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NWRC Community Courses now offered at Ashleywood House – Start Here Go Anywhere

Avert Training are now offering some introductory courses as part of the North West Regional College's community courses programme - Start Here Go Anywhere, offering learning on your doorstep. Avert Training will be offering 3 courses, starting in September, holding them in their facilities in Ashleywood House, 15 Ardmore Road, Derry~Londonderry.  The courses details are as follows - Introduction to Make-Up - 8 week course, Tuesday evenings 7pm-9pm, cost - £50 Introduction to Meditation - 8 week course, Tuesday evenings 7pm-9pm, cost - £50 Introduction to Aromatherapy - 8 week course, Tuesday evenings 7pm-pm, cost - £50 To find out more about these courses, contact Eleanor McGuckin on - 028 7141 6800 or email eleanor.mcguckin@averttraining.com. Enrolment for these courses will take place on Tuesday 12th September 10am-12pm and 7pm-9pm, in Ashleywood House, 15 Ardmore Road, Derry, BT48 3QP

By |August 16th, 2017|Domestic Violence|Comments Off on NWRC Community Courses now offered at Ashleywood House – Start Here Go Anywhere

Press Release – Foyle Women’s Aid Christmas Appeal 2016

Many local families are facing a tough Christmas without food and heat. Children living in families already dependent on handouts and food banks could well find little or no Christmas presents under the tree this year. Our organisation, which supports women, young people and children affected by domestic abuse, have launched a Christmas appeal to raise funds to provide food and heat to families, as well as toys for children. “The situation for some families is now at crisis point. The pressure on families, who are already struggling to make ends meet, is intolerable, explained Foyle Women’s Aid Director, Marie Brown. “Christmas, which should be a magical time especially for children, is turning into a nightmare for some families,”she said. A recent survey by our organisation, found that more than half the women who responded stated that fuel and food were the main needs this year. A total of 45 percent said that they were also struggling to buy toys for their children. “Women have been telling us that they are worried about running out of groceries and items like nappies and baby formula in the days after Christmas, “said Marie Brown. “In many cases they have tried to sort out Christmas for their children first but they just don’t have enough money for everything. The reality is that there will be cold houses and empty cupboards for some this year.” Women and children who have experienced domestic abuse often have nowhere else to turn for help, she explained. Foyle Women’s Aid accommodated almost 70 families last year, made homeless due to domestic violence. The organisation had over 550 referrals last year from women seeking help in relation to domestic abuse.  This year over 20 [...]

By |December 12th, 2016|Children and Young People, Domestic Violence|Comments Off on Press Release – Foyle Women’s Aid Christmas Appeal 2016

Foyle Women’s Aid Creche Facilities

Located @ Ashley wood House, 15 Ardmore Road Foyle Women's Aid runs creche facilities for the children of women in our service. The creche facilities are available for those women who attend our training courses such as Journey to Freedom and the Tenancy Programme.  We also provide creche facilities for those who are having court support, this has to be arranged in advance. Activities for the children include, outings to the park, messy art, Sing and Rhyme at the Waterside Library on a Friday and lots of fun play. All activities cover the following learning areas: - Communication & Language, Physical development, Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world around us and Expressive Art & Design. For any further information contact Isobel or Yvonne on 028 71416800 / 07526203565 We look forward to seeing you.

By |October 10th, 2016|Domestic Violence|Comments Off on Foyle Women’s Aid Creche Facilities

40th Anniversary Gala Ball @ Guildhall Derry~Londonderry, 30th September 2016

As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, we are holding a fabulous Gala Ball in the Guildhall on 30th September 2016. This ball is to raise funds for our new Children & Young Person's Unit.  This glamorous evening will start with a champagne reception on arrival, followed by a scrumptious 3 course dinner provided by The City Hotel, Derry. After dinner, to entertain all the guests (including some VIPs...) we have the amazing Dave Martin & the Casino Cats to get everyone down on the dance floor until the wee small hours. There will also be a raffle on the night, prizes for which have been generously donated by local businesses, organisations and individuals. Tickets for this fabulous event are now on sale and will cost £60 per person and can be bought individually or can be bought as tables of 10. These can be purchased from either the City Hotel reception, our Pathways office at 24 Pump Street, or online via paypal on our website, just click on the orange tab on our home page. For further information, please contact Louisa on 028 71416800. We hope to see as many of you there as the Guildhall can hold, all dressed up and ready for a fantastic night of food, music and craic...

By |August 17th, 2016|Domestic Violence|Comments Off on 40th Anniversary Gala Ball @ Guildhall Derry~Londonderry, 30th September 2016

Press Release July 2016 Minister for Justice Claire Sugden MLA visits Ashleywood House and shown plans for One Safe Place

Pictured from left  - Minister for Justice Claire Sugden MLA, Marie Brown, Director Foyle Women’s Aid, Jan Melia, Chief Executive Women’s Aid Federation NI, Siobhan Porter, Apex The Minister for Justice, Claire Sugden, MLA visited to Foyle Women’s Aid premises in Derry this week to learn about plans for a unique new service for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Foyle Women’s Aid director, Marie Brown outlined the plans for the One Safe Place project, the first Family Justice Centre to be opened in Northern Ireland. The domestic violence agency has secured over £4m in funding to convert the Old Convent Building in Pump Street into a Family Justice Centre, an innovative response to victims of domestic and sexual abuse. The project has just received permission to move to the development stage of the Heritage Lottery Fund process, which will further secure the future of the historic convent building in Pump Street which is currently at risk of dereliction. Submissions have been sent by Foyle Women’s Aid to the Departments of Justice, Health and the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister for the final financial support needed to bring the project to fruition. "This is a very exciting and innovative project which will change the way victims of domestic and sexual abuse are supported. This will be the first of its kind in Ireland and will lead the way in  future working with victims of abuse,” said Foyle Women’s Aid director, Marie Brown. The Minister for Justice was shown detailed plans for the project which will see over 20 agencies co-located in the former convent building in Pump Street providing a full wraparound service for victims of domestic and sexual violence. “One Safe Place [...]

By |July 8th, 2016|Domestic Violence|Comments Off on Press Release July 2016 Minister for Justice Claire Sugden MLA visits Ashleywood House and shown plans for One Safe Place

40th Anniversary Charity Duck Race

On your marks, get set, quack quack quack!!! On Sunday 15th May at 3pm on the river Faughn beside the YMCA at Drumahoe, we will be releasing a lot of little yellow ducks to race down the river. Our spectacular first prize for the winning duck will be 2 tickets for 'The Last Tango' by Flavia & Vincent at the Bord Gais Theatre in Dublin, donated by Flavia & Vincent, with accommodation that night for 2 people in a Dublin hotel, sponsored by Airporter. There will also be other prizes on the day, so come over and join us and we can guarantee a fun filled afternoon. Our lovely little yellow ducks are £2.00 each and can be bought from our Pathways Office in Pump Street or from members of our staff.  All proceeds from this event go towards funding our services that we offer to women and children experiencing domestic abuse. For further information on our day contact Bridie on 028 7141 6800 or 07730218686 or email bridie.crowley@foylewomensaid.org This is a public event and as it is beside a river, we ask that all children attending the duck race be accompanied by a responsible adult. Thank You.

By |April 19th, 2016|Domestic Violence|Comments Off on 40th Anniversary Charity Duck Race

PRESS RELEASE – Forty Years of Fashion!

        Getting ready for Foyle Women’s Aid 40th anniversary Fashion Show from left: Compere Laura Doherty, model Steph Brownrigg and Syenna Hair and Beauty manager, Selena Doherty.   Take a trip down memory lane with Foyle Women’s Aid Fashion Show on Friday April 15th at the Waterfoot Hotel. The domestic abuse charity, which is forty years in existence this year, is celebrating with a Fashion Show featuring vintage style from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s supplied by Bedlam and the newest Spring lines from Pippa Boutique, One Luxury and Yellow Moon. The changing hair and make-up styles down through the decades will be expertly recreated by Team Syenna, who have volunteered their services for the evening. Compered by Laura Doherty and with a guest appearance from the current Miss Universe Ireland Joanna Cooper, the evening kicks off with a Champagne reception at 7.30am.  Foyle Women’s Aid Director Marie Brown said: “It is going to be a fun night out will all the proceeds going to our new Children and Young Persons unit.” “It is hard to believe that we have been going for 40 years – the changing fashions really bring home how long we have been supporting victims of abuse,” she said. Tickets are £10 and are available from Syenna Hair and Beauty, Pump Street; Pippa Boutique, Waterloo Street; One Luxury, Carlisle Road; Bedlam, Bishop Street; Yellow Moon, Shipquay Street; and Pathways, 24 Pump Street or by phoning Foyle Women’s Aid at 028 7141 6800.  

By |April 5th, 2016|Domestic Violence|Comments Off on PRESS RELEASE – Forty Years of Fashion!

40 Years of Fashion @ The Waterfoot Hotel 15th April 2016

Tickets for our fabulous Fashion Show taking place in the Waterfoot Hotel on 15th April 2016 are now on sale. They are available for £10.00 each and can be purchased at the following venues: Bedlam, Bishop Street, Derry~Londonderry Syenna Hair & Beauty, Pump Street, Derry~Londonderry Pippa Boutique, Waterloo Street, Derry~Londonderry One Luxury, Carlisle Road, Derry~Londonderry, Main Street,Limavady, Devlin's Complex, Bridge-End Pathways Office, Pump Street, Derry~Londonderry On the night the event will be compered by Laura Doherty and we can guarantee a night of fun and fashion!! See you all there.... :)

By |March 11th, 2016|Domestic Violence|Comments Off on 40 Years of Fashion @ The Waterfoot Hotel 15th April 2016

Voices Forum 7th March 2015

Last year Foyle Women's Aid set up a Voices Forum, to gather the views and opinions of women who have experienced domestic abuse, past and present and are using this information to campaign for better services for everyone.  These meetings have been taking place once a month since June 2015, and have been very successful and informative.  These meetings are informal and are an opportunity for people to give their views and hear the views of others. Our next meeting will be on Monday 7th March at 10am in Ashleywood House, 15 Ardmore Road.  During this meeting, as well as other topics, we would like to continue our discussion on devising a court information leaflet. If you would like to attend or get further information please contact Bridie Crowley on 07730218686 or email bridie.crowley@foylewomensaid.org Please let us know if you are attending, or if you need help with either transport or childcare on the day.  Refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

By |March 2nd, 2016|Domestic Violence|Comments Off on Voices Forum 7th March 2015


Would you like to know more about what it is that we do here at Foyle Women's Aid? We are planning to have a presentation of the services of Foyle Women's Aid on the last Thursday of every month at our residential accommodation at 3.30pm. The presentation will last approximately 1 hour. If you are a student interested in attending, please contact Bridie Crowley or Margaret Patterson on 71416800/07730218686, for more details on these information sessions and to sign up. Alternatively you can email bridie.crowley@foylewomensaid.org We look forward to meeting you.

By |March 1st, 2016|Domestic Violence|Comments Off on ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS
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