First Steps Womens Centre Dungannon

First Steps Womens Centre Dungannon

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Library Visit


Pre ESOL Library visit 

 Pre ESOL tea and coffee

The Pre-ESOL Class paid a visit to Dungannon Library today.  Elizabeth kindly gave us a detailed tour of each floor and the great facilities on offer.

  • Computers are available to children (under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult) 
  • Books are available in all languages
  • Any book can be ordered in any language.
  • There are books available for the Excelerated Reading Progamme which encourages children to read by making it fun.
  • Rhythm & Rhyme (0-4 years) Every Friday  10.30am & 11.15am and Saturday 11.00am.
  • Knit & Natter every Thursday morning from 10.00am - just drop in.
  • Basic one-to-one computer lessons - need to book
  • Free tea/coffee/newspapers 
  • Student study area on the top floor (16+)

After our visit to the Library the ladies enjoyed tea and biscuits in La Scala restaurant, Ranfurly House.

Introduction to Computers

Introduction to Computers Class

The lovely ladies from our Introduction to Computers class on their last day with Tutor Patricia Hynds from Tr@inIT.

 Well done Ladies!

Space & Place Visit

Space and Place Visit

It was lovely to welcome the Space and Place people here today.  

After tea and scones and an update from Project Manager Yvonne Corbett they had a wee duke at our on-going renovation work which they are kindly sponsoring.

As you can see they were all well impressed!

Birthday Celebrations!

Birthday Girl

Many happy returns to our Birthday girl and prominent supporter of FSWC Patrica Davies.

We hope you have a lovely day!

Renovations Week 5

Renovations week 5

We had a wee visit to see how the renovations were getting on last Thursday (before we left in the snow!).

Things are progressing nicely and it's amazing how the place has changed already.

Exciting times!

Asda Foundation helps First Steps Women’s Centre ‘rebuild’ lives

News Release 13 February 2018

Asda Foundation    

Photo Captions:

Image 1 – L-R: Asda Cookstown Community Champion, Janice Gibson, Carla Dias (First Steps Women’s Centre), Asda Cookstown General Store Manager, Peter Beckett, Joanne Orr (First Steps Women’s Centre), Amanda Boyd (First Steps Women’s Centre) and Yvonne Corbett Project Manager from First Steps Women’s Centre.

Image 2 – L-R: Amanda Boyd (First Steps Women’s Centre), Asda Cookstown General Store Manager, Peter Beckett, Joanne Orr (First Steps Women’s Centre), Carla Dias (First Steps Women’s Centre) and Yvonne Corbett Project Manager from First Steps Women’s Centre with Asda Cookstown Community Champion, Janice Gibson, and her Asda Cookstown colleagues.

First Steps Women’s Centre in Dungannon is the latest local group to benefit from Asda Foundation support following a donation of £35k.

Aimed at transforming the lives of local women, the First Steps Women’s Centre provides educational and training support, alongside health and well-being services.

As a direct result of the donation, the centre is able to progress with a building refurbishment project, which will allow it to extend its childcare facilities for service users.

 Michael McGoldrick, Chief Executive of First Steps Women’s Centre, said:

“We were encouraged by Asda Cookstown Community Champion, Janice, to apply for the significant amount of £35k from the Asda Foundation. After visiting the centre and witnessing first-hand the life-changing – and life-saving work – which the team carries out on a daily basis, she was confident we could secure the funds needed for our building work.

“From a training course to a safe space to meet for a coffee, the centre is a hub for women to develop the skills and support networks they need to transform their lives. By extending the building to provide free childcare, First Steps Women’s Centre will be able to continue to help hundreds of women grow and develop each year, whilst caring for their families.”

Asda Cookstown Community Champion, Janice Gibson, added:

“As the 20th anniversary of the centre opening approaches, it seems a fitting tribute to the hard work and dedication of the staff and service users to extend the building. The additional space for childcare facilities will not only allow women using First Steps to concentrate on their studies and classes – it will also mean the centre does not have to pay to hire additional space for its activities.

“With the building work set to commence over the next couple of months, I am already looking forward to visiting the centre in the near future for the big reveal of its new space!”

 Any woman interested in an IT, Health & Wellbeing or Life Skills course, please contact the centre on 028 87727648, on Facebook, or via the website

For more information, please contact Robyn McMurray at Morrow Communications on (t) 028 90 39 38 37 or (e) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Renovations Begin!

Site Meeting 

Exciting times!!  Work has finally begun on our renovation thanks to Spaces & Places!  We will keep you posted with updated photos.

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Voluntary Directors Required!

Classes Collage

As a registered charity, First Steps Women's Centre (FSWC) is managed by a Board of Voluntary Directors drawn from all sections of the community.

Always eager to develop and grow, FSWC is keen to recruit new directors who are passionate about helping women to develop and fulfil their unrealised potential.

Please contact FSWC if you feel you can contribute by becoming a director and contribute to the Community in a proactive and positive way.

The tenure of Directors is three years and this role is not remunerated.

For more information contact Michael McGoldrick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Yvonne Corbett, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone on (028) 87727648

International Women's Day - Thursday 8th March 2018! #PressforProgress

International Women's Day 2018

As we have no venue this year due to our Space & Place renovations, NIRWN have kindly agreed to let us help co-celebrate "100 years - Women and the vote" in Corrick House on the above date.

We will be organising a bus so If you would like to come along and celebrate with us please contact Bernie on (028) 8772 7648 asap.

The bus will be leaving at 9.30am and returning no later than 2.30pm.  Please share with your friends!

Leisure Centre & Council Offices Visit

Dungannon Council Offices and Leisure Centre Visit

Participants from First Steps Women’s Centre’s programme “Living In Mid-Ulster” paid a visit to Dungannon Leisure Centre and Mid Ulster Council Offices on Thursday 30th November 2017.

This project is funded by the Council’s Good Relations Programme.

The ladies had a great time meeting Councillor Kim Aston, Council Staff and finding out all about what  services the Council provides.

Pre Esol Visit to Ranfurly House & The Hill of O'Neill

The Pre-Esol ladies enjoyed a trip to Ranfurly House Arts & Visitors Centre and The Hill of O'Neill on Thursday 26th October 2017.

The ladies enjoyed their tea, coffee and scones in La Scala Cafe before Rita kindly provided a very informative tour of the Ranfurly House Arts & Visitors Centre before progressing on to the Hill of O'Neill.  Although there was some fog and mist around, the views from the hill were amazing.

The ladies thoroughly enjoyed their trip and took many photographs of their historic surroundings.

We would like to thank the Mid Ulster Council Good Relations Grant for funding this trip.

Local Co-op Community Fund Update

Our local Co-op's (based in Moy) Local Community Fund  is now closed.

The total funds raised by Co-op members is a staggering £1663.80 - Wow - Thank you!!

We hope you can join us in our local Moy Co-op store on Saturday 25 November for a celebration day where we can say thank you to all the members and customers who've raised this money for our organisation.

We are extremely grateful!

Visit from Michelle Gildernew MP and Colm Gildernew MLA

Michelle & Colm Gildernew

Michael McGoldrick, CEO First Steps Women's Centre, met with MP Michelle Gildernew and MLA Colm Gildernew.

The discussion focused on a number of important issues for FSWC including capital funding from Neighbourhood Renewal (through Dept for Communities). Michael explained that since he last met Colm there had been very positive movement from the Department regarding the release of Capital Funding. Michael thanked Colm for his invaluable input.

Michelle lent her support to the refurbishment project and requested that FSWC keep her up to date on its progress. Michelle said, "it is very important to get this project over the line so that services can be maintained".

Michelle also heard about the new European Social Fund programme which will be open in the autumn.

Visual Arts Project Wall hanging

Visual Arts Project Wall hanging

Our lovely ladies attended the unveiling of a masterpiece of all their hard artistic work!

Carole Kane, Landmarks Co-ordinator at Community Arts Projects (CAP) spoke of how exciting it was to be able to participate in the unveiling of such a personal and individual piece of art.  Carole Said "It is wonderful to see that you don't have to go to the likes of the Lyric Theatre to witness art, you ladies have produced your own individual and personal artwork together, which is something that you all should be very proud of"

Also in attendance was Artist and class Tutor Rosemarie McGrath and our Training & Education Co-ordinator Amanda Boyd.

Well done ladies! It is a truly wonderful piece of art which adds to our cosy tea break area.

Carla Lockhart DUP MLA Visit

Carla Lockharte DUP MLA

Carla Lockhart, DUP MLA for Upper Bann called into First Steps Women's Centre this morning. Carla met our dedicated staff including Project Manager Yvonne Corbett and CEO Michael McGoldrick.

Carla heard how FSWC started and how it has grown since 1998. Carla was amazed at the space within the Centre and the wide range of courses and services offered - over 40 training and education courses each year.

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  1. Promoting our courses and services
  2. DUP Leader Visit
  3. Meeting with Rosemary Barton UUP MLA
  4. Enrol now for September Courses!
  5. Esol Farewell
  6. Introduction to Computers
  7. Raise FREE funds for us every time you shop online!
  8. New September 2017 Leaflet
  9. Erasmas+ Visitors
  10. Local Giving Appeal - Save Our Services!
  11. International Women's Day 2017 Comments
  12. International Women's Day 2017
  13. First Steps Quiz
  14. Successful Job Fair!
  15. Our Funding success made front page news!
  16. Christmas Fayre & Raffle Pictures
  17. £343,730 Space & Place award for First Steps Women’s Centre
  18. Rosemary Barton MLA Visit
  19. New Students
  20. Great Start to our Open Days
  21. Walking Group Photo
  22. Digital Photography Class
  23. Q Radio interview with our Creative Wellbeing Course Tutor
  24. Christmas Coffee Morning & Raffle Huge Success!!
  25. New Notice Board
  26. Patsy McGlone MLA Visit
  27. Hallowe'en Fun
  28. Denise Mullen SDLP Visits FSWC
  29. FSWC in Words From Our Online Survey
  30. Tesco Creche Donation
  31. A Warm Welcome to Our New Childcare Staff!
  32. Open Day Photos
  33. First Steps Women’s Centre Launches New ESF Training Programme
  34. Evaluations March 2015
  35. Ladies enjoying a well earned tea break!
  36. New Sign and Reception re-vamp
  37. Aware Defeat Depression Support Groups
  38. "Reach" at The Vineyard Church
  39. FSWC New Look!
  40. New Council CEO Visit
  41. Visitors from Europe
  42. In today's Irish News - 12th May 2014
  43. FSWC Video 2014
  44. Contact Us & Location
  45. FREE Benefit Check Service now available here
  46. Vacancies at FSWC
  47. Testimonials - Video
  48. Useful Links
  49. Quotes & Testimonials - Scroll Down To Read All Of Them
  50. First Steps Women’s Centre recognised as an Investors In People organisation





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