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BCFRC to reopen to the public in September 2021

BCFRC is complying with public health guidelines. We hope to open the centre fully to the public in September 2021. In line with public health guidelines the centre has installed screens, floor markings and sanitising stations to make the centre safe for staff and users.  The centre will operate in accordance with the most up to date public health advice and asks users to observe social distancing, maintain proper hand hygiene and follow advice regarding the use of face coverings.

Drink Tea for MND Fundraiser

On June 21st BCFRC held a virtual fundraiser to mark Global Awareness Day Motor Neuron Disease.  The on line meet up raised €679.  The centre's manager Valerie O'Carroll was diagnosed with MND in 2019.  You can read about her experience of diagnosis and living with the disease in the articles below.  If you would like to dondate to MND please follow this link.   Donate to MND

Valerie's interview with the Irish Independent

Valerie's interview with the Irish Sun



School's Out Summer Camp - FULL

The very popular School's Out Summer Camp was booked out in record time.  All camp was filled within an hour of the on line booking page going live.

This years theme is ..... Summer.  The Community Development Worker and the team at BCFRC have created a high quality activity pack that children will complete at home.  The pack includes felting and chalk art activities.  We would like to thank our partner IKEA, Ballymun who have agreed to deliver the packs to every child participating.  They delivered our Easter packs too and we are very grateful to the IKEA team.





Dublin Bus Community Spirt Award 2021

We are delighted to announce that Dublin Bus has awarded BCFRC a Community Spirit Award.  The €2,000 award will contribute to the replacement of our gas cooker.  The centre has a reputation for providing great catering for our programmed activities and events.  We provide hot lunches to the Homework Club and School's Out camps when they take place on site and our legendary Summer BBQ and Christmas party were sorely missed during Covid 19.   We hope to offer great food and hospitality to our users soon and this award will certainly help us do that.




Thank you to everyone who supported the BCFRC TRICK OR TREAT raffle  for Temple Street raffle in October.



We're Hiring!!

Ballymun Child and Family Resource Centre is hiring a full time Family Support Worker 

The ideal candidate should have the following:

  • A qualification in community development/ family support / social care or a relevant discipline.
  • A good understanding of Family Support work in a community setting.
  • Experience of making funding applications.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Possess good leadership and facilitation skills. Facilitation of evidence based parenting programmes would be an advantage.
  • Good computer skills and experience of report writing.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the issues of poverty and social exclusion and its impact on the local area.
  • Evening and weekend  work may be required
  • At least 2 years paid experience of working with groups who experience social exclusion.
  • Demonstrate a strong teamwork ethic and the ability to work on own initiative.

For job description and person specification please see the links below.

Closing date: for receipt of applications: 15th of November 2019 at 5pm   

CVs received after this time will not be considered.  CVs should be emailed to

Shortlisting: will apply on the basis of information provided

Interviews: will take place on Friday 29th November 2019

This post is funded by the Child and Family Agency

Family Support Worker Full Time Advert

Family Support Worker Person Specification

Family Support Worker Job description 

Cups Against Cancer Walk raised €734 for the Irish Cancer Society

On Wednesday, October 9th, the centre organised a 5km walk in Poppintree Park in support of the Irish Cancer Society's campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer.  Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the event including Deputy Mayor Caroline Conroy and Ken Coakley from BRYR for their support on the day.

Breast Check - Learn an Essential Skill for Women and Men - Thursday, October 10th 10.30am

Adrienne Mc Cleery, Outreach Nurse with Breast Cancer Ireland will be giving a presentation on breast cancer awareness.  Adrienne will be going through signs/symptoms showing you how to self-breast check.

Using a mannequin which has simulated breast lumps for women/men to feel.  So don't worry about being picked on!! We won't embarrass you.

2 minute video on how to check your breasts


Coder Dojo Celebrates 2nd Birthday with Lord Mayor

On Saturday September 14th Coder Dojo Ballymun celebrated it's 2nd birthday.  We were delighted to welcome back all our participants and mentors for another year of coding and creating.

Coder Dojo is free but we do have a waiting list. Contact us on  01 8527183 to register your interest.

Lord Mayor, Paul McAuliffe with Valerie O'Carroll BCFRC centre manager and Councillor Keith Connolly celebrating with Coder Dojo mentors.



Bring Me Back Alive - Thursday, May 16th 8pm

BCFRC present Bring Me Back Alive, a brave show confronting the tragedy of suicide in our communities and families. Written by Patricia McCann. Performed by Raising Issues. Supported by Dublin City Council.

We are delighted that Jackie Fox,  mother of Nicole 'Coco' Fox and campaigner for the anti bullying legislation "Coco's Law" will address the audience after the performance. For more information about Coco's law click here.  Irish Times Article about Coco's Law

Time: 8pm

Date: Thursday, May 16th  Tickets: Free but booking essential. Contact us on  01 8527183 to book.

NEAR FM Bring Me Back Alive interview



Calendar of Events

March 2019 Pop Up Communion Shop

BCFRC first Pop Up Communion Shop was a great success.  We received fantastic press coverage and great support from the local community and people as far away as the Netherlands!


Irish Independent

Irish Times

Calendar of Events

November 2018

Join us on Wed November 28th 11am-1pm to highlight the 16 Days of Action Campaign.

From November 25th - 10th December 2018 a global initiative attempts to galvanise action to end violence against women and girls around the world and to remember those who have lost their lives to violence.

December 2018

Christmas community lunch Wednesday 19th December

Santa Visit Friday 21st December


21 November 2018

Cups Against Cancer

Every October the Irish Cancer Society asks individuals and groups to raise funds to support the fight against cancer by hosting a Cups Against Breast Cancer coffee morning.

BCFRC hosted a walk in Poppintree Park followed by lunch at the centre.

Cups For Cancer Ballymun FRC
Cups For Cancer Ballymun FRC
Ballymun FRC
Ballymun FRC
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