Mission and vision
We are so passionate to see women and children who have been directly affected by domestic violence walk in freedom.
Our mission is to open a residential refuge, and to provide all of our services on one campus. We work with communities in Dublin City and the greater Dublin area to bring hope to women & women with children who are subjected to domestic abuse.
We bring practical help by way of food, clothing, temporary help with utilities/rent/birthdays/Christmas and any other appropriate needs. We offer help with court orders and court appearances. We advocate with social housing agencies and private landlords and any other government departments as needed. We provide short-term emergency accommodation. One of our key areas of support is walking alongside women to support, to bring hope, to open opportunities for personal growth and development through:
· Facilitation of counselling
· Life coaching course
· Links to employment agency
· Links to crisis pregnancy agency
Our vision is to create a safe, peaceful, loving place of refuge to women & women with children who have been emotionally, physically, or sexually abused in the privacy of their own homes.
Meet The Team
Founding Director and CEO
Martha is a mother and grandmother. She has been a ministry leader in a large Dublin city-centre church with over five years of experience in women’s ministry and pastoral care leadership. She is a CCI accredited minister. She holds an MA in Transformational Leadership from IBI & York St. John University. She holds Certificates in Recognising and Responding to Domestic Abuse in the Workplace and Reflecting on Coercive Control and Domestic Abuse. Before going into ministry, she worked in banking mostly in Governance and Compliance, and holds a Diploma in Compliance. She is the Author of "Not Created to Hide, A Journey to Hope", a book of poetry written to raise funds to help women who are struggling in abusive relationships.
Michael joined The Wellspring of Life Refuge as Chairman of the board in April 2022. Michael is a highly qualified and experienced Engineer and manager. He is a Chartered Engineer and Member of Institute of Engineers Ireland. He has more than 30 years of experience working with Housing and Development aspects of Dublin.He is currently a technical Advisor in WALK and group facilitator at Jobcare. He is also an Appeals Reporter for Housing Development Agency.
Dr David Weakliam
David is Director of the HSE Global Health Programme and has worked in global health and development for more than thirty years. David manages collaboration programmes with Irish Aid and Ministries of Health in Mozambique, Ethiopia, Sudan and Zambia. In Ireland, he has served as a Director with several charities including Tearfund Ireland, Nepal Leprosy Trust Ireland, Cherish International, the Irish Global Health Network, and St Mark’s Church. Internationally, he has been a Board Member and Chair of the European ESTHER Alliance and the Global Health Workforce Alliance.
Obi is married with two children and has considerable experience working with immigrant youth groups. Obi is experienced in multimedia communications and is currently a Social Care Manager at a Children's Residential Service Ideal Care working with vulnerable young people. He holds B.A. Hist., H. Dip. Prof. Social Care; Dip. Christian Ministry and Cert. in Counselling and Psychotherapy.