Where there is tea there is hope

Offaly Domestic Violence Support Service UNITEA Against Domestic Violence Event was a huge success on Friday May 18.

Offaly Domestic Violence Support Service UNITEA Against Domestic Violence Event was a huge success on Friday May 18.

ODVSS Annual Morning Tea Event was held in many venues throughout Offaly including Banagher, Birr, Five Valley, Tullamore and Clara. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy played hostess to the Birr Event and was thrilled with the support and awareness it created in Birr.

Deputy Corcoran Kennedy stated that she was happy to support such a great organisation and was delighted to be part of raising awareness in domestic violence and abuse. ODVSS staff held their own Morning Tea Event in the Bridge Centre in Tullamore and were extremely grateful for the assistance provided by Manager John Cusack.

Customers were invited to take five minutes from their busy morning and enjoy a cup of tea and a cake or two. ODVSS would also like to thank The Bridge House Hotel who donated the tea for the morning, and Regis Martin from Pallas Foods for providing all the cups.

Development Manger Anne Clarke stated that the aim was not only to raise valuable funds for the service but to also create awareness domestic violence. The most effective awareness is to go out and meet people and talk to them about the service and how the service supports women and families.

Many people know the service is there in Tullamore but don’t realise that ODVSS provides support to women and children who have been affected by domestic violence and abuse throughout the county.

ODVSS operates outreach clinics in Banagher, Birr, Edenderry, and Clara. Chairperson of ODVSS.

Molly Buckley was overwhelmed with the support from everyone and was grateful to all who had held morning tea events on behalf of ODVSS.

Domestic Violence affects one in five women in this country and it is important to continue to strive to have a society free from violence in all personal relationships.