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“Towards Healing” – The Launch of New Counselling and Support Service for Survivors of Clerical and Religious abuse

PRESS RELEASE
4 February 2011

“Towards Healing” – The Launch of New Counselling and Support Service for Survivors of Clerical and Religious abuse

“Towards Healing”, the new Counselling and Support Service for Survivors of Clerical and Religious abuse has commenced providing services.

The new service replaces the Faoiseamh Counselling Service, which has been in operation since 1997, and which has provided face-to-face Counselling to nearly 4000 persons during that time, as well as Helpline support to over 15000 survivors of Clerical and Religious abuse.

The new “Towards Healing” service has been set-up following consultation between the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, CORI, the Irish Missionary Union and Faoiseamh, and with Survivor Groups, and is designed to ensure that Survivors of Clerical and Religious abuse receive Counselling and other support services in a more holistic manner than heretofore..

“Towards Healing” will build on the work of Faoiseamh and has been established to provide a wider range of services to Survivors, in addition to Helpline and face-to-face Counselling.  These services, which will be developed in consultation with representatives of  Survivors, will include Healing Meetings, Group Work, Practical Workshops and a Social Worker/Bridging service designed to seamlessly link clients to either statutory and non-statutory services which are relevant to their needs, such as the health, local authority, educational and social welfare services.

The new service is a One-Church response to Clerical and Religious abuse and is being co- funded by the Irish Catholic Bishops’  Conference , CORI and the Irish Missionary Union. The service will be provided by lay, independent Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

“Towards Healing” can be accessed through it’s Helpline at
–         Freephone Ireland 1800-303-416
–         Freephone  UK 0800-0963315
–         Email                     info@towardshealing.ie

For further media information, contact Wally Young, Young Communications at:-  087-2471520

 

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