Women’s Aid ABCLN urges the local community to support the Make It Better Appeal.

29 May 2015


Women’s Aid ABCLN urges the local community to support the Make It Better Appeal.

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) organised a coffee morning to raise funds for the Make It Better Appeal. Showing their support to the event was Minister for the Department of Social Development, Mervyn Story and PSNI Chief Inspector, Simon Ball alongside other representatives from the local community.  

The Make it Better Appeal was developed by Women’s Aid (ABCLN) to fund gaps in provision for services for children and young people living with domestic violence. The appeal raises awareness of the impact of domestic violence on children and young people as well as raising much needed funds for the project.

Local MLA and Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, who attended the coffee morning paid tribute by saying: “Domestic violence is a horrific crime that has a massive impact on victims and their families.  They all require our support and I am pleased that through my Department’s Supporting People Programme, I am able to provide funding to Women’s Aid ABCLN to support them in delivering services for women and children affected by Domestic Abuse in the East Antrim Area.

“I also fully support the ‘Make it Better’ campaign which particularly focuses on the children and young people who are often considered to be the hidden victims of domestic violence.  I strongly believe that the future of our children and young people should not be put at risk due to the actions of perpetrators and I fully support the work of Women’s Aid in providing them with practical and emotional support.”

Ruth Owen, Fundraising Co-ordinator with Women’s Aid ABCLN paid tribute by saying, “Women’s Aid ABCLN would like to thank everyone who showed their support to the event which raised £171.18.The money raised throughout the week long appeal will be used to continue providing services to children and young people whose education has been affected by domestic violence. These young people are the hidden victims of domestic violence and are significantly at risk of school dropout, exclusion and risk taking behaviours.”

For more information, on how to support the campaign visit: www.womens-aid.org.uk/makeitbetter