AGM – Cancellation

Due to unforeseen circumstances the NAWA AGM arranged for 14 September 2016 has been postponed and a further meeting date will be arranged and details circulated in the near future.

NAWA apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

Press Release – Funding Cuts

Cuts to funding for North Ayrshire Women’s Aid

North Ayrshire Women’s Aid is concerned that North Ayrshire Council has opted to cut funding for essential specialist services in the area. The tender that is currently available represents a 22 per cent cut to the existing refuge, counselling support and outreach service fund and does not address the existing children’s service and addiction support work, nor does it communicate the rationale for removing the funding for these services.

There is a need for the variety of services that the organisation offers beyond refuge accommodation, such as advice on financial and housing issues, advocacy and legal support, and outreach and follow-on support.

The changes in funding could pose a real threat to specialist support services in the local community, at a time when the need for such services is growing. This could prevent North Ayrshire Women’s Aid from achieving its ambitions and could result in more women and children being harmed by domestic abuse.

The focus for the organisation is now on responding to the tender process within the tight timescales, with the aim of securing the funding on offer, and preparing its staff for a potential redundancy situation.

Anne Paton, Chief Executive Office at North Ayrshire Women’s Aid, said: “The funding cuts will almost certainly affect the sustainability of our service. Refuge is much more than a bed for the night – our services ensure that women and their children have a place of safety and support through their journey from crisis to recovery”.

Updates and Thanks

Staff from New Look Irvine; Fiona, Amanda, Colette & Lauren presented North Ayrshire Women’s Aid (Anne) with a cheque for £600 which they raised from a sponsored walk completed by New Look Irvine Staff

Staff from New Look Irvine; Fiona, Amanda, Colette & Lauren presented North Ayrshire Women’s Aid (Louise) with a cheque for £600 which they raised from a sponsored walk completed by New Look Irvine Staff

Karen Allan from Strathclyde Lupus Group was presented with a cheque from NAWA (Louise) for £170.50 raised by NAWA staff in memory of colleague Janet Fry

NEW PROJECTS

STAY WARM

In the autumn of 2010, with funding from the Energy People Trust, we employed a Project Worker who provides energy efficiency advice and support to families in refuge and when moving on to a new home. The support includes, when appropriate, fuel poverty crisis payments on entering refuge, in mid-winter and when moving on to a new home.

PREVENTION PROJECT

The Robertson Trust and North Ayrshire Council are funding a Violence against Women Prevention project in two local schools which will run from April 2011 – March 2014. During the first year of the project, 315 S1 pupils participated in the project including workshops over 2 weeks and an Arts project in which masks were made and exhibited in local libraries, public halls and the Harbour Arts Centre during the UN 16 Days of Activisism.

YOUNG WOMEN’S GROUP/YOUNG VOICES

A structured group work programmne for Young Women will soon commence thanks to funding from Comic Relief. A Young Voices group will be developed later in the year which will focus on self-expression and influencing change.

THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS! (EXTRACT FROM OUR 2011-12 ANNUAL REPORT)

North Ayrshire Women’s Aid would like to say a big thank you to all of their partners and supporters without whom women, children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse would not have had access to the quality specialist service and support which we offer.

 Thanks to our partner agencies including:

North Ayrshire Council

Cunninghame Housing Association

Scottish Power Energy People Trust

Say Women

Break the Silence

NHS Ayrshire and Arran

Strathclyde Police

Scottish Women’s Aid

Frank Buttle Trust

Children in Need

Cash for Kids

Glasspool Charity Trust

Scottish Southern Energy

A special thanks to the many generous individuals, organisations and groups in the community who support our work with cash donations and gifts of Christmas presents, selection boxes, Easter eggs, starter toiletry packs, grocery packs, children’s toys, clothes and household goods. As a small organisation we really do make a difference to people’s lives with the generous giving from interested individuals, bodies and businesses.To protect our women we cannot tell you who receives what, but we can tell you that it goes a long way and is hugely appreciated.

Those supporters include:

Moorpark Golf Club

Marathon Oil

DSM

Energy Solutions

St Vincent de Paul

Beith Parish Church

St Mary’s Church, Irvine

Trinity Church, Saltcoats

Kilbirnie Old Kirk

High Kirk, Stevenston

Keegan and Pennykid

Classique Blinds

Taylor and Henderson

Linus Project