Wid­ows or­gan­i­sa­tion proves big sup­port

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - By FIONA MA­GEN­NIS

THE Drogheda Wid­ows As­so­ci­a­tion not only pro­vides prac­ti­cal ad­vice and sup­port for those who have lost sposes, it is also an in­valu­able so­cial out­let for its 20 plus mem­bers.

The group meets once a month in the Bar­bican and also holds a num­ber of so­cial out­ings through­out the year, trav­el­ling all over Ire­land.

‘IT is a great sup­port net­work to have,’ said Chair­per­son Anne Camp­bell. ‘You can come along and get in­for­ma­tion on prac­ti­cal things, like so­cial wel­fare and en­ti­tle­ments which you’re not told about, you have to go and find out about, but it’s also a great so­cial out­let.’

Anne said most of those in­volved in the group would join af­ter tak­ing some time to grieve for their lost loved one.

‘It usu­ally takes about a year, not al­ways, some come along ear­lier some might be years down the line, ev­ery­one is at dif­fer­ent stages but we can all em­pathise with each other. It def­i­nitely helps you to move on, it’s such a mas­sive life change, your whole life changes overnight,’ said Anne, who lost her hus­band Michael very sud­denly some years ago.

There is a nom­i­nal fee of €10 an­nu­ally to join the group, who meet the last Thurs­day of ev­ery month at 3.30pm ex­cept in June and July.

The mem­bers, who num­ber be­tween 20 and 30, go on three out­ings each year in Fe­bru­ary, April and Oc­to­ber.

In­deed, the group are all look­ing for­ward to their up­com­ing trip on Oc­to­ber 15th when they will travel to Kilkenny for the Ex­ec­u­tive AGM to meet up with all the Wid­ows As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers from all over Ire­land. This will be a four day trip leav­ing on Sun­day and com­ing home again on Thurs­day.

Anne said the group are al­ways open to new mem­bers and would love to see some new faces at their meet­ings.

‘I didn’t know any­one when I joined. I used to see the no­tice about the meet­ing in the pa­per but I never did any­thing about it. Then when I stopped work­ing I de­cided to take courage in my hands and come along. I got a great wel­come and I’ve been com­ing ever since, that was seven years ago,’ she ex­plained.

Bernie Cooney, Betty Clarke and Ann Camp­bell of the Drogheda Wid­ows As­so­ci­a­tion.

Una O’Con­nell and Patsy Hoey of the Drogheda Wid­ows As­so­ci­a­tion.

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