Media Release

FDYS partners with Wexford Enterprise Association for a third year to provide Youth Counselling Services

FDYS and Wexford Enterprise Association have partnered for a third year in a row to provide funding for a Youth Counselling Service offered through FDYS.

Recognising the ever-increasing demand for youth mental health support, in 2019, Wexford Enterprise Association (WEA) first partnered with FDYS to support their youth counselling service programme. Initially the project was for two years, however funding for a third year was announced this year, bringing the total funding for the project to €30,000 over a three-year period. This significant contribution also enabled FDYS to secure matching funding, bringing the total project funding to €60,000.

With this funding FDYS was able to embark on a programme to reduce its waiting lists for its Youth Counselling Services and to more effectively progress those young people in need of accessing youth work services. To date, 112 young people from age 10-24 years have had rapid access to professional counselling services through this programme, while hundreds more have benefited through the supports offered by the many youth groups within the organisation.

Commenting on the funding, Chief Executive of FDYS, Kieran Donohoe said, “FDYS is immensely proud of its partnership with Wexford Enterprise Association. It has advanced a bedrock of goodwill in the community and has served to foster the transformation of vital youth work supports for young people and their families.”

Chair and founding member of Wexford Enterprise Association, Eleanor White, further added, “Wexford Enterprise Association values nothing more than to impact on the social fabric of our community. We value the work that FDYS does to support young people in realising their full potential and in encouraging them to take control of their own lives and are glad that we are able to support them to expand an extremely effective service.” 

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