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Huge thanks to Urban Beauty and Phoenix Centra, Ballymena for promoting our recent raffle. Congratulations to the winner Anne Marie Sanderson.
Thanks to staff in Spar at Greystone who facilitated the Raffle. Proceeds will support domestic violence programmes and services for children and young people.
Winner of hamper raffle in Antrim – Rebecca Scally
 
Women' s Aid attended the Info Fest at Farmlodge NRC on 18.09.17
 
27.06.17
Staff showcasing their new office at the Larne open day
 
 
 
My Story… Grown Old, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
15th June 2017
 
Anne McAllister (Board of Directors) thanks Kevin Keenan for all his support.
 
Jonathan Simmance (Ulster Orchestra) & Cllr Noreen McClelland become Ambassadors for Women's Aid ABCLN.
Also included in the picture is Claire Fordyce (Chair, Board of Directors)
 
Family First Team birthday celebrations!
A huge thanks to Pam Cameron for hosting the Make It Better Coffee Morning, great to have your support.
Pam Cameron, Arlene Foster & Mayor John Scott, attending MIB Coffee Morning.
 
Pam Cameron & Paul Girvan visit our refurbished Refuge
 
A huge thank you and well done to everyone attending the Make it Better sponsored walk  on Saturday 13th May.
 
Women's Aid staff attending the Carer's Conference on 10th May which was organised by The Hope Centre, Ballymena
 
 
Great donation of Easter Eggs from Co-operative Larne. Thank you!
 
Great donation of Easter eggs from the Ballymena Rider Training Annual Easter Egg Run. Thank you for all your support. 
 
For International Women's Day 2017 Women in our Larne office Created a tree collage for the wall of the office downstairs. The hands make up the leaves of the tree with inspirational sayings on them. The tree was designed by volunteer Shelley.
 
Women from Ballymena Methodist Church helped to promote International Women's Day 2017 by kindly providing lunch for women using our services.
 
 
Women’s Aid in Newtownabbey recently celebrated International Women’s Day 2017 by holding a lunch which welcomed all local service users.  
 
 
Massive thanks to students from Dunclug College for donating £300.00 to the Make it Better appeal.
24.01.17
Our Reconnect group had a very enjoyable day at the Animal Sanctuary!
 
 
Thank you to Blue Inc stores in Newtownabbey and Ballymena who recently did a collection to raise funds for the Make It Better appeal which supports children and young people who have been affected with domestic abuse.   They raised a total of £162.32.
 
 
Huge thanks to all the groups, schools, churches, organisations, businesses and individuals for their generosity in donations received for Christmas 2016.  All donations go to the women and children we support within the community and throughout our accommodation services. 
Some of the donations gratefully received during the Christmas period...
Boys Model School
Tesco Northcott
 
Some of the Family First Team along with the main man himself!
 
Women and staff enjoyed White Ribbon cupcakes while celebrating the group receiving their OCN accredited course certificate in the Sarah Centre, Carrickfergus.
 
'Lifting the Lid' on Domestic and Sexual Violence in Rural NI- event held 7th December, in Greenmount College
Thank you to The Music Yard, Larne for their very kind donation of £300 
Cheque presented by Angela Hamilton
 
Ministers Claire Sugden and Michelle O'Neill signing the White Ribbon Charter, with Rosemary Magill, CEO, Women's Aid ABCLN
 
 
Justice Minister Claire Sugden starts the 16 Days of Action Twitter campaign...
Rosemary Magill, CEO and Aine, Floating Support Worker, recording for BBC Radio Ulster, Sunday Sequence programme.
 
Women's Aid welcome guests to their open day in Larne
 
Women's Aid welcome guests to their open day in Newtownabbey...
Women's Aid staff pictured with Seamus McCann from Big Lottery NI.
Deputy Mayor Of Antrim and Newtownabbey Noreen McClelland pictured with Women's Aid Community Resettlement Worker and Superintendent Emma Bond. 
Women's Aid staff welcome Noreen McClelland, Deputy Mayor of Antrim & Newtownabbey, to the open day in Newtownabbey.
Women's Aid ABCLN receiving the Platinum award from Deborah Watters – Vice Chair NI Policing Board
Members of Mid and East Antrim, PCSP with their signed White Ribbon Charter. The Charter is a pledge, never to commit, condone or stay silent about violence against women’. Also in photo, Fran O’Boyle (Area Manager) and Arlene Creighton (Management Committee) of Women’s Aid ABCLN.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Audrey Wales and Head of Service Community Planning & Development,Jackie Patton with Fran O’Boyle (Area Manager) and Arlene Creighton (Management Committee) of Women’s Aid ABCLN.
 
Women's Aid ABCLN welcome guests to their open day in Carrickfergus.
 
 
 
Women's Aid ABCLN winners of best kept garden award in Antrim.
Huge thanks to John McMaster for all his hard work!
28.09.16 - Arlene Foster signing up to support the Women's Aid White Ribbon Campaign.
 
Make it Better - Thank you
Throughout 'Make it Better' week an astonishing £2886.10 was raised, massive thanks to all involved!
Pictured left to right: Ruth Owen Appeals Coordinator Women's Aid, Superintendent Emma Bond PSNI, Claire Allen Programme Coordinator Women's Aid, MLA DUP Pam Cameron & Noreen Mcclelland Dep Major Antrim & Newtownabbey
 
Women's Aid CEO's with Evan Stark (Author), following his presentation on Thursday 29th June, at Adelaide Park, Belfast.
 
My Story...Grown Old
15th June World Elder Abuse Day Event 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The quiz held in Carrickfergus raised a brilliant £255.00. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with prizes and snacks and to those organisations in Carrickfergus for donating gifts for the raffle. 
Pictured below: quizmaster Derek, winning table and Brenda, support worker.
 
 
Congratulations to Katrina Gaw, winner of the Make it Better hamper in Newtownabbey!
 
Thank you to the ladies from Newtownabbey Methodist Mission, Rathcoole, who whilst away at their annual weekend raised £100 for Women’s Aid ABCLN.
Well done to the winner of the 'Make it Better' raffle in the Larne area!
 
 
Women’s Aid ABCLN recognise the contributions of their fantastic Volunteers with a celebratory dinner held at the Dunsilly Hotel in Antrim.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Huge thanks to all who attended the coffee morning in the Naomi Centre and helped raise£130 for the Make It Better appeal!
Big thanks to the Reconnect group who made a donation of £30 from a hair styling session.
Well done to Pam Cameron and all those involved in hosting a coffee morning on behalf of the Make It Better Appeal raising £110.
 
Big thanks to all those involved in the Antrim Coffee morning raising £84.87 for the Make It Better Appeal. ‪
 
Massive thanks to Aimee Heggarty who raised £100 doing a sponsored silence for the Make It Better appeal.
 
Congratulations to Women's Aid ABCLN staff who successfully completed their SFJ Award level 3 Diploma in Working with Victims, Survivors and witnesses (QCF). 
 
 
 
Previous members of Management Committee, Charmaine Foster and Sylvia Gordon, CEO Rosemary Magill & current Management Committee member Moira McMurray visit the refuge before the handover of keys for the refurbishment.
 
Rosemary Magill CEO meeting with Mervyn Storey in Grace House, Women's Aid ABCLN Antrim Office
 
 
 
Well done to the attendees who completed and achieved an Open College Network qualification with Women's Aid ABCLN, also included in the picture, Community Resettlement Worker for the Larne area. 
 
A massive thanks to Betty Redfern and Kilbride Guides who kindly donated hand-knitted teddies for children using our services.
 
Well done to the P4, 5, 6, and 7 classes at Earlview Primary School for completing a 5 week ‘Keeping Safe’ programme with Women’s Aid ABCLN where they learned about internet safety, feelings and emotions, coping with anger, support options and relaxation techniques.
 
Staff from Women's Aid ABCLN promoting world social work day (15th March 2016).
 
Women's Aid ABCLN invite guests to celebrate International Women's Day at Ballyearl Arts & Leisure Centre, Newtownabbey
 
 
 
Deputy Mayor Councillor John Blair presented with signed Charters supporting White Ribbon Campaign.  Charters signed by staff of Newtownabbey Council & Councillors. 
 
 
Women's Aid ABCLN staff thank Be Loved Green Pastures for hosting a pamper night for the women in Ballymena to celebrate International Women's Day! 08.03.16
 
Antrim staff invite guests along to celebrate International Women's Day
 
 
Massive thank you to Tracy Hefferon who presented Women's Aid ABCLN with a £2,200 cheque towards the Make It Better appeal after a very successful Christmas Hooley! 
 
Volunteer Annette Gibney along with service users have been working on signs for the allotment in Carrrick
 
Some of the Art work on display, provided by Women's Aid ABCLN service users for the European Conference on Domestic Violence. An event was held on 12.01.16 to thank the women for their contribution. 
 
 
Massive thanks to all the groups, schools, Churches, orgnanisations, businesses and individuals for their generosity in donations recieved for Christmas 2015.  All donations go to the women and children we support within the community and throughout our accommodation services. 
 
Some of the donations recieved during the Christmas period. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you to our young volunteer Courtney McLaughlin who did a sponsored run and raised funds to purchase Christmas gifs for children and young people affected by Domestic Violence. 
 
Massive thanks to Autoline who presented Claire Allen, Programme Co-ordinator, Women's Aid ABCLN with a cheque for £1,100 to go towards the Make It Better appeal.
 
Coffee morning held in Ballymena Police Station on 4th Decemeber raised a total of £82.36, well done to all involved!
 
All Party Group on Domestic Violence- 01.12.15
 
Women's Aid ABCLN hosted an event to start the 16 Days of Action.  16 Days of Action is an annual international campaign which calls for action on violence against women.
20:20 Vision Event 25.11.15 
Colette Stewart Chief Executive Onus, Pam Brown MLA, Chief Constable George Hamilton, Rosemary Magill Chief Executive Women's Aid ABCLN, David Ford Justice Minister & Adeline Frew Chair of Women's Aid ABCLN Management Committee
 
Pictures from the Pamper Night for women, held on the 25th November to kick start the 16 Days of Action. The therapists, who kindly donated their time and skills, are from Be.loved Beauty, Green Pastures.
 
 
Onus 6th Annual Awards Ceremony
Women's Aid ABCLN receive Platinum Award
Rosemary Magill Chief Executive Women's Aid ABCLN & Pam Cameron MLA 
Mr Smyth, Principal from Earlview Primary, Newtownabbey presenting Elaine Roden Women's Aid ABCLN with a cheque for £1600 (The children raised from holding a non-uniform day and a craft event.) 
 Massive thanks to Dan Tindall for organising a free gig in the Sunflower Public Bar with donations taken on the night for Make It Better. £210 was raised. 
 
 
Visitors, staff and young people celebrate Make it Better's third birthday!
 
 
 
Thirteen residents from Glenravel Fold, Ballymena and eight young people from the Young Voices Group participated in an intergenerational art project. 
 
 
 
Women's Aid in Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey were among 34 organisations celebrating Investors in People (IIP) accreditation at a presentation ceremony held in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings on 26th June. Pictured with Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry and Head of Investors in People Paul Devoy, are representatives from Women's Aid Gail McLaughlin and Moira McMurray.
 
Massive thank you to Ballymena Academy for raising £1,500 for children and young people living with domestic violence.
 
The Living and Surviving OCN celebration Lunch at the Church of the Nazarene.  6 women received their certificates and the ladies of the Church made a beautiful lunch for everyone. The women of the Church were presented with a bouquet of flowers to thank them for their support. 
 
 
 
 
Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey pictured with partners from Ulidia Housing Association, NIHE, Women's Aid & local stakeholders at the opening of Ruth House the new accommodation services for women and children affected by domestic abuse. 
 
 
 
Women's Aid speaking at Belfast City Hall tonight on the fantastic achievement of young people from St. Louis grammar school winning £3,000 for our organisation through the YPI project, ‎well done‬!
 
Staff and volunteers who organised a Tea Dance at Larne Old Presbyterian Church Hall and raised £70 for Women's Aid ABCLN! 
 
 
Staff and volunteers taking part in a coffee morning held in Larne in support of the Make It Better appeal
 
Picture from our Larne sponsored walk held on 23rd May to raise funds for children and young people living with Domestic Violence
 
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.   
 
 
 
 
 
 
Showing Support for the 'Lets keep on Supporting People' campaign MLA Pam Cameron, Adeline Frew Chair of Women's Aid ABCLN, Karen Weir PPS, Fran O'Boyle Services Manager Women's Aid ABCLN and MLA Mervyn Storey attending the launch of the short film 'My Story' in Stormont on 20 April.  
 
Also JTI, Ulster Orchestra, Chair of Women's Aid ABCLN and the PPS
 
Staff, Fay Tilson and Aine McFadden along with volunteer Chris at an Awareness Raising stall in Larne Market Yard on 31 March 15.
 
 
Newtownabbey staff Ase McWilliams & Grace McGurk supporting the 'Lets keep on Supporting People' Campaign.
The Carrickfergus group had a visit from Serendipity Gift Co. who assisted the group to make bathbombs and bath fizzers.
 
Women's Aid ABCLN staff pictured with Community Partners
Women's Aid ABCLN supporting the 'Lets keep on Supporting People' campaign
 
Larne Area
 
Carrickfergus Area
 
Schools Fundraising for Women’s Aid ABCLN – Make It Better 
 
We are proud to announce Ballymena Academy has chosen Women’s Aid ABCLN – Make It Better Appeal as their charity of choice 2015/2016 
 
Please see below schools fundraising that has been taking place over ABCLN – big thanks to all those involved. The money raised will be used to support children and young people affected by Domestic violence. 
 
Hollybank P.S Newtownabbey donating £405
 
 
 
Kings Park P.S Newtownabbey donating £800
 
 
St Louis Grammar – winners of YPI competition donating £3,000 
 
Ulidia High School Carrick donating £415
 
Camphill P.S Ballymena - £250
 
Thanks to all the groups, schools and individuals for their generosity in donations received this year. All donations go to the women and children we support within the community and throughout our accommodation services. 
 
Some of the donations delivered to the Naomi Centre over the Christmas period:
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Market Stall, Larne raised an amazing £115.64 for the Make it Better appeal 
 
 
Cllr Gerardine Mulvenna receiving the 'Women of Influence award' for making a difference to Women, Children and Young People living with Domestic Violence
 
 
 
Special thanks to Maria O'Prey, Community Champion for Tesco Newtownabbey for their generous donation of Christmas decorations for our centre and to Norma Neal from Unison who raised £200 at their pamper event in aid of Womens Aid ABCLN
 
The 16 Days of Action display by the Church of the Nazarene, for White Ribbon Sunday
“A big thank you to the wonderful women of the Church of the Nazarene who support Women’s Aid courses held there.  It’s a pleasure to be so well looked after.  We really appreciate all your hard work, thank you once again”.  Brenda Leslie Community Resettlement Carrickfergus.
 
Women's Aid ABCLN receiving their Platinum Award at the Onus 5th Annual Award Ceremony on 12 November 2014
 
 
Some of the donations Women's Aid ABCLN received as part of the local police charitable disposal.
On Wednesday 2 July 14 representatives were invited to a central location by Ballymena PSNI to take their pick from the huge selection of clothes, shoes, handbags, toiletries, household items and fancy goods, most of which were still labelled and in excellent condition.
 

Photographs taken from the Larne Tea Dance held on 16.06.14, raising awareness for elder abuse day. A fantastic total of £108 was raised for Women's Aid ABCLN. Thanks to everyone who supported this event. 

Well done to everyone who took part in the Coffee Morning in Antrim on 21 May raising funds for the Make It Better Appeal! 

Some of the ladies who took part in the Larne street collection to help raise funds for the 'Make it Better' appeal.

Well done to all those who took part in the Larne Sponsored walk on 17.05.14

Mary Lowe (Refuge Manager), Rosemary Magill (Area Manager), Edwin Poots MLA, Adeline Frew (Management Committee) and Pam Cameron MLA.  Photo taken at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

Clips from the Voice of the Victim DVD.  For more information click here.

Women’s Aid opened their new centre in Glengormley in Lesley House, Carnmoney Road.

Photographs taken at the launch of the Voice of a Victim DVD launched by Police Service and Women's Aid

Women's Aid ABCLN volunteer helping out at the Christmas stall on Saturday 7th December at Larne Market Yard.

Ballymena Mayor, Councillor Mrs Audrey Wales MBE, visits refuge on 28th Nov.  She had lunch with staff and women in honour of the 15th anniversary of the refuge and her visit also coincided with the 16 days of action.

The Reconnect group hang ribbons to represent the 16 Days of Action.  Wearing a White Ribbon is a symbol the wearer pledges ‘never to commit, condone or stay silent about violence against women’.

Staff and volunteers from the Carrickfergus office also hang White Ribbons from the tree to represent the 16 Days of Action

To raise awareness of violence against women 6th form pupils from two schools (130 pupils) debated “should a woman stay in an abusive relationship” and took part in the string exercise which shows the many barriers and external agencies a woman has to overcome and meet in order to keep her children and herself safe.

Ulidia Integrated College, Carrickfergus

New Look store raised £108.00 for the Make It Better Appeal

Women's Aid ABCLN volunteer and staff in Asda, Larne on Friday 29th November during the 16 Days of Action

A plaque that a service user had made as a thank you for the support she received from Women’s Aid

Onus 4th Annual Awards Ceremony -  The Workplace Charter on Domestic Violence

Women's Aid ABCLN receiving their Gold Award

Gold Awardees

Bronze, Silver and Gold Awardees

Young people receiving their certificates for peer mentoring and achieving OCN accreditation

Women's Aid Celebrate 1st Birthday of the Make It Better Project

Reconnect enjoying a pampering session 07.10.13

Minister Nelson McCausland visits the refuge on 22nd August 2013

Women's Aid ABCLN group attended the 'Inclusion or Illusion' seminar organised by the Northern Domestic Violence Partnership (NDVP).  Other attendees included representatives from PSNI, NHSCT and other groups who make up the NDVP.

Make it Better Week 2013

Women's Aid ABCLN are proud to have Alexandra Ford also known as Dympna from Give My Head Peace as patron for the Make It Better Appeal

Volunteers Christine Corrigan and Cath Friel taking part in Make it Better week

Make It Better marathon relay team

Women's aid ABCLN staff bearing the rain for their 8 mile sponsored walk in aid of the Make It Better appeal

Big thanks to Kilwaughter Chemical Company for there generous donation of £500 for our Make It Better Appeal!

Pam Brown visits refuge 31.05.13

This drawing was designed by one of the woman in refuge

Designed by student social worker on placement in Refuge

Women's Aid welcome guests to Cornerstone building, Antrim - dedicated centre for children & young people.

 

 

Women's Aid ABCLN staff attending International Women's Day event held by Ballymena Inter-Ethnic Forum & Ballymena Inter-Agency Ethnic Support Group in the Braid Arts Centre.  Baroness Nuala O'Loan DBE and Mayor of Ballymena, Ald. P.J. McAvoy also included in the photograph.

Women's Aid ABCLN Larne Office

Ballymena Mayor visits refuge

Some of the Reconnect group enjoying Christmas activities

 

 

 

 

Attendees of the White Ribbon Supper in Montgomery's, Ballymena for victims of domestic abuse

Claire Higgins (Women's Aid Management Committee) receiving the Gold Charter Award on behalf of Women's Aid ABCLN

Photographs taken at Parliament Buildings Safe Place event on 29 November 2012

 

Louise O'Kane, Child Services Manager with Jonny Shiels & Tony Quinn, Rapid Fire Mixed Martial Arts

 

PSNI supporting the White Ribbon Campaign in Carrickfergus

 

Anna O'Malley (Volunteer) receiving her Diamond Volunteer Award 2012

 

 

 

 

Make it Better Fun Day at Antrim Lough:

 

 

 

 

Some of the Young Voices Group along with Annie Campbell (Director of Women's Aid Federation N.I) and Patricia Lewsley (Children's Commissioner) at the launch of "Our Place, Safe Space" in Stormont on 16.05.12.. 

Young Voices group taking part in the performance of - Family Portrait - 'Voice of the Victim' also included is Elaine Hanna (Education & Prevention Worker, Women's Aid ABCLN)

Rosemary Magill, Area Manager, Women's Aid ABCL&N, recieves an M B E for her services to Women's Aid on 31st May 2012.

  

Safe Haven Garden Party 27.04.12

Fran O'Boyle (Services Manager, Women's Aid ABCL&N) and Tina Graffin (CYGNET Worker, Women's Aid ABCL&N) being presented with a £10,000 cheque from The Enkalon Foundation.  John Wallace and Peter Dalton presenting the cheque on behalf of Enkalon.

In attendance at the Safe Haven Garden Party - Noreen McClelland, Paul Michael (Mayor of Antrim), Pam Brown, A.C.C George Hamilton, Hubert Nicholl (Mayor of Ballymena), Julie Harrison (Big Lottery), C.I. Natalie Wilson, Moira McMurry and Dana Kernoghan

On March 8, the U.S. Consulate General Belfast commemorated International Women’s Day. Leaders from the academic, financial, government, law, and NGO sectors joined Victoria College students for a themed discussion on “Courage in Action: The Vital Role of Women in the Northern Ireland Peace Process,” moderated by Acting Deputy Consul General Penny Wilkinson. Following the discussion, the group “traveled” to Washington via live web streaming to watch U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama host the 6th annual International Women of Courage Awards, honoring 10 remarkable women from around the world.  Included in the picture below are Rosemary Magill (Area Manager) and Lorna Dougherty (Women's Safety Worker) of Women's Aid ABCL&N.

Donna Traynor presenting a cheque for £750 on behalf of St Anne's Cathedral Christmas Sit Out to Moira McMurray, Management Committee Member of Women's Aid ABCL&N

Women's Aid ABCL&N receiving their Gold Workplace Charter renewal from Chief Constable Matt Baggott on 6 December 2011

Health & Justice Minister reaffirm their commitment to tackling domestic violence 21.07.11

Launch of Safe Place 22.02.11