Cornerstone Building Opens in Antrim

Date: 
23 April, 2013

PRESS RELEASE
Cornerstone Building Opens in Antrim

WOMEN’S AID WELCOME GUESTS TO CORNERSTONE BUILDING, ANTRIM -
DEDICATED CENTRE FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE

Women’s Aid in Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey were today (23 April) delighted to welcome guests to the completed Cornerstone building which is a facility dedicated to providing services and support to children and young people who have been impacted upon by domestic violence.
 

The organisation secured £120,000 from a number of funders and grant givers to build this Centre on waste ground adjacent to the Safe Haven Garden to the rear of Grace House in Antrim.
The funders include Ulster Garden Villages Limited, Garfield Weston Foundation, Northern Health & Social Care Trust, Police Service of Northern Ireland,  Enkalon Foundation, St James Place Foundation and Premier Power, Ballylumford.
 

In opening the Cornerstone Building David Ford said:
“I am keenly aware that children and young people are often the hidden victims of these heinous crimes. The potential adverse effects on children and young people living with domestic violence or abuse can include poor educational achievement. The Cornerstone Building provides a location where these issues can be addressed in a supportive environment. I am sure that in providing these vital services in a custom built centre Women’s Aid will assist in improving the opportunities available to children and young people.”


 

Rosemary Magill MBE, Area Manager of Women’s Aid ABCLN thanked funders and supporters who helped make the Cornerstone building a reality.
“It took a great deal of vision when Women’s Aid first acquired the premises in Antrim to realise what potential lay within this site. We were able to build this specialised centre to provide services to children and young people who needed our help and support – 4,711 in the last year across our area.
 

Also present at the event was Pam Brown MLA, who officially opened Grace House while Mayor of Antrim in 2010, and who received a Special Recognition Award in June 2011 for her enduring support for the work of the organisation.


 

The Cornerstone building is located at 17, Fountain Street, Antrim. Anyone experiencing domestic violence can access support by calling the 24hr Domestic Violence Helpline on 0800 917 1414.

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