Community News Galway City: #GalwayGirl Event for COPE Galway’s Modh Eile House


If you’re in Galway City this Saturday 16th November, please come and join COPE Galway at the Spanish Arch at 3pm and be part of a large group photo to launch their #GalwayGirl campaign. The photo will be used to help raise funds for Modh Eile House, COPE Galway’s new Domestic Abuse Service and Refuge. It will also help raise awareness for and show support for the 1 in 5 Galway women in our community who will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. With music and fun on the day, this event is a chance to celebrate the #GalwayGirl in your life – all are welcome. For further information, contact Emma on 091 778750 or visit COPE Galway’s Facebook Events page.

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.

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