St. Canice’s Community Action’s Fr. McGrath Family Resource Centre
St. Canice’s Community Action Ltd (SCCA) is a not for profit registered charity that was originally formed in 1991 by parish parents and residents in response to pressing social problems in our community housing areas – particularly social problems facing children, young people and parents.
Since then we have grown to a large and diverse social and community support service running a variety of family, children and adult support, enterprise and training services including – The Fr. McGrath Family Resource Centre , The Learning Tree Childcare, St. Catherine’s Halting Site Creche, Kilkenny Multimedia IT Training Centre, St. Canice’s Neighbourhood Hall, Kilkenny Job Club and Carlow/ Kilkenny Contact Service – a befriending and support and advocacy service for older people living alone.
All these services, social enterprises and initiatives have grown from our Family Resource Centre, the Fr. McGrath Centre, a formerly derelict building and green space site in the heart of the Butts housing estate. The building and surrounding green space, purchased by SCCA in 1995 and placed in Trust for the perpetual community use, has since seen an investment of millions of euro over the proceeding years and this newly adapted and built three storey facility now boasts some of the best family and children support and training facilities in Kilkenny City – including extensive public play grounds, sports areas and public green space park facilities.
The Fr.McGrath Family Centre now employees a large team of specialist family, children and youth profession support workers that are responsible for the many children’s education, youth development and parent and family support services that now operate from our various location in the West Environs of Kilkenny City.
Our Board of Governance, Voluntary Directors
There are currently eleven voluntary directors on our Board of Governance who have overall responsibility for the operation, management and the strategic development of all projects, enterprise and services run from our various facilities.