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10 Mar 2015

     

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) would like to thank staff and pupils from Camphill Primary School for their generous donation of £250 towards the Make It Better Appeal.

Principal Mrs McMaster explained, ‘We work in close partnership with Women’s Aid and find their services very beneficial within the school and local community.  They provide 1-1 therapeutic work within the class and assemblies to provide safety messages and build self-esteem to children and young people’.

Ruth Owen, Fundraising Co-ordinator with Women’s Aid ABCLN paid tribute by saying, ‘Women’s Aid would like to thank Camphill Primary School 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’.

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.

10 Mar 2015

       

 

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) would like to thank staff and pupils from Kings Park Primary School for their generous donation of £800 towards the Make It Better Appeal.

Principal Mr Skinner explained ‘Staff, pupils and parents took part in fundraising activities over the Christmas period to raise funds for Women’s Aid ABCLN. We work in close partnership and we 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 Kings Park Primary School 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 within 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.

10 Feb 2015

                                               

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) would like to thank staff and pupils from Hollybank Primary School for their generous donation of £400 towards the Make It Better Appeal.

Principal Mr Fletcher explained ‘Staff, pupils and parents took part in fundraising activities over the Christmas period to raise funds for Women’s Aid ABCLN. The charity is very local to us and we 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 Hollybank Primary School for their support 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’.

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.

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For further information contact ruth.owen@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.

Donations can be made by:

Online: http://www.womens-aid.org.uk/donate

Phone: 028 2563 2136

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Women’s Aid ABCLN

21 Jan 2015

        

St. Louis Grammar (Year 10) students took part in the YPI competition, researching the needs of their local community and selecting a charity to support and then deliver a presentation. Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) was the nominated charity who received the £3,000.

Ella May and Emily from the winning group explained ‘We have worked very closely with Women’s Aid volunteering. We wanted to raise awareness on Domestic Violence and the impact this can have on children and young people’s education.’

Ruth Owen Fundraising coordinator for Women’s Aid ABCLN ‘The Make It Better Appeal has been set up to support children and young people whose education has been affected by domestic violence. We would like to thank the students from St. Louis Grammar for their involvement with the appeal and the £3,000 is a massive contribution to the appeal in helping to sustain these vital services’.

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.

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For further information contact ruth.owen@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.

Donations can be made by:

Online: http://www.womens-aid.org.uk/donate

Phone: 028 2563 2136

Post:

Women’s Aid ABCLN

Naomi Centre

2 Cullybackey Road

Ballymena BT43 5DF       

 

14 Nov 2014

       

 

 

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) were delighted to receive £700 in donations from Care and Share Charity shop located at 35-37 Broughshane Street Ballymena.

Sandra and Paul Hayes who set up the charity shop paid tribute by saying; ‘We opened our charity shop on 4th November 2013 we are a Christian based charity and have a heart for those in need in the Ballymena Community. All our donations are local and our aim in the shop is to price items so they are affordable to everyone’.

Ruth Owen, Fundraising Co-ordinator with Women’s Aid said, ‘We would like to thank Care and Share charity shop for their continued support to Women’s Aid ABCLN. Domestic Violence affects 1 in 4 families in their lifetime, be it physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or financial.  Anyone living with abuse is not to blame for the abuse, 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, all with the aim for women to be able 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.

14 Nov 2014
                                 
 
 
 
Women’s Aid ABCLN recently celebrated the second year of its children and young people project, “Make It Better.” 
For the past two years the “Make It Better” project has supported local mothers, children and young people who have suffered domestic violence. The project addresses the negative impacts that domestic violence has on children and young people’s development and learning and supports them to stay in education.
Through the ‘Make it Better’ project, 67 children and young people and 29 mums have accessed homework and summer support club in its second year.  The Homework support clubs provide a safe and supportive environment for children and young people to do their homework.  Workers also work with mothers to support their children. 
 
Louise O’Kane, Young Person Services Manager said “The Homework Support Club is an excellent service and offers support in a unique and beneficial way to all children, young people and mothers accessing the service. During the second year of the ‘Make it Better’ project the Homework Support Clubs have been made available in Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey”.
 
A mother who takes part in a Homework Support Club along with her three children says “The workers here have been a fantastic help for both me and my children and they count down the days until they are here again, thank you.”  Another mother says “I feel the Homework Club is brilliant, the kids come in and do homework right away. It takes a lot of stress from me as they won’t do their homework at home. The girls are lovely and helpful”
 
The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund – Reaching Out Programme.
Women’s Aid ABCLN is currently looking for Volunteer Teachers to help support the Homework club. If interested please contact Laura, Volunteer Coordinator on 07568106373 or alternatively email laura.dillon@womensaidabcln.org.
Anyone experiencing domestic violence can also access support by calling the 24hr Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414
10 Nov 2014

 

     

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) was delighted to receive £1,532.26 in donations from the Rural Deanery.

The Rural Deanery, Antrim 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 the Rural Deanery 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 for the abuse, 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, all with the aim for women to be able 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.

10 Nov 2014

 

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) would like to thank staff and pupils from Dunclug College for their generous donation of £1000 towards the Make It Better Appeal.

Mrs Lee, Learning for Life and Work coordinator explained ‘Year 10 pupils were asked to research a charity of their choice that enhances the local community and present back to the class. After working closely alongside Women’s Aid previously, Dunclug College learnt how much Domestic Violence impacts the lives of so many Women and Children in the local area and therefore wanted to raise awareness on the support Women’s Aid can offer’.

When asked why they chose Women’s Aid the year 10 girls replied ‘We wanted to raise awareness on Domestic Violence and how Women’s Aid can support Women and Children in 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 Dunclug College for their support and highlighting these important messages to the rest of their fellow pupils and staff.  The support within the community is detrimental to our services which we provide to Women and Children in the local area’.

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.

10 Nov 2014

 

Jennifer Christie Dental Surgery recently participated in a Colour Run in aid of Women’s Aid’s Make It Better Appeal raising £900.

Jennifer Christie, from JC Dental explained why they wanted to support the local charity, ‘Women’s Aid helps so many woman, children and young people who have been affected by domestic violence in the local area. We are pleased to be supporting the Make It Better Appeal which aims primarily works children and young people who have suffered domestic violence.’

Ruth Owen, Fundraising Co-ordinator with Women’s Aid ABCLN was delighted with the fundraising effort, ‘We would like to thank all the staff at JC Dental for fundraising for the Make It Better Appeal, fundraising is a vital source to sustain our services and we thank the continued support of the local community’.

The funds raised 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.

8 Aug 2014

                               

 

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) recognise the fundraising contributions of the Antrim PSNI officers who took part in fundraising raising £161.06 for the Make It Better Appeal.

Constable Magill and Constable Harvey paid tribute by saying; ‘We work very closely with Women’s Aid and are pleased to be supporting a fantastic service to children and young people in the local area who have been affected by domestic violence’.

Ruth Owen, Fundraising Co-ordinator with Women’s Aid ABCLN paid tribute by saying, ‘Women’s Aid ABCLN would like to thank all the officers at Antrim Police Station for all their fundraising efforts. We can now reveal that this year we have raised an astonishing £12,076.28 to date 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.’

The funds raised 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.