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The Twenty-Tens

FWA take part in an event run by the Western Trust

November  – FWA take part in an event run by the Western Trust in conjunction with Staff-side to raise awareness of its ‘Domestic Violence Policy’.  This was in recognition of the United Nation’s  ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’

Derry Branch of The Mother’s Union hold a vigil

November – Derry Branch of The Mother’s Union hold a vigil at St. Columbs Cathedral in Derry for those affected by domestic abuse. 1 of 15 across the 12 dioceses of the Church of Ireland.  Marie Brown spoke at the vigil and told the story of one of the victims helped by Women’s Aid

FWA introduce new craft classes

December – FWA staff members Sharon and Julie introduce new craft classes in the run up to Christmas for the women and children in accommodation

2016

Foyle Women’s Aid 40th Anniversary!

40th Anniversary of Foyle Women’s Aid.

Building Start For New Childcare Unit, ‘POD15’

Building starts on new childcare unit, POD15.

FWA attended the Connecting the Dots Conference

March – Representatives from FWA attended the Connecting the Dots Conference in the Millenium Forum in Derry, also attending were representatives from the Women’s Advocacy Service, Zakkon, Dove House, Men’s Action Network and the Mayor Elisha McCallion

Minister for Justice David Ford visited Ashleywood House

March – Minister for Justice David Ford visited Ashleywood House to discuss domestic abuse and court. Also in attendance were  – Michelle Porter, Victim Support NI; Geraldine Hanna, Chief Executive, Victim Support NI; Catherine Burns, Head of Operations Branch, Lord Chief Justice Office; Declan Morgan, Lord Chief Justice; Marie Brown, Director Foyle Women’s Aid; Paul Doran, Deputy Director, Probation Board NI; Chief Inspector Allan Hutton, PSNI.

Song recorded by Paul Casey and FWA

March – A few staff members form a small choir to join Paul Casey and singer Eilidh Patterson to record a song ‘Hear My Voice’ which Paul wrote specially for Foyle Women’s Aid

Launch of Karuna Therapies – Holistic Therapy Service

April – Launch of holistic therapy service at Ashleywood House, Karuna Therapies, officially opened by Dr Leah Totton, our Patron, also in attendance were Enterprise NW who assisted in the setting up of the social enterprise business.

40 Years of Fashion Show

April – FWA held a 40 Years of Fashion Show in the Waterfoot Hotel in Derry. Featuring clothes from local boutiques Yellow Moon, Pippa Boutique, One Luxury and vintage store Bedlam.