CRiTiCall Cork is an initiative to support people emerging from and experiencing domestic violence circumstances compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The aim of CRiTiCall Cork is to support anyone experiencing domestic violence in the area by facilitating the donation of critical goods to those that need it most. Financial abuse is present in most cases of controlling behaviour, leaving survivors without monetary resources. Domestic violence services are always running on a shoestring budget. We want to ensure that when people are ready to make the courageous step to leave an abusive situation that we have every resource at hand to support them in their recovery and pathway to a new, safe life.
How To Get Involved
You can help by purchasing much needed items and delivering them to the designated drop-off point. Donations will go directly to one of the domestic abuse support services in Cork.
You can also help by arranging a collection of items in your school or workplace. You can then drop off your groups collection to one of our Donation Banks.
Volunteers will be updated on the specific items being requested by local services for their clients. When we receive your details we will be in touch to arrange a drop-off time on our next collection date in our Donation Bank. This is in order to ensure that we are observing social distancing and other safety measures.
Unfortunately due to COVID19 restrictions second hand items cannot be accepted at this time.
We are working to ensure that people who leave an abusive situation are met with not just the material things they need, but also moral support. We are looking for volunteers who can help send a positive message of hope and support to families who are embarking on this new and difficult step and to show them that they are not alone.
To make people feel less isolated by receiving the words of courage and hope in their native languages, we encourage volunteers to write letters in the following languages: English, Polish, French, Portuguese, Thai, Spanish, Russian.
Please check All Events section for our next collection.
STEP ONE: SIGN UP TO HELP
STEP TWO: DONATING ITEMS
STEP THREE: LETTER WRITING
Workplace and Community Group Resources
‘Being able to give a woman some toiletries means that’s one less item she has to worry about buying. Giving someone a scented candle or scented body lotion can really brighten the day of someone who is completely demoralised after another fruitless day spent searching for accommodation. Giving children some activity packs gives them some much needed respite from the chaos of their current situations. Many of the women and children have to flee with only the clothes they are wearing so the gift vouchers, children’s clothes, pyjamas and towels are a life line in alleviating this most basic need.’
– Linda Mulcahy, Manager Good Shepherd Cork
CRiTiCall Cork in the Media
CRiTiCall Cork is a collaboration between Cork Volunteer Centre and Safe Ireland which has 6 members in Cork as follows;
- Good Shepherd Cork provides help to women and children who are at risk of homelessness.
- Cuanlee Refuge provides aid, assistance, advice, accommodation and guidance for experiencing domestic violence.
- OSS Cork a domestic violence information and resource centre located in Cork City.
- Mná Feasa: a community based support group established by women who have themselves survived domestic violence.
- West Cork Women Against Violence: provides free and confidential support, listening and information service to women who have experienced domestic abuse.
- Y.A.N.A. (You are not alone): A North and East Cork based service which provides helpline, information, referral to other agencies, court accompaniment and general support.
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