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Wednesday, 5th August 2020

Public support needed for families fleeing domestic abuse

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The Drogheda Women and Children’s Refuge team with CRiTiCALL volunteer Ann McVeigh (left), receiving some of the donations from the last collection held on 11th July.

Life under the Covid-19 restrictions has resulted in a surge in domestic violence and other forms of abuse leaving local organisations struggling to cope with the aftermath.

Leaving a violent relationship is always the correct decision, especially when there are children involved, but it is never easy to walk away with your kids and nothing else, often not even access to your bank account, is a tough and very brave thing to do.

Thankfully though there are organisations locally that can help you get your life back on track.

CRiTiCALL Louth is a partnership between the Volunteer Centre, Safe Ireland (Drogheda Women’s and Children’s Refuge) and Scouting Ireland Louth Launched at the beginning of July. 

Their common aim is to support women and children in the area by facilitating the donation of essential items to those that need them most.

They had a donation drive last month which was enormously successful thanks to the generosity of the people of Drogheda. But the situation is so serious that they have organised another collection for this coming Saturday, 8th August.

This time around they are trying to help seven local families, including over 20 children, to restart their lives from scratch and to find their own version of the new normal.

 Specifically they are looking for:

  • Bedding materials - sheets, duvets, pillows, pillowcases and waterproof mattress protectors – sadly traumatised children are more likely to be bedwetters.
  • Home starter sets – Crockery, hand and bath towels, sweeping brushes, cleaning products, dust pans etcetera.
  • Back to school items - school bags (primary and secondary), copy books, pens, pencils etcetera.
  • Vouchers – from Aldi, Lidl, Penneys, Tesco or Dunnes Stores will always be welcome.

“The Women’s Refuge tell our team what their clients need, such as bedding or other household items; we communicate this to volunteers who collect those items” said Gráinne Berrill, Manager of Louth Volunteer Centre.

“Our partners, St. Oliver’s Scouts and community volunteers such as Ann McVeigh, check over the donations and pack them in accordance with the needs of Refuge clients. So women who have taken the brave step of leaving an abusive situation get exactly what they need.”

For more information on how you can get involved go to or contact the Louth Volunteer Centre team at 041 9809008, or @volunteerlouth on social media.

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