Women’s Aid ABCLN Celebrate Make It Better Week 2016

20 Jul 2016




Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) recognise the contributions of local organisations and individuals who took part in fundraising for the Make It Better Appeal from 23rd -29th May 2016.  

Make it Better’ was developed by Women’s Aid (ABCLN) to provide services and support for children and young people living with Domestic Violence. The week long appeal raised awareness of the impact of Domestic Violence on children and young people as well as raising much needed funds for the project.

Ruth Owen, Fundraising Co-ordinator with Women’s Aid ABCLN paid tribute by saying:

‘Constant change, disruption and violence in a young person’s life can make school a real challenge and diminish their ability to engage. Young people are the hidden victims of domestic violence and are significantly at risk of school dropout, exclusion and risk taking behaviours. We can now reveal we have raised an astonishing £2,886.10 and we will continue to fundraise for the Make It Better Appeal throughout the year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who got involved and showed their support.’

Antrim and Newtownabbey District Commander Superintendent Emma Bond adds: “We are delighted to offer our support for this very worthy cause. Sadly as police officers we witness first-hand the distressing effects that domestic violence can have on a family, particularly for children and young people. We will continue to work with our colleagues in Women’s Aid to support victims and their families.”

Anyone experiencing domestic violence can also access support by calling the 24hr Domestic Violence Helpline on 0800 917 1414.