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In ACCORD Dublin we believe that better relationships lead to happier lives

Strong and healthy couple relationships provide a nurturing and supportive family environment for children to grow up in. Stable, contented relationships bring positive benefits for the wider community.

In ACCORD Dublin we believe that better relationships lead to happier lives

We believe that strong and healthy couple relationships provide a nurturing and supportive family environment for children to grow up in and that stable, contented relationships bring positive benefits for the wider community.

ACCORD Dublin is a registered charity established in 1968 by the Archdiocese of Dublin to support couple relationships with professional counselling services on the basis of need regardless of ability to pay. Our services are provided on a pastoral, non-denominational basis by professionally trained, experienced counsellors and facilitators. Our counselling services are supported by an annual grant from TUSLA.

In all of our services our guiding approach in helping clients is holistic and person centred. This means that through empathy, understanding and acceptance we seek to help clients to develop their whole personality.

Marriage and Relationship Counselling

All relationships have ups and downs. For people looking for professional support we are here to help. ACCORD is the leading relationship counselling service in the country with offices throughout Ireland. ACCORD Dublin has approximately 60 professionally qualified, experienced relationship counsellors in 11 counselling centres located around Dublin and North Wicklow. Every individual is unique and therefore so is every relationship. Consequently we do not tell clients how to live their lives but rather assist them to develop the solutions that work best for them.

Sacramental Marriage Preparation

For couples choosing to marry in Church ACCORD Dublin offers couples Sacramental Marriage preparation courses at 16 venues in and around Dublin throughout the year. These courses, delivered by professionally trained, experienced facilitators, are designed to help couples prepare for the ceremony itself and also for the practical and emotional aspects of their married lives together.

Schools’ Relationships Programme

In ACCORD Dublin we believe that the earlier children and adolescents are educated in an age appropriate way about relationships and sexuality, the better they will be equipped to develop positive self esteem and increase their chances of having healthy, fulfilling relationships in life. Working in collaboration with parents and schools in over 400 primary and secondary schools around the province of Leinster, ACCORD Dublin offers holistic, age appropriate relationship and sexuality courses from 4th class in primary school to 6th year at second level. Our experience in this area is unparalleled and we continue to adapt and improve on this vital service for the children of each generation.

Vision

 

Relationships which provide personal fulfilment

 

Mission

 

To offer resources which empower every person to experience fulfilment in their relationship by:

  • Working with people from school age onwards to help them to explore the values of self worth, self respect, respect for others and healthy relationships
  • Supporting couples in their preparation for Sacramental Marriage and their lives together
  • Supporting people to find the solutions that work best for them through the provision of nonjudgmental and confidential relationship counselling

Values

 

Personal Welcome
We offer a warm welcome with unconditional personal respect to everyone and relationship support to all clients throughout life

Individual Worth and Dignity
We respect and value the unique worth and dignity of every person and the individual quality of every relationship

Pastoral Service
We support and accompany all clients with empathy in their search for a mutually fulfilling relationship, and respect their personal choices

Voluntary Ethos
We value the inspiring voluntary ethos which underpins the personal quality of the services delivered by our professional counsellors and facilitators

Affordable and Accessible
We value our commitment to making our services affordable and accessible to everyone

Sacramental Marriage
We value and support Sacramental Marriage as an expression of lifelong relationship commitment

Family Life
We value and support healthy couple relationships for the positive and nurturing environment they provide to children

Colleagues
We value our colleagues and take pride in their professionalism and commitment to excellence in the services we provide to clients

Continuous Development
We encourage and value feedback from clients and we use it to promote continuous improvement throughout the organisation

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