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

15 October, 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