Amber members step down from board of women's refuge in Kilkenny after decades of service

Mary Cody

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Amber members  step down from board of women's refuge in Kilkenny after decades of service

Anne Reynolds, Anne O'Donoghue and Kay Meany pictured with Lisa Morris and Anne Shortall at Amber

Three members of the board of Amber Women’s Refuge have stepped down after some seventy years of service to the charity.
Anne Reynolds, Ann O’Donoghue and Kay Meaney were presented with specially commissioned pieces of Jerpoint Glass to mark their long and lasting contribution to the organisation.
Chairperson of the board, Anne Shortall described the women as ‘three valuable members of the board’.
“I want to thank them for their dedication. They have kept us on the straight and narrow through thick and thin,” she said.
Manager at the refuge, Lisa Morris also thanked the women for their hard work , commitment and support to Amber.
The mission of Amber refuge is to empower women and children, of all cultures and backgrounds to achieve their rights to live abuse-free lives. Amber does this by providing a safe, secure and supportive environment, offering a comprehensive range of responses to the needs of their service users on and off site and working alongside others to safeguard children and women against the crime of domestic violence.
Services provided by Amber include 24 hour short term emergency accommodation, a 24 hour helpline, support and information, childcare programmes for children affected by domestive violence, court accompaniment, outreach and aftercare services, counselling, play and art therapy, educational programmes to adolescent groups and awareness raising.
Amber is also taking part in the 16 Days of Action. The 16 Days of Action is a worldwide campaign that calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. It starts on November 25, marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women which ends on December 10 on International Human Rights Day and the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
For more information on Amber Women’s Refuge and the services it provides see www.kilkennywomens
refuge.ie