Women's Aid celebrate Queen's Award for voluntary service

23 January, 2013


23 January 2013

For immediate release

Women’s Aid Celebrate Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Women’s Aid staff and volunteers gathered at Mossley Mill on 15th January to celebrate their success in being awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.

Lord Lieutenant Joan Christie presented the Award on behalf of the Queen.

George Gillespie from Volunteer Now congratulated Women’s Aid on receiving the prestigious award, while Mayor of Ballymena, PJ McAvoy highlighted some of the work being done locally by the charity. Deputy Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Fraser Agnew praised the hard work and dedication of volunteers, who support Women’s Aid in the delivery of vital services.  

Both Councils helped to fund a trip to Buckingham Palace for the Volunteers in June 2012 after hearing of the award.

Mayor of Larne, Gerardine Mulvenna spoke of her passion for Women’s aid and the services staff and Volunteers provide.

Laura Dillon, Volunteer Co-ordinator with Women’s Aid ABCLN, also paid tribute to the volunteers:

‘I personally would like to thank all the Volunteers for your kindness, compassion and continued support.  The work you do is commendable and your support is unwavering. Quite simply, without the work of the Volunteers, our organisation could not survive”

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

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

Laura Dillon laura.dillon@womensaidabcln.org

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

Women’s Aid ABCLN
Naomi Centre
2 Cullybackey Road
Ballymena BT43 5DF    T 028 2563 2136

Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey is a charity recognised by the HM Revenue and Customs No. XR 13095 Company limited by guarantee No. NI 054434