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Northern Ireland Centre For Trauma And Transformation

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public money the Northern Ireland Office has granted to the Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation in Omagh; and for what purpose. [111697]

The Northern Ireland Office has allocated £1.5 million over three years for the development of the Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation.Its aims and objectives are summarised as follows:

To develop the centre in Omagh and to provide other related services or facilities in Northern Ireland and elsewhere for the purposes of:
i. assessing, treating and caring for those who suffer psychological or psychiatric trauma related disorders, illness or disability as a consequence of traumatic or distressing experiences arising out of the Troubles in Northern Ireland;
ii. undertaking research and innovation, for learning, and for the education and training of those involved in the assessment, treatment and care for those persons who have suffered, are suffering or will suffer psychological or psychiatric trauma related disorders, illness or disability in Northern Ireland and elsewhere, as a result of the Troubles and other traumatic or distressing experience;
iii. applying and disseminating the knowledge and expertise of the Centre and other related services or facilities for the assistance and benefit of others involved in the assessment, treatment or care of other persons or communities affected by strife or disaster; and
iv. working in collaboration with others through therapeutic and service networks to support those affected by traumatic events, including those affected by the Troubles in Northern Ireland and elsewhere.