Derry Well Women is holding two fundraising events during December and would appreciate your support. The money raised will fund our wide range of holistic health and wellbeing services for women in this area.
About our Fundraising Events
The first event is our annual flag day on Monday 11th of December. Collectors will be based at various locations throughout the City. Can you give an hour or two of your time to help us with the collection? We are inviting volunteer collectors to join us afterwards for soup and refreshments at our premises at 17 Queen Street, Derry.
Our second fundraiser is a bag packing event at Tesco’s on the Strand Road, Derry on Monday 18th December. If you join us for an hour or two, it will make all the difference!
Anyone willing to help should contact Fiona or Oonagh on 02871360777.
How our Fundraising is Spent
Derry Well Women is a not-for-profit registered charity. We aim to improve the health and well-being of women, families and communities in the North West. We do this by offering holistic care for women’s physical, mental and emotional health. Our services range from counselling, clinics and support groups, to classes, courses and specialised programmes.
Some of our services and programmes receive public or voluntary sector funds, but not all. We use the proceeds from our fundraising efforts to fill that gap.
Our services include:
- Woman-centred free counselling: Counselling was one of the first services offered by Derry Well Women. Listening to women has always been a core principle for us. All our counselling services are compliant with best practice.
- Supporting Women Living with Cancer: Derry Well Women is to the fore in the development of community-based services for cancer. Our innovative work in this area includes setting up the first cancer support group which meets fortnightly on a Friday morning from 11am – 1pm. We also run ground-breaking cancer programmes, provide cancer counselling and have developed a cancer patients Charter.
- Mental Health and Wellbeing: We also offer a range of supports to improve and maintain women’s mental and emotional well being.
- Providing Specialist Support: We support women directly affected by the Troubles through counselling and a range of social support programmes and complementary therapies. We also provide a monthly M.S. Support Programme for young women diagnosed with M.S. We provide a community based eating disorders programme in the Western Trust area.
- Supporting Mothers and Babies Together: A key element of our work involves working with women and children. We support them as an emotional unit through our mother and baby programmes. These include: antenatal programmes, breast feeding support, post-natal depression education group, miscarriage counselling, Getting to Know your Baby, Parenting programmes and our Creche.
- Other Programmes: These cover a range of health issues, including the Namaste Programme. This structured programme integrates passionate nursing care with individualised activities for loved ones with advanced dementia in a group setting. The 6-week programme provides carers with the skills and support they need in their caring role.
- Clinics: We run a monthly Podiatry Clinic with a qualified Podiatrist. We also run a Menopause Clinic which is provided by a specialist nurse on the last Friday of every month.
Why Our Fundraising is So Important
Our City experiences high levels of cancer, depression, and cardiovascular disease. Derry Well Women aim to support women and their families to maintain a healthy outlook and a good quality of emotional and physical health. We also support women to be proactive about their health and wellbeing. Most important of all, we retain our key commitment to develop our programmes by listening to women.
Around by 2,500 women from this region access our services every year. Our services support them in a holistic way which embraces all dimensions of wellbeing – as opposed to just physical health.
We are also at the forefront of campaigning and raising awareness on women’s health issues. Our work aims to effect change in health policy and practice. We also seek to give a voice to women facing social exclusion, isolation and health inequality.
At Derry Well Women, we pride ourselves on running a centre of excellence which has the respect of local GP’s and health professionals in the region. They signpost clients to us. Our work has been recognised by several awards. These include the “Change a Little, Change a Lot” Silver Award for Disability Awareness in 2013 and the ‘Community Health Impact Award’ in 2000 and 2009. We also received the HSS Executive Citizens’ Charter Award for the Development of a Cancer Charter.
If you can help our fundraising efforts, please contact Fiona or Oonagh on 02871360777.