We are working to provide a diverse range of community services throughout Dublin South & Arklow.
Crosscare has two Community Outreach Centres that opened in 2013, Crosscare Community Outreach Centre in Arklow and Crosscare Community Centre in Tallaght. The Community Outreach Centre Tallaght is based in the parish grounds of St Thomas Jobstown. It opened in March 2013 to provide support services to people in the community of West Tallaght. The Community Outreach Centre Arklow opened on 13th of November 2013. The Community Centres host a number of Crosscare community services. The centres give people from the local community an opportunity to access the support and care they require in their own local area.
The Community Outreach Centre Tallaght provides three different support services within the centre, community food bank, carers support programme and Crosscare Connections Befriending Service. The Community Outreach Centre also provide ‘Healthy Food Made Easy’, a cooking course that focuses on healthy cooking within a limited budget. The ‘Healthy Heart’ programme is also provided which focuses on culinary skills, stress management and physical activity. The service is in the process of creating a community kitchen garden and distributed a potted lettuce plant to families, to ignite interest in this garden project or even in gardening at home. As part of the Carer Support Programme a coffee morning takes place for the local Carers which provides a space for relaxation, refuge and social support.
The Community Outreach Centre Arklow was donated to Crosscare by the Sisters of Mercy, and works to combine the strengths of locally established community groups, and counselling services to help those most in need, within the local community. The community centre is a host to a number of agencies such as Arklow Community Action, Child and Family services, Tiglin Rehabilitation service and the Drugs Task force. It is also a host to Crosscare East Wicklow Youth Services.