SDAHW was established to provide help and support to victims of terrorism in the South Down area. The activities are varied and wide ranging with the emphasis on self-help and mutual support. The aims and objectives are as follows:-
To improve the quality of life for victims and their families. The main priority will be to provide help and advice regarding employment, education and retraining.
Job creation, work placements and a mentoring programme.
To maintain the drop-in centre to help the self-development of families affected by terrorism. Services to include social help, creche facilities, befriending service, welfare rights advice and family counselling.
To carry out research and identify the actual needs of families affected by terrorism and to identify the methods of which these needs and problems can be addressed.
To represent the needs and aspirations of terrorist victims to people of influence and decision makers.
To continue to carry out research and publish reports and experiences for the benefit of the group and the wider community.
To maintain the pool of voluntary workers already established to continue to work with the SDAHW framework.
To seek justice for those whose loved ones have been murdered or maimed.
To help in any way possible with the healing process necessary for victimss and their families.
Projects and Activities
Outreach Visiting Programme, welfare rights, drop-in centre, women's group, men's group, youth group, monthly meetings, coffee mornings, training courses, advice on benefits and pensions, days out, residentials, fundraising events.