Rialto Development Association urges people to come and support Community Services Celebration Day, Friday 10th September

Rialto Development Association is organising local activities as part of the national Community Services Project Celebration Day, taking place on Friday 10th September 2010. On the day Rialto Development Association is launching its new logo and celebrating the work that goes on St. Andrew’s Community Centre. Music and entertainment kicks off at 2pm with the Masamba drumming band with pupils from Scoil Treasa Naofa. Viva Dance School will give a performance of Latin and ballroom dancing. There will be an opportunity to find out more about services delivered from St. Andrew’s (such as the Rialto Youth Project, the Rialto Community Drug Team and the Day Care Centre) as well as a range of groups and individuals who use the centre for their community activities. The new logo will be launched by Deputy Mary Upton followed by a balloon release and there will be refreshments for all who attend. The event begins at 2pm and finishes at 4pm.

Mary Kinane, Centre Manager of St. Andrew’s Community Centre said “St. Andrew’s Community Centre in Rialto has been a home for many years to important services being delivered in the community reaching out in particular  to young people, senior citizens and those impacted by drugs misuse. St. Andrew’s also provides space for various community, cultural, religious and social groups to meet. These range from bingo to yoga, English classes to Latin and ballroom dancing, plus drama, weightloss classes and men’s gardening. We hope local people will come along for a fun afternoon where they can learn more about their local CSP, the full potential of St. Andrew’s Community Centre and show their support for our work.”

Ms. Kinane continued “The McCarthy Report and some commentators have suggested the abolition of the Community Services Programme This Programme has already suffered severe budget cuts this year and collectively, we are using this day to make a statement to government that disproportionate cuts made already to the community and voluntary sector are far enough.  The Celebration Day is an opportunity to inform the public about the work of CSPs and to note that any further cuts may result in a reduction of services being delivered from our centre”.