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Minister O’Gorman allocates an additional €1.5m in Funding for counselling, psychotherapy and therapeutic services for children

 

Minister O’Gorman allocates an additional €1.5m in Funding for counselling, psychotherapy and therapeutic services for children05 06 2024 Funding for counselling services for children thumbnail image
From Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

 

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, today announced the allocation of €1,500,000 in Dormant Accounts funding to 90 community and voluntary organisations. This represents an increase of over 110% or €800,000, and more than double the number of counselling, psychotherapy and therapeutic services are benefiting in 2024 compared to 2023. This additional funding, to be administered by Tusla (the Child and Family Agency), increases counselling, psychotherapy and therapeutic services to children and young people experiencing social and economic disadvantage in communities around Ireland. It will help to address unmet need and reduce waiting lists for community-based counselling services.

The aim of the funding is to increase counselling and psychotherapy and other therapy types (play, drama, art and creative therapy, bereavement support) to children and young people who are socially/economically disadvantaged and who, without support, cannot access these services.

Minister O’Gorman said:

“I am delighted to have secured €1,500,000 in Dormant Accounts funding to Tusla to build on their existing work in supporting children, young people and their families accessing community-based services.

"This measure will help to improve accessibility and availability of counselling, psychotherapy and other therapy services to disadvantaged children and young people around the country.

"Prevention and Early Intervention measures such as counselling, psychotherapy and therapeutic supports can improve the quality of children’s home lives and family relationships, increase educational attainment and support good mental health”.

A list of the organisations and details of the funding allocations can be found here:

2024 Dormant Accounts Successful Applicant

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