride Week window display

Equality Statement

Loughrea Family and Community Resource Centre is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination under the following nine grounds as identified in the Equality Act.

  • Gender
  • Civil status
  • Family status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion
  • Age (does not apply to a person under 16)
  • Disability
  • Race
  • Membership of the Traveller community

Voluntary Board of Management

  • The Annual General Meeting is held each year in May.
  • Board of Management members remain in place for a maximum of five years.
  • All board members represent or advocate for the local community. Members are not there to represent individual organisations or agencies or to promote a particular political or religious view.
  • All board members are directors of the company Loughrea Family Resource Centre Ltd.
  • The Board of Management meets on the last Monday of each month except for the month of July.
  • Sub-Committees meet monthly/quarterly or as required. Recommendations from Sub-Committees are presented to the Board of Management for discussion and ratification.
  • Where possible decisions at sub-committee and Board level are made by consensus and compromise rather than by vote.
  • Day-to-day operational decisions are made by the Co-ordinator, following consultation with the Chairperson if necessary.

Evaluation and Reporting

Self reflection, action and evaluation are integral parts of the work carried out by Loughrea Family and Community Resource Centre.

  • The co-ordinator prepares and submits detailed work reports at each monthly Board of Management meeting.
  • The co-ordinator schedules monthly Support and Supervision sessions with individual staff members.
  • Appraisals are carried out every 12-18months.
  • Daily communication occurs between all staff members.
  • Weekly full staff meetings are held.
  • A three year Strategic Plan, ratified by the Family Support Agency is in operation.
  • An annual review of progress is delivered to the Family Support Agency through SPEAK (internal programme national evaluation system) and an Annual Progress Report.
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