FRCs offer vital family lifeline

first_imgFacebook NewsLocal NewsFRCs offer vital family lifelineBy admin – August 19, 2010 503 Print Advertisement Twitter Family Resource Centres in Limerick are increasingly acting as a lifeline for people who have lost their jobs because of the recession.  That’s according to the Family Resource Centre National Forum and the Family Support Agency, which has launched a report detailing the work of Family Resource Centres (FRCs) throughout Ireland over the course of 2009. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up There are 107 FRCs in Ireland, four of which are in Limerick – Croom, Hospital, Southill and St Munchin’s.   The report shows that 581 people completed training courses – directly related to employment – in Limerick FRCs last year.  A further 398 people completed educational courses in the centres, while 8,786 people availed of information on a range of topics, including social welfare rights and entitlements, housing and personal debt.  According to Packie Kelly, chairperson of the Family Resource Centre National Forum, the support network for Ireland’s FRCs serve as a lifeline for those who find themselves suddenly out of work. In addition to providing practical supports – like education and training opportunities, information and advice- they also provide emotional and personal support.   “In Limerick, for example, 616 people availed of direct one-to-one support – what we call ‘cup-of-tea’ support – in FRCs last year, while a further 244 people received in-house counselling sessions. “People who are feeling worried or stressed because of the recession – or for any other reason – can come to their local FRC for a cup of tea and a chat with one of our staff members or volunteers.  Just sharing their worries with somebody else and having somebody listen to them in a respectful and confidential space can go a long way towards lightening their load,” said Mr Kelly, who also confirmed that 77 were employed by Limerick’s four Family Resource Centres last year, of which 14 were funded by the Family Support Agency. In addition, 129 people served as volunteers with the centres, either on a day-to-day basis or as members of the Boards of Management.   “One thing we have noticed is that providing practical resources like photocopying and computer services has a knock-on effect of attracting people to FRCs that we have traditionally found difficult to reach.  “What we have seen now is that – if people come to an FRC to get information on job opportunities or unemployment supports – they are more likely to engage then with other activities and return to the Centre for future events. “Another positive trend we have noticed in the past year is a growing level of voluntary activity.  FRCs have always depended to a very large extent on the contribution of volunteers and we were delighted to see even more people getting involved in this manner during 2009”.  The report launched last week is available to download from  Further information about Family Resource Centres in Limerick is available at Email Linkedin WhatsApp Previous articleFour remain in hunt for hurling crownNext articleParking, not retail parks, blamed for city decline adminlast_img read more

Tough challenge for Eire Óg Annacarty

first_imgThe West Tipp side have it all to do if they’re to progress to the County Senior Hurling Final.They face defending champions Thurles Sarsfields in the semi-finals this weekend.Adding to the task is the fact that many of their players lined out in their County Senior Football Championship defeat to Arravale Rovers last night. Photo © Tipp FM Eire Óg coach Ollie Kelly admits they’ll be going into Sunday’s game as underdogs.That game throws in at 5 o’clock in Semple Stadium on Sunday evening.It will be preceded by the clash of Drom & Inch versus Borrisoleigh at 3.30.Tipp FM’s extended live updates of this Sundays County Senior Hurling Semi finals come in association with The Village Grill, Clerihan.last_img read more

Football: Blatter regret at overstaying FIFA tenure

first_imgBut FIFA assured last month “no investigation” had been opened into Infantino after sources said his role in the Confederation of African Football’s presidential elections was being looked into.“I don’t know about that, I only know that former FIFA colleagues addressed themselves because of him to the ethics committee and that three or four weeks later, they were thrown out of FIFA,” Blatter said.Ethics chiefs Hans-Joachim Eckert and Cornel Borbely were replaced in May at the annual FIFA Congress, with Borbely calling the decision “a setback in the fight against corruption”.Blatter also spoke out against the introduction of the video assistant review (VAR) system, currently being trialled at the Confederations Cup in Russia.“The game loses attractiveness… You have to leave referees to make mistakes, what FIFA are doing is delicate and dangerous,” he said.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Sepp Blatter (pictured) and deputies Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner tried to “enrich themselves” with $80 millionGeneva, Switzerland | AFP | Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, forced out as head of world football’s governing body amid a corruption scandal in 2015, admitted on Sunday he regretted not stepping down earlier.The 81-year-old was banned over ethics breaches, bringing an end to his 17-year reign as FIFA chief, following a suspect two million Swiss franc ($2 million, 1.8 million euro) payment to ex-UEFA president Michel Platini.“I should have stopped myself earlier,” Blatter said in an interview published by Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick, adding that his ousting as FIFA boss was “a relief”.Blatter, who was re-elected for a fifth term in May 2015 before promptly announcing his plans to resign, recalled the editor-in-chief of a Swiss magazine warning him the role of FIFA president had an expiration date.“‘At your place the date is 2014’, he told me, and I said to him that sometimes it’s written that the product can be consumed beyond this date if it’s stored in a cool place,” Blatter said.Blatter was also asked about a report in German newspaper Der Spiegel that current FIFA chief Gianni Infantino had feared being dismissed as the subject of another ethics committee investigation.Infantino was cleared last year by FIFA of ethics violations after investigating him over his use of private jets, personal expenses, hiring methods and a contract dispute.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar seeks out hotel staffer who helped him make a key change in…

first_imgAdvertisement jNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs168swcjgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8tk0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) c1hltWould you ever consider trying this?😱1Can your students do this? 🌚0j06Roller skating! Powered by Firework Sachin Tendulkar recalls his encounter with a hotel staffer at Taj Coromandal whose advice helped him improve upon his batting technique. Sachin recently tweeted a video about him where he is talking about a fan he met just before he was going to play a match against Australia. The batting ace asked the netizens to help him find the man, who helped him score 200 in the match against South Africa next. It was Virender Sehwag who was the undisputed king until Sachin dethroned him.Advertisement He tweeted the video with the caption. “A chance encounter can be memorable! I had met a staffer at Taj Coromandel, Chennai during a Test series with whom I had a discussion about my elbow guard, after which I redesigned it. I wonder where he is now & wish to catch up with him. Hey netizens, can you help me find him?”Advertisement The netizens did not disappoint, as the man was found in his home in Perambur. Guruprasad was working at the Taj Coromandel as a security agent when he met his idol, Sachin Tendulkar. After 19 years, Sachin still remembers him as he talks fondly about the memory in the video. Since Guruprasad was in his uniform, Sachin had mistaken him for a hotel staffer. While he did get his idol’s autograph, his observation and his piece of advice regarding his elbow guard left Sachin stunned. He was having problems with his elbow guard which was restricting his wrist movement, which was making it easier for opponents to bowl him out, but he had not discussed this with anyone.“He (Guruprasad) said I want to discuss something with you about cricket. Whenever I see you wear an arm guard, your bat swing changes. And I don’t think I had spoken about this to anyone in the world. I was the only person who was aware of that. And I said yes, you are the only person in the world who has figured out that.”As soon as the game was over, Sachin got his elbow guard redesigned and the rest is history.“But you won’t believe, after that I came back to the room from the ground, I got my elbow guard and redesigned it according to the correct size and padding required.”BCCI announces Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s replacement for the ODI series against West IndiesRavi Shastri reveals which superstar he wanted at number 4 for India in the World Cup  Advertisementlast_img read more