Hospital Family Resource Centre began in 1999 when a group of local people from a variety of backgrounds in the South East Limerick area formed a steering group. The objective of this steering group was to establish a Family Resource Centre in the community. The group conducted a research project in the community that identified local needs. The results of this research formed the basis for the inaugural three year work plan that directed the work of the centre from 2002 – 2005. The group received support from the now defunct Family Support Agency on the basis of this plan The original group of volunteers formed a limited company and employed the first staff members in 2003. The centre has grown continuously since that time an now employs fourteen people. The core staff are supplemented by individuals from a variety of sponsored schemes providing much valued support to the centre.
The overall aim of Hospital FRC is to actively provide support to and highlight issues affecting vulnerable and isolated people in the area and influencing change to make our community more inclusive.
Values and Beliefs
The principles that guide our work are respect, inclusion, openness and understanding. It is very important to us that every person coming into contact with us is welcomed, listened to and treated with dignity. Hospital Family Resource Centre works from community development principles. We believe that people themselves have the capacity to solve problems and staff work with volunteers and other organisations to resolve issues and bring about change.
Our employment and volunteering policy directly reflects the core aims of the organisation. As a result, Garda Vetting is compulsory for all staff and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults.