Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Support Networks


The Family Resource Centre programme is Ireland’s largest National Family and Community-based support programme, funded by Tusla – The Child and Family Agency.

There are currently over 100 Family Resource Centres (FRC's) located in communities across Ireland. FRCs provide a range of services and development opportunities to address the needs of families.


The FRC programme involves local people identifying needs and developing needs-led responses. FRCs are participative and empowering organisations that support families while building the capacity and leadership of local communities.

Here’s a sample of the services and programmes offered by FRCs (note: not all FRCs will offer these services):

  • Preparing for Life 
    • Preparing for life works to improve children’s lives by supporting parents, early years practitioners and teachers to use proven approaches to help children achieve their full potential. Services include Antenatal Care and Education, Mentoring and Parenting Programmes.
  • Rainbows 
    • Rainbows is a free, voluntary service for children and young people experiencing loss following bereavement and parental separation.  The Rainbows service is an inclusive service, supporting children and young people experiencing grief and loss resulting from bereavement/parental separation/parental relationship breakdown /divorce.  Attending the programme provides children with an opportunity to meet with other children of a similar age and loss experience, at a minimum of 3 months after the loss.
  • Youth groups
    • Peer Support
    • After-School Groups
    • IT Groups and Activities
  • Parenting groups
    • Mother Specific
    • Father Specific
    • Breastfeeding
    • Toddler Groups
  • Community support for older people
  • Play therapy
    • Play Therapy is a mode of therapy that helps children to understand their feelings and experiences. As play is the child’s natural form of expression, it can support them to communicate their worries or concerns without having to put them into words. Expressing and understanding their feelings and experiences allows children to move forward.
  • Hobby classes & groups
    • Exercise
    • Crafts
    • Skills
    • Social
    • Meditation
    • Performance
  • Low-cost counselling
    • For Adults, teens and children
  • Educational events
  • Workshops and clinics for the unemployed
  • And more!
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