Ely Welcome 2 new health and well being officers to support victims in the Border Counties

PRESS RELEASE: The Ely Centre welcome on board two new Health and Wellbeing Caseworkers to support victims residing in the Border Counties.

Date: 5th March 2018

Mrs Sharon Breen and Mrs Glenda Milligan, both of whom have acquired many years of experience in the Community and Voluntary sector will work directly with victims and survivors to help improve the health and wellbeing of Victims and Survivors from Co Fermanagh and South Armagh and Monaghan. Both roles have been made possible with Peace IV funding secured through the Victims & Survivors Service.

Mr William Frazer, Chairperson FRPU has said “FRPU welcomes the appointment of two Health and Wellbeing case workers, dedicated to working in border areas. There is a clear and identified need for community based, victims support organisations with focused and specialised expertise dealing specifically with the lasting effects of the troubles. FRPU is happy to expand our close working relationship with The Ely Centre with the expectation of providing a joint facilitated approach to collective healing.

Mr Lee McDowell, Ely Centre Chief Executive stated “A key aspect of the HWB Caseworkers role is to encourage victim engagement with local and existing statutory and community support and sensitively communicate the evidenced needs and requirements of victims to ensure they access the best possible support available to them. The positive impact that this service can create for victims and their families has already been proven and we believe this support targeting new areas of need will produce similar beneficial levels.”

The Health & Wellbeing Caseworkers advocate on behalf of, and if necessary, accompany individuals to services/appointments/activities where low confidence and low motivation may have left them isolated and marginalised.

Speaking on her new role Mrs Milligan who will outreach throughout the South Armagh and Monaghan areas stated “I will provide person-centred support for individuals tailor-made to their Health & Wellbeing needs. Conversations are totally confidential and will make a positive impact on general health & quality of life for those seriously affected by the Troubles I will be the first point of contact for enquiries, liaising with agencies ensuring that complex and sensitive information is communicated with empathy and reassurance.

This PEACE IV support service operates in a highly confidential environment and places victims/survivors emotional and physical wellbeing to the forefront. The staff will work to identify any barriers individuals may experience when seeking support and they will work with relevant agencies to ensure good access. The roles will be carried out in a number of ways including Health and Well Being Assessments, Clinics and home visits where people may be housebound due to health issues. This service aims to be person and needs-centred and focuses on increasing the quality of health and wellbeing in the sector for victims and survivors and their families.

If you are interested in availing of this service please contact the following offices in your respective area and the designated officer will be in contact to arrange intial appointment.

Head Office: The Ely Centre                                        02866 320977  info@elycentre.co.uk

South Armagh and Monaghan FRPU                      02837 552136 nifrpu@gmail.com