The Dr. Stevens Resource Centre was established in 1992 by the Athlone Council of Trade Unions in co-operation with SOLAS and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

The Centre has a long history of providing lifelong learning opportunities for the unemployed and persons on low income.

Over the past 25 years, the Centre has endeavoured to address the educational deficit faced by low skilled individuals and recently unemployed higher skilled persons. In this regard, the Centre is ideally placed to identify and, more importantly, to support these individuals in the development of skills, particularly where they might otherwise be reluctant to admit to a learning need. The Centre affords them the opportunity to come forward in a safe, confidential and supportive environment to further their training and gain workplace skills, ranging from basic to advanced levels. During training, learners are exposed to opportunities for further engagement in lifelong learning.