Introduction to the Centre
Breffni Community Development is a modern, community based project, the focus of which is to provide relevant family based supports and services in an accessible, professional, comfortable environment. Our programme includes daytime, evening and weekend programmes and activities. Our current range of family supports include:
Breffni Childcare Incorporating Pre-School, Crèche and Afterschool
Our Community Childcare facility is HSE approved and employs a Manager and 10 Staff. Breffni operates the Free Pre-School Scheme (ECCE) and can accommodate up to 20 pre-school children on a daily basis. Our Crèche offers quality childcare provision for up to 19 children on a daily basis. The Childcare Subvention Programme is available throughout all sectors of Breffni Childcare.
The Afterschool Programme has been developed to meet the needs of families with school going children between the ages of 4 and 12 years of age. As well as receiving individual homework support, children accessing the programme participate in physical, creative, musical and dramatic activities. The Breffni Afterschool programme can comfortably accommodate up to 10 children daily.
Breffni Youth Cafe run a range of Activity Camps for 5+years of age during school holidays. Activities are varied to suit all young peoples needs, examples include Arts and Crafts, Drama and Dance, Cookery , Sports, Music Workshops and much more. Activity Camps usually run during Midterm , Easter, Summer, Halloween and Christmas Time. For all update details on camps check out our Home Page , Facebook page or email email@example.com
Breffni Community Playground
In 2007, Breffni FRC forged links with the Leitrim County Council resulting in the development of a public playground at Breffni Crescent.
This playground was developed with funding made available by Leitrim County Council LED Task Force through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation.
Family Support Services
The Family Support Worker helps to develop and maintain a family and community support outreach and development strategy within Breffni Family Resource Centre and also assists local families and individuals to:
- Identify needs and develop supports and activities to address those needs;
- Support collective action on issues which affect the lives of people in the community;
- Link into and participate in opportunities, activities and programmes becoming available through the Project or through other organisations within the area;
- Provide specific one to one support to families as identified;
- Support existing Centre initiatives;
- Provide referrals to other relevant agencies or professionals.
Corryeolus Women’s Group
This group was established to empower and support the needs of local women in the area and to represent them on matters affecting their day to day lives. This group has an active working and networking partnership with groups and Statutory Agencies including HSE, Leitrim Development Company, VEC, Leitrim County Council, DVAS, MABS, and CIS.
As a result of increasing Board Representation, Breffni FRC formally embarked on providing a range of Services and programmes for people with disabilities. Active working partnerships with National Learning Network, DESSA, Mental Health Ireland, Irish Wheelchair Association, Dept. of Social Protection and the HSE Learning Disability Services have resulted in Saol Nua operating from Breffni on a weekly basis as well as specifically tailored Parenting Programmes being delivered to parents with Learning Disabilities.
Breffni Over Over 55’s
This group provides relevant supports and services to older people in the area who may experience disadvantage and are not necessarily members of the active age group in the town. Programme activities include Computer Training, Art, Yoga, Daytrips and Weekly Tuesday Social Gatherings.
Townspark Residents Association
The Residents Association was established in 1990 by local residents to proactively manage the progress and development of the area, with particular emphasis on Estate Management, Community Development and Fund Raising. The Residents Association works closely with Leitrim County Council regarding Estate Maintenance, traffic calming, safety, anti social behaviour and housing issues. The Residents Association hold regular meetings and are members of Leitrim Residents Network & South Leitrim Community Network
An annual tenancy, which includes insurance, is offered to families, groups and individuals with our Allotment Scheme. Benefits include daily exercise, and fresh air, promotes healthy eating and good mental health. Facilities such as parking, water, community composting and use of a shed and greenhouse are all inclusive on site at Breffni. For further details or to book your allotment, please call us now on: 071-9622566 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Allotments will be offered on a first come, first served basis.
Members of Breffni community composting scheme can avail of mature composting for gardening. A lidded bucket and information sheet is issued for a one off payment and compostable waste can be deposited weekly. This Project was funded by Leitrim County Council.
For opening times, purchase of composting buckets, list of materials suitable for composting, etc please call into Reception, call 071 9622566 or email us at email@example.com
Composting Facility is now open Tuesday 8am-5pm. Advice is available if you’re not sure what to compost! Look out to for our composting workshop coming up later in the spring.
Silver Circle Fundraising Draw
This is a weekly fundraising draw coordinated by the Townspark Residents Association and the money raised goes directly towards the various family development initiatives undertaken by Breffni FRC.
Family Fun Day
Breffni Community Development run an annual Fun Filled Day for all the family.Check back for this years date.
Textile Recycling Bank
The public can drop off unwanted items of clothing etc and Breffni FRC is paid a fee by a textile recycling company based on the weight of clothing collected.
Job Group Free Broadband Internet Access
This service offers free public broadband internet access to the unemployed or part employed every Thursday from 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Administrative services including typing CV’s, photocopying, binding, printing etc are available at a discounted rate for those attending.
Administrative Services, Internet and Information Centre
Administrative Services, Internet and Information Centre: A range of administrative services including faxing, binding, laminating, printing as well as public internet/email access is available at Breffni FRC. An information section providing social welfare booklets and forms, literature from Comhairle, IFSRA, Aid Board, Pensions Board, driving application forms etc are available.
For a complete list of all the admin services we offer and the prices please click here.
Our web site was established in 2009 with the aim of further promoting the Service. This site informs the public of all our Services, activities, history and contact details, including downloadable course booking forms and newsletters. Breffni Community Development is also active on Facebook, Twitter, My Local News and Leitrim Community Forum website.
Supports individuals affected by Substance Mis-Use problems and this group meet weekly at Breffni FRC.
Breffni Youth Café
Located in a purpose built ‘Cabin’, the Youth Cafè offers a comfortable, safe environment for young people to avail of a range of social, recreational and educational programmes under the supervision of professionally trained staff and is supported by North Connaught Youth and Community Services. A range of Drop In groups are provided as well as programmed activities including art, drama, exchange programmes and cross border events.
Training and Education
Breffni Community Development facilitates a number of Daytime and Evening Classes as well as one off Workshops throughout the year. Course information is listed on the website and distributed by newsletter regularly.
Breast Feeding Support Group
A Support Group for Expectant Mothers and Mothers who are Breastfeeding meet every Monday at Breffni Community Development.
Breffni Computer Suite is open to the community during Office Hours for Public Broadband Internet Access as well as word processing and printing facilities. With thanks to recent funding from the Family Support Agency we are pleased to announce that our computer equipment has not only been completely upgraded but developed to allow more users to avail of our services.
Breffni Community Development Shop
Offering a range of basic household items, Breffni Shop is the closest shop to many of the residents within the surrounding local authority housing estate. Older residents can avail of a delivery service within the estate – ring 071 9622566 for details.
Monday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Tuesday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am – 6.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am – 6.00pm
Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Mens Community Garden and Social Group
A social group for men who meet weekly on Tuesdays from 11.00am to 3.00pm. The group involves a variety of activities.
Miscellaneous Family Supports
Additional family based supports and services at Breffni FRC include:
- Supervised Access
- Leitrim Intercultural Forum. leitrimif.wordpress.com
- Career Guidance Service by Appointment
- Grass Cutting Service for local Residents
- Local annual Garden Competition
- Parenting Programmes
- Library facility
- Weekly Meditation Group
- Training and Education (all ages)
- Disability Support Programmes
- Saol Nua: Support for people with mental health & learning disabilities
- Rainbows: support for children experiencing separation or bereavement
- Parent and Toddler Group.
- Unemployment Programme
- Memory Café and Carers’ activities
- Parenting Supports (programmatic and ad hoc)
- Men and Women’s Groups.
- Composting and Allotments, horticultural/Healthy eating projects
- Alternative Therapies Programme for People in Recovery
- Townspark Residents Association meetings
- Estate Maintenance
- Breffni Community Playground
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
- Attention Deficit Disorder Support Group
- Breast Feeding Group
- Administrative Services: photocopying, typing, faxing etc
- Food Redistribution
- Supervised Access
- Counselling for Adults & Children
- Mindfulness Programme for Young Children