More families are set to go hungry in Arklow after support groups lose buildings


RIGHT when Arklow needs them most, two volunteer-led community support organisations have found themselves without a building and forced to cut-back, and even cease, what they do to help those in need.

his week Arklow Friends of the Community announced it was to disband as the building it uses, the Silver Band Hall, is to be demolished on June 15. They had been using the venue as a donation point and centre to help support an estimated 70 Arklow families in need. Just over half of these families will continue to be supported by some of the volunteers, with Arklow’s Bridgewater Shopping Centre temporarily donating a vacant unit. But volunteers say they do not have capacity to help more without greater resources and space.


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Bernice E. Middleton

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