Family Life Service is a Voluntary Organisation


Mission Statement

To provide professional counselling and support to individuals and couples in a secure and caring environment.

FLS Remit and Services Provided

The remit of FLS is to provide counselling support services and educational and research initiatives; to develop these services to those members of the community who, in particular, are experiencing marginalisation.

  • FLS has been providing direct counselling and support services within County Wexford for over 25 years, addressing a wide range of psychological, behavioural and emotional problems impacting members of our community. These difficulties include depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, challenges and conflict within relationships, bereavement and loss, and a range of other mental health issues. It has its main office in Wexford town with counselling rooms in Wexford, Enniscorthy and Gorey.
  • Family Life Service also coordinates the administration of ACCORD services which has over 40 years of expertise in relationship and marriage counselling along with preparation and support for those entering into new relationships or marriage.


Limited Company

Family Life Service Ferns Limited is a company limited by guarantee with a Board of Directors and is a registered charity. It is currently drawing up a five-year strategic plan from 2016 to 2020, re-developing its website and fine tuning its governance and best practice procedures.


Membership of the AACI

In October 2015, FLS was accepted as a member of The Association for Agency-based Counselling in Ireland (AACI). The AACI is an association of like-minded agencies who provide counselling services with a wide and varied range of presenting issues for people in communities across Ireland. AACI member agencies uphold core principles that define an agency-based approach to counselling. These core principles shape and influence the counselling practice, administration, standards and ethos of a centre or agency. TUSLA funds and supports AACI to develop these standards and best practice within the community based counselling sector.


Numbers of clients in 2014

In 2014 FLS delivered a total of 3,052 counselling hours to over 350 individuals.

The breakdown for this is:

  • 130 clients received 1,240 hours of general counselling for a range of relationship and mental health issues provided by 16 counsellors
  • 76 clients received a total 327 hours of bereavement support delivered by 12 bereavement support workers.
  • 27 children and adolescents received a total of 173 hours of counselling delivered by 3 therapists with specialist training.
  • ACCORD provided 1,312 hours of couples counselling.


Referrals for counselling at FLS are self-referrals from clients themselves, GPs, Mental Health Services, social workers and a range of other health professionals. We do not charge a fee but operate a donation policy for the service. Nobody is turned away if they are unable to afford a donation for the service provided.


Practitioners within FLS

We have almost 50 practitioners who work as volunteers within the organisation and all work to the highest professional standards. Our general counsellors are accredited to or are working towards accreditation with the professional counselling bodies, such as IACP, IAHIP or the NAPCP, and are in professional supervision.

Our bereavement support workers are trained in accordance with NICE (National Institute for Health Care Excellence UK) requirements and are also in professional supervision.

Our ACCORD counsellors and marriage preparation facilitators are trained and supervised in accordance with ACCORD professional requirements.