Who we are
Hill Street Family Resource Centre is a Inter-cultural Centre for families and children based in Dublin’s North East Inner City. We provide children and their families with person-centered services that are easily accessible and inclusive of all. These services promote full social participation and aim to enable families maximise their health, well-being and life chances.
We do this through the provision of integrated services and programmes in early education and care, family support, early health and community education. Our work is flexible and responsive to the needs of all local children from 0-6 years of age and their families. Key to our work is the recognition that parental involvement and learning through play is fundamental to children’s development.
Hill Street’s work is rooted in community engagement, in responding to the needs of the community, in our case the families who live in the local area. We work from a model of progressive universalism which simply put is support for all and more support for those who need it. We work collaboratively on behalf of our children and families, providing the best possible services to meet their needs. Hill Street FRC believes that friendships and social networks are important both for children and their families, because they help them feel part of the community. Making connections with other families can help families feel welcome and that they belong and can lead to building long-term friendships and community supports. In Hill Street FRC we respect and value children and parent’s individual differences and celebrate ethnic and cultural diversity. Hill Street’s programme consists of Parenting Programmes, Parenting Supports, Adult, Child and Family Counselling, Parent and Child Groups, Afterschool clubs, Preparation for Preschool, Community Education, Supports and Celebrations.
Hill Street has a Voluntary Board of Management comprising of local and professional people providing leadership, support and guidance to the work of the Centre and the staff team.
Meet Our People
Hill Street Family Resource Centre’s Board
Chairperson: Olivia Gorman
Olivia has lived in the local area with three young children and her husband for the past nine years. She was working as a radiation therapist in St James’s Hospital, but she is currently on a career break to look after her children. She attends the Hill Street Family Resource Centre on a weekly basis, with all of her children.
Olivia was elected as Chairperson of Hill Street Family Resource Centre in 2019, and she is a member of the following subcommittees: Risk Management; Employment; Garda Vetting and Governance. She worked as a radiation therapist for eleven years and has a degree in radiation therapy.
Olivia is passionate about community development, and the importance of supporting and being supported by fellow parents in the Hill Street Family Resource Centre. She loves gardening, particularly in an urban context, bringing beauty to the ordinary.
Secretary: Louise Pielow
Louise first came to the Hill Street Family Resource Centre through her work as a public health nurse with the HSE. She has worked in the Hill Street Family Resource Centre since 2009, attending child health clinics and promoting services within the centre. She also attended the centre with her youngest child for the toddler group.
Louise is currently the secretary of the board and has been a board member for the last six years. She continues to work part time as a public health nurse and lactation consultant.
Louise is a registered general nurse, midwife, and public health nurse with a keen interest in child health and development. Her areas of interest include child health, supporting services for parents and families within the community, and promoting social inclusion.
Director: Lána Cummins
Lána is the Assistant Director of the Early Learning Initiative, National College of Ireland, a neighbouring community organisation to Hillstreet Family Resource Centre. Lána has been involved in early years, parenting, child-care and family support through policy and operations at both local and government level.
Currently, Lána has responsibility for community-based prevention and early intervention programmes for children, young people and families ranging from zero to eighteen years of age in Dublin’s inner city. Lána firmly believes in providing equality of access and opportunity for all, with as early a start as possible.
Director: Lucy Deegan Leiriao
Lucy is a native New Yorker who serves as a member of the board with Hill Street, as well as on its finance subgroup. She first attended the centre as a parent, with her husband, on early-years parenting course. In the years since, Lucy and her son have attended numerous playgroups and activities at Hill Street.
Lucy works part-time as a proofreader/subeditor and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cooper Union School of Art, in New York City. She enjoys helping/supporting people, being part of the community, and, most of all, being a mom to the best little boy in the world.
Director: Marie Nyan
Marie has been involved through her work as a public health nurse with parents and families for over thirty years and recognises the importance of supporting families. She’s a parent and grandparent, so she knows this from personal experience.
Marie is now working part time with the National College of Ireland in its 0-2 home-visiting programme, sharing her experience and supervising home visits in this role. She has been a member of the Hill Street board for six months. She was also the coordinator of the Community Mothers’ Programme for ten years with the HSE.
Marie is strongly committed to supporting parents to be the best parents to their children.
Director: Sinéad Jones
Sinéad has been the manager of a local community preschool for the past thirteen years and very much enjoys spending time in Dublin’s north inner city. She has been a member of the Hill Street Family Resource Centre for the past one and a half years, and a member of the employment subgroup for the past year.
Sinéad has worked in early childhood care and education for over twenty years in private and community facilities, as well as a proprietor (self-employed). She holds a degree in family and community studies from NUIG and a diploma in Montessori education. She is also a Parents Plus facilitator.
Sinéad is committed to supporting a progressive ECCE facility, where parents are respected and involved, guided by the principles of community development.
Director: Sinéad Lucey
Sinead studied law in UCC before going on to do a Masters in International Law in the UK. She returned to Ireland where she qualified as a solicitor in 2000. Sinead then took up a position in the national Traveller rights group, the Irish Traveller Movement, in 2003.
Sinéad went on to do further work with the Equality Authority and also provided legal representation before Mental Health Tribunals to individuals involuntarily detained under the Mental Health Act 2001.
In 2008 Sinead joined the Irish Human Rights Commission as Senior Inquiry and Legal Officer, eventually becoming part of the newly formed Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission before joining FLAC in 2016.
Director: Vanee Renghen
Vanee came to Ireland from Mauritius thirteen years ago. Vanee started in Hill Street with the mother-and-baby group, and today she is a board member who works hand in hand with the manager. She says that she has grown into a very resourceful person.
Vanee is a member of the financial subgroup of Hill Street FRC, a member of the National Women’s Council, a leader and core member of the Migrant Rights Centre, and the chairperson of the parents’ association in Gardiner Street. She is also fluent in English and French.
Vanee holds a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design from the Art and Design Foundation, and an award in leadership and volunteering.
Hill Street FRC is supported by: