Official Launch of Silver Arch FRC 2nd May 2019

Official Launch of Silver Arch FRC 2nd May 2019

Thursday the 2nd of May 2019 marked a very special and memorable occasion for Silver Arch Family Resource Centre, as we celebrated our official launch.

This gave us an opportunity to celebrate the amazing work that has been happening at Silver Arch FRC( formerly North Tipperary Community Services) for over 40 years. The large crowd that gathered to join us in celebrating, is a true reflection of the relationships we have built with the community of Nenagh and North Tipperary over the years.

Silver Arch FRC offer a huge range of community services, including parent & family support; parent, toddler & baby groups, pre-school and after-school services, and a series of social outlets from arts and crafts to walking groups. We were privileged to be announced as North Tipperary’s first dedicated family resource centre, in early 2018 by Minister Katherine Zappone. Silver Arch FRC is one of eleven new Tusla funded family resource centres located throughout Ireland.

Caroline Lydon, manager of Silver Arch FRC, said this launch was a chance for those present to think about where the service stemmed from and look forward to its very bright future in North Tipperary.

We were delighted to have one of our service users speak at the launch. Anne Shanahan spoke of her experience with the support services she received from Silver Arch FRC during fostering. She spoke of the kindness and assistance she received from everyone here.

Caroline paid tribute to the board of directors, staff and volunteers with Silver Arch FRC. She also described that the services we deliver at Silver Arch FRC now receive partial funding from the State, whereas before they were entirely dependent on charity fundraising. While this very much so welcomed, Silver Arch still requires a significant amount of fundraising to support the delivery of these services. Chris Monohan, national FRC officer with Tusla, spoke of highly of the work that is done at Silver Arch FRC. Mr Monohan, wished Silver Arch every success for the future and looks forward to see how the service will expand. There was a great sense of bright futures at our official launch and we look forward to supporting families and individuals of North Tipperary for many more years to come.

Proceedings at our launch concluded with a ribbon cutting performed by Angela Toohey, who was there when the services first opened the doors in 1973 and still maintains a close relationship with Silver Arch FRC.