The Donegal-based ParentStop charity has announced that it has been forced to end services due to a lack of funding.
The charity, which was established 14 years ago, will end its services at the end of 2019.
ParentStop provides a wide range of services including co-parenting support, and providing support with financial, health and bullying issues. In 2018, the group assisted over 400 families across Donegal.
But as vital funding sources fell through in 2018 and funding delays hit the charity this year, the board has reached crisis point.
The voluntary board, which employs five part-time staff, said the decision to cease services was not taken lightly.
In a statement, ParentStop Manager Patricia Lee said: “Keeping the charity running has been a constant struggle. Having explored all options ParentStop is no longer in a position to remain open or to continue to offer the most appropriate level of service to parents, their families and children.”
Ms Lee told clients and supporters: “On behalf of all the team at ParentStop please know that we deeply appreciate what a privilege it has been to be invited into your lives and thank you for your belief, support and personal investment.”
Reacting to the news, families who benefitted from the services have said it is a ‘devastating loss to children, parents and families in Donegal’. Other people have commended the professional and exceptional efforts of staff at ParentStop, which they say will be greatly missed.Tags: