News

18 Jul 2014

            

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN)  recognise the fundraising contributions of the participants who took part in the Crusaders football club girls tournament on Sunday 6th July raising over £600.00 for the Make It Better Appeal.

Elaine Roden who has been involved with the club for over 20years and organiser of the event commented; ‘We are pleased to be supporting a service to children and young people in the local area who have been affected by domestic violence. I would like to thank all participants, supporters and volunteers for taking part in the event and an extended thank you goes out to Crusaders football club, Crusaders Strikers, Seaview Enterprises and Tesco’s Northcott for sponsoring the event.  In addition, the Irish FA Football for providing their Interface Cage to provide fun games for the girls in between their matches.’

Ruth Owen, Fundraising Co-ordinator with Women’s Aid ABCLN said, ‘Women’s Aid ABCLN would like to thank Crusaders FC and Crusaders Strikers for all their fundraising efforts. The funds raised will help to provide emotional and practical support to children and young people whose education has been affected by domestic violence. Without the invaluable support from the local community we would not be able to continue providing these services.’

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

12 Jun 2014

                       

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN)  recognise the fundraising contributions of the Newtownabbey PSNI officers who took part in fundraising in the Make It Better Appeal from 19th – 25th May 2014. 

Constable Burns, paid tribute by saying; ‘We are pleased to be supporting a fantastic service to children and young people in the local area who have been affected by domestic violence. To date we have raised £265.00 towards the appeal in helping to continue providing these vital services’.

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 Newtownabbey Police Station for all their fundraising efforts. We can now reveal we have raised an astonishing £11,708.33 and we will continue to fundraise for the Make It Better Appeal all 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.

12 May 2014

                        

 

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) are delighted that local volunteer has raised over £3,000 to the Make It Better appeal following a sponsored head shave.

Christine Archer shaved off her hair on Sunday 11th May at Asda superstore in Larne. Christine says ‘I wanted to do something extreme to raise as much money for the Make It Better appeal as supporting children living with domestic violence is very important to me. I would like to thank everyone especially Asda, for their support to help me exceed my fundraising target.’

The Make It Better Appeal provides services for local children and young people who are affected by domestic violence. Young people are often the hidden victims of domestic violence and are significantly at risk of school dropout, exclusion and risk taking behaviours.

Ruth Owen Fundraising Coordinator says ‘We would like to thank Christine for the massive amount of money raised for the appeal. It will significantly help with the work we do.  We urge others to take part in fundraising to sustain this vital project to local children and young people. We are hosting the Make It Better fundraising week from 19th-25th May.  We are inviting you to organise your own fundraiser with family, friends and work colleagues.’  For more information, on how to sign up to the appeal visit: www.womens-aid.org.uk/makeitbetter

8 May 2014

                              

 

Local actress Alexandra Ford, patron of the Make It Better Appeal and Newtownabbey PSNI Officer Danielle Burns show their support to the Make It Better Appeal.

Alexandra Ford, Patron of the Make It Better Appeal says ‘I am delighted to be a part of this local children’s appeal, the services that are provided are invaluable to local children and young people affected by domestic violence’.

Women’s Aid (ABCLN) has set up the Make It Better Appeal to raise funds to sustain services into the future for children and young people living with domestic violence.  Ruth Owen Fundraising Coordinator says ‘We provide services 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. Last year we raised £9,381.25 with the support from the local community, we are hoping to exceed the amount this year.’

The Make It Better fundraising week is running from 19th-25th May. We are inviting you to organise your own fundraiser with family, friends and work colleagues. For more information, on how to sign up to the campaign visit: www.womens-aid.org.uk/makeitbetter

1 May 2014

                  

Elaine Hanna Young Person’s Training worker presenting Max the dog to winner Emma McGuigan.

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey announce the winners of their Easter draw.

Following the success of the Easter hampers, £287.20 was raised helping to support the Make It Better appeal for children and young people affected by domestic violence. Bears, chocolate and sweets were donated by local volunteers and friends of Women’s Aid to make up ten Easter hampers which were distributed across the five areas.   

Congratulations to Mr P. Brown and Heidi Thompson from Ballymena, Imelda McNeill and Emma McGuigan from Antrim, Elaine Lee and Mark Anderson from Larne and Flo Beckett and Mrs Green from Newtownabbey on winning each of their hampers. The lucky winners were chosen from over 250 entries into the draw.

Ruth Owen, Fundraising Coordinator for Women’s Aid ABCLN stated ‘I would like to say congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to everybody who entered the draw helping to raise funds for the Make It Better Appeal. Fundraising is vital in order to continue our services providing emotional and practical support to over 7,000 children and young people last year.’

Anyone experiencing domestic violence can also access support by calling:

24hr Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414.

Open to all women and men affected by domestic & sexual violence

3 Dec 2013

                                                                                     

Women’s Aid would like to thank members of staff from the New Look store in the Tower Centre, Ballymena in raising £108.00 for the Make It Better Appeal. The funds raised will help to provide services to local children and young people whose education has been affected by domestic violence. Young people are the hidden victims of domestic violence and are significantly at risk of school dropout, exclusion and risk taking behaviours.

Diane Thornton, Store Manager for New Look Ballymena said ‘We are pleased to raise funds for the Make It Better appeal which will help to continue providing these services to local women and children living with domestic violence’.

Ruth Owen Fundraising Co-ordinator for Women’s Aid ABCLN says ‘It is great to receive local support from business’s in the area and we encourage local groups and business’s to take part in fundraising for the Make It Better appeal in the future’.

If interested please contact Ruth, Fundraising Coordinator on 07850003280 or alternatively email ruth.owen@womensaidabcln.org.

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

14 Oct 2013

                                               

Women’s Aid staff, volunteers, mothers and children gathered at the Cornerstone Building on 14th October to celebrate the success of the Make it Better Project after its first year.

The project, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund – Reaching Out Programme, supports mothers, children and young people who have suffered domestic violence. The “Make It Better” Project addresses the negative impact of Domestic Violence on development and learning and supports children and young people to stay engaged in the educational system.

The Homework Support Clubs provide a supportive safe place to enable children and young people to engage in their school work and empower mothers to support their children.

Louise O’Kane, Young Person Services Manager said “Children and Young People enjoy activities such as paired reading, word searches and the use of interactive white boards in their learning. Young people have also been trained as peer mentors to support other young people.”

Mothers have given positive feedback about the Homework club and one mother
said “I notice a change in my child’s attitude to homework this term, I have no problem getting her to do her homework” - mum of three.

Claire Allen (Programme Co-ordinator), Michelle Cherry (Big Lottery Fund) and Louise O'Kane (Young Person Services Manager)

Women’s Aid ABCLN are 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

19 Aug 2013
We are currently looking for Fundraisers for our "Make it Better" appeal to work very closely with our Volunteer coordinator and Fundraising coordinator to maximise fundraising opportunities. This will involve a lot of fun and exciting opportunities for you to get involved with.
For further information please contact Laura on 07568106373 or alternatively please email laura.dillon@womensaidabcln.org. thank you
10 Jun 2013

Women’s Aid ABCLN recognises the contributions of local organisations and individuals who took part in fundraising for the Make It Better Appeal from 20th-26th May 2013.  The funds raised will help to provide services 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.

                                                    

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

‘We can now reveal we have raised an astonishing £9,844.46 and we will continue to fundraise for the Make It Better Appeal all year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who got involved and showed their support.’

Local actress Alexandra Ford, also known as Dympna from Give My Head Peace has shown her support as Patron for the Make It Better Appeal. She says ‘I am delighted to support the Make It Better Appeal which will build upon the great work that has already been done to support local children and young people living with domestic violence’.

22 Apr 2013

                                                 

 

Alexandra Ford, also known as Dympna from Give My Head Peace shows her support as Patron for the Make It Better Appeal at the Cornerstone Building, Antrim’.

Local actress Alexandra Ford says ‘I am delighted to support the Make It Better Appeal which will build upon the great work that has already been done to support local children and young people living with domestic violence’.

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) have set up the Make It Better Appeal to raise funds to sustain services into the future for children and young people living with domestic violence.  Ruth Owen fundraising coordinator says ‘We provide services 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.’

The Make It Better fundraising week is running from 20th-26th May inviting you to organise your own fundraiser with family, friends and work colleagues. Join the Make It Better team at the Tower Centre shopping centre on Friday 25th May 2013 between 2.00pm – 5.00pm live with Q-radio and present us with your fundraising totals. For more information visit: www.womens-aid.org.uk/makeitbetter