Women’s Aid White Ribbon Event and official opening of Glengormley premises

6 December, 2013

Women’s Aid White Ribbon Event and official opening of Glengormley premises

Women’s Aid ABCLN recently held an opening event at their new premises in Glengormley.

The event was held at 5A Lesley House, 1-9 Carmoney Road, Glengormley, and was attended by local councillors, PSNI representatives and partner agencies.  The event coincided with the annual White Ribbon Campaign.

Pictured at the official opening were Sergeant Emma Coulter, Pam Lewis MLA, Ase McWilliams, Councillor Noreen McClelland and Grace McGurk.

Women’s Aid was delighted to invite local councillor Noreen McClelland to speak at the event, who welcomed Women’s Aid to Glengormley.  Grace McGurk, Community Resettlement Worker for the Newtownabbey area, also spoke at the event, highlighting the increase of domestic violence and abuse related incidents in Northern Ireland in the past year. Women’s Aid in Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey provided support to over 1000 women, and they hoped that these new premises will provide additional services for those accessing support in Newtownabbey area.

Ase McWilliams, Floating Support Worker, said “we are delighted that the opening of these new premises coincides with the annual White Ribbon Campaign.  She added:  “This campaign runs for 16 days between 25th November, International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women to 10th December, International Human Rights Day.  This global campaign originated in 1991 in Canada by men in opposition to other men’s violence against women and asks others to commit to ‘never to commit, condone or stay silent about violence against women’”. 

Women’s Aid is the lead agency offering support and refuge services to women and children who have or are currently experiencing domestic violence and abuse.  The services offered include Safety Planning by addressing individual safety and security needs, support through the legal process including Court Support, general Housing Advice, Money Management including entitlements, Information and Signposting to a variety of other agencies, as well as Advocacy on behalf of women were necessary. 
Programmes run on a regular basis in the local area for women, children and young people with the aim to educate and rebuild self-confidence.

Support can be accessed locally by calling 07851966517 or 07821402024, the 24hr Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414 (Open to all women and men affected by domestic and sexual violence) or read about our services by visiting www.womens-aid.org.uk