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
March 2018 – Ulster University Law Clinic was launched at Ulster University Magee campus in partnership with UU School of Law, UU Science Shop and Foyle Women’s Aid. The Clinic will offer innovative, dedicated legal advice and support to victims of domestic abuse and their families throughout the Northwest.
The law clinic will be available through the Pathways offices of Foyle Women’s Aid one day a week.
Speakers on the day included UU Vice Chancellor Paddy Nixon, Judge Barney McElholm, who spoke about the development of the new Foyle Family Justice Centre ‘One Safe Place’
Photos courtesy of Claire Mulrone, UU Science Shop
April 2018 – The 18th Annual Alliance for Hope Conference was held in Fort Worth, Texas. This is held in association with the Family Justice Centre Alliance and attended by representives from Family Justice Centres all over America and Europe.
This busy 3 day conference was attended by our Director Marie Brown, our Teenlink Programme Coordinator John O’Hagan and Chairperson of the FWA Management Committee Eileen Webster.
Marie Brown also hosted one of the workshops outlining Foyle Women’s Aid services and also plans to open the first Family Justice Centre in Northern Ireland.
June 2018 – Foyleside Shopping Centre in Derry~Londonderry, held a Summer Fashion Event in association with Dress for Success Foyle and Foyle Women’s Aid.
Various fashion and beauty retailers based in Foyleside also got involved with the event – Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, H&M, Next, Dunnes Stores, Topshop and River Island. There was also make-up demos from Syenna Hair & Beauty.
June 2019 –
A major international conference for everyone working with victims of domestic abuse took place in Derry~Londonderry in June 2019
‘From Hurt To Hope’ convened a unique gathering of local and international professionals working in the field of domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual assault and elder abuse in Ulster University at Magee campus on June 4 & 5.
The conference focused on family justice and best practice in multi-agency team working in key areas, including investigation; documentation; prosecution; advocacy and research.
Hosted by Foyle Family Justice Centre, the conference was a must-attend event for anyone wanting to bring about meaningful change in the way domestic violence-related services are delivered.
The conference showcased the advantages of the internationally acclaimed Family Justice Centre approach and the interagency collaboration which is currently being developed in Derry/Londonderry by Foyle Women’s Aid.
Recognised as a ground-breaking model for multi-disciplinary agency working to combat domestic, sexual and child abuse, there are already more than 130 Family Justice Centres (FJCs), with a further 100 in development
The conference gave delegates the opportunity to hear directly from survivors; unique access to pioneers in victims’ services; challenging and participative workshop sessions; learning cutting edge and best practice approaches.
It was designed for anyone working with victims and survivors of domestic abuse, including victims’ services, health professionals, counsellors, criminal justice and legal professionals, social services and policy makers.