Support the Children's Cornerstone Campaign

9 March, 2012





Women’s Aid is embarking on a significant fundraising campaign to fulfil their vision for children and young people affected by violence in their homes.  They are hoping to encourage the community to support their fundraising campaign to build the Cornerstone Centre.


Women’s Aid were awarded funding in 2010 to transform a garden to the rear of the property into a Safe Haven for children and young people through the Big Lottery Fund’s People’s Millions.  It is now hoped that the organisation will secure further financial support to convert the derelict barn between the garden and Grace House, creating a purpose built indoor and outdoor facility specifically designed to meet the complex needs of these vulnerable children and young people. 


Rosemary Magill, Area Manager for Women’s Aid outlined the vision for the Cornerstone Centre:


‘The centre will become the Cornerstone for these young people to build upon their experiences and have futures which are free from violence, abuse and threat. Children are often referred to as the ‘hidden victims’ of domestic abuse.  Whether abuse is indirect – 90% of children are in the same or next room when abuse occurs – or direct, the impact of domestic abuse on children cannot be underestimated.  These children and young people need our support.  The Cornerstone will provide specialised services for children and young people, carried out by experienced workers.  The people of Antrim have already demonstrated their support for children and young people through voting for us to get our ‘Safe Haven’ and we hope that support will continue to enable our Cornerstone project to become a reality’.


How you can support the Children’s Cornerstone campaign;


Donations can be made via Women’s Aid website, or by calling into our offices at Grace House, 17 Fountain Street, Antrim or

The Naomi Centre, Ballymena.

By post to Karen McConkey, The Naomi Centre, 2 Cullybackey Road,  Ballymena BT43 5DF


Or, if you have any ideas about raising money for the campaign, Women’s Aid would love to hear from you!


- ENDS -



For further information contact Karen McConkey or Cora McLernon on 028 2563 2136  or email:


Notes to Editor


Anyone experiencing domestic violence can access support by calling the 24hr Domestic Violence Helpline on 0800 917 1414. 


Women’s Aid is dedicated to providing refuge, support, information and training to women and children who are suffering abuse within the home, in the Ballymena, Antrim, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey areas. 


Onus is a social economy business which profit sheds to support the services provided by Women’s Aid ABCLN.  For more information on Onus, please visit:


For more information about our work visit:


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