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.