07 June 2013

Minister Frances Fitzgerald Opens Balgaddy Child and Family Centre

Local T.D., Minister Frances Fitzgerald, officially opened the Balgaddy Child and Family Centre on Friday last. Local residents, members of the Balgaddy Working Together Group, representatives of the County Partnership, South Dublin County Council, Archways, local Family Support Centres and Atlantic Philanthropies attended the packed event. Deputy Lord Mayor Gus O’Connell, Joanna Tuffy TD and Councillorss. Eamon Tuffy and Emer Higgins also attended.
"I am delighted to be here today to officially open the Balgaddy Child and Family Centre. Today’s opening is the culmination of 4 years of work and partnership and represents a positive investment into the community and for the residents of Balgaddy who have been waiting for these kinds of support services. With Atlantic Philanthropy funding and the guidance of both South Dublin County Council and the Partnership, this initiative has been nurtured and turned what was a blueprint in a County Plan to the fantastic, warm and welcoming space showcased here today and fought for by the Balgaddy Working Together Group,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald at the launch.
“Barnardos, Oakfield Trust, Archways, Deansrath Family Centre, Balgaddy Working Together Group and Dublin West Child Care and Learning Services have all played important roles in making the transition from a plan to a service and I commend them for their vision and commitment to the people of Balgaddy. The aim of the Centre is to support parents and the community as they create a warm, supportive and secure space in which children can grow, develop and flourish,” continued Fitzgerald.
The building opened its doors in September 2012 with the opening of the Beech Tree Community Childcare. The Centre has since gone on to develop a range of programs for children, families and the community. Services provided in this building include Family Mornings, Healthy Food Made Easy, Community Coffee Mornings, Family Days, After School Activities, New Mums Group and the Centre is getting busier and busier. All of these activities contribute to and indeed are vital ingredients for a vibrant successful community.

“The community in Balgaddy has proven itself to be resilient, proactive and, above all else, positive. Initiatives like the Balgaddy Child and Family Centre and the extra services involved, will give residents the support that families in our area often need,” said Minister Fitzgerald before she cut the ribbon on the plaque for the Balgaddy Child and Family Centre.