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One in Four vows to continue service despite 24% cut in funding

“We must now put in place a dynamic fundraising programme to make up the shortfall in our funding. We are in a position where the Charity will have to be 40% self funded in only our second year of operation”.

Colm O'Gorman, Director, One in Four.

In recent weeks One in Four has signed a 12 month service agreement with The Department of Health and Children.  This agreement has been negotiated with Minister of State Brian Lenihan TD following the crisis which threatened to force the closure of the Charity in October 2003. The funding provided by The Department specifically excludes any grant provision for the Therapy Programme at One in Four. “It is regrettable that The Department has chosen not to fund our Therapy Programme which will provide some 5,000 therapeutic sessions in the coming year to women and men who have experienced sexual abuse and/or sexual violence. We acknowledge that the Department of Health and Children has put in place the National Counselling Service to support adults abused as children and that it also provides funding to other NGO’s offering such services but with waiting lists of up to 24 months in some areas such provision falls short in meeting the needs of the over one million of our citizens sexually abused as children.” said Colm O'Gorman, Director, One in Four.

In cash terms grants under the agreement reflect a significant cut of 24% in funding provided by the Department. In 2003 the Charity received €504,000 in State funding, in 2004 One in Four will receive €383,238. “We must now be to put in place a dynamic fundraising programme to make up the shortfall in our funding. We are in a position where the Charity will have to be 40% self funded in only our second year of operation”, said O’Gorman.  One in Four will now have to secure further funding amounting to some €260,000 to maintain current service levels for 2004.

One in Four wishes to again state the commitment of all staff and those involved in the Charity to ensuring the continued provision of highly professional, client centred support services to those women and men who choose to access One in Four.

 
 

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