Women’s Aid and Spark Opera join forces

Women’s Aid ABCLN an organisation addressing domestic abuse and providing services for women and children across Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey, is partnering with Spark Opera to deliver a project in Antrim that uses the arts to help older women who have experienced domestic abuse. The project is entitled, The Reconnect Project, It’s Never Too Late, is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Arts and Older People Programme, with funding from The National Lottery, Public Health Agency and The Baring Foundation.

The Arts and Older People Programme supports arts organisations across the region in delivering a series of community-based arts projects benefitting older people. It aims to tackle isolation and loneliness whilst promoting positive mental health and well-being among older people through engagement with the arts. The programme is designed to challenge the perceptions of what it means to be an older person.

The Reconnect Project, It’s Never Too Late, enables older women who have experienced domestic abuse to use the arts to tell their stories whilst working with professional artists in a safe, supportive and inspiring environment. From dance, to craft, visual arts and writing, older women are using an arts based approach towards healing and connection with one another.

Read more about project at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s website below.

The Reconnect Project, It’s Never Too Late

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