Anew wins Women’s Support Group of the year at the Irish Women's Awards 2019

Anew Support Services, a national housing and support organisation for pregnant women experiencing or at risk of homelessness, has won the award for Women’s Support Group of the year at the Irish Women’s Awards 2019. Anew delivers Supported Temporary Accommodation (Cherry Blossom Cottage) in Swords, Co. Dublin in partnership with the Dublin Region Homeless Executive and TUSLA. Cherry Blossom Cottage in Swords offers a safe space to support women to have their baby despite the experiencing homelessness and be supported into securing a long term home of their own with their child. The programme prepares women for the birth of their baby, in cases where often women have not accessed ante-natal care.

“I am so happy that Anew has won the award for Women’s Support Group of the Year because they're tackling an issue that so many overlook. Anew deserve recognition for the amazing work they do on a day-to-day basis, lifting up spirits and giving hope to new mothers facing difficult times like me.” Holly, current resident and new mum.

 “This award recognises each woman who has come through our services. They are proud, strong, resilient women and are truly worthy winners of this award, they are all members of the “women’s support group” of the year and they support each other as a group and as peers along their difficult journeys. It is their achievements that are acknowledged through receiving this award and will be cemented for every woman who will need our service." Fiona Barry, Manager Cherry Blossom Cottage, Anew.

A Spokesperson for the Irish Women’s Awards 2019 said: “These awards aim to celebrate the power and breadth of talent that every woman hide in herself and the hard work of female professionals and entrepreneurs that often remains unappreciated."

In addition to the Supported Temporary Accommodation Anew offers in Swords, Co. Dublin, Anew provides a wide range of parenting and emotional wellbeing supports to women in their centres in Dublin, Cork and Thurles. The parenting programmes are offered to any woman who feels they need additional support and are delivered in a group work session. In addition individual therapeutic parenting support can be accessed by parents who are struggling in difficult circumstances.