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The Twenty-Tens

Garden Fete and official opening of the Log Cabin at Ashleywood House

August – Garden Fete and official opening of the Log Cabin at Ashleywood House. This was funded by the Cash For Kids NI in association with Downtown Radio who broadcast from the event. There were various stalls, and also games, face-painting and bouncy castle for the children

2016

Foyle Women’s Aid 40th Anniversary Seminar

September 2016 – Foyle Women’s Aid held a 40th Anniversary Seminar in the Guildhall in Derry~Londonderry. This Seminar was compered by Anita Robinson from Radio Foyle and introduced by the Mayor of Derry Hilary McClintock.  Speakers at the event included the Justice Minister Claire Sugden, the Rt. Hon. Baroness Angela Smith of Basildon, one of the original founders Avila Kilmurray, Kieran Downey from WHSCT, Anne Sweeney from NIHE, Chief Inspector Alan Hutton from PSNI, Monica McWilliams, Cheryl Lamont from PBNI, Judge Barney McElholm, Bert Groen from the European Family Justice Centre Alliance and closing remarks from FWA Director Marie Brown.  Attendees were also treated to Paul Casey performing his song ‘Hear My Voice’ which he specially wrote for Foyle Women’s Aid.

2016
2016

Visitors from Antwerp Family Justice Centre

10th November 2016 – FWA hosted a group of visitors from the Family Justice Centre in Antwerp, Belgium.  They were brought to us by Pascale Franck, who is one of our partners in the Family Justice Centres Alliance Europe.  We took the opportunity to show them our plans for the new Family Justice Centre.  As well as getting a tour around our offices and accommodation both in Pump Street and Ashleywood House, they also had a tour round Derry City Walls and met the Mayor of Derry City & Strabane, Hilary McClintock who hosted them for tea in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Guildhall in Derry.

2016

Mother’s Union Vigil at St Columb’s Catherdral

As part of the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, the Mother’s Union held a prayer vigil in St Columb’s Cathedral in Derry.  Attended by Marie and one of our staff members, they received a generous donation of toys, goods and clothes for the women and children in our accommodation

2016

Foyle Women’s Aid Does Strictly Come Dancing!!

3rd December 2016 – Staff and friends of Foyle Women’s Aid took part in a fabulous event in St. Columb’s Hall in Derry, to raise money towards the new Children & Young People’s Unit. After three months of intense training, the dancers pulled off a spectacular night of entertainment and raised some much needed funds.

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2016

POD15 Children & Young People’s Centre Handed Over

December 2016 – The new Children & Young People’s Centre, POD15 was finally completed and the keys were officially handed over to our Children & Young People’s Coordinator Rosin Hamill, by the contractors Lowry Bros, who were also the company who in 2012/2013 renovated and refurbished Ashleywood House & Mews.

2016

PSNI Demonstrate Body Worn Cameras

Some PSNI Officers visited Ashleywood House to talk to Foyle Women’s Aid staff about the recently introduced body worn cameras, and how they will be of great use when they are called out to deal with domestic abuse incidents.

2017

POD15 Official Opening

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.

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