The Pentagon is a busy pace in Ballymena and in this weeks throwback Thursday we can see that not much has changes – now it is all busses and cars, back then it was all horses! This photograph was taken on a particularly wet day and we recognise the building in the background as the current Ballymena headquarters for Women’s Aid – The Naomi Centre.The Pentagon Ballymena - Throwback Thursday

The features have been retained and the building was refurbished a few years ago to give the Women’s Aid team a building which they could use to help those who have experienced or are living with domestic violence and abuse. Two local Ballymena businesses worked on the refurbishment project, Park Design Associates provided architectural drawings for the work and Wilson and Mawhinney carried out the work onsite.

If you are unfamiliar with the work of Women’s Aid then here is some information from their website.

Some of the things we can do to help you, whether or not you leave or stay with your partner:

  • Help you address you and your children’s safety and security needs
  • Give you general advice on housing and money issues
  • Help you access other specialist services
  • Offer you individual or group support
  • Provide support for your children
  • We also have emergency accommodation in our refuge

No one deserves to live with domestic violence or abuse – If you are worried about how a partner or ex-partner is treating you there steps you can take to help protect yourself and your children. You can contact Women’s Aid for confidential information and support 028 2563 2136. Click here to read more at the Women’s Aid website.