Series of Events Planned to Raise Funds for COPE Galway Modh Eile House
3 October 2019
New state-of-the-art Domestic Abuse Service and Refuge, Modh Eile House project is on-budget and running to schedule.
The project to develop a new purpose-built home for COPE Galway’s Domestic Abuse Service and Refuge on Forster Street is nearing completion. The local charity expects contractors to hand over the building before Christmas, and to be in a position to start fitting out the building early in the new year. COPE Galway expects the service at Modh Eile House to be operational early in 2020.
Sharon Fitzpatrick, COPE Galway’s Head of Development commented, “With less than three months to go to the completion of the development project, we are appealing to the people of Galway to help us raise the remaining funds needed to open the doors of Modh Eile House early next year”.
The local charity has planned a series of fundraising events, which kick-off in style with a Dinner Dance on Saturday, November 16th at the Galmont Hotel. Co-hosted and organised by the Galway Solicitors’ Bar Association (GSBA) in partnership with COPE Galway, the event promises to be a night of good fun, great food and lively entertainment.
Brendan O Connor, President, GSBA commented, “The Galway Solicitors Bar Association is delighted to co–host this fundraising dinner dance in support of Modh Eile House, COPE Galway’s new domestic abuse service and refuge. This will be a great evening and a welcome opportunity to meet and socialise with colleagues, family and friends while supporting a very worthwhile community project.” Tickets for the event cost €90 or €850 for a table of 10 and are available from COPE Galway or Eventbrite.
COPE Galway’s Domestic Abuse Service and Refuge, currently located at Waterside House, in use since the 1980s, can accommodate just 6 women and 15 children in bedsit-type accommodation. To date this year, 507 women were supported by the service, of which 48 women and their 55 children were provided with refuge. They also supported a further 119 women and their 204 children who they were unable to admit immediately to the refuge.
“We offer a safe place for women and their children who need to flee a dangerous situation”, says Service Manager, Dr. Carol Baumann. However, emergency refuge accommodation is just one aspect of the service we are offering. The majority of the women we work with use our outreach services, parenting supports and support groups. We also operate a service for children and our teams work with schools, colleges, and professional services to inform and increase awareness around domestic abuse in all its forms. We eagerly await the completion of Modh Eile House, where we can build on our supports and offer a state-of-the-art Domestic Abuse Service and Refuge for the women and children in Galway’s community”.
COPE Galway has made significant progress in raising the €4.3 million construction and fit-out costs for Modh Eile House, with a Department of Housing/Galway City Council Capital Assistance Scheme grant, generous philanthropic donations and support from the community through the “Buy a Brick” campaign. Sharon Fitzpatrick, COPE Galway’s Head of Development continues, “This project is for the community, by the community. We still have some ground to cover to raise the remaining funds to enable us to complete the project and have a number of fundraising events planned between now and the end of the year to support this cost. We are asking the Galway Community, who have been so supportive and to whom we are very grateful, to help us reach that final hurdle to complete the refurbishment of this community resource. Watch this space to see the other events and activities we have occurring between now and the end of the year.”
For more information, go to our Dinner Dance for Modh Eile House event page.
PHOTO – COPE Galway Modh Eile House Development Project Nears Completion
Contact: Sharon Fitzpatrick, COPE Galway. Tel: 091 778 750
Background information for Editor:
In 2018 COPE Galway Domestic Abuse Service supported 457 individual women plus their children. We provided 771 outreach appointments for 208 individual women; accompanied 201 women to court and offered 148 play therapy sessions. We were unable to immediately accommodate 169 women with their 233 children on 227 occasions due to lack of space. For these women, we provide emergency short-term accommodation and/or work closely with other refuges in neighbouring counties so they can be safe in the immediate term.
COPE Galway Domestic Abuse Service, currently based at Waterside House in Galway, is the only 24-hour accessible refuge in the western region. It provides refuge accommodation, information, support and court accompaniment to women and their children experiencing domestic abuse. There is an outreach service for women in the city and county who are in abusive relationships and who need support and information on their options.
COPE Galway’s search for a new facility commenced over ten years ago. After five years of trying to source and secure a suitable alternative, the Mercy order offered the charity a gift of the convent building on Forster Street. “ModhEile” is the name chosen by women who have experienced domestic abuse and who believe that this name, which is the Irish for “Another Way”, will give hope to others to find a way to rebuild their lives and create a better future for their families. COPE Galway’s vision is that Modh Eile House will provide a safe space for women and children to rebuild their lives, free from domestic abuse and violence.
Modh Eile House will increase current capacity to accommodate at least 9 women and 20 children, offering 9 self-contained apartments with bedroom, bathroom, living and kitchen facilities. It will also offer enhanced security and facilities allowing specialised individual and group support work, a fit for purpose childcare unit, suitable indoor and outdoor play areas and office and communal spaces.
COPE Galway is a Galway-based charity providing a range of services that address the needs of people who are homeless and at risk of homelessness; women and children who experience domestic violence and abuse and supports for older people living in the community. Their vision is for an “Improved Quality of Life in a Home of your Own” for people affected by homelessness, women and children experiencing domestic abuse, and older people.