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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. 

15 Jul 2015

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) would like to thank staff and pupils from Ballymena Academy for their generous donation of £1,500 towards the Make It Better Appeal, which supports children and young people affected by domestic violence.

Miss McAllister, Ballymena Academy paid tribute by saying;

‘This year’s focus charity was Women’s Aid, and we were pleased to welcome Refuge Support Worker, Krystle Canning, into school on Tuesday, 23rd June, for the presentation of a cheque for £1500.  This will go towards continued support work in the Ballymena Area. We wish the team every success with their work in the community and all future fundraising events”.

Lorna Doherty, Fundraising Co-ordinator with Women’s Aid said, ‘Women’s Aid would like to thank Ballymena Academy for their fundraising support. Domestic Violence affects 1 in 4 families and with your support we can continue providing vital services to women and children. We thank pupils and staff who have kindly donated towards events organised throughout the year; your generosity has been greatly appreciated!”

Women’s Aid is dedicated to providing refuge and support to those living with abuse, informing them of options available including housing, financial and legal entitlements, with the aim of enabling women to make informed decisions and positive life choices.

Anyone experiencing domestic violence can also access support by calling the 24hr Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414

 

For further information contact Laura Dillon, Women’s Aid ABCLN or email:

Laura Dillon laura.dillon@womensaidabcln.org

 

Notes to Editor

Women’s Aid is dedicated to providing refuge, support, information and training to women and children who are suffering abuse within the home. 

For more information about our work visit: www.womens-aid.org.uk

Every penny raised supports women and children in your community.

 

 

 

 

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

8 May 2015

     

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey  (ABCLN) was joined by representatives from the PSNI, Thomas Hogg, Mayor of Antrim & Newtownabbey, MLA Pam Cameron and M&S, Junction One on Tuesday to launch the annual ‘Make it Better’ week which takes place from 18th – 24th May 2015.  

‘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 raises awareness of the impact of domestic violence on children and young people as well as raising much needed funds for the project.

Speaking at the launch, PSNI Chief Superintendent, George Clarke, said “Domestic violence can have a lasting and devastating impact on the lives of our young people, and children of any age can be affected.

Growing up in a situation where violence is present, children may face many challenges. The experience may affect their ability to form positive, healthy personal relationships or engage in a meaningful way with education. Providing them with a safe space where they can get the right help and support is so vital and campaigns like ‘Make it Better’ are crucial in raising awareness of the issues faced by children living with domestic violence.”

Ruth Owen, from Women’s Aid added: “We provide 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. Last year we raised £10,091.53 to maintain the vital services.

We are inviting schools, churches, community groups, businesses and the whole community to do one thing to ‘Make it Better’ either by donating or organising your own fundraiser with family, friends and work colleagues.”

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

5 May 2015

                                                          

 

Please vote for Women’s Aid ABCLN- Teen Project Worker

 

Women's Aid ABCLN have been shortlisted for the Aviva Community Fund with a chance to receive up to £25,000 to fund a Teen Project Worker for one year.

 

the project will help keep young people safe by providing group work and information on unhealthy relationships, keeping safe online, bullying, positive mental health, sexual abuse and drug and alcohol misuse.

 

Young people involved in our organisation made a short film to raise awareness of the impact of living with Domestic Violence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx2D-KgHzb8&feature=youtu.be

 

We are urging nominations from everyone to secure votes. The more support our project gets, the better our chances to secure the funding.  Everyone who registers can cast 10 votes.

 

Voting closes Saturday 30th May 2015.

 

Please share with as many friends, family and community supporters as possible.

 

Please see link below:

https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/Project/View/2754

16 Apr 2015

     

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) was delighted to receive £4,111.44 which was raised by Green Pastures at their Women’s Conference last month.  

Green Pastures, Ballymena paid tribute by saying; ‘We are pleased to be supporting Women’s Aid who provide vital services in the local area to Women and Children who have been affected by Domestic Violence’.  

Ruth Owen, Fundraising Co-ordinator with Women’s Aid said, ‘We would like to thank Green Pastures for their continued support to Women’s Aid ABCLN. Domestic Violence affects 1 in 4 women in their lifetime, be it physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or financial.  Anyone living with abuse is not to blame, nor are they on their own as support is available from a variety of agencies.’

Women’s Aid is dedicated to providing refuge and support to those living with abuse, informing them of options available including housing, financial and legal entitlements, with the aim of enabling women to make informed decisions and positive life choices. 

Anyone experiencing domestic violence can access support by calling the 24hr Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414.

16 Apr 2015

      

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) are delighted to announce that Marks & Spencer’s of Junction One Antrim have chosen us as their local store charity of the year.  

Marks & Spencer’s charity committee stated; ‘We are pleased to be supporting Women’s Aid who provide vital services in the local area to Women and Children who have been affected by Domestic Violence’.  

Ruth Owen, Fundraising Co-ordinator with Women’s Aid said, ‘We would like to thank Marks & Spencer’s for choosing Women’s Aid as their local store charity of the year. The money raised will help sustain the Make It Better Project, supporting local children and young people who have been affected by Domestic Violence.’

The Make It Better project provides emotional and practical support to children and young people whose education has been affected by domestic violence. 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.

Anyone experiencing domestic violence can access support by calling the 24hr Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414.

16 Apr 2015

                                        

Vote for Women's Aid ABCLN at the community match stand in each of the Nationwide branches in our areas, Ballymena, Glengormley & Carrickfergus. Voting will begin on 1 April and end of the 30 June 2015. If we receive the most votes at the end of the voting campaign we will receive £500 to help continue providing support to women and children affected by Domestic Violence.

20 Mar 2015

      

 

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) would like to thank staff and 6th form pupils from Ulidia Integrated College for their generous donation of £415 towards the Make It Better Appeal.

Teacher, Rosie McKee explained ‘Staff and 6th form pupils gave up eating chocolate for the month of January to raise funds for the Make It Better Appeal. Students also took part in a Domestic Violence awareness session, which they found beneficial on how to identify the early warning signs within an abusive relationship. We work closely with Women’s Aid and wanted to acknowledge the great work they do within the local community’.

Ruth Owen, Fundraising Co-ordinator with Women’s Aid ABCLN paid tribute by saying, ‘Women’s Aid ABCLN would like to thank Ulidia Integrated College for their fundraising support. Domestic Violence affects 1 in 4 families and with your support we can continue providing services to women and children affected by Domestic Violence in the local community’.

The funds donated will help to provide emotional and practical support to children and young people whose education has been affected by domestic violence. 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.

Anyone experiencing domestic violence can also access support by calling the 24hr Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414.

20 Mar 2015

        

 

Last month Autoline Insurance Group launched a yearlong series of fundraising initiatives and customer reward promotions to celebrate their milestone fortieth year in business. The independent broker, headquartered in Newry with branches across Northern Ireland invited charities from all different sectors to receive £1,000 each from the 40th anniversary charity fund. With an overwhelming response Women’s Aid based in Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) has been selected at random as one of those to benefit.

Michael Blaney, Managing Director for Autoline said, “We are delighted to announce that Women’s Aid ABCLN has been selected as one of the charities to benefit from the fund. Staff from Autoline branches will be doing a range of fundraising initiatives in the months ahead and will hope that customers and suppliers will join in to help support charities such as Women’s Aid ABCLN.

 

      

 

Ruth Owen, Fundraising Coordinator said, “We are delighted to have been selected as one of Autoline’s 40th Anniversary Fund charities. We support women and children who have been affected by Domestic Violence, be it physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or financial. We hope that our supporters will get behind this inspiring campaign to help Autoline reach their target to help Women’s Aid ABCLN and the other 39 beneficiaries.”

 

Michael Blaney added, “We will also be offering a host of prize giveaways for customers through our Facebook and Twitter pages with tickets for concerts, major sporting events and hotel breaks up for grabs.  2015 is set to be one of our most ambitious years yet with a focus on supporting the communities in which we operate as well as continuing to offer competitively priced insurance and excellent customer service in the personal lines and commercial insurance market in Northern Ireland.