Minister Approves ?8.3 Million For Marriage, Child and Bereavement Counselling Services


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The Minister for Social Affairs, Séamus Brennan T.D., has approved funding of €8.3million to over 540 voluntary and community groups nationwide providing marriage counselling, marriage preparation, child counselling and bereavement counselling supports.

Minister Brennan said: "These grants demonstrate the Government's continued commitment to offering practical assistance to help families and individuals at particularly stressful periods. The voluntary and community groups receiving funding are helping to enhance family stability and to assist families by providing a safety valve for people - men, women and children - who need support. This year's increased allocation of €8.3million means that established groups will receive improved support and 20 more groups will receive funding. More than 40 groups will receive grants in excess of €40,000."

(County-by-county breakdown of grants is attached).

Marriage counselling accounts for 58% of this year's funding, bereavement counselling and support 18%, child counselling 14% and marriage preparation 10%. This year's additional funding provides for an 8% increase in marriage, child and bereavement counselling and a 3% increase in marriage preparation courses.

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 €611,000; MRCS, Dublin granted €500,000 and Cork Marriage Counselling Centre granted €333,000.

The Family Support Agency administers the scheme of grants.

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2005 Scheme of Grants for Marriage, Child and Bereavement Counselling Services

County Breakdown

 

Carlow

69,800

Cavan

66,050

Clare

75,870

Cork

669,450

Donegal

158,650

Dublin

3,457,285

Galway

296,350

Kerry

255,800

Kildare

1,112,300

Kilkenny

21,150

Laois

38,100

Leitrim

13,700

Limerick

187,700

Longford

35,300

Louth

315,850

Mayo

287,200

Meath

110,110

Monaghan

64,450

Offaly

46,400

Roscommon

271,000

Sligo

88,200

Tipperary

186,700

Waterford

194,485

Westmeath

67,850

Wexford

83,700

Wicklow

79,650

Total

8,253,100

The Family Support Agency

The Family Support Agency (FSA) was established by the Minister for Social and Family Affairs on May 6th 2003. Its mission is to promote family and community well being through the provision of appropriate supports and services to families.

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. This year it has been allocated a budget of €24.5million, €4.1million more than in 2004.

The Family Support Agency:

  • Provides a family mediation service to help couples, who have decided to separate, negotiate their separation without acrimony.
  • 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.
  • Provides and disseminates information about these services and other family issues.
  • Provides financial assistance to voluntary organizations for these purposes.
  • Undertakes or commissions research into matters related to its functions.

Last modified:04/07/2005
 

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