The CRiTiCALL project was launched in Sligo in mid November. The idea was to partner with the local domestic violence service – DVAS – to run a drive for donations to kit out the safe houses in Sligo, used as temporary accommodation for women and children escaping violent situations.

Andersons Bar & Grill kindly donated their space as a drop off point. We reached out to our database of registered volunteers and the immediate response was overwhelming. People kindly committed to donate household items, personal hygiene packs and children’s books and toys. Others bought vouchers for supermarkets and One4All vouchers – which are always useful to have to assist people who need the practical day to day shopping as well.

The newly established Divisional Protective Services Unit in the local Garda Station was hugely supportive, with a number of donations coming from that team.

We would like to sincerely thank everyone for their donations and the video above is a message from Carmel who was overwhelmed with the response and explains here how the donations will be used.