Belfast Telegraph

Trauma centre is forced to shut down

The only centre in Northern Ireland delivering dedicated trauma therapy for Troubles victims is to close its doors.

The Omagh-based Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation says it will have to shut at the end of December because of difficulties in securing long-term funding and recruiting key staff.

More than 600 people from across Northern Ireland have sought help from the centre since it opened in 2002 and it continues to receive requests for trauma therapy from people with trauma-related needs.

The centre has helped train more than 1,000 staff from the public and voluntary sectors in therapeutic skills.

A spokesman said: “The decision to close has been taken with very great reluctance.

“Even though there is a demand for our programmes, without secure, longer-term funding and the ability to recruit highly skilled staff, we are unable to continue.”

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