International Women’s Day

Monday 8th March is International Women’s Day and we will be doing an hour long walk in memory of women killed at the hands of their abusers.

This will be starting at 12pm from our HUB in Saltcoats and will be socially distanced. You can join us virtually by posting your own walking photos and tagging us on social media.

“In the UK, one woman or girl is killed every 3 days at the hands of a man” – Femicide Census (2020).

We must not remain quiet about gender based violence.

New HUB in Kilwinning

We want to let you know that we are expanding – with a new HUB opening soon in Kilwinning!

We are however looking for some help from any local businesses/organisations that may be able to contribute towards some items or even lend a hand by offering some time. Any help would be appreciated and further information is detailed below.

Mini Scale DIY SOS / NAWA Phase 2

North Ayrshire Women’s Aid has been operational within North Ayrshire for over 40 years, providing direct support to women and children experiencing domestic abuse. In August 2020, we successfully opened our new Hub in Vernon Street Saltcoats called: ‘Hub on the Corner’ – despite the pressures of our continuing lockdown. Within this building we are able to house all of our previous Public Office and have space to offer many more services to women and families when restrictions ease.

Lockdown presented us with an unprecedented increase in the requirement of our services – of which we adapted in order to respond safely and provide the continuation of service for those in need.Women and families found the increased pressures and restrictions unbearable – leaving them more isolated & vulnerable than ever.

It was always NAWA’s plan to open a second HUB in Kilwinning in order to make our services more readily available for women. Lockdown has shown us that this is now needed more than ever.

The overall purpose is to assist in providing support not only for domestic abuse but also housing, financial support, health awareness, and wellbeing amongst other services, under one roof. We are reaching out to local companies for assistance where possible be it materials or even an hour spared to help out or even just some knowledge to pass on.

We are starting from scratch and on a very tight budget so we are appealing to local businesses who may wish to support us in the furnishing of items such as:

  • Building materials
  • Fittings for bathrooms
  • Plumbing/sanitary items (taps/fittings)
  • Flooring – and/or other materials
  • Electric radiators
  • Paint

We are not asking for major donations, but working on the principle that every little helps. Items do not need to be shop floor new/bespoke but maybe ex showroom or with slight imperfection. (We cannot accept previously used items due to safety issues)

Needless to say, we would be very grateful and would widely publicise any donation received. Interested? Please contact: admin@nawomensaid.co.uk

Thank You Volunteers

In the past year, particularly post-lockdown, our volunteers have been invaluable to the service. Our move to the Hub was successful thanks to our volunteers who quickly took to unpacking and allocating the empty spaces. Individuals took ownership of various parts of the hub and continue to look after their sections/roles.

When it came to decorating the hub, the volunteers stepped up and pulled together a list of items needed and then saw the job through to create the welcoming environment that we now have. We also have our unique painted window coming to life. Women coming to our hub will be invited to paint a section as a symbol of belonging to our NAWA Hub on the corner.

Another key role that the volunteers have supported with and continue to do is front desk duty. Volunteers have been working alongside staff in refuge accommodation by cleaning, painting and turning them around for the next admission. During lockdown the volunteers were dearly missed. They have been bringing ‘the buzz’ to the hub environment over the last few months.

Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions, our volunteers are unable to perform their usual duties. We hope to be able to allow one volunteer at a time into our hub once it is safe to do so in the future.

Things Volunteers Have Done:

  • Covered reception duty
  • Helped pack up old office
  • Unpacked and organised new Hub
  • Done presentations in schools
  • Hung up our pictures
  • Maintained PPE stock
  • Cleaned and prepared houses
  • Participated in recruitments process
  • Painted our window
  • Lots of shopping
  • Painted “touch up” in property
  • Organised clothes hub in refuge
  • Brought humour, enthusiasm and joy

Our Survey

The survey is now closed. A huge thank you to everyone who completed it and shared it on social media. We really appreciate your help and have been so pleased with the amount of responses.

We will have more information to share soon.

Covid-19 Lockdown

We are pleased to share that we have partnered with North Ayrshire Violence Against Women Partnership to bring a new pilot scheme to Specsavers in Irvine, Largs, and Saltcoats.

From 1st January 2021 until 31st March 2021, every woman over the age of 16 will be given contact details for Women’s Aid as well as support from optician staff.

You can learn more about the pilot from our card we have pictured below.

VACANCIES 2021

CURRENT VACANCIES: North Ayrshire Women’s Aid Worker January 2021

Please use the following documents to apply – Thank You