Family & Community Services


We have a vast range of services and programmes to meet the needs of individuals, families and the wider community. These include parenting courses, specialised family programmes, counselling services, children’s contact visit’s, individual and family meetings and supports, advocacy and liaison with other services. We also provide wider supports such as adult education, social groups and outlets and information supports.



Affordable counselling service is now available at the Fr. McGrath Centre. If you feel you need to talk to our counsellors please call Wendy Taylor for appointment on 056 7751988 ext.7 or email

Currently we are also looking for counsellors to provide counselling services with our organisation. If you have an interest in providing such service please fill in Expression of Interest Form.


Parents Plus Courses

Parents Plus is an evidenced based parenting programme which believes in empowering families we work with. Programmes are focused on encouraging children and parents to achieve their potential and build new skills. For more information see

Programmes include:-

  • Early years for parents of children aged 1 to 6 years
  • Children’s Programme for parents of children aged 6 to 11 years
  • The adolescents Programme for parents of adolescents aged 11 – 16 years
  • Working Things Out Programme for adolescents aged 11 – 16 years
  • Parenting When Separated (all ages)

Please see current list of courses for 2015 parents plus flyer and to make a referral for one of these courses or to enrol please complete the referral form. Parents Plus Referral Form

For more information you can also contact the Family Services Manager, Wendy Taylor on 056 7751988 ext 2 or at


Family Supports and Programmes

We offer a range of family supports, from individual family meeting and programmes to evidence based programmes such as ‘Strengthening families’ programme.

Parenting Supports are offered individually or through parenting programmes.

We can arrange contact visits for separated parents in our comfortable family room.

For more details of these programmes, download our current list.

Agencies and organisations can also refer families to our organisation. Please download and fill in our Referral Form


Community Bank

The Community Bank is a voluntary operated initiative which operates on Friday evenings at 6.30 pm in the Fr. McGrath Family Resource Centre. All are welcome to join this scheme, which was set up to encourage people in the community to savings and money management.


MAN (Men’s Action Network)

MAN was set up in 2009, launching its first Christmas Party hosted by the Fr. McGrath Family Resource Centre.

Men’s Action Network provides an opportunity to ALL men over 50 years of age living in Kilkenny city and beyond for:

  • social contact
  • games (skittles, bowls, boccia, curling and more)
  • men’s health awareness talks
  • entertainment
  • day trips and holidays
  • educational activities
  • integration & participation in activities in wider community of Kilkenny

The activities of M.A.N are aimed to eradicate isolation, loneliness and social exclusion amongst men and to provide long term benefit for the community.

M.A.N meet on Fridays 10.30am – 12.30pm and Wednesdays 2.30 – 4.30pm in St. Canice’s Neighbourhood Centre), Butts Green, Kilkenny.

For more info please call Seamus Ryan on 0861262353.

You can download M.A.N. leaflet here (PDF)


Informal Education / Support – CONNECT CAFE

Connect Cafe is the community initiative of Fr. McGrath Centre which was set up to provide an informal space for people from St. Canice’s Parish and beyond to come in for chat, cup of tea and get involved in some activities. The aim of Connect Café is to promote social inclusion, break the isolation in the community and encourage people to get involved in community projects. The group meets in the Neighbourhood Centre, Butts Green from Tuesdays and Thursdays (10:30 – 12:30 pm) and focuses around various activities (see schedule below). In spring/summer season we also organise day trips for members of Connect Cafe.

We welcome ALL people regardless of age, sex, race, ability or social background.




**New Schedule Coming Soon for 2018**


Useful Links:

Click for: The Neighbourhood Hall/Centre

Click for: The Connect Cafe


Activities can vary from month to month. Participation in all above activities is FREE, we also provide all materials. Donations of materials, however, are welcome. We also ask participants to get involved in organising fundraising events once or twice a year.

Other activities in the Community:

Bingo – Tuesdays 8 – 10pm (Neighbourhood Centre, Butts Green)

Pongo – Wednesdays 8 – 10pm (Neighbourhood Centre, Butts Green). Pongo is running from September to June.

Music Awareness Group – Monday, Tuesday & Thursday,  7.30pm – 9.30pm (at Fr. McGrath Centre). To join please contact Tom Dullard, Tel: 086 – 8757674

Table Tennis – Mondays 7.30 – 9.30pm (Neighbourhood Centre, Butts Green). Table tennis is running from October to April.

Snooker – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 7 – 11pm (Neighbourhood Centre, Butts Green)

Craft workshops – organised periodically various workshops for men and women from travelling community (woodwork, basket-making, batik and more). These workshops are subject to funding availability.

Trips/family events – organised periodically according to the needs/expressed interest