Killorglin Family Resource Centre is situated in the heart of Killorglin town and provides services and supports primarily in Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Glencar, Beaufort & Milltown and other pockets of Mid-Kerry. The centre is open from 7.30am – 10.00pm five days a week with some Saturday openings as well. Over 650 people access the services and supports on a weekly basis.
The Organisation was originally formed in 1989 and grew from the needs identified by the Management committee through consultations, focus group meetings and needs analysis carried out in the area. In July 2008 it was decided to change the name from Iveragh Park Resource Centre to Killorglin Family Resource Centre to reflect the extended operation area. The Organisation achieved Family Resource Centre status in 2008.
In 2009 in conjunction with Iveragh Park Residents Association, Killorglin Family Resource Centre won overall all Ireland first prize in ‘Pride of Place’ competition.
In early 2010 a childcare service was developed by the organisation, this service has doubled in size catering for 28 pre-school children and 52 registered with the After School Service.
The Killorglin Family Resource Centre Ltd operates as a Company limited by Guarantee and not having Share Capital and membership is open to all people in the Mid-Kerry area. The Management Committee consists of 9 Volunteers and currently employs 13 people.
The committee has expanded to include members from the greater Killorglin area in line with the Organisation’s commitment to extending the supports and services offered by Killorglin Family Resource Centre to the area of Mid-Kerry.
The Board of Management comprises members from different locations, backgrounds, interests and experience. The committee, who meet regularly, review the operational procedures of the Centre on a regular basis along with the future planning of the Centre. Geographical areas serviced by the present Resource Centre are also represented on the Management committee.
The amount of time that the voluntary members of the Board of Management give to the Organisation is really significant. The number of voluntary hours in the past year alone is estimated to be around 940 hours. In addition their attendance at sub-committee meetings, planning and review meetings and additional volunteer work adds significantly to these hours. It is the commitment and vision of the Management Committee, the trusting relationship that exists between members and staff and the integral values which underpin the Organisation. Ultimately, it is this that has contributed to the creation of a vibrant and energetic Family Resource Centre.
The Organisation works closely with South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd, the Community Work Department of H.S.E. and Kerry Community & Voluntary Forum. These agencies are very supportive of the management committee with a representative attending the management meetings. There are no reserved seats on the Board of Management.
Volunteers are an integral part of the service that Killorglin Family Resource Centre provides for the area. It is only through a co-operative approach with a large pool of volunteers that the Organisation has been able to deliver the amount and variety of supports and services it has over the past number of years