Legends of Lockdown: The local organisations helping us thrive in captivity

Cúram Family Centre

John and Emelda with food hampers

Dorothy Campbell writes:

Cúram’s aim is to provide a caring confidential environment where individuals, families and groups can be empowered through education, training, support, participation, and information.

Cúram was first opened in 1989 and has since been delivering vital services and supports to individuals and families in the community. Cúram is a lifeline for people in the community and is a first port of call for many who are experiencing difficulties and crisis in their lives.

A wide range of family and community services and supports would normally be available at the centre, e.g. counselling, family support, adult education, supports for the elderly, information service, Money Advice and Budgeting Service, community playgroup, parent and toddler club and many more.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, we have been closed to the public and all normal services and supports suspended. But we are still working behind closed doors offering support to those most in need in the community.

Services/support offered during the lockdown include grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions and pensions, etc., for the elderly and those cocooning; food hampers for families affected by Covid-19, with 15-20 families availing of this at present.

John and Emelda loading food hampers into a car.

A family support and counselling service has been operating via telephone. We are also delivering dinners every Thursday to members of our Seniors Social Club and others in the community – 30 members receive a hot lunch.

We are also at the end of the telephone offering a listening ear to those who need it.

This week we have resumed counselling and chiropody services at the centre and we hope to slowly resume other service and supports over the coming weeks and months.

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