Deansrath family centre in Clondalkin hosts charity concert as part of €1 million fund for new premises

Many of its programmes are having to be hosted in another building.

A Dublin family centre which has outgrown its current building is having to fundraise €1 million for its new premises - writes

The Deansrath Family Centre in Clondalkin has been based in the west Dublin suburb for 20 years and now needs a bigger space to run programmes, classes and pre-school.

Programmes such as Dinosaur School, which tackles behavioural issues in young children, CoderDojo which is a computer coding club, Baby Programmes and the Young Persons’ Working Group which gives teenagers from the area an opportunity to have their say, are now held in a separate building in Bawnogue while the Family Support team is confined to a portacabin at the back of the centre.

Staff, board members and supporters came together on Wednesday to host ‘An Intimate Evening with Celine Byrne’ which saw performances from Ian Doyle and Barry Dowling from the Homonics to help fundraise towards the €1million target – with €2,500 raised on the night.

Siobhan Feehan, Deansrath Family Centre Manager explained that there are many challenges for staff in the current building.

She said: “The staff here are so dedicated and passionate about the work they do but there is frustration around the working conditions. Our Family Support team struggle to find quiet rooms to meet with clients and there is limited space for children who might need extra support.”

“Over the years we have grown along with the community and now is the time to move to a bigger building so as we can deliver the service that our community deserves.

“We are overwhelmed with the support from our generous donors and look forward to starting our local fundraising campaign early in the new year.”

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