Women's Refuge holds 'very successful open day'
Wexford Women's Refuge held a hugely successful Open Day last week, giving the people of the town the opportunity to meet the staff and become more aware of the work being carried there.
Opened in 2002, the Refuge provides a much-needed service for women and children, and can accommodate four families at a time.
Residents have 24-hour, seven-days-a-week, access to trained staff members, who provide emotional support and information, help with exploring options and to empower women to make the decisions that feels right to them as individuals.
Families can stay at the refuge for a maximum period of eight weeks although in certain circumstances this period may be extended.
During their time at the refuge families are given help with applying for housing and income supports, in addition to receiving counselling in dealing with their problems. The refuge also provides an extensive outreach service and court accompaniment. Voluntary contributions form a large part of the budget of the refuge and the people of County Wexford have been very generous in their support. The refuge is funded by Health Service Executive, Tusla and Wexford County Council and has an annual budget of €400,000.