Connor Diocesan Mother’s Union’s recent Autumn Council meeting in St Patrick’s Parish Church, Ballymena, was attended by representatives from Women’s Aid ABCLN who gave a talk about their work.
Women’s Aid ABCLN covers the Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey area.
On its website, Connor MU writes: “As supporters of the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence campaign, it is vitally important that our members hear first-hand about the work of Women’s Aid within our communities.
“During the Covid-19 pandemic, the instances of domestic abuse have risen sharply. Many branches within our diocese already help their local Women’s Aid refuge with donations of toilet bags, bedding and clothes.
“When it became evident that due to the pandemic the diocese could not operate their AFIA (Away From It All) project the Diocesan Trustees and Executive committee decided to reimagine AFIA and the outcome was to support Women’s Aid ABCLN with fuel vouchers.”
The reports states that Connor diocesan MU has provided two generous donations of fuel vouchers for local families at this critical time.
“Sadly, with rising fuel costs and the colder weather, many families are going to find it difficult to heat their homes this winter. It is hoped that our practical support to Women’s Aid ABCLN will help ease that burden for some of them,” the report concludes.