Maine Valley Centre to Launch its 2020 Turkey Gobbler Fundraiser on Sunday

Staff of the Maine Valley Family Resource Centre and Happy Valley Childcare, Castlemaine preparing for their fundraising launch. Included are from left: Stephanie Gesswein, Martin Greenwood, Lisa Foley, Kasia Dumka. Eileen Courtney, Sheila Martin, Anna Breen and Helen O’Shea and pets Benjy and Leila. Photograph: Michael G. Kenny

The Maine Valley Family Resource Centre in Castlemaine partnering with Happy Valley Childcare, are about to launch a Virtual Turkey Gobbler Fundraiser for 2020. The event launch is due at 2pm this Sunday, December 6th virtually via Zoom and Facebook.

The limited number of 500 – €5 Turkey Gobbler Tickets go on sale this weekend and the usual community volunteers will have them for sale or you can e-mail the address below.

Tickets can be purchased from a staff member or management committee at the community centre on the links and telephone in the contacts list below.

The main attraction is the opportunity for people to take part in the Maine Valley Family Centre’s fund-raising initiative, aptly named the Turkey Gobbler Christmas Raffle.

The winner will collect a €500 prize – ideally timed for New Year 2021 on Sunday, January 10th.

The draw for the prize is always great fun, involving children and parents in a grid floor game to uncover the winning ticket and THE WINNER! The game starts at 2pm.

All proceeds are in aid of the services provided by the Family Resource Centre & Happy Valley Childcare Services, Castlemaine.

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About Maine Valley Family Resource Centre

The Maine Valley Family Resource Centre (MVFRC) first received funding in 1998 based on research that was undertaken by community members. This research confirmed the need for a locally based community and support programme, the need for which still exists despite the many changes the community has experienced in the ensuing years.

The centre is situated in Mid Kerry covering a large rural/agricultural hinterland located between Annascaul on the Dingle Peninsula to the west and Farranfore Village spanning some 40km in distance to the east.

The Catchment Area

The Maine Valley FRC’s (MVFC) catchment area is made up of the Electoral Divisions of Kiltallagh, Milltown, Kilnanare, Boolteens, Lack, Inch, Mollahiffe, Kilgarrylander, Currans and Kilfelim.

The voluntary board and staff of Maine Valley Family Resource Centre are committed to responding to the needs of families and the community, to support the development through openness, empowerment, understanding, connectedness, and acceptance.

The Needs of the Community

We strive to do this within an approachable, transparent, and innovative environment that is grounded in a community development ethos for all our families.

We acknowledge and aim to understand the needs of the community and to respond to these needs positively, inclusively, and creatively.

Maine valley family resource centre is committed to provide a professional, respectful, and confidential family and community support service to the families and individuals in the area using a community development approach.

Passionate About Local Community

The staff are passionate about the work they do in providing a comprehensive range of services to meet the needs of the local community.

Services provided: A signposting service to the wide variety of services within Kerry.

A Family Support Service including one to one support/Meitheals/Evidence based Parenting programmes such as Parents Plus and Empowering Parents.

Child Protection/Safeguarding

Rainbows: A programme supporting children with bereavement and parental separation.

Counselling supporting a diverse range of issues.

Play Therapy:Employment Pathways: Support through LES/C.V. building.

Customised Computer Room – Access to Computers, ICT, further educational courses such as creative arts and IT courses through KETB Tutors and Kerry Flyer, IT Skills Training, Digital Skills to include assisting rural farmers, senior citizens and community members upskilling.

Programmes to support positive Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Vast Experience over 22 Years

Community Development: – Supporting local groups such as Parent & Toddler, Men’s Sheds, Women’s groups, Organic Gardening group and working with a wide variety of local organizations including for example the Milltown Community and Chamber Alliance and Kerry County Councils.

Organizing local Fund-Raising Events – such as The Turkey Gobbler, a Santa Christmas event for the local community

The organisation has built up a vast amount of experience in the past 22 years and will co-ordinate all its resources to tackle the challenges that lie ahead 2021

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