Counsellors donate €1,000 to midlands charity that provides emergency accommodation in Longford

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Counsellors donate €1,000 to midlands charity that provides emergency accommodation in Longford

Dr Ken Germaine, CEO , the IACP (left) & Moira Sharkey, Chair, the IACP, present a cheque for €1,000 to Carmel Cummins, team leader with TEAM . Also on right is Eugene McHugh, Vice Chair the IACP.

The Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP) has donated €1,000 to a charity that provides emergency accommodation to families in the Midlands area.

T.E.A.M. – Temporary Emergency Accommodation Midlands – was established in 2000 and provides accommodation to up to 27 individuals, including 16 children, at its 11-room Teach Failte facility in Green Road, Mullingar.  

T.E.A.M. covers the counties of Offaly, Laois, Longford and Westmeath. Carmel Cummins, team leader with the charity, said that typically Teach Failte accommodates women and their children who have been made homeless due to rising rents, addiction or mental health issues or as a result of domestic violence.

Ms Cummins said that the housing crisis had led to a 23% increase in demand over the past year for T.E.A.M’s services.

The IACP is the largest professional organisation for the counselling and psychotherapy profession in Ireland, with almost 3,000 accredited members nationwide.

The IACP made the donation to T.E.A.M. on Friday, November 4 during the IACP’s annual conference, which took place at the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone.

Accepting the cheque on behalf of  T.E.A.M., Ms Cummins said that the charity was ‘delighted’ with the donation.

“This donation is greatly welcomed as T.E.A.M. is part-funded by the HSE and Westmeath County Council and it is necessary for us to fundraise to pay for costs such as food , heat, light.  The donation from the IACP is most welcome and will go towards the running costs of Teach Failte,” Ms Cummins said.

Moira Sharkey, Chairperson of the IACP, said: “The IACP is delighted to make this donation. T.E.A.M and its dedicated staff provide essential frontline support and services to some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Without their great work many families would be in a far worse situation."