VSS Chief Executive, Margret Bateson and VSS Head of Service Delivery, Andrew Walker were delighted to be invited to the launch of Cúnamh’s recently refurbished and updated outdoor space along with the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Sandra Duffy and the Victims Commissioner, Ian Jeffers on Friday June 10 2022.
Funded through the PEACE IV Social Isolation call, the beautifully designed outdoor space provides a safe, social space for victims and survivors to come together to rebuild social connections that have been weakened due to the impact of Covid 19. The new space will create opportunities for a range of outdoor activities, such as gardening and exercise, which will help to improve physical and emotional health and wellbeing.
Pictured at the launch left to right are:
Cúnamh Chairperson Harry Crossan; VSS Head of Service Delivery Andrew Walker; Victims Commissioner Ian Jeffers; VSS Chief Executive Margaret Bateson; Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Sandra Duffy; Cúnamh Co-ordinator Cathy Neilis and Stephen Donnelly, Western Health and Social Care Trust
Cathy Neilis (Cúnamh Co-ordinator) stated:
“We are immensely grateful to VSSNI for supporting this project, who have again responded to the emerging needs of victims and survivors. Many of our clients are very isolated and lonely and this beautiful space will enable them to meet others, learn new skills and enjoy a little nature. This was a volunteer led initiative and it has given rise to many new ideas and programmes for the future.”
This project has been supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.