Our Team

The Board of Management.

Members of the Board of Management offer their services on a voluntary basis, they direct the organisation’s affairs while meeting the appropriate interests of its stakeholders and comply with all necessary legislation and regulation. The Board of Management delegate the manager and staff to work for and on behalf of Aoibhneas in pursuance of the organisation’s affairs and principal activity.

Management Team.

The management team comprises of the Service Manager and 3 Social Care Leaders. The Manager is delegated responsibility for the day to day management of Aoibhneas and delegates responsibilities to staff. The Social Care Leaders have responsibility in supporting staff in their day to day duties and responsibilities; working together to meet the needs of the service.

Outreach Support Workers.

The Outreach Team offer a broad spectrum of support to women at any point in their experience of domestic violence. They are a community based support that enables women experiencing domestic abuse to access the necessary supports required to remain safely in their own home. The outreach service also offers a continued service to women post-refuge who return home or relocate elsewhere.

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Fig.1 - Empower women design.

Night Support Workers.

The Night Support Workers are also part of the lone working model in practice in Aoibhneas. They provide a valuable service that ensures that Aoibhneas operates a continued service 24/7, 365 days year in/year out. They ensure the safety of the building and families in refuge nightly, offer continued support to the women accessing the refuge and operate the 24 hour helpline service, providing emotional and practical support and continuous safety planning.

Administration.

The Administration team includes front of house reception, finance, fundraising, statistical collation and so forth. The reception area is sometimes the first contact a woman has when welcomed to the service. The Administration team work together to ensure the needs of the service are met from a practical and financial focus.

Keyworkers.

Keyworkers primarily work directly with the women accessing support through the refuge service, 24 hour helpline and the drop-in service. They work directly with each individual woman, supporting and empowering her to understand and overcome her experience of domestic abuse.

Social Care Workers-Child & Youth.

The Social care team for children and youth work primarily with the children and young people who access refuge alongside their mother in a parenting approach. They provide a safe playroom environment where children are supported and encouraged to express their feelings, emotions and experiences.

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Fig.2 - Some of our team 2016.

Weekend Support Worker/Weekend Activity Worker.

The weekend Support Workers are part of the lone working model in practice in Aoibhneas. They provide a valuable service that ensures that Aoibhneas operates a continued service 24/7, 365 days year in/year out. They offer continued support to the families in refuge each weekend; operate the 24 hour helpline service, providing emotional and practical support and continuous safety planning. The Weekend Activity worker offers a range of fun, educational and therapeutic activities for the children in refuge over the weekend.

Household.

The household team work diligently to ensure the service is kept clean and organised to a high standard. The household team comprises of cleaners and maintenance staff that together ensure Aoibhneas is a welcoming and safe environment for all those who access and visit our service daily.

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