Celebration of the second year of the “Make It Better’ project: - funded by the Big Lottery

29 October, 2014


29 October 2014
For immediate release
Celebration of the second year of the “Make It Better’ project: - funded by the Big Lottery
Women’s Aid ABCLN recently celebrated the second year of its children and young people project, “Make It Better.” 
For the past two years the “Make It Better” project has supported local mothers, children and young people who have suffered domestic violence. The project addresses the negative impacts that domestic violence has on children and young people’s development and learning and supports them to stay in education.
Through the ‘Make it Better’ project, 67 children and young people and 29 mums have accessed homework and summer support club in its second year.  The Homework support clubs provide a safe and supportive environment for children and young people to do their homework.  Workers also work with mothers to support their children. 
Louise O’Kane, Young Person Services Manager said “The Homework Support Club is an excellent service and offers support in a unique and beneficial way to all children, young people and mothers accessing the service. During the second year of the ‘Make it Better’ project the Homework Support Clubs have been made available in Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey”.
A mother who takes part in a Homework Support Club along with her three children says “The workers here have been a fantastic help for both me and my children and they count down the days until they are here again, thank you.”  Another mother says “I feel the Homework Club is brilliant, the kids come in and do homework right away. It takes a lot of stress from me as they won’t do their homework at home. The girls are lovely and helpful”
The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund – Reaching Out Programme.
Women’s Aid ABCLN is 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
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For further information contact Laura Dillon, Women’s Aid ABCLN or email: 
Laura Dillon laura.dillon@womensaidabcln.org
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
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Women’s Aid ABCLN
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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