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CriTiCALL Louth make donation plea to help Women’s Aid and Refuge charities

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Grainne Berrill, Louth Volunteer Centre, with Senan McArdle, Abigail Reilly and Oisín McArdle of St. Oliver's scout group launching the CRiTiCall project at Louth Volunteer Centre's Drogheda office on 3rd July 2020.

Drogheda Women’s and Children’s Refuge and Dundalk Women’s Aid are among the local charities that will benefit from the new CriTiCALL initiative being rolled out in county Louth by Louth Volunteer Centre, in association with Scouting Ireland troops in the county and SAFE Ireland.

A donation day will be held in both Drogheda and Dundalk on Saturday, July 11 where people can purchase and donor critical and necessary goods to those impacted by domestic abuse.

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CRiTiCALL was initially launched in Dublin by seven organisations across the city and county and is now being replicated in the North East. It aims to ensure that when people are ready to make the courageous step to leave an abusive situation, support providers have every resource to hand to support them in their recovery and  pathway to a new, safe life.

The aim of CRiTiCALL in Louth is to support women and children in the area by facilitating the donation of critical goods to those that need it most. Items required are listed below.

As previously reported over the last four months, one outcome of the Covid-19 pandemic has been an increase in domestic abuse across the country with Gardai reporting a 25-30% increase in domestic attacks during the lockdown. Advocacy groups say that the number of instances of domestic abuse is, in all probability, much higher.

Gardai in Dundalk have recorded 276 domestic instances so far in 2020 where an offence was committed, up 35% on the first six months of the previous year.

CriTiCALL Donation Day

What Can I Donate? Click below to view.

Donors will first need to register with Louth Volunteer Centre who will give a list of donation items that donors can select from and issue a time slot for making their donation to ensure that all Covid-19 social distancing and contact tracing measures are followed.

Volunteers from local Scout Troops will manage the collection centre and distribution of donations to where local charities, such as Drogheda Women’s and Children’s Refuge and Dundalk Women’s Aid, feel they are most needed. It is expected that there will be another donation day in the near future. To make an donation, click here and then click ‘Register Interest’ at the bottom of the page.

The CriTiCALL team would also be interested in donation/loans of storage crates to help with donation distribution. For more information on how you or your group can get involved go to www.volunteerlouth.ie or contact the Louth Volunteer Centre team at 041 980 9008, [email protected] or @volunteerlouth on social media.

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