February 2017 – The St Mary’s Centre, Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester, held their annual conference in February 2017 entitled ‘Innovation in the field of sexual assault’.
April 2017 – The Ulster Orchestra gave a special performance in The Playhouse, Derry, as part of a tour they were doing around the various Women’s Aid Organisations in Northern Ireland. This was also followed by a discussion with Marie Brown from Foyle Women’s Aid and Mairia Cahill.
May 2017 – The new Children & Young People’s Centre POD15 was officially opened by the NI Children & Young People’s Commissioner – Koulla Yissouma.
Speakers on the day also included Deputy Mayor of Derry & Strabane Jim McKeever; Kieran Downey, WHSCT; Jan Melia, Women’s Aid Federation NI; Geraldine O’Hare, PBNI; Det. Sup. Ryan Henderson, PSNI; with closing remarks from Marie Brown, Director of Foyle Women’s Aid.
Read the Derry News Article 22nd May 2017
July 2017 – Angela Robb & Brenda McCallion from the Court Service held their Charity Summer Ball in the City Hotel, in memory of Her Honour Judge Corinne Philpott QC, on the 200 year anniversary of Londonderry Courthouse. Money raised was divided between Foyle Women’s Aid and City Friends of Marie Curie.
November 2017 – Representatives of Foyle Women’s Aid attended a prayer vigil in St. Columb’s Cathedral in Derry, held by the Mother’s Union. This annual event is held every year to mark the United Nations 16 Days of Activism campaign to raise awareness of the level of violence against women and girls around the world. They also generously donate toys and clothes to us.
Speakers this year included Helen Cupples, NI Advocate for A21 Campaign, who talked about what they do in combatting human trafficking in Northern Ireland and Rosin Hamill, Childcare Coordinator, Foyle Women’s Aid talking about services provided for the children of women supported by Foyle Women’s Aid. Prayerful reflection will be accompanied by the Irish harpist, Gráinne McGregor. The event was also attended by the Mayor of Derry City & Strabane Maoliosa McHugh.
November 2017 – Kids and staff from the Teenlink programme were invited to the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall in Derry to show him the video they made along with StemAware.
Mayor of Derry City & Strabane Maoliosa McHugh welcomed everyone into his parlour, and provided refreshments. The Teenlinkers took great delight in asking him lots of questions about being Mayor, his chain and robes, all the portraits in the office and also about what he did before he joined the council. He also presented them with their end of programme certificates.
December 2017 – As part of of the United Nations 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, Derry City & Strabane Council agreed to light up the council offices purple from the 1st to 10th December. Foyle Women’s Aid specially requested this to help draw attention to the issue of domestic abuse.
January 2018 – Foyle Women’s Aid officially launched their affiliation of Dress for Success on Thursday 18th January 2018.
Dress for Success Worldwide is an international non-profit organisation with more than 152 affiliates in 28 countries. They promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing work appropriate clothes, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since its inception in 1997, Dress for Success has helped more than 1 million women around the world and has locations in the United States, Australia, Ireland, France, New Zealand, Canada, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Mexico, Portugal, the West Indies, Albania and the United Kingdom.
Speakers on the day were Marie Brown, Director of Foyle Women’s Aid; Kieran McCauley, M&S Crescent Link Store Manager; Deirdre King, Deirdre King HR Ltd; Louise Kirkpatrick, M&S Field Visual Merchandiser.
Photo Credit – Lorcan Doherty Photography
March 2018 – Foyle Women’s Aid held a coffee morning for International Women’s Day in The Sandwich Company in Derry, who generously donated £1 for every cup sold. Quite a few people were around for a cuppa and a chat.
Huge thanks to some volunteers from Seagate who arrived to help put up posters and leaflets and hand round the collection buckets.
A lovely morning was had by all