€40k for children’s counselling, psychotherapy and therapeutic services locally

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Deputy Emer Higgins, TD for Dublin Mid West has welcomed the allocation of €700,000 in Dormant Accounts funding to 37 community and voluntary organisations, including two local organisations. Deputy Emer Higgins said: “Locally, I am delighted to see Beacon of Light Counselling Centre in Neilstown and Deansrath Family Centre both receiving €20,000 each under this new funding announcement.

“Both Beacon of Light and Deansrath do excellent work in supporting individuals and families locally and I’m glad to see their hard work being recognised. “This additional funding will allow for an increase in counselling, psychotherapy and therapeutic services to children and young people experiencing social and economic disadvantage in the local community,” said Deputy Higgins.

“And it will help to address some unmet needs and reduce waiting lists for community counselling services at both of these locations. “An important aim of this funding is to increase the alternative therapy options available to children and young people such as play, drama, art and creative therapy and also bereavement support, which can be hugely helpful for young people struggling to deal with the death of a loved one. “What’s most important is that this funding is used to reach children and young people who are socially or economically disadvantaged and who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access supports and therapies,” added Deputy Higgins.

“Financial challenges should never stand in the way of a child looking to access vital services but unfortunately this can often be the case. “This funding for Beacon of Light and the Deansrath Family Centre will go some way towards lifting that financial barrier for young people in our community,” concluded Deputy Higgins.

Sarah Brooks

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