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Wednesday 17 September 2014

SOSAD seals the deal on new home

Olivia Ryan

Published 16/08/2014 | 00:00

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SOSAD, the Louth charity supporting people affected by suicide, have sealed the deal on a new counselling centre and office in Dundalk.

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SOSAD founder Peter Moroney revealed to the Argus how increasing demand for their charity led the charity to search for a larger premises in town.

'We had been working from a house in Williamson's Place since 2010, but the service has become increasingly busy so we needed to look at moving.'

Peter said he was delighted to announce that SOSAD signed the lease on Thursday last to a 'beautiful new office and counselling centre at 24 Joceyln Street in Dundalk.

'This move should ensure that we continue to give the best possible care and attention to every caller and allow us to reach more and more of those that need our particular and professional help.'

The charity is planning to carry out some refurbishments within the building over the coming weeks. 'The last thing we want to do is inconvenience any clients, callers, volunteers or visitors so we will make the move itself as easy and fast as possible,' said Peter.

'The plan is to work very hard over the next few weeks to get the place up to standard and then make the move sometime before World Suicide Prevention Week in September.'

He added that the move itself does come at a cost to the charity, and they are appealing for some support in ensuring the premises are a welcoming place for all.

'We will be looking for pictures, plants and anything that will make the whole place feel comfortable and welcoming for everyone one, so if you have something clean and in good condition you don't need any more, just let us know.'

SOSAD has also this week launched an appeal for accredited counsellors to volunteer their time for the charity.

'As the demand for our services continues to grow, we need to increase the number of trained volunteers to deal with an increasing number of clients, so if you are a counsellor, psychologist or just interested in working to help others from our lovely new centre, then please do make contact with us,' said Peter.

Contact SOSAD in Dundalk on 042 9327311 or email dundalk@sosadireland.ie

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