31 May - ?7.5million For Marriage, Child And Bereavement Counselling Services - Mary Coughlan Minister Of Social And Family Affairs


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Mary Coughlan T.D., Minister for Social and Family Affairs, today approved funding of €7.5million to over 520 voluntary and community groups nationwide providing marriage counselling, marriage preparation, child counselling in relation to parental separation and bereavement counselling support.

"This Government's families first approach is illustrated by the expansion and continued success of this scheme. This year's funding is more than six and a half times the allocation in 1997 and nearly €700,000 greater than last year. As a result, established groups will receive enhanced support and 60 more groups will receive funding," said Minister Coughlan.

"This means more counselling for more people and families in need, and in more locations," said Minister Coughlan.

"Further evidence of my commitment, and this Government's commitment, to families will come later this year, the 10th anniversary of the UN International Year of the Family, when I intend to publish an integrated strategy for the support of families and family life," added Minister Coughlan.

"Family life today faces an ever increasing amount of challenges as society becomes more complex. The speed of life, the pressures of work, the pressures of juggling time between partner and work, of raising children, of looking after ageing parents, or a sick child, or a partner who has lost a job, who can’t get work or is unhappy at work - the list can go on and on which is why support is important."

"Counselling and advice can and does help resolution, growth and happiness can and often does follow, strengthening relationships and benefiting not just the couple, but the immediate and extended family and society at large," said Minister Coughlan.

The policy objectives, which inform funding allocations, are - continued investment in the established major providers of services so that they can consolidate their lead role in the provision of high quality counselling services, the provision of a regional network of accessible support by investment in significant providers of services in key catchment areas throughout the country and additional support for organisations providing services in disadvantaged communities.

Continued investment is provided in the allocation of grants for established major providers of services including: ACCORD Headquarters, Maynooth granted €1m, ACCORD Dublin, which is responsible for 10-12 centres serving the Dublin/Wicklow region, granted €570,000, MRCS, Dublin granted €460,000 and Cork Marriage Counselling Centre granted €310,000. The Family Support Agency administers the scheme of grants.

ENDS 31 May 2004


Notes for News Editor

2004 Scheme of Grants for Marriage, Child and Bereavement Counselling Services

County Breakdown

 

CARLOW

59,360

CAVAN

54,250

CLARE

94,720

CORK

593,800

DONEGAL

114,230

DUBLIN

3,071,980

GALWAY

266,950

KERRY

253,500

KILDARE

1,080,570

KILKENNY

30,800

LAOIS

25,350

LEITRIM

12,850

LIMERICK

160,500

LONGFORD

27,950

LOUTH

288,250

MAYO

239,750

MEATH

97,150

MONAGHAN

63,160

OFFALY

45,260

ROSCOMMON

243,400

SLIGO

79,450

TIPPERARY

161,285

WATERFORD

177,785

WESTMEATH

51,200

WEXFORD

73,000

WICKLOW

64,500

 

Total

7,461,000

The Family Support Agency

Minister Coughlan formally established the Family Support Agency on May 6th last year. Its main task is to protect the family, by supporting the stability of family life and addressing the effects of changing family formation.

The FSA provides a family mediation service, develops marriage and relationship counselling, undertakes research and advises the Minister on family issues and works in partnership with the community and voluntary sector. The Family Support Agency has been allocated a budget of €20.2m for 2004.

The Family Support Agency:

  • Provides a family mediation service to help couples, who have decided to separate, negotiate their separation without acrimony. Over the last six years this service has expanded from two centres in Dublin and Limerick to 14 centres through out the country.
  • Supports, promotes and develops the provision of marriage and relationship counselling and other family support services.
  • Supports, promotes and develops the Family and Community Services Resource Centres programme. The number of centres has increased from 10 to over 85 since 1997.
  • Provides and disseminates information about these services and other family issues, and
  • Provides financial assistance to voluntary organisations for these purposes.
  • Undertakes or commissions research into matters related to its functions.

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