31 January - ?7 Million For Counselling Services - Minister Coughlan


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The Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Mary Coughlan, announced today that she is making €7 million available in funding for once-off grants to voluntary organisations providing marriage, child and bereavement counselling services. The newly established Family Support Agency will be administering the grant applications.

Minister Coughlan said: "I am delighted to provide money for counselling. The administration of the funding is one of the many functions of the Family Support Agency".

"Last year my Department provided €6.6 million to 466 organisations countrywide under this scheme of grants. It is an indication of this Government’s Family First Policy that the allocation for 2003 has been increased to just over €7million," added Minister Coughlan.

When announcing the funding Minister Coughlan spoke of the findings of recent research undertaken through her Department’s Families Research Programme, "Unhappy Marriages: Does Counselling Help?"

"The conclusion of this research is that Counselling does work. It can greatly help families, parents and children with the difficulties they experience in their relationships. It is most encouraging to learn that the research found that counselling works in 7 out of 10 cases; that it works equally well for men and women and that it can help people in widely different relationships and circumstances", said Minister Coughlan. The report was commissioned by ACCORD and is the work of Kieran McKeown and his team.

The Family Support Agency was established in late 2002. Its main task is to support families, promote the continuity of stability in family life, prevent marital breakdown and foster a supportive community environment for families at a local level. It does so by providing a family mediation service, by developing marriage and relationship counselling, undertaking research and by advising the Minister on its functions and family issues.

Application forms for the grants are available from the Family Support Agency on 01 704 3072. The closing date for receipt of the applications is Friday 28 th February 2003. A schedule of the funds distributed under the scheme in 2002 is below.

ENDS

31 st January, 2003

Note for News Editors

Grants for Marriage, Child and Bereavement Counselling for 2002

COUNTY

EURO

NUMBER OF GROUPS

DUBLIN

2,747,729

173

KILDARE

993,270

17

CORK

544,250

26

LOUTH

277,750

16

GALWAY

240,750

25

KERRY

193,500

15

ROSCOMMON

193,450

7

TIPPERARY

183,650

20

MAYO

167,950

11

WATERFORD

156,285

10

LIMERICK

152,450

16

DONEGAL

104,000

8

MEATH

90,350

19

WESTMEATH

72,600

9

SLIGO

64,600

5

WEXFORD

63,200

6

WICKLOW

61,750

17

CLARE

61,720

15

KILKENNY

57,900

9

MONAGHAN

57,000

11

CARLOW

48,050

5

CAVAN

44,050

6

OFFALY

36,300

5

LONGFORD

24,800

3

LAOIS

20,695

9

LEITRIM

4,950

3

 

 

 

Total

6,662,999

466


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