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St. Andrew's Resource Centre

This centre, which serves as a focal point for a wide range of community development, educational and social service activities, has evolved over the past thirty years from its origins in Trinity's St. Vincent de Paul Conference. The present centre, which serves the parishes of St. Andrew's Westland Row and City Quay, is based in the former St. Andrew's National School at 114-116 Pearse St. There has been a close working relationship between Trinity and St. Andrew's over the years, and this continues to the present. As is appropriate to its status as an educational institution, much of Trinity's involvement with St. Andrew's revolves around education.

The most enduring collaboration between the two institutions is to be found in the Voluntary Tuition Programme, an imaginative scheme whereby Trinity students offer free weekly tuition and mentoring to both primary and secondary school students from the surrounding neighbourhoods. During the academic year 2002/03, for instance, the Voluntary Tuition Programme provided tuition to more than 400 pupils/students in four different locations. The Voluntary Tuition Programme has also worked closely with and been supported by the Trinity Access Programme (TAP), which is aimed specifically at facilitating entry to third-level education amongst those who are socially and educationally disadvantaged.St. Andrew's Resource Centre and Trinity have also done preliminary work with a view to creating a local oral history project, and it is hoped that this will come to fruition over the next year. Indicative of the positive relationship between these two institutions and of Trinity's commitment to the local community is the provision of space for St. Andrew's Youth Work Service in Goldsmith Hall; this arrangement was agreed during 2002 and, following refurbishment, the youth work facility at Goldsmith Hall is now being used by St. Andrew's.

Last updated 25 May 2010 Civic Engagement (Email).