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UDR Coleraine

This organisation receives support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups Working with Victims and Survivors, to deliver some or all of the services that it provides.

Its views do not necessarily reflect those of the Victims and Survivors Service.

We are an ex-service organisation offering support to former members of the UDR and their families.

We aim to honour and remember our comrades who lost their lives during 22 years of unremitting operations in Northern Ireland when 197 Soldiers in the Regiment were killed during service and 53 killed after they had left the Regiment.

We care for our comrades and their families who have suffered and are still suffering both physically and emotionally.

We strive to build a better and brighter future for our members and their families through our core values of Remembrance, Honouring and Caring.

Useful key words:
Ex-services community
Ex-security services community
Ex-military community

Tullyvallen Family Support

This organisation receives support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups Working with Victims and Survivors, to deliver some or all of the services that it provides.

Its views do not necessarily reflect those of the Victims and Survivors Service.

For information about the activities and support offered by this organisation, please contact VSS on 028 9027 9100.

The Ely Centre Ltd

This organisation receives support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups Working with Victims and Survivors, to deliver some or all of the services that it provides.

Its views do not necessarily reflect those of the Victims and Survivors Service.

The Ely Centre is a Registered Charity specialising in the provision of multi-disciplinary support services for civilians, security force personnel and their families, who have experienced bereavement and injury as a result of the “Troubles” in Fermanagh and Tyrone.

The Ely Centre is committed to serving innocent victims and survivors, ex service personnel, their families and carers by providing evidenced based outcome focused treatments, prevention and support services that address issues of declining psychological, physical health, social and financial difficulties arising as a result of terrorism.

Our Aims
• To support our members, through the provision of evidenced based, outcome focused therapeutic and psychological support services and programmes.
• To raise awareness, locally and nationally on the overall effects of terrorism on victims and their families.
• To raise awareness on the negative impact of the troubles on individuals mental health.
• To help injured service members and civilians aid and assist each other.
• To provide social, educational and welfare services to meet the needs of injured service members and civilians and their families.
• To create a Memorial to the Victims of the 1987 Enniskillen Poppy Day Bomb.
• To provide Individuals with tailored approaches to treatment by considering each person’s needs and goals.
• To provide Individuals with information relating to services, processes and practitioners to ensure they feel informed, confident and comfortable with utilising our services.
• To develop strategic partnerships with community/voluntary/statutory sector based organisations for the purpose of ensuring quality and sustainable services are provided for our member.
• To develop and delivery community volunteering initiatives, thus empowering our local community and recognising its integral role in our service delivery model.

Our History

The Ely Centre was formed by individuals and family members of the bereaved and injured of the 1987 Enniskillen Remembrance Day Bomb which claimed the lives of 12 innocent people and injured over 70 men, women and children.

The Poppy Day Massacre took place on 8 November 1987. An (IRA) bomb exploded near the town’s war memorial (cenotaph) during the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony, which was being held to commemorate the dead of both World Wars, all killed were civilians.

In trying to make sense of such a senseless and horrific act of terrorism and deal with the enormous grief and reality of our loss, we felt the need to reach out to other victims who were experiencing the same agony and trauma we felt.

Under the Chairmanship of Mr Jim Dixon(one of the most seriously injured civilians), The Ely Centre has offered support to over 5,000 individuals; a cross-section of adults, young people and children with over 2400 people currently engaged in support provision. Typically, over 200 new referrals are received each year from across Northern Ireland.

The Ely Centre is a proven Centre of Excellence in the community in bridge building. Its aim is to build upon its past experiences of engaging minds, experiences and aspirations for a peaceful community. (SEUPB)

Our Achievements

In September 2014, the Ely Centre received the honour of being the 1st Victims Support organisation from Northern Ireland invited to present on the needs of bereaved and injured of the troubles and legacy issues surrounding young people in Northern Ireland to the European Parliament and European Commission in Brussels.

In 2014 Fermanagh District Council awarded the Ely Centre for our role in promoting and providing volunteer youth and adult befriending services to those isolated throughout the community of Fermanagh.

In 2012 The Ely Centre received the award for the Best Innovative Project from the Community Relations Council for Northern Ireland for our Peace 3 Project aimed at improving the Social and emotional well-being for carers of victims and survivors.

In 2012 The Ely Centre was awarded Second place in the nationwide Best Youth Project in Northern Ireland for our Peace 3 funded ELOHIM project providing peace and reconciliation training, citizenship courses and personal development programmes to over 800 young persons throughout Fermanagh and South Tyrone.

Our Values

Safety:

Promoting the physical and emotional well-being of bereaved and injured civilians and security force personnel; providing an open and accepting environment in which clients can explore their concerns in a professional, ethical & confidential environment.

Respect: Fostering a culture of inclusiveness that honours diversity amongst individuals.

Compassion: Experiencing genuine care and concern for the unique struggles faced by individuals.

Learning: Encouraging the development of awareness, knowledge, and skills as a lifelong process.

Empowerment: Offering individuals information, context, and support to enable them to optimally navigate their life circumstances.

Excellence: Upholding the highest professional and ethical standards and providing leadership in the field of victim support in the community.

Community: Promoting meaningful connection and collaboration, and continually striving to engage honestly and authentically in beneficial relationships.

Useful key words:
Ex-services community
Ex-security services community
Ex-military community

Survivors of Trauma

This organisation receives support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups Working with Victims and Survivors, to deliver some or all of the services that it provides.

Its views do not necessarily reflect those of the Victims and Survivors Service.

Founded in 1995 Survivors of Trauma is a community based organisation located in the BT14 area of north Belfast offering counselling as well as a range of complementary therapies.

Survivors of Trauma also deliver a weekly timetable of training and personal development classes including; computer skills courses, soft furnishings, bog oak carving, yoga and painting classes (These classes vary in accordance with demand).

The organisation provides storytelling/reminiscence and trauma workshops in addition to annual remembrance events, cultural evenings and day trips.

A drop – in facility is available as well as advice and support to victims and survivors of the conflict. (All programmes activity is changeable and subject to funding.)

South Armagh Rural Women’s Network

This organisation receives support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups Working with Victims and Survivors, to deliver some or all of the services that it provides.

Its views do not necessarily reflect those of the Victims and Survivors Service.

For information about the activities and support offered by this organisation, please contact VSS on 028 9027 9100.

South and East Tyrone Welfare Support

This organisation receives support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups Working with Victims and Survivors, to deliver some or all of the services that it provides.

Its views do not necessarily reflect those of the Victims and Survivors Service.

We provide support services to ex service members in the South & East Tyrone Area of Tyrone. The services we provide include; welfare, social, educational, health and mental well-being support.

We can be contacted by telephone or by email or by referral from ex services associations.

Useful key words:
Ex-services community
Ex-security services community
Ex-military community

SEFF (South East Fermanagh Foundation)

This organisation receives support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups Working with Victims and Survivors, to deliver some or all of the services that it provides.

Its views do not necessarily reflect those of the Victims and Survivors Service.

SEFF’s Mission Statement is: “Supporting Victims and Survivors, Strengthening Communities.” SEFF is committed to supporting individuals to make the personal transition from “victim” to “survivor” as part of a process of healing and confidence building.

The organisation has in place 9 CORE aims from which it operates:

1. To represent and lobby on behalf of the innocent victims and survivors of terrorism in effecting positive change for such individuals around the areas of Truth, Justice, Acknowledgement and overall Service provision.
2. To develop services and programmes which improve the physical and mental health & wellbeing of the innocent victims and survivors of terrorism and other ‘Troubles related violence’.
3. To develop Transgenerational/Youth services which seek to educate society as to the on-going legacy of 40 plus years of terrorism and other ‘Troubles related violence.’
4. To improve the financial circumstances of innocent victims and survivors of terrorism and other ‘Troubles related violence’ through tailored welfare services and skills-based programmes.
5. To develop strategic partnerships with community/voluntary/statutory sector based organisations for the purpose of ensuring quality and sustainable services are provided for the innocent victims and survivors of terrorism and other ‘Troubles related violence.’
6. To offer services in an accessible, localised manner which will enable the individual needs of innocent victims and survivors of terrorism and other ‘Troubles related violence’ to be best met.
7. To provide opportunities for Volunteers to develop their skills, so enabling them to be an intrinsic part of the overall service delivery model within SEFF.
8. To empower those whom we support to make the transition from ‘Victim’ to ‘Survivor’ as part of an overall process of individual healing and recovery.
To strengthen the organisation’s ties within the broader community and to develop and/or participate in initiatives which help build a sustainable Peace.

SEFF is positive for the future and will strive to continue its’ work on behalf of victims and survivors. The organisation strives to assist the conditions whereby some of the most traumatised may have some sense of peace and will feel empowered to build their lives for their own betterment, their families and the communities to which they belong.

SEFF also seeks to develop its’ outreach arm particularly around the areas of youth and community development so enabling victims/survivors to re-integrate back into the wider community.

SEFF is non-political, non-sectarian and is very much a family focussed organisation.

The organisation is committed to further build its’ networks across the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and further afield with other organisations and individuals who subscribe to our ethos that the use of criminal violence in the furtherance of or defence of a political objective is not and was not ever justified in the Northern Ireland context.

Useful key words:
Ex-services community
Ex-security services community

Ex-military community
Innocent Victims United IVU

Omagh Support and Self Help Group (OSSHG)

This organisation receives support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups Working with Victims and Survivors, to deliver some or all of the services that it provides.

Its views do not necessarily reflect those of the Victims and Survivors Service.

Omagh Support & Self Help Group (OSSHG) was founded in the aftermath of the Omagh Bomb in August 1998 to act as a source of support and solace for those adversely affected. Widely acknowledged as the worst single act of terrorism in the last 30 years, on Saturday 15th August 1998 at 3.10pm a car bomb exploded in Omagh, County Tyrone, killing 29 people plus 2 unborn children, and physically injuring over 200 others.

Omagh Support and Self Help Group is a victims group, made up of victims from all denominations and walks of life. With a current membership of over 170 victims of the Omagh Bomb, the group is represented by a Management Committee of 9 members, including Chairman, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. Whilst the group primarily operates within the area of Omagh District, it retains close alliances with victims of the bomb located in Buncrana and Spain, as well as a wider network of victims throughout Ireland.

MUVE (Mid Ulster Victims’ Empowerment)

This organisation receives support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups Working with Victims and Survivors, to deliver some or all of the services that it provides.

Its views do not necessarily reflect those of the Victims and Survivors Service.

MUVE was set up in 2012 by a dedicated group of volunteers in the Mid-Ulster area.

Our main aim is to offer help and support to innocent victims affected by the Troubles within this geographical area although we also have members from outside this area as well.

MUVE provides services, advice, and support to individuals, families and groups in order to promote well-being and prevent isolation. We are a trans-generational group with our membership including entire families. We encourage family participation whenever possible.

MUVE’s services include directly or indirectly (e.g. via another similar group), welfare, advocacy, complementary therapies, counselling, remembrance events, recreational activities (art and crafts), excursions, respite breaks, adventure weekends for children and more.

Our intention is to create a group made up of people who have similar interests and backgrounds and to create a common area where all can feel relaxed, welcome and at ease in a safe and secure environment.

Our services are open to all our members.

MUVE Membership is open to:

  • Any innocent victim of the Troubles (compliant with the 2006 Victims and Survivors Order). This can cover bereavement, physical injury, psychological injury/ trauma, carers, witnesses to incidents etc.
  • Any individual over 18 years who has an interest in or wants to contribute to the development of the group

MAST

This organisation receives support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups Working with Victims and Survivors, to deliver some or all of the services that it provides.

Its views do not necessarily reflect those of the Victims and Survivors Service.

We are an Innocent Victims/Survivors Support Group, made up principally of families of those who were murdered / injured / intimidated in Northern Ireland by Republican Terrorists. We continue to seek justice for our loved ones, murdered by Republican Terrorists, in order that one day the murderers will be held accountable for their crimes.

We provide a supportive and caring service to those who have been bereaved, mentally scarred or physically affected in anyway by “The Troubles”.