Official Opening Of Antrim Office

Date: 
6 October, 2010

Women’s Aid Official Opening of Antrim Office

 

Women’s Aid in Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey today officially opened their new building ‘Grace House’ at 17 Fountain Street, Antrim.  Funding provided by

Antrim Borough Council has allowed the organisation to complete phase two of the building.

Speaker of the Assembly, William Hay and Mayor of Antrim, Pam Lewis unveiled plaques to commemorate the opening.  William Hay also unveiled ‘The Journey’ a mosaic designed and donated to Women’s Aid by Carrickfergus Women’s Forum, based on the ‘Journey to Freedom’ courses run for women who are or have been victims of domestic violence. 

Chief Inspector Simon Walls, area commander for the district, spoke of the close co-operation that exists between Women’s Aid and PSNI locally, allowing both agencies to continually improve services for victims in the town.  The new building can now facilitate the Rendezvous Project, a ‘one-stop-shop service’ which will bring together a number of agencies to provide support to victims in the one place, location easing the burden for victims seeking to address the violence in their homes. This facility was funded by PSNI.

Rev Jack Moore dedicated the building and Colette Stewart outlined how the social economy business, Onus, supported the services of Women’s Aid by profit shedding to sustain the services. 

Rosemary Magill, Area Manager for Women’s Aid, thanked all those who made the building a reality.

I would like to acknowledge the support of Antrim Borough Council and PSNI in D District for contributing towards the funding for the building.  Several years ago we were meeting victims of domestic violence in car parks because we had nowhere in the town.  We are well aware that domestic violence can have tragic consequences, and we want people to know that Grace House is here, to support women and children to live their lives free from domestic abuse’.

 

ENDS

NOTES FOR EDITORS:  

1. Women’s Aid (Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey (ABCL&N) is an organisation which provides support, information, advice and where necessary accommodation, for women who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence.

2. The 24-Hour Free-phone Domestic Violence Helpline 0800 917 1414 is available to all victims of domestic violence.  

3. For further details, please ring Lindsay Whitcroft on (028) 2563 2136 or 07599 311 355.