Activities and Educational Services


For many women the safety offered by the refuge is a great comfort. It is also an opportunity for them to look at the abuse in their life and the impact of that abuse on themselves and their children.  From an early stage the organisation recognised that there was a need for women to regain their confidence, they did this through a range of educational programmes.  With education to the forefront of their thinking they set up a purpose built Arts and Crafts Room in 1992.  This project continues today with great success and is extremely popular with the women and children.  Our tutor Liz McArdle is the driver of the project and believes that everyone has something to give and is always amazed at the talents the women have. The Arts & Crafts programme provides an opportunity for the women to share their skills with each other.

The MWR also provides educational programmes on the issues surrounding domestic violence.

Details of our Activities and Educational Services are set out below.



•   Weekly Arts & Crafts – women can come to their art class, have a cup of tea, work with art materials or read. Those who want to participate are given a craft project to complete. Many diverse areas of craftwork are offered, including jewellery making, creative embroidery, glass painting, pottery (with an in-house kiln) and painting.

The craft room is a space where women can spend time by themselves, free from more pressing concerns and from the cares of their children. They can speak of their lives in confidentiality, knowing that others have had similar experiences and that help is at hand should they wish to avail of it. It is in this nurturing, creative environment that women not only begin to create a new vase or painting, but begin to create a new perception of themselves.

•    Weekly Cook-it programme - an in-house Cook-it programme takes place every Wednesday from 10.30am – 12.30pm, with the emphasis on hygiene, healthy-eating and cooking skills for residents and women availing of outreach services. It also provides women with an opportunity to come together socially in a relaxed atmosphere and safe environment.  Childcare is also provided to the participants.


•    MOVE programme - In conjunction with Move Ireland, the programme is a pilot project that started in Feb 2010 with emphasis on addressing men’s violence towards women.  Aims of the programme include:

- To secure the safety of women and children from further abuse
- Challenging men on their behaviour towards women and to give them a deeper understanding of such behaviour
- To help men stop acting in a violent or abusive manner
- To provide partner support for women who have been abused by a spouse
The programme will run for 26 weeks with emphasis on control issues, self esteem, responsibilities and past history. This programme is offered by Meath Women’s Refuge and Support Services in conjunction with other agencies in the Community.  If you wish to find out more about this programme please contact:
Deirdre Murphy (Manager, MWR)
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Alternatively MOVE Ireland can be contacted directly at the following locations/phone numbers:
MOVE Ireland (National Office)
Tel: 065 684 8689
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c/o HSE Family Support Service
Family Resource Centre
Commons Road
Navan, Co. Meath
Tel: 086 856 1005

MOVE Dublin
Carmichael House
North Brunswick Street
Dublin 7
Tel: 01 872 4357
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•    Changing Patterns Programme - This programme was developed in the U.S. in 1984, as a response designed to address the problem of domestic violence. It became clear through a lot of research that what was needed to help women through this issue was assertiveness rather than counselling. Pattern Changing came into being through attentive listening to the expressed needs of women in abusive relationships, and a deep commitment to attempt to fill those needs. Pattern Changing is an educational group programme designed to address the problems of abuse.

Meath Women’s Refuge and Support Services believes that if a woman is not to be a chronic victim of domestic abuse she must possess a three-fold foundation of:

Rights, Boundaries, and Assertiveness.

The structure of the programme is based on the expressed needs of women and incorporates:

- A comprehensive educational programme for women

- Group support and counselling if required

It will consist of a two-hour session once a week. It involves fifteen sessions for up to ten women. The sessions will include a balance between a structural educational programme and a time for sharing and support from each other in the group. Pattern Changing is not group therapy, clients who are not already in counselling, but through their involvement in the programme now feel they need to speak to a counsellor, can be referred to one by the programme facilitator.

The programme will cover the following topics:

  1. Your rights and the impact of abuse.
  2. Family roles and abuse, why is it so hard to leave?
  3. The dysfunctional childhood legacy.
  4. Boundaries and good-byes to old patterns.
  5. About feelings: Grief, fear, and guilt.
  6. More about feelings: Anger.
  7. Boundary setting using assertiveness skills {1} Myth and Reality
  8. Boundary setting {2} Techniques.
  9. Boundary setting {requests and authority figures}
  10. Boundary setting {Pratice}
  11. Setting realistic goals.
  12. New patterns of decision making.
  13. Healthy relationships.
  14. Changed patterns.
  15. Endings and beginnings.

The Goals of this Programme are:

- For women to understand abuse and its realities for the entire family

- To become aware of their life long patterns

- To set realistic goals

- To learn new techniques for developing new patterns of there own choosing.

Pattern Changing offers education, support and practice in developing skills and techniques for positive change. The group experience is a critical factor in the success of the programme. It permits women in an abusive relationship to meet others in the same situation, and relieves the feeling of total isolation which so many women in abusive relationships experience. They encourage one another in the learning process and share the challenge of change as well as drawing strength and determination from one another.


If you wish to find out more about this program please contact

Christine Devlin


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Tel: 046- 9022393.