02 February 2012

Fitzgerald Funds Bus for local Service

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, has announced the allocation of funding for a minibus for Clondalkin-based project CUMAS. The project, which empowers families from the Clondalkin area and aims to reduce the risks of drug misuse in young people throughout the area, will be using the minibus to facilitate children and families who wish to access their service.

“I have always been supportive of local projects in our area and am delighted to allocate funding to help families throughout Clondalkin access the fantastic services provided by CUMAS,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

“I am very familiar with the work carried out by CUMAS who I know provide invaluable support to many families in our local area. In the past I have worked closely with grandparents from this group who are full-time care givers to their children and have met several of the young people who benefit from the programmes they run,” continued Fitzgerald.

“One of the main problems CUMAS faces is being able to reach out to those who need their service the most. Quite often this means providing transport to and from the centre to facilitate accessibility to their programmes. Meeting this need has meant the allocation of the projects resources to transportation. I am pleased that now CUMAS will be able to provide a dedicated transport system for their clients and that resources, which had been taken up by bringing children and families to and from the centre, can be re-directed into the service,” said Fitzgerald.

“I am delighted that Minister Fitzgerald has sanctioned funding towards the cost of a minibus for our project – it will be a real benefit to the families we work with,” said Margaret Dalton, Project Co-ordinator at CUMAS in Clondalkin.

“It will be invaluable to us both financially and time-wise and will allow us to collect children from both North and South West Clondalkin to come to their individual and group work. It will also be used by parents, grandparents and other groups in the local area to maximise its use. Up until now CUMAS has had to dedicate an enormous amount of time and money to transporting people so they can access our service; this bus will be of huge benefit both to the project and to the families it will facilitate,” said Margaret Dalton.

Minister Fitzgerald sanctioned funding towards the purchase of a mini-bus as part of the Department of Children & Youth Affairs 2011 Lottery Funding Allocation. She did so on the condition that the minibus be made available to other Local Drugs Task Force and Young Peoples Facilities and Services Fund projects in the Cloindalkin area in order to maximise its benefits to the community.

“I have always been supportive of local community groups and look forward to continuing to work with and support the groups throughout Clondalkin,” concluded Fitzgerald.