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Good news! We are staying open!

At a public meeting held at the Tara Centre on 11th June 2014 it was revealed that, after more than a year of uncertainty, the Centre’s future has been secured in the immediate term with a five-year plan for its survival now in place.

The announcement draws a line under a difficult period in the life of the Centre which has seen staff redundancies and the suspension of some of its most important services, including Counselling/Psychotherapy and Art Therapy sessions.

The Business Plan now in place sees the next five years divided into three phases: Ramp-Up and Transition; Consolidation; and Growth and Enhancement. In the immediate term this means that the Centre will continue to operate until 10th July 2014 much as it has been doing since the year of reflection kicked in July/August 2013. The doors will however be closed to the public from mid-July until the end of August while work goes on behind the scenes ahead of an official re-launch in Autumn 2014.

During Autumn/Winter 2014 there will initially be a base-line service provision similar to that made available since January 2014. This will be publically advertised in the usual manner before September 1st. The full complement of services will be gradually re-introduced in Autumn/Winter 2014, including, it is hoped, the long-awaited re-introduction of Counselling/Psychotherapy and Art Therapy sessions. More details regarding the latter will be communicated in due course. No applications for these services can be accepted before an invitation to do so is published later this year.

The 5-Year Business Plan, drawn up by Deloitte MCL Limited and following upon an extensive scoping exercise involving a broad representative group of Tara Centre stakeholders, outlines in no uncertain terms the Centre’s value in the community and the incredible work done there since it was founded in 1996. Notwithstanding, no-one is left in any doubt regarding the challenges which still lie ahead in order to translate the plan into action on the ground. Not least of these challenges comes from the need to secure the necessary funding from sources which ensure the protection of the ethos and core values on which the Centre is built.

This fundraising challenge is already being taken very seriously by the newly-formed Tara Centre Fundraising Group [TCFG] which kicks into action on Wednesday next, July 9th, with a cookery demonstration by the famed Paula McIntyre of Radio Ulster. This will take place at the Centre at 7.30pm. A limited number of tickets, priced £10, is available from Reception. A second initiative is now also well underway: Standing Order forms (together with a Gift Aid form where appropriate). These forms are available at the Tara Centre Reception. Please contact Reception on 028 82 250024 or e-mail at for further details.

“Now this is not the end.
It is not even the beginning of the end.
But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”