Family First Project

5 November, 2015


05 November 2015

For immediate release

A project working with families affected by domestic violence across the Northern Health and Social Care Board area is sharing in funding worth almost £700,000 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Supporting Families programme.

Women’s Aid ABCLN (Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey) received £700,000 for the five-year ‘Family First’ project. It offers early help to families living in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust area who are affected by domestic violence. It is one of 9 projects awarded funding totalling £6.2million on 5 November.

The group is working with social workers from the Family Intervention Team and Family Support Hubs from the NHSCT on ‘Family First’ to support families overcome the difficulties created by their experience of domestic violence through a range of personal support programmes.

‘Family First’ is primarily aimed at women who have recently left abusive relationships, and families can access help from the project through referral from the NHSCT. The team work with a family to develop a tailored safety and support plan, which includes practical and emotional help. The project will also link families up with local community services and activities, helping them to feel less isolated.

Rosemary Magill, chief executive of Women’s Aid ABCLN, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding, which will allow us to provide much needed multi-agency help and support to vulnerable families at a threatening and confusing times in their lives. The project will provide emotional, practical, physical and financial support from a variety of agencies working collaboratively to empower families and minimise the harrowing impacts of the abuse and violence they have experienced. This support will allow these families to make healthy decisions about their futures. On behalf of all those families who will benefit, I would like to thank the Big Lottery Fund for this support.”

The project will also include training and awareness-raising sessions for social workers, Family Support Hubs and other community organisations.