For the community in the community
Did you know that back in the early 1900s, St. Andrew’s started out as a Methodist Church and School? When numbers dropped in the 1970s and the church and school were closed, a committee of local residents called the Rialto Development Association acquired the premises. They did this so they could run it as a community centre for the wider Rialto area.
Since then, St. Andrew’s Community Centre in Rialto has been offering a range of services for the local community as well as space for clubs, groups and individuals to meet. The main activities carried out are those by its four resident projects – the Rialto Community Drugs Team (RCDT), the Rialto Youth Project (RYP), the Rialto Day Care Centre for the elderly (RDCC) and Rialto Community Network (RCN). There is also a Community Employment project based in the building and an artist studio, Studio 468.
Each project is managed by a management committee which has at least one RDA board director on the committee. Studio 468 is jointly managed by the RDA and Common Ground, an arts agency, with support from Dublin City Council Arts Office.