‘All Systems Go’ at Westside Resource Centre

Management and staff at Westside Resource Centre are looking forward to a busy season ahead. The Centre has recently welcomed a number of new clients including OBAIR - Local Employment Services Network, Brainwave – The Irish Epilepsy Association and Involve Youth Services. In September many of the usual weekly classes and courses will also be back in place and the Centre expects to have its busiest autumn season in years.

Photo of the manager of Westside Resource Centre, James CoyneResource Centre Manager James Coyne said that the season ahead would be particularly busy for the Centre. “We now have 11 organisations with permanent offices based in the Resource Centre and, on a monthly basis, we also host over 20 other groups for various classes, meetings, training sessions and community events. We are catering for a broad range of clients - from groups with a focus on youth work right through to agencies working with older people – and we are delighted to see such a diverse range of activities taking place in the Resource Centre.”  

“All of our efforts are ultimately directed towards the benefit of our community. We aim to provide a base and a focal point for all kinds of community, voluntary, educational and charitable activity. The groups that use our Centre are assured of enjoying a good professional service whilst still feeling at home in a supportive community based facility. We are very keen to accommodate as many groups as possible and we are always glad to host educational classes whether they are accredited or non-accredited.”

Westside Resource Centre is a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status. The Centre provides high quality serviced office space to community, voluntary, not-for-profit and charitable organisations. The Centre also has a number of excellent meeting and training rooms which can be rented out hourly or daily. These rooms are ideal for meetings, training sessions, short courses & classes. The Centre provides presentation equipment – projector, flipchart, whiteboard etc and also provides refreshments for tutors and participants as required.

Mr Coyne was particularly pleased at a number of recent developments in and around Westside Resource Centre. “The establishment of the Westside Community Garden has added a whole new dimension to the work of the Resource Centre and we hope that the garden is a great success in the years ahead. Already this year the gardeners have harvested their first crop and we are looking forward to sampling more of their produce in the coming months. We would like to go further in this area and look at hosting more cookery classes especially with a view to promoting healthy eating and nutrition particularly for those on low incomes.”

“The Resource Centre is actively involved in a number of such local initiatives and we greatly appreciate the constructive and collaborative approach which is a feature of community work in our area. We are working with our colleagues in a number of different agencies to ensure that our area is well served and we are very grateful to all of those organisations and individuals who support our work.” Mr Coyne said.

Westside Resource Centre is based in the heart of Westside and is located just beside the Westside Library and Sacred Heart Church. Along with providing a central base for all of their permanent clients the Centre is also ideally located for those organisations that are city centre based but who wish to hold outreach clinics in a community setting. One such example is the recent establishment of a Citizens Information Service in Westside Resource Centre. The service is available once a month on the 2nd Monday of the month from 2.00pm to 4.30pm. The Centre is keen to develop this outreach approach and would very much like to hear from any organisations that would like to use Westside Resource Centre to provide services in the Westside area.

For further information on Westside Resource Centre please contact (091) 528325.

 

2012 Christmas Newsletter

The Christmas edition of Westside Newsletter is now out. Catch up on all the local news and find out what is going on in the community. There's something for everyone in the newsletter. 

The newsletter is available in the Westside Resource Centre, Westside Library, O'Hehir's.

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Charity at home and abroad

A table quiz will take place in the Commercial Boat Club, Woodquay on the 28th of this month. The proceeds of the night will go to Westside Community Garden and Self Help Africa.

2011 Christmas Newsletter

The Westside Newsletter is out now. 

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