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.
We are keen to understand people’s perceptions of domestic abuse in our community so we decided to create our own survey. Regardless of whether you are familiar with North Ayrshire Women’s Aid or don’t know much about us, we want to hear from you. It takes less than 2 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous. All responses are much appreciated!
We want to assure everyone that our office is still open and we are here to support women and children experiencing domestic abuse.
Please don’t hesitate to call us on 01294 602424. We are open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm. Out with these times you can reach us via our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/nawomensaid.co.uk/, or call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 027 1234.
To mark the end of the 16 Days of Action, NAWA has created a short film stitching together women’s stories of their experiences during lockdown whilst also experiencing domestic abuse. Please follow the link to watch the video and hear some of the stories from the women we support.
This is our new poster including the covid 19 update stating our office is still open and here to offer support and help when needed. These new posters will be getting distributed throughout the local pharmacies in North Ayrshire.
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