16 November 2015
Councillor Linda Clarke, Mayor, Councillor Thomas Hogg and Councillor Noreen McClelland with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Safe Town Awards.
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg, attended the Onus 6th Annual Awards Ceremony of the Workplace Charter on Domestic Violence on Wednesday 4th November to collect Safe Town Awards for Antrim, Ballyclare, Whiteabbey and Glengormley.
The Safe Town Award is given in recognition of the range of initiatives supported by Council, businesses, schools, Churches, community groups, PSNI and Northern Health and Social Care Trust to highlight the support available for anyone living with abuse, and clearly stating the message that perpetrators of abuse will be challenged in a Safe Town. Antrim, along with Ballyclare, became the first towns in Northern Ireland to attain Safe Town status in 2011.
Onus are a wholly owned subsidiary of Women’s Aid and were established in
2007 to generate income to sustain Women’s Aid services. They aim to complement the work of Women’s Aid and other service providers, by raising awareness of the range of services available for people living with domestic abuse, provide training and consultancy especially through the Safe Place, Safe Employer (Workplace Charter) and Safe Town initiatives.
The Mayor commented: “We are delighted that four areas of our Borough have achieved Safe Town Awards. This is a great achievement and ensures that our residents and visitors feel safe to use our towns without fear.”