Groups urg­ing pub­lic to join in protest march

Bray People - - NEWS -

TWO BRAY com­mu­nity groups have called upon lo­cal peo­ple and rep­re­sen­ta­tives to join a march from Par­nell Square to the Dáíl to­day to protest against cur­rent and pro­posed cuts to the com­mu­nity sec­tor.

The protest will as­sem­ble at Par­nell Square at 1 p.m. Both the Lit­tle Bray Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre and the Bray Trav­ellers Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Group will be rep­re­sented.

‘ Fur­ther cuts will mean that our com­mu­nity, which is al­ready ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­creas­ing un­em­ploy­ment and eco­nomic hard­ship, will also lose the valu­able sup­port that our com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment project pro­vides,’ said Ni­amh Wo­gan of the Lit­tle Bray Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre. ‘Over the last six months we have ex­pe­ri­enced a huge in­crease in the num­bers of peo­ple us­ing all our ser­vices.’

The catch­ment area of the Bray Trav­ellers Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Group stretches from Shankill to Kil­coole. ‘ Over the last num­ber of months we have ex­pe­ri­enced a huge in­crease in the num­bers of peo­ple us­ing all of our ser­vices,’ said Jim O’Brien. ‘We have a wait­ing list for some of our pro­grammes and fur­ther cuts will mean that our com­mu­nity, which is al­ready one of the most dis­ad­van­taged in our so­ci­ety, will face even more dis­ad­van­tage, in­creas­ing iso­la­tion and eco­nomic hard­ship.’

They say that the pro­pos­als of the McCarthy ‘ Bord Snip Nua’ re­port will dev­as­tate ser­vices to chil­dren, peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, the el­derly, re­cov­er­ing drug ad­dicts, youths, trav­ellers, women and oth­ers.

Some Lit­tle Bray ser­vices in­clude adult ed­u­ca­tion, com­mu­nity em­ploy­ment, a crèche and a youth project.

BTCD pro­vides an af­ter-school men­tor­ing pro­gramme, a Trav­eller women’s train­ing pro­gramme, a clinic for sub­stance mis­users from the wider com­mu­ni­ties and men’s foot­ball.

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