Dundalk Womens Aid

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by Dundalk Credit Union , 24th June 2019


Women's Aid Dundalk

Dundalk Womens Aid

An in-depth look at the inspiration, motivation and driving forces behind some of the organisations supported by Dundalk Credit Union’s Community Support Fund in 2019.

Women’s Aid Dundalk is an organisation which supports women and children who are/have experienced domestic violence. Refuge accommodation and support is available to women and their children on a round the clock basis, offering a listening ear, non-judgemental advice and assistance where and when it is needed and wanted.

Ann Larkin, Women’s Aid Dundalk said “Women’s Aid Dundalk seeks to work towards the elimination of violence against women and their children in their own homes. Such violence occurs due to women’s unequal position in society, and is a violation of women’s human rights”

The staff run awareness and support groups within our community, programmes include “This is Me” and “The Power to Change”. Their secondary school awareness workshop “Expect Respect”, is successfully helping young people to think about the relationships in their lives, the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship and if necessary, the help that is available to them while “Safe Hands” is a programme for primary schools.

Additional services include, 24 Hour Helpline, 1-2-1 Support Sessions, Outreach Clinics, Supported Housing, Advocacy & Accompaniment, Drop in Court Clinic, Awareness Raising and Training.

“The Playroom Project” is a full time community crèche and also provides Child Support, Play Therapy, Life Story Work and 1-2-1 Direct Work with young people.

“No. 11 Accessible”, is Women’s Aid Dundalk’s Charity Shop, which sells pre-owned (& loved) women’s, and children’s clothes, toys and equipment. While an important social enterprise element to the organisation, the charity shop also provides information on the domestic violence support services available to women and children in the community.

The not for profit organisation relies heavily on its wider community to support its much-needed work and supports.

Bernadette Farrell, Vice-Chairperson, Dundalk Credit Union added “When we were reviewing our Community Support recipients for this year, we knew instantly that Women’s Aid Dundalk were champions of our community in Dundalk. They work tirelessly and without judgment to support those in crisis. We wish the staff and service users every good wish for the future.”

Contact Women’s Aid Dundalk

For more information on Women’s Aid Dundalk visit www.womensaiddundalk.net or contact the 24-hour helpline on 042-9333244 or on their Facebook page.

Bernadette Farrell, Vice-Chairperson, Dundalk Credit Union