The board of Marriage and Relationships Counselling Services (the “Company”) has today taken the difficult decision to begin the process of winding up its operations.
This decision was taken when it became clear to the Directors that the organisation could no longer maintain solvency in light of a challenged funding environment and increased operating costs. While those challenges have been visible for some time now, and the board has been working hard to find a basis to overcome them, matters were brought to a head in recent weeks when it became clear that a further increase in operating costs was unavoidable on foot of an upward only rent review on the RI premises. Following careful consideration of different options, regretfully the prudent option is to wind up the company on a voluntary basis. The legal process to affect the wind up has commenced today. A meeting of creditors is expected in two weeks’ time.
Staff and affiliate contractors were advised this afternoon and the organisation ceased to trade with immediate effect. The company employed 18 people whose positions have been made redundant and a further 8 contract counsellors have had their contracts terminated. Statutory redundancy benefits will be paid to those entitled. All board members are non-executive and acting on a voluntary basis.
Clients are being advised of the decision and assistance is being provided where necessary to identify alternate supports. The appropriate authorities – Túsla and the Charity Regulator have also been informed.
Clearly this is a difficult day for all concerned. The board is determined to affect the wind up in as efficient and orderly a fashion as possible and with the least possible disruption or negative impact to all parties.
Information for clients
Regrettably we can no longer provide counselling services to clients. If you would like to continue seeing your individual counsellor on a private basis we are happy to facilitate your making direct contact with them to discuss whether this can be facilitated.
We must point out that, should you make such an arrangement, it will not be a service provided, or endorsed, by Relationships Ireland, nor will it be provided on the Relationships Ireland premises. It will be a purely private matter between you and the counsellor. Please also note that no counsellor will be covered by Relationships Ireland insurances or accreditations for such service.
If you would like your personal files to be transferred to you, we ask that you to make this request in writing and arrange to collect your files on or before Thursday 2nd March 2017. We cannot transfer/release files to you without your signed written consent and we cannot release your file to a third party, including a former Relationships Ireland counsellor. You may send your request for your file to us at 38 Fitzwilliam St Upper, Dublin 2 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not request your file, it will remain then property of Relationships Ireland and will be placed in storage as part of the winding up process. Files will be held under the control of the Liquidator for the duration required by law.
For alternative counselling services please see the HSE mental health website, the IACP or AACPI websites.